Sunday, October 18th

One of the greatest tasks of the rest of your life is figuring out What is the Truth?

Genesis 2:25 (NLT) -  “Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.”

Genesis 3:2-3 (NLT) - “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’”

Genesis 3:4-5 (NLT) - “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”

Woman #1 teaches us that Truth is a choice.

Just because you choose it doesn’t make it true.

You get to decide what is true because you get to choose what is true for you.

It doesn’t matter what it is, you get to choose what is true because you get to answer the question, "What is the Truth?"

John 8:1-3 (NLT) - “Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.”

John 8:4-6 (NLT) - “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The Law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger.”

John 8:7-9 (NLT) - “They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust. When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman.”

John 8:31-32 (NLT) - "Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Woman #2 teaches us you get to decide who you trust.

I don’t mean you get to trust me or someone close to you, because honestly, we’ll let you down.

No, you get to decide if you are going to trust those who let you down, or are you going to trust Jesus.

We come to church, we read our Scripture, we struggle when people disagree with us, we try and figure out how to answer based on scripture, then people say well if that’s true, why don’t you live it?

Jesus said you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.