Inter-Community Church of God
May 2, 2021 Serivce
      • Psalm 23GNB

  • Telling the Truth to Ourselves

    Truth or Consequences?
    We like the easy truisms
    We like simple correlations
    We like superstitious explanations
    We like You Tube prognostications.
    We like sound bites instead of having to chew on the whole story.
    We like the truth if it sounds like what we want to believe

    Challenges to Truth Do Not Change the Consequences

    We don’t like getting hit with the real truth
    Because We don’t like unpleasant consequences
    We like to settle into our own ideas of consequence
    We discover consequences based on truth are not what we want.
    We really don’t like finding out we are not in charge of the consequences.
    But it isn’t up to us to control the consequences

    We Live In An Era of Untruths and Opinions

    But we will all face something greater:
    Jesus is going away; his disciples were not ready for this.
    But Jesus is sending to us the Spirit of Truth
    And mankind will start to know consequences of sin
    What the Holy Spirit will do is show us the truth about ourselves

    When All You Can Think About is Loss

    John 16:4–6 ESV
    But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you. “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.

    When All You Can Think About is Loss

    Jesus knew the disciples can only absorb so much
    Here at the end of their time together, Jesus dives deeper into what will happen.
    Great discouragement is at hand
    Jesus needs them to hear they have a future coming
    You have had me with you for 3 years
    Now I am going back to the Father
    You aren’t asking where I go
    Because you are too wrapped up in sorrow
    Too focused on loss to imagine what you will gain
    You are barely listening, and things will get worse before they get better.

    Truth is About to Dawn on You

    John 16:7 ESV
    Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.

    Truth is About to Dawn on You

    I go for your good
    I must go so the Helper comes
    I must send to you the one who will stay with you
    This is you strength for the days to come
    This is your teacher for the days to come
    This is the power you need for the future
    This is the truth-bringer that will be your help

    Here Comes the Truth from God

    He’s coming—Jesus sends him
    This helper is the Spirit of Truth
    John 15:26 ESV
    “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.

    The Spirit of Truth at Work

    John 16:8–11 ESV
    And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

    The Spirit of Truth at Work

    Sin, Righteousness and Judgement all get checked
    The Spirit convicts the world, not us

    Concerning Sin: People haven’t truly believed in Jesus

    Jesus has repeated this need throughout this Gospel:
    We must believe in Jesus, the One Sent from God, the Son of Man, the Son of God.
    John 6:29 ESV
    Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
    Many say they believe; do you really?
    Have you told yourself the truth about your faith in Jesus?
    Have you believed something about Jesus, but not believed in Jesus?
    We must tell the truth to ourselves.

    Concerning Righteousness: How do you stand before God

    Genesis 15:6 ESV
    And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.

    Concerning Judgment: It starts with Satan, the chief of the guilty

    John 12:31 ESV
    Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out.

    The Spirit of Truth is Our Guide

    John 16:12–13 ESV
    “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

    The Spirit of Truth is Our Guide

    So much more to teach, but not for now: there must be the preparation of experience
    The Spirit of Truth will Guide You Into all truth
    More than you can now know
    Into God’s truth, for he will speak from the Father and Son
    Into truth about our tomorrows and our eternity

    The Spirit Works to Glorify Christ

    John 16:14–15 ESV
    He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

    The Spirit Works to Glorify Christ

    Christ is glorified when the Truth is Told
    Told by the Spirit, his truth is verified
    The “I told you so” of Jesus’ words
    The things yet too precious to bear will be given
    There will be nothing left out.
    The Spirit will teach the Truth of the Father
    The Truth of the Father is the Truth of the Son

    The Spirit of Truth bears witness to truth

    It is not the liar who is glorified.
    It is not untruth that is glorified
    The truth is not always convenient
    But it is always true.

    The Consequences of Lies we Tell Ourselves will be Eternal

    Tell yourself a lie about being a Christian
    Yet your are not really a follower of Christ
    Tell yourself a lie about your righteousness
    Yet it must be the righteousness Christ gives
    Any other won’t stand up before the Father
    Tell yourself a lie about God’s judgement
    Yet if we choose to follow this world’s ruler we too are condemned
    The Spirit of Truth is Given For Our Good
      • John 16:4–6AV1873

      • John 16:7AV1873

      • John 15:26AV1873

      • John 16:8–11AV1873

      • John 6:29AV1873

      • Genesis 15:6AV1873

      • John 12:31AV1873

      • John 16:12–13AV1873

      • John 16:14–15AV1873

      • John 16:7AV1873

      • John 15:26AV1873

      • John 16:8–11AV1873

      • John 6:29AV1873

      • Genesis 15:6AV1873

      • John 12:31AV1873

      • John 16:12–13AV1873

      • John 16:14–15AV1873

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