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Month Theme – Truth: The Final Contest

Week Theme – Guarding the Truth

 

Recap: The Truth?

  • * Jesus is the Truth (John 14:6)
  • * The Truth is the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Rom 1:1-6, 9, 16-17)
  • * This Gospel of Jesus Christ is contained in the Holy Scriptures, which contains everything necessary for salvation (2 Tim 3:15-17)

 

To Guard…

  • * To protect from…
  • * To defend against…
  • * To preserve against…
  • * To keep safe from/for…
  • * To look after for…

 

To Guard the Truth…

  • * Protect from satan’s schemes (1 Peter 5:8)
  • * Defend against attacks from satan & his servants
  • * Keep from being polluted by false teachers (2 John 7/ 2 Cor11:12-15)
  • * Preserve for succeeding generation (1 Tim 6:20/ 2 Tim 2:2)

 

Every Believer’s Mandate!

* To Guard the Truth…

  • – For the Lord who has entrusted it to us (1 Tim 6:11-16, 20)
  • – For those who follow us/ the next generation (2 Cor1:6-7)
  • – For our own heritage (2 John 8)
  • – For the sake of believers who die for the Truth (1 Peter 5:9)

 

Why Guard the Truth?

  • * It’s precious, it’s our faith… it is Jesus! (1 Peter 1:18-21)
  • * It’s what defines Biblical Christianity (2 Tim 3:14-17)

* It’s what distinguishes us from every other religion, Ideology and culture (John 14:6/1 John 5:12)

  • * It’s what Jesus has entrusted to us… and we dare not betray His trust (Heb12:2)
  • * It’s the only lasting legacy we have to leave our children (1 Tim 1:18-19)

 

If We Don’t Guard the Truth…

  • * We will lose the Truth (2 John 8)
  • * We have no lasting legacy to leave succeeding generations (1 Cor15:12-34)
  • * The evil one will take it from us –pervert it, pollute it and destroy it (1 Peter 5:8/ Gal 5:1-12)

 

Where/What’s the threat?

* Within the Church…

  • – Liberalism
  • – Inclusivism
  • – Watered down truth
  • – False prophets
  • – Complacency

 

* From outside the church…

  • – Universalism
  • – Relativism
  • – Anti-Christian ideologies
  • – ‘Culture Superior to faith’ mindsets
  • – Virtual Reality Craze
  • – New Age philosophies

 

What do we need to do?

  • * Be grounded in God’s Word (Col 3:16)
  • * Keep fellowship with the Body of Believers (Heb10:25)
  • * Train others/ Disciple well (2 Tim 2:2)
  • * Test every teaching (1 John 4:1)
  • * Be alert & vigilant (1 Peter 5:8)
  • * Stand with other Believers (1 Peter 5:9)

 

And in the End…

  • * ‘everyone will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved’ (Mark 13:13)
  • * ‘put on the whole armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, & after you have done everything, to stand’ (Eph6:13)

* ‘I have fought the good fight of faith, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith’ (2 Tim 4:7)