Values Determine Direction VI - "Relationally Authentic"


February 17, 2019 • Paul Barnard

Values Determine Direction VI - “Relationally Authentic” *Joh 1:14* And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of *grace and truth.* *Joh 4:7* A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” *Joh 4:8* (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) *Joh 4:9* The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) *Joh 4:10* Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” *Joh 4:11* The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? *Joh 4:12* Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” *Joh 4:13* Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, *Joh 4:14* but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” *Joh 4:15* The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” *Joh 4:16* Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” *Joh 4:17* The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; *Joh 4:18* for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” *Joh 4:19* The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. *Joh 4:20* Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” *Joh 4:21* Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. *Joh 4:22* You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. *Joh 4:23* But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in* spirit and truth*, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. *Joh 4:24* God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” *Mat 9:12* But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are *sick.* *Mat 9:13* Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but *sinners.*” *Relationally Authentic-Allowing others access to the good and the bad of your life.* *Why is this so hard?* *A Competitive Culture* a. We tend to evaluate our spiritual life through the spiritual level of others *A Shaming Culture* a. This justification of our spiritual level is enforced through the awareness of others sins *Why is this so valuable?* *Truth shall set you free* a. *Joh 8:32* and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” *Accountability is a necessity for growth* a. Grace without truth is compromise. Truth without grace is condemnation. *Confession creates Healing* a. *Jas 5:16* Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. *Concealing always leads to compromise* a. When you hide things, they are not dealt with and will lead to more compromises. *Life Group Questions* 1) Are you willing to allow someone else access (accountability) to the good and bad in your life? (*James 5:16* ESV) 2) Do you believe that accountability is necessary for growth? *(John 8:32* ESV) 3) If your are speaking into someones life, are you speaking truth but lack grace? Or vice versa.. are you extending grace but lack truth? (*Ephesians 4:2* ESV) * Too much grace without truth can be harmful leaving someone to continue in sin * truth without love (grace) is worthless 4) Are you living in a place of grace or truth? Or both? * We should follow Christ and be full of grace and truth (J*ohn 1:14* ESV) 5) Ask God to help you operate from a place of grace and truth and to fill you with the fullness of Himself so that you have the ability to speak truth in love into others lives. (*John 1:16,17* ESV) Podcast Preview/Recap https://drive.google.com/open?id=18BbF0NY-3ITr5DFz4k_7MZ9-FxHdWKIi