The Hillcrest Church Podcast

Is there absolute truth? Big Question Series

March 27, 2020

Is there absolute truth? Outline
Big Questions
March 15, 2020

Is there absolute truth?

Truth is connected to God.
If you believe in the God who ___________________________
wouldn’t you also believe He is the _______________of all truth?

There are absolutes in the structure of the Universe.
____________________________
Earth _________________________ around the Sun
Tangible _________________________ in the observed world

Does truth matter?
In friendship…
In _____________________________…
In parenting…
In _____________________________…

Scripture Study

Then Pilate went back into his headquarters and called for Jesus to be brought to him. “Are you the king of the Jews?” he asked him.
Jesus replied, “Is this your own question, or did others tell you about me?”
“Am I a Jew?” Pilate retorted. “Your own people and their leading priests brought you to me for trial. Why? What have you done?”
Pilate said, “So you are a king?”
Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.”
“What is truth?” Pilate asked. (John 18:33-38a, NLT)

 What is truth?

There is a reality about the world that _________________________
presents to us.
1. ___________________.
2. ___________________.
3. God’s ___________________________ to save humanity.
4. The older parts of the Bible ___________________ Jesus coming, death and resurrection.
5. The newer parts of the Bible declare Jesus_______________, was _____________and _______________________just as the older parts had said.
6. This is the __________________ that the New Testament declares.

I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. (1 Corinthians 15:3–4, NLT)

Pilate’s Dilemma
There can be a difference between our ____________________ reality and our _______________________ reality.

There are ___________________if we don’t perceive reality correctly.

Short-term consequences. The _____________ we tell ourselves.
a. I am_____________________.

You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. (Genesis 50:20, NLT)

b. I am________________________.

“Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I

would not forget you! See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands. (Isaiah 49:15–16a, NLT)

c. I am ___________________________.

When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Interlude Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. (Psalm 32:3–5, NLT)

Long-term consequences.

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16–17, NLT)

“There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.

And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil.

All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.” (John 3:18–21, NLT)

Truth is a _____________________

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32, NLT)

Why not believe ________________________________ of reality?

 

Digging Deeper
A study for individuals or small groups

Discussion
Do you have any habits that you would like to break?
Have you ever successfully broken a habit?
How did you do it?

Read John 8:31-36.

What or who is "the truth" that "will set you free" (John 8:32)?
What is the condition for being set free by "the truth"?

What qualifies people as Jesus’ disciples?

What is the flip side of what Jesus said in John 8:31?

Do you abide in - i.e., obey - Jesus' word?

Is it true that they "have never been in bondage to anyone" as they claim in John 8:33?
Is that what Jesus points out in John 8:34?

How does what He said in John 8:34 - "Everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin" - apply to us?

What habit / sin has enslaved you lately?
How do we get free from them so that we can abide in Jesus' word?

Prayer
Share and pray for each other for breakthrough in the habits that you would like to see change in your life.

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