For over 20 years now, I have had a deep desire to see the body of Christ become healthy and vibrant. Virtually all of my teaching has been focused on encouraging people to turn and gaze upon God’s face, to understand the reality of God’s nature, and His truth in all areas of life. My heart is to see us radically changed, transformed, metamorphed as Paul puts it in Romans 12:2. And I cannot begin to tell you the blessing it has been to have heard the thousands of stories of how God is doing this in small groups all over the world.
I have been working recently on a follow-on to the Truth Project. There was so much material that just didn’t fit into that first set of DVDs and there are many issues that I feel need to be addressed.I am nominally calling it “The Truth Encounter” and will present portions of the study in Fairhope, Alabama on May 1st.
If any of you want to be guinea pigs and try it out, you can contact Eastern Shore Presbyterian Church, 251-928-0977, for further details. I would love to get your feedback!
Basically, I believe that truth is still the fundamental issue and so the Truth Encounter will seek to take the next step in three key areas:
First, the encounter with truth is personal and transformational. Jesus declared that He was the Truth, so we will begin again with the transforming effect that comes from a personal encounter with Him.
This first area will include a study on the heart and mind—which could prove to be the most critical aspect of the whole series. We have a great misunderstanding of the heart today, especially in the newer generations, and we must recognize its great, great link with truth. We will learn here why you cannot change your attitude by changing your attitude.
This will provide some essential lessons for all of us, especially in how we are raising our children. Just memorizing Bible verses won’t hack it. We must learn how to penetrate the heart.