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Sincerity Or Truth

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  • 1. Sincerity or Truth — Which is more important? Laindon 3 rd August 2008
  • 2. Our approach
    • What do we mean by sincerity and truth?
    • In what context are we asking this question?
    • Where do we turn for an answer?
    • What does God have to say?
    • So where does that leave us?
  • 3. Sincerity and truth
    • sincerity, noun “freedom from pretence or hypocrisy; honesty; straightforwardness; genuineness”
    • truth, noun “what is true or real; reality; specially spiritual reality as the subject of revelation or object of faith”
    • Source: Oxford English Dictionary
  • 4. Context
    • Is truth absolute or relative?
    • Which is more important: the sincerity with which we hold our beliefs or the truth of those beliefs?
    • Does it matter?
    • “ All routes lead to heaven” President Bush, interview May 2007
  • 5. Where do we turn?
    • If we believe in God, then we must turn to his revelation
    • God has pronounced: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof*, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
    • * refutation of error (Strong)
  • 6. God’s view on sincerity
    • Jesus plainly taught that sincerity is essential (Matthew 15:7-9)
    • God showed that sincerity without adherence to his truth/command is not acceptable (1 Samuel 15:1-3,14-15,19-23)
    • Paul taught that obedience without understanding is also valueless (Romans 2:12-16)
  • 7. God’s view on Truth
    • God and his son Jesus are the source of Truth (John 8:31-32,14:6)
    • There is only one Truth (Galatians 1:8-12)
    • We must hold fast to that Truth to be pleasing to God (2 Timothy 4:1-5)
    • Failure to hold fast to the Truth brings condemnation (Galatians 3:1; 2 Thessalonians 2:11-14)
  • 8. So what is God’s answer?
    • Sincerity is essential for salvation
    • Adherence to the Truth is equally essential for salvation
    • Sincere belief in God’s Truth will produce the works/fruits that are pleasing to God (Matthew 7:13-27)
  • 9. The challenge of Truth The things that I believe Where do they come from? My own/ men’s ideas? My church’s teaching? God’s word the Bible? What action have I taken?
  • 10. Where does that leave us?
    • The Truth tells us that we are in need of redemption through Christ (John 3:16)
    • If we are sincere then we must change our ways (Ephesians 4:17-18)
    • We will be subject to judgement on Christ’s return to the earth (Matthew 16:27)
  • 11. Conclusion of the matter
    • “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
    • For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:10-11
  • 12. Next 3 weeks (God willing)
    • Does Bible Prophecy really talk about:
      • Europe?
      • Russia?
      • Britain?