Bible Reading Plan (Saturday 1-12-19)

Day 6 – Engage with our culture

     We’ve seen that God’s plan is for us to have an active and meaningful connection with other believers. Being engaged with other believers, though, is not the final goal of that plan.
     Christ calls us to love one another, and that is not limited to those who share our same beliefs and values. He has called us to lovingly, positively, and graciously engage with others who aren’t believers and fellow-followers of Jesus Christ. Rather than isolating ourselves from the culture around us, Christ calls us to be engaged enough that we are able to be an honorable, inspiring, and guiding influence. He calls us to be involved with the world around us in such a capacity that we are able to be the means of unbelievers becoming believers, and of doubters of Christ becoming devotees of Christ.
     If we believe God has a solution for our world’s needs, then how will His answers be heard? Through His people engaging with the world around them.

Matthew 5:13-16
13 "You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.
14 "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Colossians 4:5-6
5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

1 Peter 3:13-17
13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 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, 16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil.

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