The More You Know (Part 4): Study Guide

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Bottom Line

If the truth doesn’t compel you to love, you haven’t driven it far enough down to be free. 

Study Verses

1 Corinthians 8:1-3, Mark 12:29-31, 2 Timothy 2:15

Key Points

  • Everything finds its meaning and purpose within the context of its relationship to God. 
  • God’s truth provides a foundation that is strong enough to support the weight of our desires.
  • Freeing truth compels us to love. 
  • Jesus defined truth in the context of a relationship and as an expression of love.
  • Knowledge might mess up what we think about what we are thinking. 
  • Truth isn’t given to make us correct, but rather to make us free. 
  • Whoever loves is known by God and it is this knowing that serves as the source for which we love others. 
  • Our hearts must be awaken to love. Our minds are useful to that end. 
  • Truth is always found in the context of a relationship instead of a principle or an issue.
  • We can use freedom up and end up enslaved. 

ENCOUNTER

“Our ceaseless craving for more, though it can kill us when unredeemed, may be a hint of the joy we are made for when the soul finds its center in God.”John Ortberg

  • Read the quote from John Ortberg. How do we twist truth to fit our agenda, feed our cravings and fulfill our selfish desires?
  • What are some truths you’ve attempted to establish that you hoped would bring you closer towards freedom (ex. If I get married, I’ll be happy. If I’d had more money, I’d feel more secure. If we can all agree on this issue, we will find peace)?  How did these “truths” fall shot of your desires?
  • God’s truth provides a foundation that is strong enough to support the weight of your desires. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not? What makes you answer in the way that you do?

FORMATION

  • Read 1 Corinthians 8:1-3. What is the difference between a knowledge that puffs up and a knowledge that compels one to love others?
  • Read Mark 12:29-31. What implications are there to Jesus framing the greatest commandment question in a relational way? What connection does a relationship have with truth? How does loving God impact our ability to love others?
  • Read 2 Timothy 2:15. How does one know if they are “correctly handling the word of truth”?

EXPRESSION

  • As you look back on these past four weeks, how has your approach to truth changed? What was the greatest insight you gained from this series? Why did this insight stick out to you?
  • Lust, envy, anger, comparison, jealousy, indifference, complacency, etc. Where do you need to dig deeper into the truth to expose the state of your heart?
  • How can you utilize your mind to awaken your heart to love when it comes to this issue?
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