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October 17, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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This past weekend, we kicked off a special four-week series titled, “Unsinkable: What’s Below the Surface Matters Most” with an exploration of truth. In this message, Pastor Doug Sauder explained there is such a thing as absolute truth—but it’s not found within, it’s found in the Bible—and explored what that means for our lives.
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Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Doug’s message this weekend:
There Is Such a Thing as Truth. It Is Not Found Inside of Me: The world will tell you that absolute truth is not true; that what’s true for you doesn’t necessarily have to be true for me. We’re sold on this idea that truth is found within, that you can find your truth by looking inside yourself. Do you see the problem with this line of thinking? It’s a logical impossibility. The fact is just because you believe something to be true doesn’t make it true. And what happens when your internal truth impedes upon or violates my internal truth? Whose truth is more true in those moments?
This philosophy on truth creates problems and leaves us without a moral center or standard to look to. If this idea is true, then societal laws, scientific facts (not unprovable or unobservable theories) and codes of conduct are irrelevant and can actually be hindrances to anyone living out the truth that is within them. If a law exists that goes against your relative, internal truth that you looked deeply within to find, then does that make your truth less true than someone else’s truth? Again . . . do you see the problem with this line of thinking?
The only logical conclusion is that, if truth is real, if there is such a thing as actual truth, then it must exist outside of us and be objectively true for everyone. It must exist beyond us; it must transcend any person or people group. Then, and only then, can we have a moral standard and ethical code of living that keeps everyone accountable and allows for society to exist and operate. So, now that we can logically see that truth is not found within, that is must be objective, external, and transcendent . . . where does truth come from?
The Bible Is the Source of Truth: The truth about life, humanity, and the universe is all contained within the Bible. Nothing else has stood the test of time as the Word of God. Nothing else has impacted the world in such a deep, profound, and undeniable way as the Bible. In John 14:6 (NKJV), Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” His Word, His truth, is our only real source of truth.
This doesn’t sit well with many people. Some would like to subscribe to pieces of the Bible, while some would like to praise the life principles of Jesus as worthwhile and true. But you can’t have it both ways with the Bible and Jesus. Either it’s all true or it’s all false. He is either Lord or He is nothing. The Word is either the absolute truth of the universe or it is all a lie. You can’t have internal, relative, unique individual truth and Jesus existing in the same space. You can’t look inside to define who you are and still consider any part of the Bible to be true.
Are we saying that you should let someone else define who you are and what is true for your life? Yes! Your Creator, your Savior, your Redeemer, your friend, and your advocate! No one else has the right nor the qualifications or capacity to define you . . . not your boss, not your spouse, not your friends, not culture, not even yourself and your own feelings (because feelings are not facts and they change constantly). Only Jesus!
The Unsinkable Life Is Surrendered to Jesus: Some would say the idea of Jesus being our absolute truth and the Bible as our source sounds confining and oppressive, but when you embrace it and you understand who He is, what He has done, and who He says you are, it is the most freeing thing!
When we know the truth and embrace it and Him, we can experience a true freedom to live out our purpose and calling, to receive all the promises and blessings of the abundant life He came for us to have, and to walk in the beautiful identity He has given us.
Quote to Remember: Many will say, “There is no such thing as absolute truth.” Are you absolutely sure?—Pastor Doug Sauder
As you think about this weekend’s teaching, here are a few questions to reflect on and consider on your own, with your family, or in your group.
1. How have you seen the theory of relative truth fail in your life? Describe a time when your truth contradicted or brushed up against someone else’s truth.
2. There is a huge difference between relative opinion or preference and truth. So, what is truth?
3. In what ways has the Bible been proven to be the absolute source of truth? How have you seen this in your life?
4. What does a life surrendered to Jesus look like?
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This Wednesday we’ll continue our series, “Unsinkable,” and dive deeper into the topics from our weekend study.
Join us at our weekend services for week two of this powerful series as Pastor Doug will show us that God is real, explain why He is worthy of our worship, and share how we can know Him.
Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.