|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Monday, November 28 2011 00:00|
69. Worldview, Christian
Teach your men a biblical perspective and Christian worldview. We are each part of the bigger story of what God is doing in the world. A Christian worldview--a kingdom perspective--is a framework or grid through which to perceive and interpret what is happening.
A Christian worldview means that a man looks at the world through the lens of the Bible. His first impulse is to see what God sees. He asks, "What is God trying to say or do?" Without such a worldview, your men will be Christian in spirit but secular in practice.
While the Bible is a reliable guide for all matters of both faith and life, the most important spiritual themes are repeated over and over again in many different ways for emphasis. That's because most of the really big ideas about Christianity take ten or twenty years to sink in. Major themes include, for example, the Trinity, creation, the fall and sin, death and suffering, grace, repentance, faith, redemption, forgiveness, eternal life, the fruit of the Spirit, spiritual gifts, good works, relationships, the Great Commandment, and the Great Commission.
Christianity is the only system that is all true all the time. Fortunately, the Bible doesn't describe a utopian world free of pain. That would make Christianity a wishful farce. Instead, the Bible describes the world exactly as we see it: a fallen world, a world groaning in pain that needs a Redeemer, Sanctifier, and Sustainer.
More importantly, the Bible describes how a man can rise above futility, sin, and despair to find peace, hope, and victory by surrendering His life to the lordship of Jesus Christ. The irony of surrender is that it leads not to defeat but victory.
A man's ability to embrace and enjoy his place in the world depends largely on his ability to "think Christianly" about things. While this "Seventy Things Every Man Needs to Know" series certainly doesn't cover every possible Christian worldview topic, it's getting close. Why not equip your men with each of the 70 topics in this series? You can find them here in reverse alphabetized order, or at the end of Pastoring Men.
For More: Go to www.pastoringmen.com and click on "69. Worldview, Christian" to watch or listen to "A Man and His Worldview" in the Biblical Manhood series.
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