The More You Know (Part 3): Study Guide

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Bottom Line

A world without truth isn’t wrong; it’s insane. 

Study Verses

Matthew 21:23-27, Psalm 51:6, John 17:17, Psalm 119:160, Proverbs 18:21

Key Points

  • Knowledge is designed to connect our souls to the truth. 
  • Language is designed to express our souls desire for freedom. 
  • Language is given as a way to understand and articulate truth. 
  • Information connects knowledge to truth. 
  • In the absence of truth, we create a reality that is governed by our will. 
  • The truth establishes the essence of reality and provides a foundation that will support the weight of our desires. 
  • The truth is that we were made for life with God and life for God. 
  • We were created in the image of God’s compelling beauty and greatness and were made to display that beauty and greatness in everything we do.
  • If we can want wrong things and think wrong things, then we can’t depend on our wants and beliefs to lead us to freedom.
  • Your words have the power to create realities. 
  • We often use information to buttress our beliefs – not to discern truth. 

ENCOUNTER

“Seek not to understand that you may believe, but seek to believe that you may understand.” -St. Augustine

  • Read the quote from St. Augustine. What are the differences between the two mindsets spoken about in this quote?
  • What happens to our culture when truth is absent?
  • What is the danger in using our wants and beliefs to be the sole guide in determining truth and pursuing freedom?

FORMATION

  • Read Matthew 21:23-27. What was the religious leader’s motivation for this encounter with Jesus? How concerned were they about genuinely understanding truth? Why were they careful with their words?
  • Read Psalm 51:6, John 17:17, Psalm 119:160. How does the truth of our identity in Christ provide a firm foundation for us to walk on? Why did Jesus pray that we would be sanctified in His truth?
  • Read Proverbs 18:21. In what ways do our words hold power in shaping our reality, perspective and understanding of truth?

EXPRESSION

  • What false realities are you speaking into existence through your words? Why are you given these words power to shape your perspective?
  • What issues are you gathering information about to buttress your own beliefs rather than seeking understanding and encountering truth? What does the Gospel do to this issue?
  • Where are you attempting to conceal or avoid the truth? Why are you reacting to your situation in this way? What would it look like to mine for truth regarding these circumstances?
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