This morning we continued our series, “Marks of a Missional Community” by exploring the power of truth. In his book, The Gospel in a Pluralistic Society, Lesslie Newbiggin writes, “A Christian congregation is a community in which, through constant remembering and rehearsing of the true story of human nature and destiny, an attitude of healthy skepticism can be sustained, a skepticism which enables one to take part in the life of society without being bemused and deluded by its own beliefs about itself.”
In John 18, a significant interchange about truth take place between Pilate and Jesus. Here is the heart of the matter: Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” “What is truth?” retorted Pilate (John 18:37-38).
I find three truths in these verses:
- Jesus came into the world to bear witness to the truth
- If you want to align yourself with truth, listen to Jesus
- Truth isn’t about information, it’s about a person
I love what Erwin McManus wrote about the truth in his latest book, “The Artisan Soul:”
“Truth is not a piece of information but a person. Jesus said it simply, ‘I am the truth.’ I have become convinced over a lifetime that the human spirit lives in the fullness for which we are created only we live in truth. The farther we move from truth, the more unhealthy we become. The more we live in truth, the more we find wholeness and become our most authentic selves.”
In what ways are you and your community living in to the truth? What fruit are you seeing because of this?
In what ways have you and your community moved away from the truth? What consequences have you experienced?
Here is our complete worship flow:
- God of Brilliant Lights (Aaron Shust)
- The Earth Is Yours (Gungor)
- Reading from 1 John 1:5-2:2
- A Call to Confession
- Shadows (David Crowder Band)
- A Litany of Confession
- I Need You Now (Matt Redman)
- Announcements and Offering
- Message (A Community of Truth)
- Benediction (Matt Redman)
You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend in worship at The Worship Community.