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One of the most important things a Christian can do is to develop a Biblical worldview. The Bible calls this the renewing of our minds.

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02(F024) – Where Do You Get Your Truth?

John 18:37-38, 17-17, 8:32,36;  2 Timothy 6:3-4, 3:16; 11; John 14:5; Psalm 119:160; Romans 7:15-20

10-11-2020

 

 

Application

Pastor Jeff Wickwire

 

Bible Verse

John 18:37-38 (NIV)

37“You are a king, then!” said Pilate. 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.”

38“What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him.

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Note

Notice that Jesus did not say He came to bear witness to “a truth,” or “truth in general,” but THE truth, an exclusive, ultimate, non-negotiable, unchanging, unassailable truth! The sad thing about this passage is that Pilate had the embodiment of all truth, Jesus Christ, standing right in front of him, but when he asked Him what truth was, he didn’t stick around for an answer! We almost hear a weariness in Pilate, a frustration with never really having found a truth he could hang his hat on, build his life on. 

Now, hold that thought about truth and let’s recall how last time we talked about the importance of a WORLDVIEW. Everyone listening to me has a worldview. 

Define: A worldview is simply how you view the world and everything in it. And your worldview will be one of 2 kinds: 

  • A WORLDLY worldview based on the beliefs and values of the world. 
  • Or a BIBLICAL worldview based on the beliefs and values of Scripture.

The Bible instructs Christians to:

 

Bible Verse

Romans 12:2 (NIV)

2Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

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Note

As a Christian you will either be CONFORMED to this world, or TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind, which is to develop a Biblical worldview! Your worldview is so, so important because it decides how you view God, man, yourself, life, spiritual things, morality, eternity, heaven, and hell. Your worldview has primarily been shaped by who or what has taught you through the years—who you’ve listened to, what you’ve read, what you have accepted as TRUE. The lifestyle you choose to live, the moral decisions you make, what you do with the life God has given you, the hundreds of decisions you make each and every day flow out of your worldview.

Furthermore, how you interpret and respond to the hot button issues of our day—abortion, same sex relationships, gun control, socialism vs. capitalism, racial issues… All your conclusions and responses to them will be decided after passing through the sifter of your worldview!

 

Illustration

For instance, let’s say you learn that your best friend has decided to move in with his or her love interest without getting married. Are you against it? Grieved over it? Or are you okay with it, so long as they’re happy?  Your worldview will determine how you view it and your response to your friend. 

Or, let’s say you have a single friend who has turned up pregnant. She has no steady job, her parents don’t know about it, and the father has already moved on. She tells you she’s considering an abortion and wants your advice. Whether or not your worldview is Biblical or worldly will decide your response, and the kind of advice you give her. 

This is why it is SO IMPORTANT who or what has your ear, who holds your attention, who you have allowed and are allowing to form and shape your opinions. 

 

Note

Jesus told Pilate, “All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.” In other words, if you truly love truth, Jesus will have your ear, your attention, your devotion, and HE will be the One that shapes your worldview!

Now, last time we began looking at 6 foundation stones of a Biblical worldview. We saw that one foundation stone of a Biblical worldview is the belief that Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation. Today we’re going to look at a second foundation stone of a Biblical worldview, which is:

 

  1. The conviction that Jesus and God’s Word are where we get our truth

 

Note

It is the belief that, whatever Jesus says is true about morals, ethics, money, eternity, heaven, hell, people, prayer, is our truth too! And if someone tries to teach us something that conflicts with the truth found in Jesus, we reject it!

Paul the Apostle was very clear about taking this stand:

 

Bible Verse

1 Timothy 6:3-4,11 (NIV)

3If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching,

4they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions

11But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.

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Note

Jesus Himself was very clear about being the ultimate source of truth.

 

Bible Verse

John 14:6 (NIV)

6Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

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Note

Note, He didn’t just say He KNEW the truth, He said He IS the truth! God’s truth—ultimate, non-negotiable, unchanging, eternal truth—is embodied in Jesus Christ! But we also note that, while praying for His church, Jesus said: 

 

Bible Verse

John 17:17 (NIV)

17Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

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Note

So, to develop a Biblical worldview, we must not only view Jesus as our ultimate source of truth, but the Bible along with it! What the Bible says about creation, world history, the fall of man into sin, Noah’s flood, the devil, God, the virgin birth, all are true and should shape our worldview! 

Listen to what the Bible says about itself:

 

Bible Verse

2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)

16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

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Bible Verse

Psalms 119:160 (NIV)

160All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal. ש Sin and Shin

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Note

All of it is relevant, life-changing, and TRUE! You can trust His Word! 

And we see:

 

  1. The powerful EFFECT God’s truth has on us

 

Note

Jesus said to those who had believed in him:

 

Bible Verse

John 8:31-32 (NIV)

31To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.

32Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

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Note

Notice that the only truth that sets you free is the Scriptural truth you’ve accepted and walk in! If you HOLD ON to my teaching (accept it and live it) THEN you will personally, experientially, progressively be set free.

There’s really only 2 kinds of freedom:  

  • PHYSICAL freedom is the ability to come and go as you please…not locked up like someone in jail. 
  • SPIRITUAL freedom is freedom from the control of sin and the power of the devil! 

You can be PHYSICALLY free, but SPIRITUALLY imprisoned. The Apostle Paul graphically describes spiritual imprisonment:

 

Bible Verse

Romans 7:15-20 (NIV)

15I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.

16And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.

17As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.

18For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.

19For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.

20Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

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Note

 This is a perfect picture of a man who is free on the outside, but not on the inside! The FREEDOM Jesus brings is inner freedom! 

  • Freedom from wrong habits and stubborn, destructive strongholds. 
  • Freedom from sin’s control and Satan’s power!

Jesus promised, 

 

Bible Verse

John 8:36 (NIV)

36So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

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Note

CLOSE: In light of what’s been said today, what is most shaping your worldview? 

Popular culture? The values and morality of this present evil World? Or are the truth, values and morality the Bible teaches shaping your worldview?

 

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