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Spring Run Presbyterian Church Values: 1-4 (1 of 2)
Series: Church Values
Acts 3:1-10; 4:1-31
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1. TRUTH AND MEANING
- the truth sets us free and gives meaning to life. The Bible is more than a guidebook. It is the truth and is as relevant today as it was millennia ago. Rather than clinging to things in this life for our security and significance, we should relinquish them and find our ultimate satisfaction in God.
Paul and John had to stand up for the Truth that they believed in before the authorities. Acts 4:19-20, ''But Peter and John answered them, ''Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, 20 for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.''
We live in a crazy-mixed up world. There is so much confusion right now over social issues, political issues, religious issues and moral issues. Nobody seems to know what our cultural norms are even supposed to be.
We are also living in extremely dangerous times, and these are not just confined to our own community or country. But dangerous and extreme acts of violence are taking place all over the world. There are a lot of why questions. There is a tremendous amount of frustration, fear and despair.
This is one reason why we value truth and meaning. The Christian faith makes a very audacious claim to have ALL the answers. I realize this sounds outrageous and even offensive to some but we believe in the all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present and eternal God, who has revealed to us His creation and His plan to restore all things to himself and make all things right again. We believe that God has given us ALL the answers to live a life that pleases Him and is for the good of every person on the planet.
Truth and meaning for life come from God the Creator, and He has revealed that truth to us through creation, through Christ, through the Scriptures and through the Holy Spirit.
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