Loving Biblical Truth

Every believer needs to be rightly related to the Truth. They must have an inward focus through God’s Word, characterized by an ever-increasing movement away from living by human reasoning to living by divine wisdom.

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Tony Evans commentary on John 17:3 and John 8:31-32

Read John 17:3

In his prayer, Jesus gave a definition of eternal life. This is important because it does not merely refer to an existence that lasts forever. After all, everyone will live eternally, either in heaven or in hell. Eternal life, then, is not merely the continuation of life but the experience of God’s reality. This is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and the one you have sent—Jesus Christ. To receive eternal life is to enter into the divine realm with the goal of experiencing an intimate relationship with God through Jesus, a relationship that will grow throughout eternity. It is the uninterrupted, deepening knowledge and experience of God. This is the purpose for which we were created.
Read John 8:31-32

8:31: To those who had believed in him, Jesus said, If you continue in my word, you really are my disciples. So notice that you can believe in Jesus but not continue in his word and, thus, not function as a true disciple. Justification does not automatically result in continuous discipleship.
8:32: You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. Note two things. First, there is such a thing as truth. Truth is the absolute standard by which reality is measured. We live in a relativistic society that denies absolute truth, claiming, “What’s true for you may not be true for me.” But truth is not based on our feelings, experiences, or desires. Truth is God’s viewpoint on every matter, and it is not subject to redefinition. Pilate would ask, “What is truth?” (18:38), and the answer to that question is “Jesus” (see John 14:6). Second, knowing the truth results in genuine freedom. Don’t be confused. Truth alone doesn’t liberate; rather, the knowledge of the truth liberates. Deliverance comes when we know the truth—that is, when we hang out in what God says. When this happens, we will experience the truth setting us free from illegitimate bondage.[1]

   [1] Tony Evans Bible Commentary Copyright © 2019 by Holman Bible Publishers Nashville, Tennessee.

Activities for Kids

Interactive games to help kids learn the importance of God's Word in their lives

Hidden in Plain Sight

Items Needed:
  • Flashlights
  • Bible

Send one family member out of the room and choose another one to place the Bible in plain sight. Call the finder into the room, flip off the light, and ask him to find the item. He must shine the flashlight around the room until he finds the “hidden” item. Flip the light on and choose a new hider and finder. The Bible was not really hidden, but you couldn’t see it in the dark. What helped you find it? (The flashlight) When you shined the light in the darkness, you could see the object. God’s Word is a light in a dark world. It teaches us about God’s faithfulness and gives us wisdom to make good choices.
Ultimately Reliable

Items Needed:
  • Paper, paper towels, dish towels, wood, etc. –

Books Test different materials for reliability. (Any variety you have will do.) Ask the children to gather blocks or other small toys, cars, etc. to use in the experiment. Make two stacks of books and use the different materials to find out what makes the best bridge between the books. Lay the sheet of paper on top of the books. Then stack items to see how strong the paper is. Will it hold one block? Will it hold 5 blocks? Repeat with other materials. Each time a new material is tested for reliability, make a note of how many blocks it holds. What material was the most reliable? What does it mean to be reliable? (To be strong, to be counted on to do what it is supposed to do, etc.) What does it mean to say that God is reliable? (He is strong, He will do what He has said He will do, We can count on Him for help, etc.) God and His Word are reliable. The Bible can be trusted to teach us about God’s faithfulness and give us wisdom to make good choices. God’s Word teaches us how to live, and we should praise God for the gift of His Word, the Bible.
Which Way Do We Go?

Items Needed:
  • Map
  • GPS
  • Bible

Show the children the map and GPS. Explain how they work. Emphasize that we must follow the directions on a map or the instructions from the GPS in order to arrive at our destination. What might happen if we ignored the directions and instructions of the map and GPS? (We might get lost, We wouldn’t get to where we needed to be, etc.) If someone is trying to guide you, what must you do? (Listen, Pay attention, Follow, etc.) God gave us a wonderful gift when He gave us His Word, the Bible! The Bible shows us how to live and guides us to make good choices that please God. The Bible teaches us about how Jesus lived and is full of examples of God’s faithfulness. God’s Word is a gift, and we can find delight in its words!

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