Discussion Notes 09.20.20

Begin by reading Psalm 11:3. Last weekend we discussed what it looks like when humanity rejects the truth. Not only is there disorder but law and order have collapsed. What can the righteous do? Discuss.
As Christians, we believe in absolute truth. Truth is rooted in the character of God, revealed through Jesus Christ and communicated clearly in the Bible. Read John 18:37. Jamie shared three of many benefits by accepting and following Jesus’ truth. The first, believing the truth saves us. Read 1 Timothy 2:3-4. In what ways could believing the truth save us besides spiritually? Explain.
If truth is important in other areas of life, wouldn’t it be vital for our eternity? Read John 3:16-18. As Christians we know we aren’t here by accident, we know we sin and fall short. But the truth is Jesus came to save us and rose from the dead. If someone you know asked about Jesus, and who He is, what would you say? If they asked what He did and why He died, how would you explain it?
It’s hard sometimes to tell someone the truth. It may hurt, but there comes a time when you need to stand up for the truth, and yet do it in and with love. Read John 14:6. It’s important to know the truth. People will sugar coat, manipulate, and put words where they do not belong and call it true. Read Acts 4:12. If Jesus is the ONLY way, then how will you know when someone is lying? What is the only way to know the absolute truth? How would you know? Discuss.
Trusting the truth secures us and obeying the truth frees us. Read John 8:32. Do you think truth brings security? Why or why not? Name two areas where the truth set us free. In Isaiah 43:25 God tells of blotting out our sins and never thinking of them again. How does this make you feel? Not only are Christians free from the guilt of sin, but the consequences too! Read Romans 6:22 and James 1:25. What is the hardest thing for you in knowing and telling the truth?
Remember the Ten Commandments? Are they still to be obeyed? Why? Do you see the repercussions when we don’t obey God’s commands? Read** Psalm 19:7-11**. How do God’s commands provide stability and consistency? Explain. Then close in prayer, reading 1 Peter 1:22-23.