Digging in Deeper: John 8:31-32

“Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, ‘If you continue in my word, you really are my disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’”‬‬ (CSB – Read the chapter

When Jesus had been arrested and tried by the Jewish religious authorities, they handed Him over to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea, because they wanted Him crucified and they didn’t have the authority to impose such a sentence. Pilate was an interesting guy, but one we’ll have to talk about another time. What’s of interest right now is that as Pilate questions Jesus to get a sense of who this man was that so enraged the members of the Sanhedrin, he asks a question that rings far more loudly today than it did then: What is truth? 

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Digging in Deeper: Proverbs 30:7-9

“Two things I ask of you; deny them not to me before I die: Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.”  (ESV)

If you could ask anything of God, what would it be?  Agur here asks for two things.  He firsts asks for God to make him honest, to take all falsehood and lying away from him.  We can understand that.  Now, that may not be the first thing we would think of if we had a blank check from God, but it’s a pretty good thing if you think about it.  He’s basically asking for God to help him live a life that is consistent with reality all the time.  Most of us could probably use a little more reality in our lives.  Living with fantasy may feel nice for a while, but eventually it runs out and usually leaves you lower than you were before you sought the fantasy high in the first place.  This is a good thing.  We get this one.  The other thing…after the beginning…not so much. Read the rest…

Digging in Deeper: 2 Timothy 4:3-4

“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

We live in this day now.  The power and influence of the church has been steadily eroding in the West for more than a generation.  A good argument can be made that this has been a progression that started back in the 19th century and has continued apace with only a few interruptions since. Read the rest…

Knowing What’s True

This past Sunday we kicked off a brand new teaching series at FBCO called, Reasons to Believe.  For the next several weeks we are going to tackle some common objections to the Christian faith, try to turn them on their heads, and show why, rather than offering reasons to not believe, they actually offer us very good reasons to embrace the Christian faith with even more tenacity than before.  This won’t necessarily be an easy journey, but it will be a good one.  I hope you’ll come along for the entire ride because in the end, we’ll see that having a relationship with Jesus is the most important reason to believe.  In this first part, we face head-on the notion that Christianity’s claim to be the exclusive pathway to truth and life isn’t nearly so arrogant as we are often taught.

 

Knowing What’s True

There’s an old story about a man on a quest for truth.  He wanted to know what was true and what was not so that he could dedicate his life to the truth.  His search eventually led him to seek out an obscure guru who was rumored to have spent much of his life pondering the question of truth.  As a result he was considered most wise on this particular topic.  When the man finally found the wise, old guru he posed his question to him: “How can I know what’s true and what’s not true?” Read the rest…