The Conviction of Truth!
The Conviction of Truth!
9 I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given Me, for they are Yours. 10 All mine are Yours, and Yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, which you have given Me, that they may be one, even as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I kept them in Your name, which you have given Me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.14 I have given them Your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask that You take them out of the world, but that You keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. (John 17:9-17, ESV)
14 I have given them Your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world...
12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from His sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:12-13, ESV)
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Week 1 - The Conviction of Truth
Sunday’s message discussed conviction of truth and we looked specifically at God’s word being the source of how truth is revealed to us. So, the studies for this entire series will center around the content of the message from Sunday, July 8. This will help us under- stand the base from which all the other sermons inthe series were built. For the next four weeks, will look at a passage that illuminates the sufficiency and certainty of scripture and God’s word! These studies will be very applicable to us as we live in a day and time in our culture where the grounds for the certainty of anything, in any realm, gets called into question. Psalm 19:7-11 is the greatest summation concerning the power of God’s word anywhere in scripture! As a group, turn to Ps. 19:7-11, read aloud and let us marvel at the beauty of this passages truth and its flawless composition.
1. Look at the first three verses, v7-9. For some of us, it maybe longer in the past than others, but think back to high school where we studied literature and composition. What pattern do we see repeated in the first three verses?
2. Each verse contains two statements, two characteristics, and two effects for a total of six statements, characteristics, and effects. What do all of them have in common?
3. As a group, name each thing attributed to ‘The Lord’ in these statements.
4. As a group, identify the characteristic of each statement tied to ‘The Lord’.
Now, over the next four weeks we will identify and discuss the effect that each statement and characteristic will have on the reader. Let’s start with v7a.
5. V7a - The Law of GOD is perfect--reviving the soul. The law of God is perfect, both in it being flawless and in it being complete! So how does this ‘revive the soul’?
6. What value is there in God’s law being flawless?
7. What value is there in God’s law being complete?
8. Also, what is the significance of the Psalmist using the word ‘soul’ and not the word ‘body’?
God’s law is perfect--it revives our soul--not our physical bodies; because it seeks out that which has eternal value--preparing us to be a suitable gift unto GOD and defining the parameters of our worship!