Fake News

December 4, 2017 in featured, Sermon Notes, Video

 

Fake News Part 1 – What Is Truth?

 

Jude 1:3 Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people.

 

  1. How do we identify and establish something as a TRUTH?

 

  • Facts/realities are true, but not TRUTH.

 

  • The DANGER of isolating facts/realities is that it can cause us to think something is a truth, when it really is just one small piece in the much larger picture of God and life.

 

  • Truth is not RELATIVE, facts/realities are relative. Facts/realities are contextual; PARTIAL realities of truth, but not the Truth as a whole.

 

  • Truth is superior and SUPREME over facts/realities.

 

  • The rule of LAW is two or more witnesses verifies something as true.

 

 

  • EYEWITNESSES carry greater weight than hearsay or physical evidence.

 

 

 

  • MASS events are far more compelling than isolated events.

 

 

 

  • REASON/Logic factor into the establishing of truth and reality.

 

 

  1. FAITH is more than a fact or principle, it is a truth/law.

 

 

  • Our world operates with and CANNOT operate without the law of faith.

 

 

  • Our finite understanding will ALWAYS have unanswered questions regarding the infinite.

 

  • Life in this world REQUIRES faith, a placement of trust and confidence in something or someone based on our best reasoning.

 

 

  • Our inability to humble ourselves to the inescapable reality that mankind is LIMITED in what they know and how much they can discover is what robs us of the realities of God and all he has done and wants to do in our lives.

 

 

 

  • What causes us to feel justified in saying there are contradictions, irrationalities, and illogical aspects of Christian faith are: A) the missing pieces of the puzzle, B) our ignorant isolation and arrogant dogmatic grip on isolated facts, and C) our proud defiance demanding that all truth must fit within the box of human reasoning.

 

 

  • Trying to understand the infinite God with our finite mind is like trying to drink the oceans with a THIMBLE.

 

  1. Once a truth is established, we will either humble ourselves in SUBMISSION to it or hardheartedly, irrationally, and hypocritically RESIST it.

 

  1. The BIBLE is our MAIN and the authoritative source.

 

 

  • God’s Word (the Bible) is not written as a book of instructions, but a NARRATIVE.

 

 

 

  • It’s the story of real, messy people engaging a very REAL and PERFECT God.

 

 

 

  • It’s the story of Love, Grace, and Mercy UNAFRAID and UNHINDERED by our distorted, broken, messy lives. God WANTS you!

 

 

 

  • It’s the story of God transforming (GOD-CONFORMING) imperfect lives.

 

 

 

  • It’s the revealing of God and His will in a way that was VERIFIABLE and irrefutable.  

 

 

 

  • It wasn’t done in secret, but publicly with WITNESSES from believers and nonbelievers alike.  

 

 

 

  • It’s a collection of CONFIRMED testimonies from people of every social, political, religious, and economic background.

 

 

 

  • The story brings CONTEXT and EXAMPLES to the principles and truths taught.

 

 

Luke 1:1-4 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

 

There is a CERTAINTY to the Christian Faith.