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Is Jesus Really the Source of Truth? (discussion questions)

3 Questions Series Gfx_ThumbHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Is Jesus Really the Source of Truth?,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This is the second part of our series, “3 Questions We All Have About Jesus,” where we are digging into Jesus’ provocative statement: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

Discussion Questions:

  1. When did you learn something that changed your life, whether as a child or as an adult? What happened?
  1. This week we enter the second part of a three-week series entitled “3 Questions We All Have About Jesus.” In John 14:6 Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Before you begin this study, ask God to reveal His truth to you as you read His word.
  1. The theme of truth is particularly important in the Gospel of John. Read the following verses which mention ‘truth’ and reflect on what they tell us about God, Jesus, and truth:
  • John 1:14, 17
  • John 3:21
  • John 4:23-24
  • John 7:18
  • John 8:31-32
  • John 8:40, 45
  • John 16:13
  • John 17:17
  • John 18:23
  • John 18:37-38
  1. Given everything you just read, what do you think is important about Jesus including ‘truth’ in His statement to the disciples in John 14:6? Why do you think it is important that Jesus includes this?
  1. How have you wrestled with questions about the truth in your own life? Has your knowledge of Jesus resolved those questions? How?
  1. Jesus is described as coming from God the Father “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14, 17). Many times Christians are criticized for being arrogant in their claims to truth or in the way they talk about the truth. Do you think these criticisms are valid? Why or why not? What do you think it looks like to be full of grace and truth?
  1. In John 8:31-32, Jesus says, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Based on the surrounding verses in John 8 and your own reflections, what do you think it means to be set free by the truth of Jesus?
  1. What is one specific thing that God is speaking to you through this study about the truth of God found in Jesus? How will that shape your life in the coming week? If you are with a small group, discuss that with one another and pray for one another. If you are studying on your own, write it down and share it with someone.

[Response: Throughout this series, we will be looking at tough questions about Jesus. There may be some questions you wish someone would answer about Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life. Send us your questions either by emailing them to info@eastbrook.org, writing them on a connect card, or visiting the Eastbrook Church Facebook page.]

 
 

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Is Jesus Really the Source of Truth?

Does it really matter that Jesus claims to be the truth?

This past weekend at Eastbrook Church, I continued our series, “3 Questions We All Have About Jesus,” addressing that very question. Looking at Jesus’ statement, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me” (John 14:6), I explored just what Jesus means by saying He is the truth. In the midst of walking through themes of truth in John’s gospel, we also touched on the distinctive belief that God reveals Himself to humanity, the exclusive nature of truth, the framework of ‘worldview’, and how to assess truth statements of conflicting worldviews.

You can view a video of the message and the accompanying outline below. You can listen to the message via our audio podcast here.

You may also be interested in last weekend’s message, “Is Jesus Really the Only Way?

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Posted by on April 23, 2015 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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The Neighbor

Chiseled ThumbWe concluded our series on the Ten Commandments, “Chiseled,” this weekend at Eastbrook Church by looking at the ninth and tenth commandments from Exodus 20:16-17.

Many commentators divide the Ten Commandments into two categories: 1) those dealing more with how we relate to God and 2) those dealing more with how we relate to others. Strictly speaking, the final two commandments are the only ones that mention the word ‘neighbor’, drawing into focus the ways in which we treat those around us.

The outline for the message is below. You can view the message online here or listen to it via our audio podcast here. You can now access all the messages from the “Chiseled” series here. You can also visit Eastbrook Church on VimeoFacebook, Twitter and Instagram.

This series is part three of an occasional series we are doing from Exodus. You can enjoy the first two parts of this extended series on Exodus here:

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Posted by on April 14, 2014 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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Confused in Pergamum

Revealed-thumbnail-04-03This weekend at Eastbrook Church, I continued our “Revealed” series by looking at the letter to the church in Pergamum (Revelation 2:12-17). I wanted to highlight the fact that often the most destructive attacks we face in our lives come not from full frontal assaults by evil but the side doors and back doors. I focused on how Jesus was calling the church into an awareness of their setting and alertness about those potential pitfalls.

You can listen to my message at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also follow the RSS feed for Eastbrook sermons or follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter or Facebook.

The message outline is included below.

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Posted by on September 29, 2013 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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Who Is the Holy Spirit?

holy spirit rotatorI began a new series this weekend at Eastbrook Church on the Holy Spirit with a general overview of who the Holy Spirit is from Jesus’ teaching to His disciples in John 14-16

You can listen to my message at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also follow the RSS feed for Eastbrook sermons or follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter or Facebook. A slightly revised message outline is included below:

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Posted by on May 19, 2013 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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Saturday Prayer 51

Hear me, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. (Psalm 86:1 NIV)

oh, Father,

you see me,
both what I am and what I am not.
because of Your mercy,
open my life more fully to Your power and presence.
grace me with Your goodness
and widen my heart with Your compassion.
ground me in Your truth
and make me active with Your justice.

thank You, Father, for who You are:
forgiving and good,
abounding in love,
a joy-bringer,
a guardian,
trustworthy,
and One who answers prayer.

all my hope is in You. a

[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2012 in prayers

 

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Stories of Influence: Dietrich Bonhoeffer – The Power of Truth

Mel Lawrenz, who recently visited with us at Eastbrook Church, has produced a very nice video short on Dietrich Bonhoeffer in support of his new book Spiritual Influence. Bonhoeffer is one of the most influential 20th century theologians whose importance continues to grow today. Bonhoeffer’s writings on community and discipleship have transformed my own journey with Christ.

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2012 in Biography, Video Shorts

 

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