The Truth is Worth Fighting For

Preached by Andrew Smellie, November 4, 2007

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(cover) The Truth War by John MacArthur

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Andrew references this author’s deep conviction about the battle that is being waged against the truth.

Andrew’s main points were:
1. Seek the Truth
2. Know the Truth
3. Guard the Truth

We’ve got to recognize the worldliness of being uncomfortable with a precise application of the truth from the Bible to our lives. Some in the “Emergent Church Movement” have decided that the truth is in fact, un-knowable.
“The Truth Is Worth Fighting For”
Preached by Andrew Smellie
Sunday, November 4, 2007

2 Timothy 3:14-17
• The Bible is an absolute for life.
• The Bible lays out the standard for righteousness.
• With smooth talk and flattery, Satan deceives the minds of many.
• As a disciple of Jesus Christ, you are called to continue in what you have learned.
Question: Are you convinced that this is the Word of God?
Question: Are you convinced that the Bible is an absolute?
Question: Are you convinced that the Bible is the standard for righteousness?

John 14:6
• If the Bible is the standard for your life, then it is easy to obey God.
Question: What is your standard?

John 12:48
Question: Are you continuing to run with the same urgency and zeal as when you came out of the baptism waters?
• Unless you are convinced that this is the Word of God – that there is no other way – then you will not be convicted and you will not be convinced.
Question: Are you really convinced that God’s Word and plan are the way that you need to live?
• Do not take God’s grace for granted.
Question: Do you acknowledge that the Word of God is inherently from God and infallible?
• You have come to a place filled with imperfect people with a perfect plan.
• True students and followers of God – that is what disciples of Jesus Christ are.
• Satan would love to water down your standard to the point that you are no different from or than anyone else in the world.
Question: Why are you here if it is not to proclaim the Word of God to a hurting world?
• This is not supermarket Christianity that does not change the world.
• If you were not here on time this morning, then what standard are you holding to?
Question: Are you giving your best to God?
• You got to be hard-lined about why you do what you do.
Question: What holds you back from giving your best?
• You have to be convinced that the truth is worth fighting for.
Question: Do you believe that the Bible is worth fighting for?
Question: How is the world ever going to be inspired to know the truth if disciples of Jesus Christ cannot even come to an agreement about what the truth is?
• The truth is at war.

1 Timothy 4:16
• The doctrine is the culmination of the beliefs that you have.
• Both life and doctrine are equally important.
• You got to seek the truth, know the truth and guard the truth.

1. Seek the truth.
Proverbs 8:1-21
Question: Do you fear the LORD if you do not hate evil?
Question: Do you really trust God?
Question: Are you seeking the truth?
• Your pride and arrogance deflects what God calls you to do.
Question: Are you really seeking the truth?
Question: Are you really seeking wisdom and knowledge?
• If you seek the truth, then you will find God.
Question: How much are you really reliant on God?

John 5:16-30
• God is at work; Jesus is at work.
Question: Are you at work?
• Jesus said that He could do nothing by Himself.
Question: Who is in your life calling you, helping you to be more like Jesus?
Question: Do you realize that when someone corrects you that it is love?
• If you are not honoring Jesus, then you are not honoring God.
Question: What is your goal?
• Seek the truth; seek the praise of God.
• Look at the heart Jesus had to imitate God.
• Jesus was seeking advice and wisdom.
Question: How does what Jesus said apply to you?
Question: Who are you imitating and following as he strives to live like Jesus?
• You are in danger if you are not imitating a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Question: Are you seeking the truth in your life?
• You have never been at the place you are today. You always continue to learn.
Question: Who are you seeking the truth from?
• You diligently study the Scriptures . . .
Question: What are you doing if you are not applying the Scriptures to your life?
• You have got to be willing to accept praise from God quicker than you accept praise from the world.
Question: Who do you go to first?
• You got to imitate the heart of the Ethiopian eunuch. Yes getting help from people, but seeking God and the truth in His Word!! (Acts 8:26-40)

2. Know the truth.
• If you do not know the truth, then you will get deceived.
• All you have to do is look at the worldwide fellowship of churches the past four years.
• If you are not convinced of the truth, then you will be swayed. (Matthew 22:16)
Question: Has your faith swayed?
Question: How well do you know the truth?

1 Kings 18:16-21
• One man against eight hundred and fifty false prophets.
Question: Why did the people say nothing?
Question: Are you willing to go there with people about the denomination that they belong to?
• It is really convicting that the people said nothing.
Question: How does this relate to you today?
• People are comfortably uncertain about the concept of truth.
• You are committing spiritual infidelity if you do not follow your life and doctrine closely.

Colossians 2:6-12
• When people get confused, they go back to what they know.
Question: What are you willing to do to know the truth?
Question: Are you willing to move to know the truth?
Question: What are you willing to do to strengthen yourself?
Question: What are the basic principles of this world?
Question: Do you know the truth enough to proclaim it?

Galatians 5:7-12
• There were Jewish Christians who were telling the Gentiles that they could not become disciples unless they got a physical circumcision.
Question: Why was Paul so passionate about this issue?

3. Guard the faith.
1 Timothy 1:3-7
• The issue is that you love God and you love people and you want to proclaim the truth.
Question: Why do you need to guard the faith?
• Respected people are teaching the wrong things – this represents such a danger to your faith.

Jude 3-4
Question: Why do you think that nowadays disciples of Jesus Christ lack a willingness to speak up and guard the faith?

“If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. 
Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefield besides is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.”
- MARTIN LUTHER