Have you ever been bowling? If you have, did you ever experience one of those times when you were ready to bowl but the pins weren’t? Maybe they hadn’t been cleared from the person who bowled before you. Maybe they hadn’t cleared from your first roll. Whatever the case, you found yourself in a situation unable to take or continue your turn until something happened. Fortunately, on the side of the return, there is this little button labeled “reset” that you could push.
Sometimes we need to hit reset in some of the areas of life, too. Sometimes we find ourselves in the situation where we are unable to take or continue our turn (or we just go through the motions) until something else happens.
One area that some need to hit reset on is what we believe – because sometimes what we believe hasn’t held up well in the rigors of life. For many (if not most) people, what we believe is influenced and shaped in our childhood. Then something happens and as we begin to make what we believe our own, the building blocks of what we learned to believe as children needs to be reset. Then something happens and what we believe doesn’t seem to match up with the reality of our circumstances – and it’s here that many people walk away from what they believe (or were taught to believe as children).
Why we need to hit reset on what we believe is because what we were taught to believe as children needs to grow and develop as we become adults. What we experience in and how we see the world as adults is radically different than when we were children. The building blocks of what we believe we were given as children should be just that – building blocks of what we believe that we can build on as we become adults.
The early church leader, Paul had a conversation with a group of philosophers in Athens, Greece about 20 years after the events of Jesus’ life. Part 1 (Hitting Reset) of CCC’s Starting Point series dug into this conversation, and in it we discover a starting point for what we believe.
Check out the conversation in Acts 17:16-33 and then consider the following questions about how to hit reset on the starting point of what you believe.
- How would you describe the starting point of what you believe?
- How has “what you believe” held up under the rigors of life?
- Why did what Paul shared seem strange to the Athenian philosophers? What about Jesus and his resurrection seems strange to you?
- What are some things about Jesus and his resurrection you would like to know more about?
- Why might Paul commend them for being very religious?
- What does the idol to “an Unknown God” communicate about the certainty of what the Athenians believed?
- What are some “just in case” things people establish in what they believe today?
- What are three things that come to mind when you think about God’s involvement in the world?
- What does it mean to repent? How does this apply to what you believe about Jesus?
- How does Jesus’ resurrection serve as proof to how much God wants to be known?
- How does proof move us from what is unknown to what is known? How does proof move us from uncertain to certain? How does proof move us from “hope so”?
- What next steps will you take to hit reset on the starting point of what you believe?
Everything has a starting point – including what we believe. Circumstantially, the starting point is different for different people. Some grew up in a home hearing the stories of Jesus. Some grew up in a home hearing the stories of Jesus were not true. Some grew up hearing nothing about Jesus. But even though the starting point may be different circumstantially, the starting point for what we believe is the same for everyone – and it’s found in the question, “Who is Jesus?”
Today is Monday – make it a day that you hit reset on the starting point of what you believe!