Week 6 - Sharing Truth

WEEK 6 - Sharing Truth

Sharing the Truth About God

What would it look like if we knew God's Word and character so well that we were able to share it with someone at any point? Being in a relationship with others enables us to do this very thing if we are attentive to their heart and engaged with God's Word.

As we seek to know others through listening and asking questions we can gain opportunities to eventually speak truth to someone. This truth is not of our own knowledge but must be found in the holy scriptures, God’s very words, in order for it to be life-changing and transformative (Ps 19:7-9; Rom 1:2; Matt 4:4; Heb 4:12).

Psalm 19:7–9

[7] The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul;
the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;
[8] the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;
[9] the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;
the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.

In Psalm 19 David describes some characteristics of God and the effects of his revelation. He notes that God has revealed himself through creation (Ps. 19:1-6) and even more perfectly through his Word (vv. 7–13). When believed by faith, these very truths of God will revive the soul, rejoice the heart and enlighten the eyes. They are what enable us to experience true transformation. What a gift to share these truths to others.

As you lead, know that I don’t expect you to be experts in listening, asking questions or speaking. This process of learning and growing is lifelong. If at some point, you have felt inadequate or naive - know that you are in good company. As someone who leads and counsels others, there are times I still feel inept. There are times that my mind wanders or I struggle to know what to ask. What we often forget is that God has chosen to use imperfect people for his unfailing work. Despite our weaknesses he decides, time and time again, to use broken people to impart his infallible truth.

With all that know that the only way you can fail is by not getting in the game, by avoiding the challenge and not leading your people to the same. An attempt is an attempt and whether your group is rocking or struggling in these weekly activities if they are trying - they are gaining ground.

I hope that is encouraging and a relief to you all. I am the type of person that can quickly become discouraged when things don't go the way that I intended or envisioned. However, God has shown me time and time again that it's not my timing but his. That it isn't about hitting the goal but the effort that goes into getting there.

May you rest in the God of patience, mercy and steadfast love this week!

In Christ Jesus,
Pastor Tim


MEDIA + LITURGY

Below is a guideline for your time together this week:

  • Vision Cast - As this is week 6 it would be of benefit to start talking about the informal time coming up. This is the time where your focus as a group is more external. Where you as leaders take time to rest and where you as a group find ways to serve and fellowship together. Our 10-week cycles are focused on inward growth as disciples and the breaks in between are times where we create parties or events to connect with neighbors and non-believers. We take what we learn and put it into practice. How will your group impact your city and neighborhood this coming holiday season? What ways can you serve together? What events can you plan that would be a great opportunity to invite non-believers to attend?
     

  • Key scripture(s) from the sermon; Exodus 34:1-9
     

  • Training (video) - Please ensure that you are playing the videos for your group. They are not only instructive in the apprenticeship exercises. They also provide examples of how these skills are lived out.

  • Apprenticeship - This week we are going to spend time studying God's Word then discuss what we learned and answer the question in the video. It will be important to make sure everyone brings a Bible and their workbooks. This section should run around 45 minutes.
     

  • Immersion - Spend 5 minutes or so briefly going through the questions. In addition to working through the questions, it may help to have someone share how this exercise has impacted them. As we have learned over the last few weeks, biblical friendship is rooted in service to others. Living out the immersion is an opportunity for us to incarnate Jesus to one another.