Speak the Truth in Love: Sermon Guide

The following blog post contains notes and application questions from our March 31, 2019 message, Speak the Truth in Love. For more from this series, check out How He Built This.

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

What sphere of influence in your life—family, work, neighborhood, etc.—can you do a better job of boldly speaking the truth in love? Share with each other, and then identify one way you can intentionally initiate with someone in that sphere of influence this week.


If someone points at a dog’s tail and calls it a leg, how many legs does that dog have? Four! In a day and age where truth is questioned and postmodern relativism continues to spread, Christians must speak up—it’s what Scripture exhorts us to do…always.

Key Takeaways

  • Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder but Truth is in the hand of the Creator.
  • Love without Truth is not loving. Truth without love will not be heard.
  • Truth sounds like hate to those who hate the Truth.
  • Old tolerance accept existence of different views.
  • New tolerance-accept different views as true.
  • Don't tolerate new tolerance.
  • Progress is good but progressing from Truth is perversion.
  • The problem is separation from God the solution is discovering God again.
  • The problem is sin and the gospel of Jesus is the solution.
  • Courageous Christ followers sharing good news produces a good land.
  • Creativity in communicating TRUTH is the job of dedicated men.
  • Creativity in defining (or redefining) TRUTH is the job of deceivers. The world is all love and no truth. The church can never be all Truth and no love.
  • Ideas have consequences and bad ideas have victims.
  • In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. -Orwell
  • Truth sounds like hate to those who hate the truth.
  • Feelings are real but they aren’t always reliable.
  • Don’t follow your heart, inform your heart.
  • Truth is a very stubborn thing.
  • We need to be individuals who boldly stand where God has stood.

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