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Biblical Worldview: How Are We To Live?

Aug 22, 2021
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Biblical Worldview: How Are We to Live?
We all have a worldview; a way we see the world around us that makes “sense” to us. What we believe determines how we think about the world, how we perceive people, and how we interact with them. A biblical worldview requires the belief in a transcendent truth, the Bible, to inform one’s understanding and belief about how we got here, what went wrong, how do we fix it, and how do we live in light of the answers to those three questions.
CREATION – How did we get here? Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” In Gen 1:26-27 it shows that God created man in His image and said “it was very good”. Honor and dominion were given to man from God. We are the only image-bearers of the Creator (Imago Dei). This shows that as humans, we have meaning, purpose, and destiny. We have worth.
Science and creationists can co-exist! God made the order of the atom. Science points to our Creator through “intelligent design”. We are “fearfully and wonderfully made”. See John 1:5, 14 and Colossians 1:15-23.
FALL – What went wrong? Genesis 2-3 shows us that Adam and Eve were given a choice and they chose to rebel against God. This is where we get the doctrine of Original Sin. Sin shatters the shalom of creation. We see evidence of sin very early in our children’s lives. We are prone to sin. It is all around us.
     1. Sin disrupts our intimacy and relationship with God. (Adam and Eve hid)
     2. Sin disrupts our intimacy and relationship with others. (Blame)
Humanity displays the fall every day while still being made in God’s image.
REDEMPTION – How do we fix this? Romans 5:12-21 is such a powerful message of Jesus as the second Adam. The answer for humanity is a Savior who forgives. In the center of the gospel and the Kingdom of God is Jesus. He is the answer through His life, death, and resurrection. Colossians 1:13 reminds us that we have sinned, but Jesus is our hope!
RESTORATION – How do we live now? We can believe in absolute Truth and still be the most kind people on the earth. We need to remember that programs can be helpful in mitigating certain problems in our society, but Jesus is the answer. If we remove the gospel from the “good works” that we do, then we are just another NGO. We must speak the name of Jesus often, especially when we are meeting other’s needs. He is the reason we are compelled to be salt in light in a dark world. Finally, follow Jesus’ answer to the Pharisees in Matthew 22:34-40 when He says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” “And love your neighbor as yourself.”
To Discuss Today:
1. What type of worldview do you have? Do you have a biblical worldview? How would you explain that to someone else?
2. Take a cultural hot topic and put it through the grid of these 4 questions. Where does it breakdown? How would you explain the problem with it to someone?
3. Think critically as you go throughout your day…What agenda does this movie have? What is being said during this political debate? How do I see marriage? Where does abortion fit into a worldview? How do I raise my children? How do I see others around me, especially the poor, hungry, and those that are marginalized? Where does racial brokenness fit in? What about masking?