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Truth That Transforms

Living and sharing the gospel in an age of confusion

Kent Ingle on February 16, 2021

We live in a world where people are always searching for the truth. There are thousands of sources competing for our attention and promising to provide the most accurate information.

I’ve seen a generation of young adults who are disconnected from the truth — looking to their peers or social media for answers. For some, the Bible has become a dusty, old book on the shelf with no significance, rather than the source of absolute truth.

According to Barna Group, only 5% of U.S. adults are Bible-centered, interacting with the Bible frequently in life-transforming ways. About half of those surveyed (48%) were Bible disengaged, interacting with the Bible infrequently or not at all, with Scripture having little or no impact on their daily lives.

However, among respondents who did engage with the Bible, 60% said it had transformed their lives.

The Bible is transformational because it is God-breathed. As Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:16–17, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

As leaders, we need to champion the case for seeking the truth of Scripture. We can’t settle for answers found in the world. We have to challenge our thoughts — and the thoughts of those we influence — with what the Bible says.

Divine Truth

The foundation of our leadership should be built on truth. Ultimately, that truth is found in God. Truth is not based on a mere precept or a principle, but in the very character and nature of God.

Several times in the Gospel of John, Jesus is identified as the Source of truth. In John 14:6, Jesus declared, “I am the way and the truth and the life.”

Truth convicts us. Truth holds us accountable. That’s because Jesus is the truth.

The Bible is transformational because it is God-breathed.

Later in John’s Gospel, Pilate asks Jesus if He claims to be a king. In response, Jesus says, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me” (John 18:37).

Some deny truth for the sake of their reputations. Others may want to justify their actions. To help guide those who might be struggling with acknowledging the truth, we have to be clear that Jesus alone is the Source of truth.

In a world of deception, confusion, and conflicting opinions, many are looking for instant answers. Searching out the truths in God’s Word takes time and application. However, only the truth of the gospel has the power to transform.

Transforming Truth

The Bible teaches that personal transformation starts with truth. If we want to keep changing and growing, we must always face the truth. It is the truth of the gospel that sets us free.

People have a tendency to conform to worldly ways of living and thinking. God’s Word calls us instead to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2).

Paul says in Ephesians 4:20–24, “That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”

Once we know the truth, we have to apply it to our everyday lives, using it as a guide on a transformational journey in Christ. That is why it is so important for believers to have a daily quiet time of reflection, prayer, worship, and Bible study.

As long as we build our lives on a foundation of lies or distorted truths, we will never grow spiritually. But when we face the truth and respond to the truth, we will begin to see change in our lives.

People are desperate for truth. It’s easy to get caught up in the chaos, bickering, and misinformation that consumes our world. What would happen if we relentlessly pursued the truth of Scripture and encouraged others to do the same?

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