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August 9, 2020

What is the truth?

After watching today’s lessons please read the following verses and answer the questions that follow: John 18:33-38 and John 14:6

Read John 18:33-38 to answer this question
Read John 18:33-38 to answer this question
Read John 18:33-38 to answer this question
Read John 18:33-38 to answer this question
Read John 18:33-38 to answer this question
Read John John 14:6 to answer this question
Read John John 14:6 to answer this question

Homework:
– Memorize John 3:21
– Starting this week be aware of situations and philosophies that challenge your idea of what truth is. Jesus said that He is the way the truth and the light, and the only way to God. Does your idea of truth line up with God’s?
– Complete the above form or if you prefer paper and pen print out the Workbook and complete it.

August 2, 2020

What is Truth?

Today we’re going to start studying about what truth is.  Today is an overview, however, in the next few weeks we will go deeper on specific topics.

We live in a world where, sometimes, knowing the truth can be confusing or difficult.  It is hard to discern right from wrong and, in some cases, it is hard to know whether or not there is even a right and wrong.

Before we dig in, I want you to think about the following scenarios. Take a moment to really wrestle with these ideas, then answer with a simple yes or no.  If you can, go over your answers with a parent or a sibling and take a few minutes to discuss your answers.

What is Truth Survey
1. Do you believe in “absolute truth” (That something can be true at all times in all situations for all people)?
2. Do you believe that some things are right sometimes and wrong at other times? For example. it’s wrong to cuss, but if you’re really mad it’s okay.
3. Do you believe that, in some cases, abortion is okay?
4. Do you believe that you should always tell the truth, no matter what?
5. Do you believe it is okay, in some situations, to live with someone before you get married?
6. Do you believe it is okay, in some situations, to talk behind people’s backs?
7. Do you believe it is okay to stretch the truth or lie if it means not hurting someone’s feelings?
8. Do you believe it is okay, to cheat on your homework? For example. you were out late the night before feeding the homeless and didn’t finish your homework.
9. Do you believe that if you’re a pretty good person and don’t do anything too bad that you will go to Heaven when you die?
10. Do you think it is okay to get revenge on someone?
11. Do you think that, in some situations, smoking is okay?
12. Do you think that, in some situations, stealing is okay? For example, your family is starving, so you steal food to feed them.
13. Do you think that religions other than Christianity are true and useful?
14. Do you think that it is okay to listen to secular music?
15. Do you think it is okay to have a lot of stuff and not share with people who don’t have any?

Digging In:
Let us start by Reading John 18:33-38
So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, “I find no guilt in him.

In this passage Pilate and Jesus are discussing who Jesus claims to be. Pilate is struggling with the answer to that question. In verse 37, Jesus says that “Everyone who is of the Truth hears my voice.” Pilate responds to Jesus by asking, “What is truth”?  I want you to take time to think about this question: “What is truth?” Pilate asks the question, and no answer is recorded here in scripture. But the Bible says plenty about truth.  Let’s take a look at some scripture verses that talk about the truth.

Take out your Bible and study the following verses about truth.
The Gospel is the truth – Ephesians 1:13, Colossians 1:5
God wants us to know the truth – 2 Timothy 2:15
The Church is meant to protect the truth – 1 Timothy 3:15
Some oppose the truth – 2 Timothy 3:2-8 (With emphasis on verse 7)
The truth should change how we live – 1 John 3:18

There is such an opposition to the truth in our world today. If we are not grounded on the Truth of the word of God it becomes hard to tell right from wrong, and truth from lies.We’re going to talk a lot over the next few weeks about absolute truth versus relative truth. We’ll talk about real life situations and Biblical passages that explore the idea of truth. One of the main themes in the scripture, as we saw in 1 John 3:18, is that the truth should change our lives.

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

When Pilate asked the question, “What is truth?” he didn’t realize it, but he was looking at the answer. Jesus is the truth according to this verse. Jesus doesn’t just tell the truth, He defines what it is. He is the personification of truth. When we say that the truth should change our lives, we’re saying that Jesus should change our lives.

July 26, 2020

Spiritual Habits: Silence by Leamlake Olson

After watching today’s lessons please read the following verses and answer the questions that follow: Leviticus 10:1-3, Psalm 39:1, Isaiah 41:4, Mark 4:39, 1 Timothy 2:1-2, 1 Peter 3:4, and Ecclesiastes 5:1-2

Read the following verses to answer this question: • Leviticus 10:1-3 • Psalm 39:1 • Isaiah 41:4 • Mark 4:39 • 1 Timothy 2:1-2 • 1 Peter 3:4
Read the following verses to answer this question: • Leviticus 10:1-3 • Psalm 39:1 • Isaiah 41:4 • Mark 4:39 • 1 Timothy 2:1-2 • 1 Peter 3:4
Read the following verses to answer this question: • Leviticus 10:1-3 • Psalm 39:1 • Isaiah 41:4 • Mark 4:39 • 1 Timothy 2:1-2 • 1 Peter 3:4
Read the following verses to answer this question: • Leviticus 10:1-3 • Psalm 39:1 • Isaiah 41:4 • Mark 4:39 • 1 Timothy 2:1-2 • 1 Peter 3:4
Read the following verses to answer this question: • Leviticus 10:1-3 • Psalm 39:1 • Isaiah 41:4 • Mark 4:39 • 1 Timothy 2:1-2 • 1 Peter 3:4
Read Ecclesiastes 5:1-2 to answer this question.
Read Ecclesiastes 5:1-2 to answer this question.
Read Ecclesiastes 5:1-2 to answer this question.

Homework:
– Memorize Ecclesiastes 5:1-2
– Practice the habit of silence one or more times this week. Find a place to be away from all distractions for at least one hour and sit in silence. Don’t play music, don’t watch television, and don’t speak with anyone. Just listen, think, or read the Bible. Most of all, allow yourself to feel close to God.
– Complete the above form or the Workbook

July 19, 2020

Spiritual Habits: Solitude by Sarah Negash

After watching today’s lessons please read the following verses and answer the questions that follow: Luke 5:16, Mark 6:31 Psalm 46:10, and John 8:21

Read Luke 5:16 to answer this question
Read Luke 5:16 to answer this question
Read Luke 5:16 to answer this question
Read Luke 5:16 to answer this question
Read Luke 5:16 to answer this question
Read Mark 6:31 to answer this question
Read Mark 6:31 to answer this question
Read Mark 6:31 to answer this question
Read Psalm 46:10 to answer this question
Read Psalm 46:10 to answer this question
Read Psalm 46:10 to answer this question
Read John 8:29 to answer this question
Read John 8:29 to answer this question
Read John 8:29 to answer this question

Homework:
– Memorize Psalms 46:10
– Practice the habit of solitude one or more times this week. Find a place to be away from all distractions for at least one hour and spend this time alone with God. Let the Holy Spirit guide you.
– Complete the above form or the Workbook

July 12, 2020

Spiritual Habits: Fasting by Pastor Ephraim Gebremariam

After watching today’s lesson please read the following verses and answer the questions that follow: Matthew 4:4, Deuteronomy 8:3, Exodus 16:1-8, and Matthew 5:6

Read Matthew 4:4 to answer this question.
Read Matthew 4:4 to answer this question.
Read Matthew 4:4 to answer this question.
Read Matthew 4:4 to answer this question.
Read Matthew 4:4 to answer this question.
Read Deuteronomy 8:3 to answer this question.
Read Deuteronomy 8:3 to answer this question.
Read Exodus 16:1-8 to answer this question.
Read Exodus 16:1-8 to answer this question.
Read Exodus 16:1-8 to answer this question.
Read Matthew 5:6 to answer this question.
Read Matthew 5:6 to answer this question.
Read Matthew 5:6 to answer this question.

Homework:
– Memorize Matthew 4:4
– Plan to fast one day this week for 24 hours. Be sure to review your notes and follow the principles and techniques discussed during the lesson.
– Complete the above form or the Workbook

July 5, 2020

Spiritual Habits: Journaling by Leamlake Olson

After watching today’s lessons please read the following verses and answer the questions that follow: Psalm 119:9-16, Psalm 42, Psalm 51, Psalm 150

Read Psalm 119:9-16 to answer this question
Read Psalm 119:9-16 to answer this question
Read Psalm 119:9-16 to answer this question
Read Psalm 119:9-16 to answer this question
Read Psalm 119:9-16 to answer this question
Read Psalm 42 to answer this question
Read Psalm 42 to answer this question
Read Psalm 42 to answer this question
Read Psalm 51 to answer this question
Read Psalm 51 to answer this question
Read Psalm 51 to answer this question
Read Psalm 150 to answer this question
Read Psalm 150 to answer this question
Read Psalm 150 to answer this question

Homework:
– Memorize Psalms 119:11
– Practice journaling at least five out of the next seven days.
– Complete the above form or the Workbook

June 28, 2020

Spiritual Habits: Prayer by Sarah Negash

After watching today’s lessons please read the following verses and answer the questions that follow: Matthew 6:5-13, Acts 1:14 & 2:42, 1st Thessalonians 5:17

(Matthew 6:5-13)
(Matthew 6:5-13)
(Matthew 6:5-13)
(Acts 1:14 & 2:42)
(Acts 1:14 & 2:42)
(Acts 1:14 & 2:42)
(Acts 1:14 & 2:42)
(1 Thessalonians 5:17)
(1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Homework:
Memorize Acts 2:42
(Click here for this weeks Workbook)

June 21, 2020

Spiritual Habits: Studying the Bible (Part 2)

After watching today’s lesson please read the following verses and answer the questions that follow: 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Romans 15:4, Acts 2:36-37, Acts 2:36-37

Homework:
1. Memorize 2 Timothy 3:16-17
2. Continue with the “start a habit” activities you started last week. This week, ask yourself, “What should I do?” Think about the changes you need to implement in your life to respond to what you just read or memorized.
(Click here for this weeks Workbook)

June 14, 2020

Spiritual Habits: Study The Bible (Part 1)
Read Genesis 2:7-22
Read Genesis 12:1-7
Read Exodus 3:1-10
Read Acts 9:1-8

Homework
– Memorize 2 Timothy 3:16
– Choose at least two of the following “start a habit” options and make them part of your daily Bible study or quite time.
Start a Habit
1) A Proverb a Day
2) A Verse in the Mirror
3) Blog Through the Bible
4) Read Slow/Think Slow
5) Get a Bible Reading Plan

June 7, 2020

Spiritual Habits: Having a Relationship With God
Read Psalm 42:1-2 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?

Homework
– Memorize Psalm 42:2
– Complete the Workbook for today’s lesson.

May 31, 2020

Evangelism: Where do we go from here? by Sarah Negash

May 24, 2020

Make Room by Pastor Ephraim Gebremariam

After watching today’s lesson please complete the workbook and meditate on the memory verse.

May 17, 2020

A Blind Date by Pastor Ephraim Gebremariam

After watching today’s lesson please complete the workbook and meditate on the memory verse.

May 10, 2020

Go and Tell by Silenat Fente

After watching today’s lesson please complete the workbook and meditate on the memory verse.

May 3, 2020

Come and See by Pastor Ephraim Gebremariam

After watching today’s lesson please complete the workbook and meditate on the memory verse.

April 26, 2020

My Contribution by Pastor Ephraim Gebremariam

After watching today’s lesson please complete the workbook and meditate on the memory verse.

April 19, 2020

My Place by Pastor Ephraim Gebremariam

After watching today’s lesson please complete the workbook and meditate on the memory verse.

April 12, 2020

The Family by Pastor Ephraim Gebremariam

After watching today’s lesson please complete the workbook and meditate on the memory verse.

April 5, 2020

Community by Silenat Fente

After watching today’s lesson please complete the workbook and meditate on the memory verse.

March 29, 2020

We Are the Body by Pastor Ephraim Gebremariam

After watching today’s lesson please complete the workbook and meditate on the memory verse.