Take A Stand - Integrity

Matt Irvine

Sermon Notes

To lead us from the way of Jesus: Spirit and Truth.


Deceptive Ideas (Devil) --> Disordered Desires (Flesh) --> Sinful Society (World)


“Integrity is who we are when nobody is looking.”

- CS Lewis


  • It’s ok if I don’t tell the truth. it won’t hurt anyone. 
  • I’m fine on my own. I can handle this. 
  • I can expect integrity in others, but lack it in my own life. 


Integrity - An honest, accountable life of trust built on the Truth of Jesus and empowered by the Holy Spirit.


Matthew 7:28-29

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.


Matthew 7:24-27

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”


Mark 12:30-31

30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[b] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[c] There is no commandment greater than these.”



John 14:15-17

15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[c] in you. 


John 14:26

…But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.


John 16:13

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. 


Galatians 5:14

For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”


Galatians 5:16-17

16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. 


Galatians 5:16-17

…These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.


Galatians 5:18

But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.


Galatians 5:19-21

19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.


Galatians 5:22-23

22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!


Galatians 5:24-25

24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.


Integrity is: A life built on the Truth of Jesus and empowered by the Holy Spirit.


  • What deceptive idea needs to be replaced with God’s Truth?
  • What disordered desire is causing tension in your life or relationships?
  • What impact could a life of integrity have on the people you love most?