You Can Know the Truth   Lesson 3

 

Review:  Remember last week?
1.  What is the "ultimate question" concerning God?   Is God really omnipotent?

 

Ephesians 4:5 & 6; …one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.

 

Seed thought: 

In other words do the everyday parts of our lives, eating, working, resting, shopping, playing, and being entertained.... what do they have to do with our faith?

There should be no divide we should lives our lives as Christian witnesses everyday, all day, 24/7.

 

Students write down the blue questions and the red answers.

1.  Is it possible to know spiritual truth?    Yes.  God has not hidden Himself from us.  God has given us truth and means for us to know it and live by it.

Big Question: We certainly can't know everything - but there are some things we can be sure of.... What are some of these things?

 

2.  What does it mean that ‘the truth will set you free’ (John 8:32)?

Verse 32 begins with, “Then you will know the truth.” “You” refers to those who are true disciples of Jesus. True disciples will know the truth. More than that, their eyes are opened to a greater understanding of the truth

The freedom Jesus offers is a spiritual freedom from the bondage of sin—that is, release from the lifestyle of habitual lawlessness.  Believers would be freed from their bondage and brought into the family of God.

Watch Truth Will Set You Free music video

 

Jesus is the Truth (John 14:6). Knowing the Truth will set one at liberty—free from sin, free from condemnation, and free from death (Romans 6:22; 8:1–2). Jesus came to proclaim liberty to the captives (Luke 4:18). “Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God” (1 Peter 2:16, ESV).



I TRUTH ABOUT SIN AND SALVATION

A THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH BUT THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE

THE WORLD IS ALREADY CONDEMNED…. THEREFORE JESUS DID NOT COME TO CONDEMN THE WORLD, BECAUSE IT WAS ALREADY CONDEMNED, JESUS CAME THAT THE WORLD THROUGH HIM MIGHT BE SAVED.   JOHN 3:17

B ALL SIN WITHOUT ACCEPTANCE OF CHRIST’S LORDSHIP LEADS TO DEATH AND CONDEMNATION

C ACCEPTANCE OF THE GIFT OF GOD LEADS TO ETERNAL LIFE

3.   How do we accept salvation? 

CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH AND BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD

B  and then you have to believe WHICH RESULTS IN A LIFE SURRENDERED TO THE LORDSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST.

4.   How can someone reject Christ?

 CAN SOMEONE ACCEPT CHRIST AND THEN LATER DECIDE TO REJECT HIS LORDSHIP THROUGH THEIR LIFESTYLE?

B THOSE WHO PRACTICE SUCH THINGS SHALL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD

IT IS THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO HABITUALLY PRACTICE SIN ( OR PURPOSEFULLY LIVE A LIFE STYLE OF SIN) THEY HAVE REJECTED THE LORDSHIP OF CHRIST WITH THEIR ACTIONS/ EVEN IF THEY SAY THEY BELIEVE… THEIR BELIEF IS NOT RESULTING IN A SURRENDERED LIFE AND THUS IS NOT A GENUINE BELIEF RESULTING IN THE ACCEPTANCE OF SALVATION.  

 SAVED BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH/ FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD

REMEMBER THE BIBLE SAYS THAT WE ARE NOT SAVED BY OUR WORKS BUT THAT OUR BELIEF IN CHRIST SHOULD MANIFEST ITSELF IN A LIFESTYLE OF SURRENDER

A THERE ARE NO GOOD DEEDS THAT CAN GET YOU SAVED WITHOUT CHRIST

B AFTER ACCEPTING CHRIST IT’S NOT THE GOOD DEEDS THAT ENSURE YOUR SALVATION…. IT IS THAT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO HAVE FAITH IN CHRIST LORDSHIP AND IT NOT REFLECT IN A DECISION TO LIVE A LIFE THAT HONORS GOD

 FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD JUST AS THE BODY WITHOUT A SPIRIT IS DEAD

5.  What about my lifestyle?

YOUR LIFESTYLE IS A REFLECTION OF THE CONDITION OF YOUR FAITH AND BELIEF

D THIS IS NOT TO SAY THAT JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE STRUGGLING WITH A SIN THAT YOU ARE NOT SAVED

STRUGGLING WITH A SIN AND THEN GIVING YOURSELF OVER TO A LIFESTYLE OF SIN ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS

F GODS MERCY AND FORGIVENESS IS THERE TO COVER OUR SIN AS WE STRIVE TO WALK IN FREEDOM FROM SIN. HIS GRACE EMPOWERS IS HAVE VICTORY OVER SIN

ABSOLUTE TRUTH II

6.  What does it mean to have the fear
      of the Lord?   

The fear of God is an attitude of respect, a response of reverence and wonder.

Consider these words of the psalmist: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever” (Psalm 111:10).

 

THE WISDOM OF THIS WORLD IS FOOLISHNESS…

THE FOOL HAS SAID IN HIS HEART, THERE IS NO GOD

II WITHOUT BEGINNING WITH A REVERENTIAL BELIEF IN GOD ALL FOLLOWING UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORLD AROUND US IS VIEWED AND UNDERSTOOD THROUGH A DISTORTED LENSE

III IT’S LIKE TRYING TO VIEW THE WORLD THROUGH A KALEDESCOPE

PHYSCOLOGY, ANTHROPOLOGY, GEOLOGY, BIOLOGY, ETC ARE DISTORTED WITHOUT BEGINNING WITH THE FEAR OF THE LORD

7. HOW DO WE WALK IN THE FEAR OF THE LORD AND STILL THRIVE IN A WORLD WHERE SO MANY DO NOT?

V YOU ARE THE SALT OF THE EARTH

IF THE SALT LOOSES ITS FLAVOR….

ALTHOUGH WE WILL FACE A PRESSURE TO SURRENDER OUR CONVICTIONS WE MUST NOT ALLOW THE CULTURE OF THE WORLD TO DECIEVE US INTO SEEING THE WORLD THROUGH A DISTORTING LENSE THE WAY THEY DO

AT THE SAME TIME, WE MUST NOT ACT ARROGANT OR LIKE WE ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS. HOWEVER, WE MUST CONFIDENTLY RESPOND TO PEOPLE WITH TRUTH AND HOPE. THE WORLD IS ALREADY CONDEMNED BUT ACCEPTANCE OF CHRISTS LORDSHIP OFFERS FORGIVENESS, FREEDOM, AND ETERNAL LIFE

 

    Why do we need to know about salvation and the fear of the Lord?

1.  To let others know what is our perspective.

2.  Helps to guide others toward heaven

3.  then we begin to make the right decisions and form the appropriate responses to questions on abortion, same-sex marriage, cloning, stem-cell research and even media choices. Because, in the end, the truth does set us free.  It is our decisions and actions that reveal what we really believe.

 

Small Group Discussion

 

1     HAS ANYONE EVERY HEARD THE STATEMENT, THERE ARE MANY PATHS TO GOD?

WHAT IS PROBLEMATIC ABOUT THIS STATEMENT?

SCRIPTURAL ANSWER:

TO SAY THAT THERE ARE MANY PATHS TO GOD, IS TO SAY THAT CHRIST IS A LIAR

JESUS SAID I A THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE

NO MAN COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT BY ME

JOHN 14:6

2     HOW CAN WE PEACEFULLY COEXIST WITH PEOPLE OF OTHER RELIGIONS WITHOUT HIDING OUR FAITH?

 

 

GROUP QUESTIONS

1     HAS ANYONE EVERY HEARD THE STATEMENT, THERE ARE MANY PATHS TO GOD?

WHAT IS PROBLEMATIC ABOUT THIS STATEMENT?

SCRIPTURAL ANSWER:

TO SAY THAT THERE ARE MANY PATHS TO GOD, IS TO SAY THAT CHRIST IS A LIAR

JESUS SAID I A THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE

NO MAN COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT BY ME

JOHN 14:6

2     HOW CAN WE AIM TO PEACEFULLY COEXIST WITH AETHIST AND PEOPLE OF OTHER RELIGIONS WITHOUT HIDING OUR FAITH?