Pastor Shane Ham : Exclusive Truth

Believing Despite Christians · 46:01 · Recorded July 9, 2023

Exclusive Truth

John 1:1–14 (NIV) 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 6There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—13children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. 14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

The nature of truth

1. The concept of truth is not the same as the concept of belief.

2. Truth is an objective, fixed reality.

Some things I must admit to myself:

Truth does not owe itself to my feelings.

Truth does not bow to what’s popular.

Numbers 23:19 (ESV) God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind.

Titus 1:2 (NCV) God cannot lie.

I adjust myself to the truth. Truth doesn’t adjust itself to me.

Truth, by its definition, will always be exclusive.

The uniqueness of Christian truth

1. It’s been revealed as opposed to discovered.

2. It’s become personal.

John 14:6 (NIV) Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”.

1 Timothy 2:3-4 (NIV) This is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

3. It’s the most inclusive exclusivity.

Why we resist Christian truth

1. It’s too hard to face.

John 3:20-21 (BSB) “Everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come into the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever practices the truth comes into the Light, so that it may be seen clearly that what he has done has been accomplished in God.”

2. It’s too inconvenient to face.

John 3:19 (NKJV) “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”

How we communicate Christian truth

1. Thoughtfully

2. Persuasively

Acts 1:3 (NIV) After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.

Acts 19:8 (NIV) Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God.

3. Lovingly

4. Authentically


Growing Deeper Together

Use these points throughout the week as part of your quiet time, in your small group, or over coffee with a friend to help you apply what you learned in today’s message.

  • What did you learn today about the nature of truth? Do points 1 & 2 sit well with you? Do you think these change based on whether or not someone believes in Jesus? How would you express these to a friend? What examples would you use? What objections do you think you’d be met with?
  • Review the points and scriptures under The uniqueness of Christian truth. As part of your quiet time with God, journal your thoughts and experiences with each one. How do you see this in your daily life and long-term walk with God? What is he teaching you about them?
  • In the final section Shane talked about how we communicate the truth and gave us four adverbs. Pray for the opportunity to put these into practice this week. Be ready for whatever opportunity God brings your way!

Pastoral study references & attributions:
Flannery O’Connor, American Novelist;
Jonathan Morrow, Professor, Biola University;
U.S. Supreme Court; Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 1992 Ruling;
War and Guilt, by Fulton Sheen;
Finding God at Harvard, by Kelly Monroe Kullberg;
The Gospel in a Pluralist Society, by Lesslie Newbigin;
Ends and Means – An Inquiry Into The Nature Of Ideals, by Aldus Huxley