Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6
Choosing The Way
Our culture, with its many religions, has different ideas of divinity, different answers to the what, why and how’s of human existence and salvation, and urges people to believe different things. It is very popular to claim that there are many ways to God and that ultimately it doesn’t really matter what religious belief you follow since no single religion is better than another and all are right in themselves.
Jesus Christ describes the two roads open to men. One is a straight, narrow pathway leading to God and eternal life. The other is a broad and easy road leading to final destruction (Matthew 7:13-14). Unfortunately, many choose the broad road, enjoying the company of their comrades and thinking little about their destination.
Soma is urging people to choose the narrow Way. We believe that there is only one way to God, our heavenly father…
His name is Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12).
Knowing The Truth
The most popular doctrine that exists today is relativism which says “that there are no absolute truths”, i.e., that truth is always relative to some particular frame of reference, such as a language or a culture. The most popular definitions of relativism assume it to mean that all points of view are equally valid, as opposed to an absolutism that insists that there is but one true and correct view.
A recent Barna Research Group survey on what Americans believe asked the question, “Is there absolute Truth?” 66% of adults responded that they believe that “there is no such thing as absolute truth; different people can define truth in conflicting ways and still be correct.” 72% of those aged 18 to 25 expressed this belief.
The gospel message concerning the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is spoken of as “the word of truth” (Ephesians 1:13; Colossians 1:5; James 1:18), or often simply as “the truth”. Christians are spoken about as those that “belong to the truth” (1 John 3:19). God the Father’s word is truth (John 17:17); God the Son declared himself to be the truth (John 14:6), and God the Holy Spirit is spoken of as the “Spirit of truth” (1 John 5:6).
Soma exists to walk humbly in that Truth and make that Truth known.
Living The Life
The ultimate outcome of choosing The Way and knowing The Truth is expressed by Paul the Apostle: “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father” (Colossians 3:17). And again: “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (I Corinthians. 10:31). Paul himself also said “Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called” (Ephesians 4:1).
Because we accept Him as Lord, His instructions on behavior are our treasures for living life. Of course we cannot do what He said by just trying. We must train! We must, through appropriate courses of action, become inwardly transformed by grace to become the kind of person—in our inmost thoughts, feelings, attitudes and directions of will—who will routinely do the kinds of things He said to do. We will then not be controlled by anger, contempt or lust. We will be able to bless those who curse us, love our enemies, and so forth, because we are those in whom the power of the Holy Spirit and the character of Christ has come to dwell in us and find their way out of us every moment of every day with everyone.
We value genuine encounters with God that produce life-changing results.
We value friendships that go beyond superficial into the realm of supernatural grace allowing us to experience life together both in celebration and in suffering.
We value teaching the Word of God through the power of the Holy Spirit believing this to be the only thing to bring about true change in our lives.
We value the extravagant pouring out of our resources hoping that every selfless act will communicate our love for God and our love for others.
We value doing things on purpose to mature the saints and equip them for the works of ministry.
We value living out the love of Jesus Christ believing it will compel the spiritually lost to follow Him.
We value doing things to the best of our ability knowing that this pleases God and communicates to people that we care.