Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
So far this summer, we have been studying the eight “I Am” statements of Jesus from the Book of John. It has been a fun LEGO-themed series, named after a type of LEGO brick, a “1×8.” This weekend we looked into the seventh and one of the better-known statements of Jesus, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Reading from John 14, this “I Am” is a three-part statement. The first, “the way,” is a lot like Jesus’ previous statement, “I am the gate,” which Jeremy preached on a few weeks ago. The third, “the life,” is a lot like Jesus’ last statement, “I am the resurrection and the life,” which Paul preached on last week. However, we haven’t really studied the second component, “the truth,” in any of the messages this summer so far, so this weekend Jeremy took us on a study of truth, highlighting three points:
1. All truths are not in the Bible
Don’t hear what this statement isn’t saying – the Bible is FULL of truth, but it doesn’t exhaustively cover every truth that has ever existed. For example, gravity is not explained in the Bible. Does that mean gravity isn’t true? No. Does this mean the Bible isn’t true? No; both of these statements are true. The Bible is not threatened by other truths, which brings us to the second point:
2. All truth is God’s truth
Since we know that the Bible is true and that there is also truth around us, we also know that whatever is true is from God. The implication here is that truth could come from anywhere and anyone.
3. For us, truth is a journey
When you decide to follow God, you commit to wrestling with truth for the rest of your life. This may mean giving up that idol of certainty, that feeling that you always need to be right rather than trusting and following God wherever he may take you.
Fortunately, we have the Holy Spirit to guide us on this journey – asking God to reveal truth to us (through prayer and reading), listening to what He and other believers say, and testing everything.
Your approach to truth will either push you away from or pull you toward Jesus. What is your approach to truth?
Verses and quotes from the message:
John 14:1-6; John 18:37d; John 21:25; Philippians 4:8; 1 John 4:16; 2 Peter 3:15-16b; 1 Corinthians 13:12; John 16:12-13
“By co-illumination I mean that the truth contained in the Bible brings light and understanding to the truth contained in broader creation and culture, and the converse: that the truth revealed in creation and culture can illumine the truth revealed in the Bible.” John Van Sloten
“Thanks to his intuition as a brilliant physicist and by relying on different arguments, Galileo, who practically invented the experimental method, understood why only the sun could function as the centre of the world, as it was then known, that is to say, as a planetary system. The error of the theologians of the time, when they maintained the centrality of the Earth, was to think that our understanding of the physical world’s structure was, in some way, imposed by the literal sense of Sacred Scripture…” Pope John Paul II, November 4, 1992
Alive – Hillsong
Our God – Chris Tomlin
Holy Spirit – Jesus Culture
Blessed Assurance – public domain