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Whoever is of God Hears the Words of God

Series: How We Are Coping with the Present

Self examination has always been difficult - but it is extremely hard in post-modern culture. We now have at least 3 generations who have been fully immersed in it. (Baby Boomers, Generation X & Millennials) We have largely, as a culture, become so open-minded that we stand for nothing. If there is a sin, it is operating with moral and religious certainty and authority. If there is a sin, it is the preaching of Christian principles with conviction. As we’ll see today, everything begins with a Biblical worldview. The belief that God’s word is inspired, infallible, and authoritative. The commitment to one way - God’s way. In reality, it’s all that matters - if we have fully committed to allowing Christ to reign over our heart.

Objectivity

  1. Objective truth is  outside  ourselves. It has come from a source beyond human origination.
  2. Subjective truth is  inside  ourselves. It derives from self-origination.
  3. 2 Peter 1.20-21: No prophecy was ever produced by the will of  man .
    1. No human individual or humans collectively are sources for divine truth.
    2. Scripture is God’s revealed truth and will remain so whether we accept it or not.
  4. 2 Timothy 3.16 - all Scripture is  breathed out  by God…
  5. Psalm 119.160 - everyone of your righteous rules endures  forever .

Rationality

  1. Scripture is logical because God is logical.
    1. 2 Timothy 2.15: What is the aim Paul looks for in this verse? To rightly  handle  the word of truth
  2. Scripture is best understood through the process of reason. Just like math or science or any other problem.

Veracity

  1. Objective revelation of Scripture interpreted rationally yields an understanding of unalterable principles.
  2. Romans 6.17-18: you have become obedient from the heart to the  standard  of teaching to which you were committed.

Authority

  1. God intends His truths to be spoken with authority. 
  2. Romans 7.7-8 - What did Paul say about law?
    1. The law reveals sin. If it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin.
    2. The law arouses sin. Sin  seizing  an opportunity through the commandment...

Incompatibility

  1. Truth is incompatible with error. Truth is intolerant.
    1. This is where we really clash with the culture.
    2. We can’t apologize for truth, or compromise with those who wish to ignore it.
    3. We can conduct ourselves with tact, empathy, and concern.
  2. Colossians 4.6 - let your speech always be  gracious , seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Integrity

  1. Truth is to be applied. 
  2. Titus 1.16 - To do otherwise is to  deny  the truth.

Conclusion

  1. John 8.47- Are you hearing the word of God? Are you of God?
  2. Hebrews 4.12-13 - If we hold our life up to the standard .. and find things lacking .. we must make the necessary adjustments because a day is coming in which we must give an account.
  3. Are you prepared for that day?
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