Presentation on theme: "5. Eph 6:13; Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Eph 6:14; Stand."— Presentation transcript:
Eph 6:13; Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Eph 6:14; Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth… Eph 6:14 (NIV); Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist…
For the Roman Soldier… The belt was used to “gird” or bind his long, loose robe tightly to his waist. It enabled him to fight unencumbered, balanced and stable, without tripping over himself.
For the Christian Soldiers… The Belt of Truth is the strength of our character, our integrity. It’s what holds us together, and gives us our stability, security and balance when assaulted by the philosophies of this world. Colossians 2:8
If you don’t have a Belt of Truth… Character becomes careless, morals become loose and integrity gets lazy We become an easy target for the enemy; easy to trip up, easy to stumble, easy to take down and defeat!
WORLDVIEW A “worldview” is the framework from which we view and live our lives. It is your ideology, your philosophy of life and theology. It is the “lens” through which you view reality and make sense of the world.
BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW A “biblical worldview” is based on the infallible Word of God. When you believe the Bible is entirely true, and allow it to be the foundation of everything you say and do.
SECULAR WORLDVIEW A “secular worldview” says, “I am my own god and I decide my own truth; I determine for myself what is right and what is wrong. The bible is just a book, and church, God are not relevant to my life.”
THE BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW VERSES THE SECULAR WORLDVIEW
SALVATION: THE BIRTH OF A NEW WORLDVIEW It is the realization that there is a holy God, and one day I will stand before Him. And now I will live my life with the view that everything I do and say will be judged by God. Hebrews 9:27 by God
ONE CANNOT BE A CHRISTIAN WITHOUT A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW (a change of mind) Romans 10:9-10 Romans 12:2 Salvation requires the transformation of one’s worldview.
DO YOU HAVE A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW? Do absolute moral truths exist? Is absolute truth defined by the Bible? Did Jesus Christ live a sinless life? Is God the all-powerful and all-knowing Creator of the universe, and does He still rule it today?
Is salvation a gift from God that cannot be earned? Is Satan real? Does a Christian have a responsibility to share his or her faith in Christ with other people? Is the Bible accurate in all of its teachings?
In a survey of professed evangelical, born- again Christians by George Barna, only 9% of "born- again" believers answered “yes” to all eight questions.
A SAD REALITY… It is possible that our “Belt of Truth” can be loosened. It can even “fall off.” Your Belt of Truth will be tested!d