JESUS IS THE SOURCE OF TRUTH
We can look to Jesus to be our source of truth about God.
Say: Welcome to Equip Week! We are so excited to come together each Equip Week to study how to share the Gospel with our friends here at school! Today we will talk about how we can know the truth about God as Christians.
Say: I need a few volunteers for this game…I need people who have done some interesting things in their life….who wants to play?
Choose 3-5 students to volunteer… if not enough people volunteer, pick a few random students.
Say: Alright volunteers I want you to think of three statements about yourself. Two must be true statements, and one must be false. You may have played this game before. Try to think of fun, interesting and surprising things about yourself! That will make the game more exciting, and make it harder to guess which statement is a lie. When I call on you say all three statements in a row in no particular order.
When each player has finished their statement the rest of us will vote on which statement we think is a lie! Whoever fools the most of us with their lie will win. This is the only time you will be encouraged to lie at First Priority!
Play the game with 3-5 volunteers award a prize to the student whose lie had the least amount of votes.
Say: Just like in the game we just played it can sometimes be hard to figure out what’s true or not true. We live in a culture that is struggling to figure out what is true and what is false. In our country today it can sometimes be hard to sort between what is true and what is just opinion. Over the years we have adopted the idea that truth is relative. Have you ever heard the phrase “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”? That phrase means that different things are beautiful to different people. Well in a sense, many people believe that “Truth is in the eye of the beholder.” We have been encouraged over the years to “live our truth” and that what is true for one person may not be true for another.
These ideas are particularly applied to religious beliefs. Many people may question Jesus, the Bible, the Gospel and our relationship with Lord by saying that it may be true for us, but not true for them….but can THAT be true?
Can every religion be true for some people but not for others? Can the Bible be true for me but not for my friends? Can Jesus be real for me, but not real for others?
The answer is simple…no…truth is not relative to what we believe…either something is true or not true. Every religion can’t be right, because they contradict each other. Either the Bible is true and the inspired Word of God, or it’s not…it can’t sometimes be true and than other times not be true. Either Jesus is the King, or He is not.
So the question is, how can we know what’s true? Jesus makes it very clear in John 14 that there is only one truth.
“Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” -John 14:6
This is a bold claim by Jesus! He claims to be the only exclusive truth, and the only way to get to the Father, to God.
Often times people compare world religions to a group of blind men trying to figure out what an elephant looks like. One of the blind men grabs the tail and thinks an elephant is like a snake, one blind man grabs the leg and thinks an elephant is like a tree trunk, another blind man feels the ears and thinks the elephant is like a fan. This is a popular way to say that all religions are basically the same and in essence worship the same god. Worldly philosophers use this analogy to “prove” that religious truth is relative to what side of the elephant you are looking at.
But there is a huge problem with this philosophy. In the elephant analogy, the elephant never speaks.
We don’t have to wonder what God is really like, or wonder what the truth is about Him. Jesus came to show us the Father, to speak the truth to us, to tell us what God is like! If we put our faith and trust it Jesus as the source of all truth than we can rest confidently those truths.
When it comes to sharing our faith with our friends we will sometimes be confronted with the questions of truth. How can our friends know that Jesus is who He says He is and can do what He says He can do? One of the best ways to answer this questions is to share our personal experience with Jesus. Our personal story of how Jesus has changed us is one of the greatest ways that we can share the truth of the Gospel. The greatest evidence of the truth of Jesus we can show our friends is when they see the change in our life and power of Jesus displayed in how we live our lives.
When we share 3 Crowns we start off by telling our friends that we want to share something with them that has changed our lives. When we use the 3 Crowns to share the Gospel we are proclaiming the truth of Jesus to them!
3 Crowns (7mins)
Say: Did anyone get a chance to share 3Crowns this week?
If so let them share their experience for a moment.
Open the 3 Crowns page on the website www.firstpriority.cc/3crowns
Show Video 3Crowns Gospel Presentation
Say: Lets break into pairs, everyone make sure you have a blank piece of paper and a pencil. Imagine that your partner is a friend who has never heard the Gospel. Take turns and practice sharing the 3 Crowns Gospel Presentation with your partner.
Given them a few minutes to practice.
In-Prayer Time (5mins)
Handout the prayer cards and have the student list five names of school friends that they know are not Christians.
Say: Fill out these cards with the names of five friends who you know don’t know Jesus. If you talk to God about your friends, you are more likely to talk to your friends about God. We are going to spend a few minutes praying for these friends that they would come to Proclaim Week to hear the GOSPEL and that the Lord would work on their hearts and reveal Himself to them!
Take a couple minutes to allow the students to pray for their friends.
Planning Time (5mins)
Say: If we fail to plan than we plan to fail! What are some things we can do to make next week’s Proclaim Week the most effective it can be! Remember we want to invite our friends to “come and see” Jesus!
Let students share a few ideas.
Ex: (Plan a give away to a first time guest and promote that while inviting friends)
Say: It is important to invite our friends to come out next week to hear the GOSPEL! We will have a party with food and games for them to enjoy. During the party –SPEAKERS NAME- will share the GOSPEL in a clear way and give your friends the opportunity to make a decision to follow Jesus!
Prepare the students for next week’s Proclaim Week. Make sure there are posters up and an announcement submitted to be made over the pa/tv or however announcements are communicated at your school. (The teacher sponsor can help with this).
Display announcement slides
Say: We have lots of different church options if you don’t have a home church check out the ones here on the screen. If you don’t see your church listed let me know. We will see you next week at Equip Week! We are excited to have you join us as we discuss the question of “What is Truth?” Be sure to be there… and feel free to invite some friends!