Today, we will look at our second core value: truth. You may ask, “Why isn’t the gospel one of your core values?” We believe the gospel informs and shapes all our values. Our values of worship, truth, identity, community, and mission, are all derived from the gospel. Without the gospel, all our values are empty.
Jesus says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6).” Later in John, Jesus praying for his disciples prays, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the word. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. (John 17:17-19).” Truth is foundational to the Christian life. Sinclair Ferguson once said, “God and his truth cannot be changed; the gospel is not negotiable.”
The gospel clarifies who God is, who we are, why the world is the way it is, and even our purpose in life. Without the gospel, we will never have a true understanding of anything. We value truth because it brings understanding to who God is so that we may behold His glory. God is the God of truth, and it is in Him we come out of a kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of His beloved son, who is the light of the world.
We value truth as it is revealed to us in Scripture. We understand truth to be objective and revealed to us by God in His Word. Every worldview appeals to a final authority. The Bible is the standard to which we appeal. The Bible is necessary, sufficient, and authoritative. As Christians, we cannot just make up what we think, feel, or desire God to be. God has revealed himself to us. The truth matters. Theology matters. Doctrine matters.
However, truth is not just an intellectual pursuit, truth should cause worship. We want to know God rightly in order to worship him rightly. Truth is not merely informational, it should be transformational (Rom 12:1-2). We cannot separate worship and truth. “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth (John 4:24).” Truth should cause the Christian to love God more deeply and passionately. Truth should cause us to love others with more humility, grace, gentleness, and transparency.
The truth produces a desire in the believer to make God known. The truth produces humility because we know that God graciously revealed the truth to us, and without his mercy, we would not know him. The truth encourages transparency because we are all broken, ruined sinners, and apart from God’s sovereign grace, we would remain in that state. The truth changes how we relate to God and to one another.
We hope to display this core value by the way we approach ministry, our interactions with one another, and our worship. At Grace Hill, we will display this value by the way we preach and teach as well. We will do our best to present ourselves to God as ones approved, workers who have no need to be ashamed, because we rightly handle the word of truth (2 Tim 2:15).
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