Gird The Loins of Your Minds
1 Peter calls believers to be driven by hope, to have minds ready for action, and to always be prepared to give a reason for the hope that is within us. The phrase "minds ready for action" actually comes from the Greek phrase: "gird the loins of your minds." That means we must pull away anything that slows or encumbers our minds. This is a call to a way of life that includes:
Resisting and removing distractions, time-wasters, and thought-killers. Delete "Angry Birds" and open your Bible! Check facebook once or twice a week, not 5 times an hour. Turn off your television. Redesign your living room around good places to talk and read, and remove the TV altogether. Regular, deep study of the Scriptures. Do you know what the Bible says? Are you growing in your ability to connect books and passages together? When's the last time you memorized a verse? A passage? Engaging and activating the hope that is within us through passionate prayer. Our Sunday night gatherings, called "Sentinel Prayer," are a great way to begin. 5-6pm at the Event Center, starting September 4th. Reading and engaging books. On Sunday, August 21st, I shared about a book that recently came out calledChristian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith, by Douglas Groothuis. I would gladly read through that book alongside anyone who so desires in this body. Understanding how Christianity is different than the other worldviews people in your life hold. What do Mormons, Buddhists, or Agnostics believe? And what do YOU believe? A good way to start is with these questions: How did the Earth/Universe come into existense? Is there anything wrong with it? If there is, what is the solution? Who is Jesus and what does it matter?
There's way more, but this is a good start. Happy girding!