Developing a Worldview for Great Commission Living
- Determine to develop (and then develop) a well-rounded Christian worldview that allows you to clearly articulate both what you believe and why you believe.
I originally planned to begin unpacking the challenges listed in yesterday’s post with our need to repent. But I later realized that before we can repent, we need a proper view of repentance, for which we need a proper “worldview.” A worldview is “a comprehensive conception or apprehension of the world especially from a specific standpoint” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Specifically, we as Christians should have a Christian or Gospel worldview. The Christian/Gospel worldview is a conception of the world that is from the specific standpoint of the Bible and the gospel. The Christian worldview is both Bible-based and gospel-centered.
In 1 Corinthians 10:31, Paul proclaimed the universality of the Gospel worldview: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” In other words, everything we believe—and consequently act on—as Christians should glorify God. Our worldview should bestow honor, praise, and admiration to God. God has made very clear in the Bible what things honor, praise, and admire Him. Therefore, our worldview must base its views on everything from justice to civil rights to humanity to education to politics to ethics (etc.) on the Bible’s teachings. Does the Bible afford Christian liberty in some areas of life? Yes, but on most things—on many more things than we would probably suspect—the Bible is paints a very clear black-white this-is-wrong-this-is-right picture.
The Christian worldview is also gospel-centered. Earlier in 1 Corinthians (2:2), Paul reveals the centrality of the gospel in his Christian worldview: “I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” In 9:16 of 1 Corinthians, Paul reveals the utter importance of the gospel by saying, “For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” So important is the gospel that Paul pronounces “woe,” a curse, on himself if he does not “preach the gospel!” Indeed, the gospel is at the very heart of the Christian worldview because the gospel gives us a proper understanding of God, ourselves, Jesus Christ, and the necessary response for salvation! Christianity by definition is the faith of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As Christians, our Christian worldview must not only be Bible-based, but it must also be gospel-centered.
How, though, are we to develop a truly Christian worldview?
First, we must have an increasing knowledge of the Bible. To know the Bible, we should read it, study it, and hear it preached. To be gospel-centered, we need to meditate specifically on the gospel by meditating appropriately to each aspect of the gospel. When we pray to God:
- We should praise Him for his holiness. (Matt 6:9)
- We should continually repent and confess our known sins to God in brokenness over sin and humility. (1 John 1:9)
- We should thank God for Jesus Christ’s sinless life and atoning death and continuing intercession. (2 Cor 5:21)
- We should thank God for giving us the faith and repentance necessary for justification. We should also thank God for working in us so that we continue to progress in sanctification. (Rom 4:16 and Phil 2:12-13)
We also develop a Christian worldview by being members of Bible-confessing and Bible-preaching churches.
There are also many Internet resources that can help you develop and then defend your Christian worldview. Dr. Albert Mohler’s blog and podcast is a wonderful resource for developing and defending a Christian worldview. Dr. Russell Moore also has a helpful website that is helpful in developing and defending a Christian worldview. He has even begun to feature occasional “ethics question” posts on his website. John Piper’s network of websites also feature different media resources that will help your Christian worldview. Lastly, Focus on the Family has an excellent website for helping your Christian worldview particularly as it relates to family. These resources will all help you develop and equip you do to defend your Christian worldview.
We, however, don’t just have a Christian worldview so we can boast about accumulated knowledge. The Christian worldview is meant to be defended; we are to “clearly articulate both what we believe and why we believe.” This notion is biblical; Peter writes in 1 Peter 3:15 to “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.”
When we evangelize people and actually fulfill the Great Commission, the person(s) we evangelize may ask us “for a reason for the hope that is in” us. More than that, people—even those we aren’t evangelizing—may actually oppose our faith and attack it. In those cases, too, we must be “prepared to make a defense” to those who ask us for a reason for our hope.
In living a Great Commission (Christian) life—yes, to be Christian is to be a disciple, and disciples are disciple-makers—we must have a Christian worldview on which we base our lives. This Christian worldview is Bible-based and gospel-centered. Let us, then, develop a “well-rounded Christian worldview” that will enable us to “make a defense to anyone who asks [us] for a reason for the hope that is in [us].”
Let us, then, develop this Christian worldview and defend that Christian worldview as we fulfill the Great Commission!
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