Life Bridge Christian Church
Jesus People Week 19 - Jesus' Radical Rule of Simple Honesty
Sunday Services 6/6/2021
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  • Life Bridge Christian Church
    2496 Glendale Ave, Green Bay, WI 54313, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM
Description: In our world today, truthful information is at a premium. More than ever, it seems that we are confronted with knowing half-truths, disinformation, and selective editing. It's often hard to know what to believe and when we're being lied to. How do Christians live in such times? Jesus calls people who are members of His Kingdom to stick out for simple, consistent honesty. Because we are truly loved, we can be truthful. Because we have a faithful savior, we can be faithful to our word.
A heart that has been changed by grace rejoices in telling the truth.
1. God's law commands that we should do what we say
Say what you mean and mean what you say.
Quote: If you If you took an oath by the temple, that was not binding; but if you took an oath by the GOLD of the temple, that was binding. If you took an oath by the altar you need not keep it; but if you took an oath by the gift that was on the altar then it was absolutely binding." No wonder Jesus pours out humiliation and scorn on it all. It's embarrassing and irreverent. (Martin Lloyd Jones)
God's commandment applies to all types of lies:
1. The lies we tell to ourselves
2. The lies we tell to God
3. The lies we tell to others
Deception is what happens when we say one thing but mean another.
2. Deception toward others is dishonesty toward God
Jesus People are HONEST because of their reverence for the Lord
3. When we deceive others we are dishonest with ourselves
When we are deceptive, it's almost always to make ourselves look better
Evaluating our own lives:
○ Where in my life am I misleading others in order to appear a certain way?
○ Where am I holding back honesty to avoid negative consequences?
○ Where am I prone to exaggerate in order to gain a more favorable opinion?
○ Where have I withheld the truth from others for fear of rejection or disapproval?
In God's Kingdom, we are truthful because we are truly loved.
4. Jesus people mean what they say and say what they mean.
Jesus' simple rule:
(a) When you mean no, say no.
(b) Follow through on your yes.
Am I the type of person that people can trust?
5. Our savior can be trusted on His body of Work
We can live in confident expectation of future joy because Jesus is God's yes to our resurrection.
One Big Thing: Jesus People are faithful to their word because Christ has been faithful to us!

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