What Is Truth?
by: Erin Warren | January 5, 2017
Truth. It’s been heavy on my heart these last few months, and as the year began to come to close, I knew God was pressing it on my heart as my word for 2017. I feel as if we are living in the time that Paul warned Timothy about in 2 Timothy 4:3-4 “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” We have reached a day where anyone can have a platform and anyone can have a say. While there is so much good in that, there is also danger. Instead of holding to and seeking out sound doctrine and truth, some are seeking out teachers who simply tell them what they want to hear.
Just a week after deciding Truth would be my word, a friend texted me with news that honestly shook me to the core. “Did you see the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2016? Post-truth!” Y’all! For real. The Oxford article explaining the word choice says “the prefix in post-truth has a meaning more like ‘belonging to a time in which the specified concept has become unimportant or irrelevant.'” Our society has deemed that the truth isn’t important or relevant anymore, but the implications of this on the Christian walk are far too great to ignore.
My fear is that we have become women who would rather read what other women believe to be true about God’s Word instead of reading God’s Word itself. And it’s left us asking the very same question Pilate asked Jesus at his trial in John 18:37-38: “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?’” I imagine Pilate may have given a little huff of laughter when he asked that question. You see, the question of what Truth is has been around as long as humans have walked the earth. The serpent had Eve questioning truth right from the beginning. It’s the question I’m going to be asking over and over again this year: what is the Truth?
I want us, the women of First Orlando, to be known as woman firmly grounded in Truth. When teaching bank tellers to spot counterfeit money, they don’t teach them the characteristics of the fakes. They teach them to know the real thing so intimately that when they get a counterfeit bill, the teller knows at first touch or look it isn’t real. I want us to know God’s Word that way: so intimately that when we read books and listen to teachings, we will know immediately what aligns with His Word and what doesn’t.
That’s why I’m so excited about our Winter Bible Study: Open Your Bible by Raechel Meyers and Amanda Bible Williams (the ladies behind She Reads Truth). This study gets us back to the Truth of God’s Word and why it’s still relevant for today. I’ve personally taught this study twice, and here are three reasons I love this study:
1. It can be done in an hour because it doesn’t rely on video teaching.
2. The group time each week is literally women opening their Bible and reading and discerning for themselves what God’s Word is saying.
3. The message of this study applies to every age and stage of life.
I am so excited at the prospect of hundreds of women across our ministry studying the same thing at the same time. We are offering three different meeting times starting the week of January 23, but if you already have a small group, you can join us too! Click here for more information or to register.
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I’m looking forward to what God has in store for the Women at First Orlando as we move in 2017.