THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 12-28-14

LESSONG TITLE: “WHAT IS TRUTH?”

WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES WE ARE TOLD “FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.” IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY. AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST RAY SULLINS.

ONCE AGAIN LET ME SAY, GOOD MORNING AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU AND YOURS! CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT WE ARE ONLY A FEW DAYS AWAY FROM A NEW YEAR? WOW! WE ARE GLAD TO HAVE YOU WITH US THIS MORNING. AND LET ME SAY THANKS FOR JOINING US FOR THIS LAST PROGRAM OF 2014!

WON’T YOU CONSIDER HOW BLESSED WE ARE THIS MORNING? WE HAVE ASSEMBLED TOGETHER BEFORE THE VERY THRONE OF GOD. FURTHERMORE, LET ME REMIND US AGAIN THIS DAY OF THE PRIVILEGE WE WILL HAVE TOGETHER TO PRAISE OUR GOD IN SONG, THROUGH PRAYER, AS WELL AS IN THE STUDY OF HIS WORD. HOW BLESSED WE ARE TO BE CHILDREN OF THE KING! SO, AS WE BEGIN OUR OFFERING TO GOD ON THIS FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, WILL YOU BOW WITH ME BEFORE HIS THRONE IN PRAYER.

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE. FOR THE GOOD YEAR THAT WE HAVE HAD AND THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT WE HAVE HAD WITHIN THIS YEAR TO SERVE YOU. AND FATHER, HELP US TO CLOSE THIS YEAR OUT PROPERLY. BUT FATHER, HELP US ALSO TO LOOK TOWARD THAT NEW YEAR THAT IS TO COME, THAT WE MIGHT DO OUR VERY BEST TO GIVE YOU ANOTHER GOOD YEAR . A GOOD YEAR OF WORK AND SERVICE THAT WE MIGHT BE FOUND PLEASING IN YOUR SIGHT, NOT ONLY TO RECEIVE YOUR BENEFITS AND BLESSINGS IN THIS LIFE BUT ALSO THOSE IN THE LIFE TO COME. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

LET’S JOIN RIGHT IN OUR SONG OF PRAISE THIS MORNING. WON’T YOU SING WITH THE CONGREGATION IN OUR FIRST HYMN OF THE DAY, ITS NAME, “WE HAVE HEARD THE JOYFUL SOUND.”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

AS I SAID EARLIER, IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT 2015 IS ONLY A FEW DAYS AWAY. I DO HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT HOLIDAY SEASON. I SO ENJOY THE MANY OPPORTUNITIES WE ALL HAVE DURING THE HOLIDAYS TO BE WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS. THEREFORE, I HOPE WE HAVE ALL MADE THE MOST OF THE HOLIDAYS IN A SECULAR SENSE AND SPENT THE TIME WE COULD WITH THOSE THAT WE LOVE.

HOWEVER, LET ME ALSO REMIND US ALL OF THE GREAT PRIVILEGE WE HAVE TO CELEBRATE OUR LORD AND SAVIOR EVER FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE YEAR! NOT JUST DURING SOME MAN MADE HOLIDAY STARTED IN THE 300’S AD! CERTAINLY OUR GOD IS WORTH MORE THAN A ONCE IN A YEAR REMEMBRANCE. FURTHERMORE, I WOULD ALWAYS SAY THAT GOD’S PLAN AND PATTERN ARE BETTER THAN MAN’S!

THIS MORNING, I WOULD LIKE US TO TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO CONSIDER THESE WORDS OF JESUS. IN MATTHEW 19:30, JESUS SAID, “BUT MANY WHO ARE FIRST WILL BE LAST, AND THE LAST FIRST.” CONSIDER THIS THOUGHT FOR A MOMENT. HOW MANY OF US LIKE TO BE SEEN OF OTHERS? HOW MANY OF US LIKE TO BE ON TOP OR TO SIT IN THE BEST PLACE? THE FACT IS, A TRUE CHILD OF GOD IS NOT INTERESTED IN BEING FIRST OR IN BEING ON TOP, HE/SHE IS SIMPLY INTERESTED IN PUTTING GOD AND OTHERS FIRST.

TO UNDERSTAND THIS IDEA EVEN BETTER, WE WILL CONSIDER OUR THIRD PASSAGE OF THE MORNING. IN PHILIPPIANS 2:8 WE READ, “AND BEING FOUND IN APPEARANCE AS A MAN, HE HUMBLED HIMSELF AND BECAME OBEDIENT TO THE POINT OF DEATH, EVEN THE DEATH OF THE CROSS.” HERE WE READ THAT JESUS HUMBLED HIMSELF! BUT HOW FAR WAS HE WILLING TO GO TO SHOW HIS HUMILITY? EVEN TO DEATH. WE ALL KNOW THAT JESUS LEFT HIS HOME IN HEAVEN TO COME TO THE EARTH AS A MERE MAN. FURTHERMORE, HE LIVED, SUFFERED AND EVEN ENDURED TEMPTATION AS HE WAS ON THIS EARTH. THEN FINALLY, HE WAS WILLING TO EVEN GO TO THE CROSS AND BEAR THE ULTIMATE PAIN AND ANGUISH - SO THAT YOU AND I COULD HAVE FORGIVENESS OF SINS AND BE SAVED. NOW THAT’S TRUE HUMILITY!

SO I MIGHT ASK YOU TO CONSIDER AT THIS TIME, JUST WHAT TYPE OF HUMILITY YOU DEMONSTRATE IN YOUR DAILY LIFE? ARE YOU WILLING TO HUMBLE YOURSELF TO THE EXTENT THAT CHRIST DID? ARE YOU WILLING TO GIVE OF YOURSELF FULLY, TO GOD AND OTHERS. SO HOW ABOUT IT, WILL YOU BE FIRST AND THUS LAST, OR WILL YOU CHOOSE TO BE LAST AND THUS FIRST?

AS FAR AS OUR TOPIC OF THE DAY, WE WILL BEGIN A NEW SERIES OF STUDY ENTITLED, “THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE.” OUR SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE DAY WILL FOCUS ON THE, “WHAT IS TRUTH?” SO PLEASE STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG, WE WILL BE LEAD IN THIS STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD.

AS FAR AS OUR GUEST SPEAKER, WE ARE HAPPY TO AGAIN HAVE BROTHER JERRY SULLINS WITH US. WE THANK HIM FOR BEING WITH US AND LOOK FORWARD TO HIM LEADING US IN OUR MAIN THOUGHT OF THE DAY. NOW IT’S TIME TO RETURN TO OUR SONGS OF PRAISE. SO WON’T YOU JOIN IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE MORNING, THE NAME OF THE HYMN, “WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS.”

LESSON

BY JERRY SULLINS

AGAIN WE WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME YOU TO THE LIVING WORD BROADCAST AND, AS WE ARE ON THE AIR EVERY SUNDAY MORNING AT THIS TIME, WE UNDERSTAND THAT MANY OF YOU ARE REGULAR VIEWERS OF THIS PROGRAM. WE HOPE THAT IT IS A BLESSING TO YOU AS IT BRINGS FORTH TO YOU THE MESSAGE OF GOD'S WORD CONCERNING SO MANY VERY IMPORTANT AND ETERNAL SUBJECTS THAT ARE VITAL TO MAN.

THIS WEEK WE'RE BEGINNING A NEW SERIES ON THE TRUTH. AS JESUS SAID IN JOHN 8:32, HE SAID, “AND YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE.” IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE UNDERSTAND WHAT TRUTH IS. ONE PERSON SAID CONCERNING TRUTH - IF I WERE TO ASK YOU HOW TO DEFINE IT, HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE IT? THEY SAID IT'S THE VERY ESSENCE OF A MATTER. WELL, MAYBE WE NEED A LITTLE BIT BETTER EXPLANATION THAN THAT. PUTTING IT IN VERY SIMPLE TERMS, TRUTH IS SOMETHING THAT IS BASED UPON FACT. SO WHEN SOMEONE TELLS US THE TRUTH - THEY'RE TELLING US THE FACTS OF THE MATTER.

WHEN WE LOOK INTO GOD'S WORD AND WE TRY TO UNDERSTAND WHAT TRUTH IS THEN OUR MINDS ARE BROUGHT TO HOPEFULLY AN UNDERSTANDING THAT WHEN JESUS SAID YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE, WE ALL REALIZE THAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT SALVATION. HOW WE COULD HAVE SALVATION THROUGH THE SHEDDING OF HIS BLOOD ON THE CROSS OF CALVARY. BUT WE MUST UNDERSTAND THAT THAT TRUTH IS NOT JUST VITAL BUT THAT TRUTH IS THE VERY ESSENCE OF THE MATTER AS IT RELATES TO GOD'S COMMUNICATION TO US. NOT ONLY THROUGH JESUS, BUT THROUGH THE APOSTLES AND OTHER INSPIRED MEN AS THEY WROTE AND PENNED FOR US WHAT WE UNDERSTAND TO BE THE NEW TESTAMENT THAT WHICH WE FIND IN THE BIBLE ITSELF.

AS WE INVESTIGATE THIS MATTER CALLED TRUTH OR THIS MATTER THAT IS BASED UPON ESTABLISHED FACTS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE BIBLE HAS SOME VERY IMPORTANT STATEMENTS TO SAY ABOUT TRUTH. THE WRITER OF PROVERBS - THAT IS THE COLLECTOR OF ALLOF THE PROVERBS - SOLOMON HIMSELF SAID IN PROVERBS 23:23, “BY THE TRUTH AND DO NOT SELL IT,” OR AS THE KING JAMES VERSION SAYS, “AND SELL IT NOT.” AND SO TRUTH IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT AS IT RELATES TO NOT JUST MATTERS OF AN EARTHLY NATURE BUT ESPECIALLY AS IT RELATES TO THOSE OF A SPIRITUAL NATURE.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT THAT WE UNDERSTAND THAT WE CAN KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH WILL MAKE US FREE. WELL, THE IMPORTANCE OF IT IS THAT WE UNDERSTAND BY ESTABLISHED FACTS THAT WE SEE GOD REVEAL WORD WHAT GOD'S WILL IS FOR US. HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED THAT STATEMENT THAT JESUS MADE IN JOHN 8:32? HE SAID, “YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE.” NOW THAT WAS A PROMISE BY JESUS. NOW, IF JESUS SAID THAT AND HE'D NEVER GAVE US THE TRUTH THEN THAT WOULD MAKE HIM WHAT? THAT WOULD MAKE HIM A LIAR. BUT THE TRUTH IS - THAT IS THAT WHICH IS BASED UPON ESTABLISHED FACTS AS WE SEE REVEALED IN GOD'S WORD. THE TRUTH IS THAT WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN, THE TRUTH. AND THAT TRUTH IS REVEALED TO US IN HIS PRECIOUS WORD.

ON ONE OCCASION NEAR THE END OF THE LIFE OF JESUS, IN FACT IT WAS THE LAST DAY OF JESUS' LIFE ON THE FACE OF THIS EARTH. HE WAS PUT BEFORE PILATE, THAT IS IN THE PRETORIAM, AS WE READ IN JOHN CHAPTER 18 TOWARD THE END OF THAT CHAPTER. PILATE WAS ASKING HIM SOME QUESTIONS BECAUSE THE JEWS HAD ACTUALLY CAPTURED JESUS AND THEY WERE WANTING HIM TO BE CRUCIFIED AND SO PILATE BROUGHT HIM INTO AN INNER CHAMBER AND HE WAS DISCUSSING WITH HIM SOME VERY IMPORTANT MATTERS. AND HE ASKED HIM THE QUESTION, AS WE MIGHT READ IN VERSE 37, ARE YOU A KING THEN? AND JESUS SAID, “YOU SAY RIGHTLY THAT I AM A KING. FOR THIS CAUSE I WAS BORN.” AND LISTEN TO WHAT HE SAYS HERE, “FOR THIS CAUSE I WAS BORN, AND FOR THIS CAUSE I HAVE COME INTO THE WORLD, THAT I SHOULD BEAR WITNESS TO THE TRUTH.” AND THEN HE WENT ON TO SAY, “EVERYONE WHO IS OF THE TRUTH HEARS MY VOICE,”- THAT IS EVERYONE WHO UNDERSTANDS THE ESTABLISHED FACTS HEARS MY VOICE. AND THEN PILATE SORT OF TURNED AWAY AND HE SAID WELL, WHAT IS TRUE? NOW, WE DON'T UNDERSTAND OR WE DON'T KNOW EXACTLY THE ATTITUDE THAT PILATE HAD THERE. AND I'M NOT GOING TO HAVE SOME CONJECTURE AS TO WHAT ATTITUDE HE HAD OR WHY HE SAID THAT. BUT AT LEAST HE UNDERSTOOD TO A CERTAIN DEGREE WHAT TRUTH WAS.

OUR QUESTION TODAY IS WHAT IS TRUTH? AND I WANT US TO LOOK AT IT FROM A BIBLICAL STANDPOINT. NOW YOUR ATTITUDE, CONCERNING THE TRUTH, IS VERY IMPORTANT AS TO WHETHER OR NOT YOU ACCEPT THE TRUTH. SOME PEOPLE JUST REALLY DON'T CARE. WELL, IF YOU DON'T CARE THEN THERE'S REALLY NO REASON FOR YOU TO CONSIDER WHAT'S BEING SAID TODAY OTHER THAN THE FACT THAT IT MIGHT BE SOMETHING THAT YOU NEED TO HEAR. BUT SOME PEOPLE ARE REALLY NOT EVEN INTERESTED. SOME PEOPLE ARE FAVORABLE TO THE TRUTH - THEY WANT TO KNOW IF THERES SOME TRUTH AROUND - WHERE IS IT? I'D LIKE TO HEAR IT SO THAT I CAN BELIEVE IT, AND ACCEPT IT, AND OBEY IT. SOME PEOPLE ARE INDIFFERENT TOWARD THE TRUTH, THEY REALLY DON'T CARE. WELL, YOU MAY SAY THERE'S TRUTH - THEY MIGHT SAY - I SAY THAT OKAY, THERE'S ALSO OTHER TRUTH AND IT'S REALLY NOT MY MAJOR CONCERN OR A MAJOR CONCERN IN MY LIFE. BUT SOME PEOPLE ARE HOSTILE TOWARD THE TRUTH. THEY KNOW WHAT THE TRUTH IS BUT WHAT DO THEY DO? THEY FIGHT AGAINST THE TRUTH. SOME PEOPLE ARE BITTER TOWARD THE TRUTH. THEY ALSO KNOW WHAT THE TRUTH IS BUT BECAUSE HOW, OF HOW IT AFFECTS THEIR LIVES, THEY BECOME VERY BITTER AND THEY DO NOT WANT TO DISCUSS IT WITH ANYONE BECAUSE THEY KNOW IF THEY DISCUSS IT THEN THERE IS A GREAT POSSIBILITY THAT THEY WILL BE FOUND GUILTY OF SOME SIN THAT IS FOUND IN THEIR LIVES.

WELL, PAUL SAID IN ROMANS 3, BEGINNING WITH VERSE 3, HE SAID THIS, “FOR WHAT IF SOME DID NOT BELIEVE? WILL THEIR UNBELIEF MAKE THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD WITHOUT EFFECT? CERTAINLY NOT! INDEED, LET GOD BE TRUE BUT EVERY MAN A LIAR. AS IT IS WRITTEN: ‘THAT YOU MAY BE JUSTIFIED IN YOUR WORDS, AND MAY OVERCOME WHEN YOU ARE JUDGED.’” SO THE ONLY WAY THAT YOU CAN BE OVER, THAT YOU CAN OVERCOME THE JUDGMENT THAT IS COMING YOUR WAY, IS THAT YOUR WORDS AND YOUR LIFE IS ESTABLISHED IN THE TRUTH. AND JUST BECAUSE YOU SAY WELL, I DON'T BELIEVE IT DOESN'T MEAN THAT IT IS NOT THE TRUTH. THE TRUTH IS JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD. SOME PEOPLE DO NOT WANT TO BELIEVE THE TRUTH THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD BUT IT IS A TRUTH. SOME PEOPLE ARE BITTER AGAINST THAT TRUTH. SOME PEOPLE ARE HOSTILE ABOUT THE TRUTH THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD. SOME PEOPLE ARE INDIFFERENT KNOWING THAT HE IS THE SON OF GOD BUT FAIL TO OBEY WHAT HE HAS SAID. AND THEN THERE ARE SOME WHO ARE PLEASANTLY IN FAVOR OF IT AND WANT TO OBEY THE TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD.

SO WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT TRUTH? A VERY INTERESTING STATEMENT IS MADE IN JOHN 14:6, AND THIS WAS JESUS SPEAKING. HE SAID, “I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE. NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME.” NOW THAT IS AN ETERNAL TRUTH. YOU CANNOT GO TO THE FATHER THROUGH MOHAMMED. YOU CANNOT GO THROUGH THE FATHER OR TO THE FATHER THROUGH JOSEPH SMITH. YOU CANNOT GO THROUGH THE FATHER THROUGH MARTIN LUTHER OR NEITHER THROUGH JERRY SULLINS. JESUS SAID, “I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE. NO MAN COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME.” WHAT DOES THAT MEAN THAT MEANS WITH IN HIM IS THE EMBODIMENT OF TRUTH. HE IS THE WAY, HE IS THE TRUTH, AND HE IS THE LIFE.

WELL NOW, IF HE IS THE TRUTH - THAT IS THE VERY ESSENCE OF TRUTH OR THE VERY ESSENCE OF A MATTER - IF HE IS THE ONE THAT IS THE EMBODIMENT OF TRUTH THEN HOW DID HE GET THAT TRUTH TO US? THAT IS A VALID QUESTION THAT SOME PEOPLE MIGHT RAISE. AS WE LOOK IN JOHN CHAPTER 17 - WELL FIRST OF ALL LET'S LOOK AT JOHN 16:13. WHEN JESUS WAS SPEAKING TO HIS 12 APOSTLES HE SAID THIS, AT THAT TIME THEY WERE DISCIPLES - HE SAID THAT HOWBEIT WHEN HE THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS COME, HE WILL GUIDE YOU OR LEAD YOU INTO ALL TRUTH. NOW HOW DID HE DO THAT? IN JOHN 17:17 HE SAID TO THE SAME MAN, HE SAID, “SANCTIFY THEM BY YOUR TRUTH. YOUR WORD IS TRUTH. SO WHERE DID THE TRUTH COME? IT CAME FROM JESUS - ACTUALLY IT CAME FROM THE FATHER THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT. THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS ALSO GIVING JESUS THOSE WORDS OF TRUTH, AS HE ALSO CLAIMED THE TRUTH WAS COMING FROM THE FATHER THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT TO THOSE HOLY MEN OF GOD AS THEY SPAKE, AS THEY WERE MOVED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT. THAT MY FRIEND IS THE TRUTH THAT JESUS WAS TALKING ABOUT WHEN HE SAID TO HIS APOSTLES SANCTIFY THEM IN THY TRUTH, THY WORDS ARE TRUTH. AND HE WENT ON TO TELL THEM AS HE'D ALREADY TOLD THEM BEFORE THAT WHAT YOU'RE SPEAKING WILL NOT BE YOUR WORDS BUT THEY WILL BE THE WORDS OF THE FATHER BROUGHT TO YOU THROUGH AND BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.

LET'S LOOK AT SOMETHING ELSE ABOUT THE TRUTH - THE TRUTH, AS JESUS SAID AND I CALL YOUR ATTENTION BACK TO JOHN 8:32, “AND YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE.” WELL, WHAT WAS HE SPEAKING OF WHEN HE MENTIONED FREEDOM? WELL, OF COURSE HE WAS SPEAKING OF ETERNAL LIFE. ROMANS CHAPTER 6:23 SAYS THAT SIN IS THAT THING THAT SEPARATES US FROM GOD, BUT THE FREE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD. SO WE CANNOT UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF THE TRUTH BECAUSE IT IS THAT TRUTH THAT SAVES US FROM SIN. SO WHEN JESUS SAID, “YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE.” HE WAS SIMPLY SAYING YOU'RE GOING TO KNOW WHAT IS DESIRED OF YOU IN ORDER TO BE SAVED FROM YOUR SINS. AND THAT WILL SET YOU FREE FROM SIN ITSELF.

IN 2 THESSALONIANS 2:13, THERE PAUL SPEAKING TO THE CHURCH AT THESSALONICA SAID THAT THROUGH THE BELIEF OF TRUTH THEY WOULD BE SAVED FROM THE CONDEMNATION OF SIN. AND SO HOW IMPORTANT IS THAT IN OUR LIVES? SEE, WE WOULD NOT KNOW THAT UNLESS JESUS, BEING THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE, HAD REVEAL THAT TO US THROUGH HIS WORD. IN 1 PETER 1:22, A VERY IMPORTANT STATEMENT IS MADE , THAT IT IS THROUGH THE OBEDIENCE OF THE TRUTH THAT WE RECEIVE THE PURIFICATION OF OUR SOULS. SEEING YOU HAVE OBEYED THE TRUTH, IT'S SPEAKING OF OBEYING THE TRUTH. YOU HAVE PURIFIED YOUR SOULS BY OBEYING THE TRUTH THROUGH THE SPIRIT. SO THE SPIRIT HAS REVEALED WHAT? HAS REVEALED THAT TRUTH AND YOU HAVE PURIFIED YOUR SOULS IN OBEYING THAT TRUTH. THAT IS THAT WHICH IS BEING SPOKEN OF IN JOHN 8:32.

NOW THE QUESTION IS FOR YOU TODAY IS THAT ARE YOU GOING TO ACCEPT THAT TRUTH? NO, YOU DON'T HAVE TO. AS I'VE TOLD PEOPLE IN AFRICA WHERE WE SERVED FOR 20 YEARS ON THE MISSION FIELD AND STILL GO REGULARLY TO AFRICA I TELL THEM AND I REMIND THEM, EVEN IN ZAMBIA AND UGANDA AND OTHER PLACES THAT I'VE GONE, THAT THESE COUNTRIES ARE FREE ENOUGH WHERE YOU CAN EITHER ACCEPT OR YOU CAN REJECT THE TRUTH. IT IT IS UP TO YOU! IT IS UP TO YOU AS FAR AS GOD IS CONCERNED. HE'S NOT WILLING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH, AS HE TOLD THROUGH THE APOSTLE PETER. HE'S NOT WILLING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH BUT ALL SHOULD COME TO REPENTANCE. HE WANTS EVERYONE TO BE SAVED. WE ARE HIS CHILDREN - THAT IS - BECAUSE OF HIM WE HAVE BEEN BROUGHT INTO THIS WORLD SO HE'S NOT WILLING THAT YOU SHOULD PERISH. HE WANTS YOU TO COME TO REPENTANCE. THAT'S THE TRUTH BUT THE TRUTH IS ALSO, IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE FREEDOM FROM OUR SINS, AND THE GUILT OF SIN, AND TO HAVE OUR SINS WASHED AWAY, THERE IS A TRUTH THAT WE MUST FOLLOW. THE QUESTION IS: HAVE YOU FOLLOWED THAT TRUTH? THAT TRUTH IS SO SIMPLE THAT ANY PERSON ON THE FACE OF THIS EARTH CAN OBEY IT. ALL THE ELEMENTS ARE PRESENT EVERYWHERE FOR YOU TO OBEY THAT ETERNAL TRUTH THAT WILL SAVE YOUR SOUL.

SOME PEOPLE SAY WELL, I KNOW I NEED TO BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST. THERES NO PROBLEM, I BELIEVE THAT HE IS THE CHRIST. WELL, JESUS SAID, “EXCEPT YOU BELIEVE THAT I AM HE, YOU SHALL DIE IN YOUR SINS.” THAT'S THE TRUTH AS JESUS STATED IN THE BOOK OF JOHN ALSO. JESUS SAID, “IF YOU CONFESS ME BEFORE MEN,” MATTHEW 10:32, “I WILL CONFESS YOU BEFORE MY FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN. IF YOU DENY ME BEFORE MEN, I WILL DENY YOU BEFORE MY FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN.” THAT, MY FRIEND, IS THE TRUTH REVEALING GOD'S WORD. YOU NEED TO REPENT OF YOUR SINS. JESUS SAID, I TELL YA, NAY EXCEPT YOU REPENT, YOU WILL ALL IN ALL LIKE MANNER PERISH. JOHN 3:5- YOU MUST REPENT. THERE'S NO ALTERNATIVE - THAT MEANS TO TURN AWAY FROM SIN - TO DECIDE TO SERVE CHRIST FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. THAT'S A DECISION THAT YOU MUST MAKE. THAT IS THE TRUTH REVEALED TO US IN GOD'S WORD.

AND IT IS ALSO THE TRUTH, MY FRIEND, THAT YOU MUST BE BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST FOR THE REMISSION OF YOUR SINS. THAT'S WHAT GOD GAVE THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT TO THE APOSTLE PAUL IN ROMANS 6:3 AND 6:4. WE ARE BURIED TOGETHER IN THE LIKENESS OF HIS DEATH AND RAISED IN THE LIKENESS OF HIS RESURRECTION, AS WE HAVE BEEN WHAT? AS WE HAVE BEEN BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST FOR THE REMISSION OF OUR SINS. ACTS CHAPTER 2:38 AND GALATIANS 3:26 AND 27 WHICH SAYS, “FOR WE ALL THE CHILDREN OF GOD THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS, FOR AS MANY OF YOU AS HAVE BEEN BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST, HAVE PUT ON CHRIST.”

MY FRIEND, WHAT I'VE BEEN SPEAKING TO YOU OF THESE FEW MOMENTS THAT WE'VE HAD TOGETHER TODAY, IS THE TRUTH THAT IS REVEALED IN THE BIBLE. IF YOU BELIEVE THAT THE BIBLE IS THE INSPIRED WORD OF GOD, THAT IT IS INFALLIBLE, THAT IT IS INHERRANT, THAT IT IS ALL SUFFICIENT, THEN MY FRIEND, YOU MUST BELIEVE THE TRUTH THAT IS REVEALED IN GOD'S WORD. SO WHAT DO WE HAVE IN THIS MESSAGE TODAY THAT IS IMPORTANT TO US? I WOULD SAY ONE IMPORTANT TRUTH, AS WE STARTED THIS LESSON IN THE BOOK OF JOHN 8:32, THE STATEMENT IS MADE BY JESUS HIMSELF, “YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE.” NOW THAT'S YOUR CHOICE. WE'RE NOT GOING TO FORCE YOU TO DO THAT AND NO ONE CAN. BUT THE LOVE OF GOD CAUSED JESUS TO COME TO DIE UPON THE CROSS TO PRESENT TO US THAT WAY THAT WE CAN KNOW THE TRUTH AND BE ABLE TO ACCEPT THE TRUTH AND OBEY THE TRUTH AND THEREBY BE SAVED. AGAIN I SAY, IT'S YOUR CHOICE AND WE HOPE AND PRAY THAT YOU WILL MAKE THAT THAT DECISION TO NOT ONLY KNOW THE TRUTH BUT TO OBEY THE TRUTH AND HAVE OPPORTUNITY FOR SALVATION.

CLOSING COMMENTS

WHAT A BLESSING IT HAS BEEN TO JOIN TOGETHER IN THE THINGS OF GOD THIS MORNING. THANK YOU FOR DOING YOUR PART IN MAKING ALL THESE THINGS TO BE ACCORDING TO HIS WILL. AS ALWAYS, WE INVITE YOU BACK EVERY LORD’S DAY MORNING AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS OFFERING FOR GOD!

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