Catalysts of Truth: Being a Catalyst for Christ

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What is a catalyst of truth? How can you be a catalyst for truth and the cause of Christ? Read on.

The Spirit

What is a catalyst of truth? How can you be a catalyst for truth and the cause of Christ? Speaking scientifically, a catalyst is “a substance that speeds up a chemical reaction, or lowers the temperature or pressure needed to start one, without itself being consumed during the reaction.” If we’re speaking about someone or a group of persons, then the definition of being a catalyst changes a bit and it’s all for the good. Jesus Christ was the greatest catalyst of history, including of course the Holy Spirit Who convicts us of our sin and makes us see our need for the Savior. The Holy Spirit brings understanding and enlightens the Scriptures to make sense to us. The Word and the Spirit work together in creating the children of God, so in this sense, the Holy Spirit is that “substance” that created a reaction in us (repentance and faith), without which, we would be “consumed” (by His righteous wrath!). Grace is free to us (Eph 2:8-9), but supremely costly to God.

The Catalyst

For Catalyst of Truth, a catalyst is a person or thing that precipitates an event or change, and this group (Catalysts of Truth and similar groups) hopes to spark change in each other’s lives and to any that would come. They want to be an agent of change…a change for us to focus on Christ and living for God’s purpose. Jesus said that “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). Jesus didn’t just have the truth or know the truth….He is the truth, saying, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6). He is not just “a” truth or one of many truths. He is the bedrock and origin of the truth. Come to Him and He will set you free…free from sin. Although we will never be sinless this side of the veil, we should sin less and be set free from sin more and more over time (sanctification). He will set us free from our former penalty of having the wrath of God abiding on us, storing up more day by day as we were (Rom 2:5).

Now that we’ve been set free, it is up to us to show others how they might be set free and these kinds of Bible studies like Catalysts of Truth are having, can equip us to be used by God as a means to save others. So many people are hurting out there…we have the elixir of life…eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. That’s what the mission of this group of Christian women is all about. It is God working through them and for Him. He’s not asking these women to do something for Him but to do something through Him (John 15:5; Phil 4:13).

Working in Us

The Spirit is working in us to make us catalysts for the Kingdom and to effect change by sharing Christ and the Word of God. There is awesome power in God’s Word to convert souls (Psalm 19:7). Now if you take the Word of God and the people of God who have the Spirit of God, real change is possible. Like the Sower, we must sow God’s Word and pray for the seed to take root. The more we sow, the more seed that may sprout. The less we sow, the less we reap (or God reaps, to be accurate). God has moved these women, the Catalysts of Truth, to use Warner Wallace’s book, “Person of Interest: Why Jesus Still Matters in a World that Rejects the Bible.” These kinds of studies help equip us to share Christ and they let us know where to meet people where they’re at. We must meet them in their unbelief or skepticism of Scripture, for we too were once in unbelief.

On a Mission

Heritage Church, Udall, KS

These types of missions that the Catalysts of Truth are, help us to always be ready to give an answer for the hope that is within us (1 Pet 3:15). The Apostle Peter wasn’t just writing a suggestion, hoping we’d do it. He was writing about being ready to answer unbelievers at any moment…and it is put as an imperative command. The Apostle said, “…but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” If it is not with gentleness, it’s useless; if it’s without respect, is not a reason of hope. In our defense or belief about God and His Word, we must always be respectful and gentle, never getting into a shouting match. That is not the way.


If you’d like more information about Catalysts of Truth, email them at I pray, as the Catalysts of Truth you’ve already trusted in Christ and discover what God’s will is for your life, and that is to bring Him glory (Psalm 115:1). I pray that God uses you and me to bring glory to Himself like these 3 young women are doing, so Lord, glorify Yourself in me today, even if it’s at my own expense, for none Other are more worthy than You Who deserves all glory, honor and praise. I pray God has brought you to a time of repentance and faith in Christ and now you yourself can become a catalyst for His name’s sake and for His glory.   Whether young or old, male or female, employer or employee…it does not matter…just let Jesus’ name be magnified!

If you have not yet trusted in Christ, God will slam the door in your face, telling you to depart from Him forever (Matt 7:21-23) and not entering the Kingdom of Heaven. Instead, you could be delivered into the kingdom of hell; a place of separation, torment and darkness forevermore. Again I plead with you today to repent today and trust in Christ or face God’s judgment after death (Heb 9:27) or at Christ’s appearance (Rev 20:12-15), whichever happens to come first.  And He could come even while you’re reading this! Today…right now, you must be…you need to be saved (2 Cor 6:2).

Here is some related reading for you: 10 Topics for Youth Meetings

Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), Crossway Bibles. (2007). ESV: Study Bible: English standard version. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway Bibles. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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