People won’t grow into Christ-likeness if they don’t line up with who He is and what He says. Jesus is Truth, with a capital T. Scripture refers to Jesus as "the Word" (Jn. 1:1). He is God Incarnate (Matt. 1:23), come to this earth "full of grace and truth” (Jn. 1:14) to take us out of darkness and bring us into His glorious light. We then can "live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord" (Eph. 5:8-10). We can let our light shine before others (Matt. 5:16) which includes truth shining through our lives into the darkness around us.
The Church must stand on and align with the Truth to be the "pillar and foundation of truth" that God intends for us to be in the world (1 Tim. 3:15). Otherwise all we have is an empty creed that does little to affect change in this world. It's easy to say we believe something but another thing to act on it. James 2:19 cautions that even the demons believe.
Church Leaders Must Steer People toward Alignment with Truth
As church leaders, we must therefore ...
- Help people understand God's intent for them to align with Truth.
- Help people understand the effect of what they choose to do with Truth.
You'll find this content in the Steering the Church Toward Christ-like Character Leadership Guide along with some brief input regarding the above points. It also establishes the importance of truth which, when understood, lays the foundation for aligning with truth.
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