God Is Truth 02 Apr 23

(Message 3) What is truth? Is truth relative? Is it absolute? Is it knowable? A better question is, who is truth? As we wrap up this series, we take a look at how God not only defines truth, but embodies it. Join us for , “God is… Truth”. #GCGodIs

Who is God?

  • Knowable
  • Holy

 

God = Ultimate Truth

 

One God, One Truth

 

If God is Truth, then His words are Truth:

  • God never lies
  • God never makes mistakes
  • Anything that opposes God’s words is a lie

 

Claim One: If God is Truth, then His words are Truth

Claim Two: If the Bible is God’s Word, then the Bible is Truth

Conclusion: We are bound by everything it says

 

The Bible is the Ultimate Standard of Truth by which we should understand reality:

  • We are always accountable to God’s commands
  • We are guaranteed to receive all of God’s promises

 

What is justice? Whatever God says… (Exodus 23:1-2; Leviticus 19:15)

What is purity? Whatever God says… (Hebrews 13:4)

Am I a good person? Well, God says… (Isaiah 64:6a)

 

God’s promises are fulfilled through Jesus:

  • Jesus is the Word of God (John 1:1-18)
  • Jesus fulfilled God’s Word (Romans 8:3-4)
  • Jesus took our punishment (Isaiah 53:5)
  • Jesus reconciled us with God (Romans 5:10)

 

What is one area of your life where God’s Word convicts you?

 

Jesus > All Authorities

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Key Scripture:

1 John 1:5 (NLT)

5 This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.

Isaiah 45:19 (NLT)

19 I publicly proclaim bold promises. 

      I do not whisper obscurities in some dark corner. 

    I would not have told the people of Israel to seek me if I could not be found. 

    I, the LORD, speak only what is true 

      and declare only what is right.

John 17:17 (NLT)

17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.

1 Samuel 15:29 (NLT)

29 And he who is the Glory of Israel will not lie, nor will he change his mind, for he is not human that he should change his mind!”

Deuteronomy 32:4 (NLT):

4 He is the Rock; his deeds are perfect. 

      Everything he does is just and fair. 

    He is a faithful God who does no wrong; 

      how just and upright he is!

Psalm 18:30 (NLT)

30 God’s way is perfect. 

      All the LORD’s promises prove true. 

      He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.

Lamentations 3:40 (NLT)

40 Instead, let us test and examine our ways. 

      Let us turn back to the LORD.

Isaiah 64:6 (NLT)

6 We are all infected and impure with sin. 

      When we display our righteous deeds, 

      they are nothing but filthy rags. 

    Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, 

      and our sins sweep us away like the wind. 

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • How do you recognize truth in what you hear on television or out in public? What do you use as your standard of measure?

Start sharing. These questions are to help get your group thinking and to create openness.

  • Jeff said, “We accept something as true when it is validated by someone in authority.” Discuss why you agree or disagree with this statement.
  • Read 1 John 1:5. How do we know God is Truth? How does this shape our understanding of truth and our relationship with God?
  •  Read Isaiah 45:19 and John 17:17. How does God’s character and nature as Truth impact our trust in Him and His Word? Share a personal experience where you saw God’s truthfulness proven in your life.
  • Jeff listed 3 consequences of believing that God’s words are true. What are they? (Hint: Read 1 Samuel 15:29, Deuteronomy 32:4, and Psalm 18:30.)  What do these scriptures reveal about God’s Word, the bible, and Ultimate Truth?
  • What do you think the world believes about the nature of God, His Word, and truth?
  • Jeff gave us 2 areas to apply this knowledge: accountability to God (Lamentations 3:40) and pursue purity (Isaiah 64:6). How does this look in your life?
  • How does living in accordance with God’s affect your witness?  How does this knowledge of God as truth impact your faith walk?

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • Identify one way that you can apply God’s Truth to your daily life in a tangible way. This could involve making a change in your habits or lifestyle, seeking forgiveness or reconciliation with someone, or intentionally sharing the Gospel with someone in your life who does not yet know Christ.

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

  • Praise God as ultimate truth, and give thanks that He has revealed that to us, so that we may be in relationship with Him, and know the truth.  Confess where your faith in His truth, and obedience have fallen short and give thanks for the forgivenesss offered to us through Christ.

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Speaker

Jeff Lindholm

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