"Half-Truths" Sermon Series • October 30 - November 20

“Everything happens for a reason”
“God helps those who help themselves”
“God won’t give you more than you can handle”

They are simple phrases. They sound Christian – like something you might even find in the Bible. We’ve all heard these words. Maybe we’ve said them. They capture some element of truth – yet they also miss the point in very important ways. Join us every Sunday October 30 thru November 20 as we search for the whole truth of the promises God makes to us.


October 30:  Everything Happens For A Reason // Deuteronomy 30:19-20

We begin this series with a statement that most of us have heard, and many of us have said: “Everything happens for a reason.” If we mean that we live in a world of cause and effect, then this is true. But usually we say it when something bad has happened to someone and we seek to console by assuring them that God has a reason for bringing about, or allowing, the suffering. In this message we will look at three reasons why “Everything Happens for a Reason” is at best a half-truth.

Sermon Notes and Daily Study Guide // Discussion Questions and Small Group Study Guide 


November 6:  God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle // 1 Corinthians 10:13, Psalm 46:1-2

This Sunday we will look at the statement “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” This sounds encouraging. Like many half-truths, this statement is rooted in scripture—just a bit of scripture taken out of context. In this message we will examine what God’s real promise is to us when we face difficult times.

Sermon Notes and Daily Study Guide // Discussion Questions and Small Group Study Guide 


November 13:  God Helps Those Who Help Themselves // Psalm 10:14,27-28

This Sunday we will look at a phrase often recited by Christians and non-Christians alike: God helps those who help themselves. A couple of polls conducted by the Barna Group some years ago found that a majority of Americans believe this phrase appears in the Bible, or captures the Bible’s message. But “God helps those who help themselves” is not in the Bible. In this message we will examine God’s real promise. 

Sermon Notes and Daily Study Guide // Discussion Questions and Small Group Study Guide


November 20:  Love The Sinner, Hate The Sin // Matthew 7:1-5

We’ll close this series with something well-intentioned Christians often say "Love the sinner, hate the sin." Like the other clichés we’ve studied, it sounds so very right it’s hard to imagine what could possibly be wrong with it. Many who say it mean it to be gracious and kind and it reflects their love of people. However, this is not something that Jesus ever said. On the final Sunday of this series we will look at what Jesus actually said regarding this topic.

Sermon Notes and Daily Study Guide // Discussion Questions and Small Group Study Guide