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Walking a Disciple’s Walk Week 1 Day 1: Walk in Truth – Our Confession of Faith

Walking a Disciple’s Walk: Forsaking Convenient Lies to Follow the Lord 1 – Walk in Truth – Our Confession of Faith

Part 1: The Lie vs. the Truth and Why the Battle Matters

The Lie: “I love Jesus, but what I believe doesn’t really matter.”

Ways we may show we believe the lie:

• We don’t open our Bibles nearly as often as we should and, when we do, we cherry-pick passages that suit us for the moment instead of mining Scripture for truth in a thoughtful and committed way.

• We are dismissive of theology and significant questions of core Christian doctrine by responding with disdain or apathy to any material that focuses on such things (sermons, classes, books, media, etc.)

• We are open to any and all interpretations of Scripture, no matter how strict or loose. We just say, “The fact that you and I both love Jesus is all I care about. We can disagree on anything else, because we can’t know much for certain anyway. Who is to judge which interpretation is the right one?”

• We cannot clearly articulate who made us, why He made us, why we are the way we are, why we need Jesus, who Jesus is, why He really was born and really died and really lives again, how we should respond, what we should do after responding, and what we should expect in the future. While these may be things we actually know, we do not understand them well enough to explain to someone else.

• We don’t think about why we believe what we believe in light of what God has to say about it and how it affects our relationship to God.

• We think that holding to God’s Word as inerrant, infallible, and authoritative is not very important as long as we know Jesus died for us. We may say, “Sure, the Bible can have myths and mistakes in it – we’re not saved by the Bible, we’re saved by Jesus!” 

• We don’t pay attention to who is influencing us, who we are reading or listening to, or what we tell others about God. We assume that all issues are issues of personality, culture, or conscience, instead of issues about biblical truth. 

The Truth: If we truly loved Him, our confession of faith would be vitally important.

What God’s Word says: 

Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.” 

Psalm 86:11

(Jesus praying) “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” 

John 17:17 

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. …. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” 

John 14:6, 15-21

“If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. Command and teach these things…. Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 

1 Timothy 4:6-11, 16

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” 

Colossians 3:16

“Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.”

Psalm 25:4-5

Why the Battle Matters:

In a Q and A video I watched recently, pastor John Macarthur laid out the process of discipleship in this way: First, we understand truth, then we believe truth, then we hold onto truth as a conviction, then we love truth with a deep affection. (The original video can be found here, beginning at the 37:00 mark: https://rb.gy/z5u87m) In other words, we are taught God’s truth so we can accept, own, and ultimately embrace it. His point was that discipleship is more than just life-on-life example-setting; it is also the actual process of passing down and receiving truth. This is essential for us to recognize because even though our actions reveal our character, our words often reveal our worldview—the set of ideas which is continually shaping our character. 

So, keeping all of that in mind, we know that believers are to grow in their discipleship to Christ and to take part in discipling others—to push each other toward understanding, believing, embracing, and loving truth. But where do we begin? When we encounter external and internal questions, how will we answer them? When we face challenges, how will we overcome them? We may hold a Bible in our hands, but do we know what it says enough to mine from its pages the truth we and those around us actually need? Can we define our terms based on the Bible rather than the popular social vocabulary? Can we argue for the choices we make for our lives and our families based on clear biblical principles, or are we simply doing our best to follow familiar patterns? The answers to these questions are of great significance to our role as disciples of Christ. What we should long for most is the rooting of our whole complex lives in God’s Word and ways.

The Christian faith, in every particular of its core doctrines, is satisfying to the soul in a way that we will never appreciate unless we search it out through study. Likewise, no disciple will ever love Christ more by knowing Him less – when we love Him, we will want to know everything we can about who He is, what He has done, and what He teaches so we might follow in His footsteps.

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