On Sunday, we kicked off the Unravelled Sermon Series. The word ‘unravel’ is an unusual word and it holds different meanings; one is to take something apart like undoing a knot and another is to make something plain and clear, like unravelling a mystery. It was our pleasure to invite Pastor Ben to help ‘unravel’ any ‘knots’ or confusion about discipleship and he spoke on how our values, our worldview help to shape disciples.
Today, we live in an environment that is generally hostile to Christianity. The truth is often relative, values are radical and scripture is trivialized. For a new believer coming to Christ, he or she often experiences a culture when embracing Christianity and coming to church.
A person’s values forms their worldview: his or her basic beliefs that they live by, governing the way he or she lives and makes decisions. It consists of one’s mind, attitude, will, action and behaviour. Someone living with a Christian worldview
- Loves God with all his/her of heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mk. 12:30).
- Is adequately informed by God’s revelation (2 Tim. 3:14-17).
- Has a transformed mind (Rom. 12:1-2) that is set on the Spirit, not the flesh (Rom. 8:5-8).
- Is not taken captive by deceptive philosophies (Col. 2:8).
- Takes captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Cor. 10:5).
- Consciously applies its obligations and implications to all areas of life.
Understanding the values and worldviews of others aids us in our understanding of the world around us and how to reach those in it! A startling number of those seeking the Bible today are highly educated, and a high number of Christians leaving the church reported that one reason they are leaving was that they shared “their burgeoning doubts with a Christian friend or family member only to receive trite, unhelpful answers” (Drew Dyck, 2010). Not only do we need to reach out to those who have yet to hear the Gospel, but we have an urgent need to disciple those who are already attending a church. We might be familiar with theology and the tenets of the Christian faith, but if we lack discipleship in a comprehensive Christian worldview, we risk having a church of Christians with shallow faith!
Our understanding of a Christian worldview can be used as a tool, moving beyond “elementary principles” (Heb. 6:1-3) to Christian maturity (Heb. 5:11-14). It helps to cover the gap between the sacred and the secular, belief and behaviour, fostering personal integrity and integration. It ensures that someone with a Christian worldview has integrity, and avoids hypocrisy in his walk with God.
This week, let’s take every opportunity to mentor people at our work places and also disciple those in our cells and community!
See you this Sunday as we continue in Unravelling our FAITH.