Establishing a Biblical Worldview

Are You Established in a Biblical Worldview in Your Life?

Worldview is one’s perspective on life. It is a comprehensive “Big picture” of the world via presuppose-tions, convictions, and values by which you try to understand and make sense of the world and life. It is the organization of your rationale in all you believe, interpret, and judge real. It is a lens which colors your vision and determines how you perceive the world around us.

Your world view is formed by: education; upbringing; culture; and the media you absorb. 

Every worldview deals with at least these 3 questions: 1) Where did we come from and why are we here?  2) What is wrong with the world?  3) How can we fix it?

The Bible poses radically different answers from all others. 1) We are God’s creation, made to govern the world and fellowship with Him. 2) We sinned against God and subjected the whole world to a curse. 3) God has redeemed the world by the sacrifice of His Son and will restore creation…   

Imagine a young man working with a compass but having an enormous magnet strapped to his back.   Without a fixed point of reference, he would wander aimlessly. Truth is absolute; without its guidance, we too will wander aimlessly.

Many fix their point of reference on a “moving North Pole” that changes with trends in society. This is why families are disintegrating, marriages are failing, the presidency can “re-define” sex, bad is called good and good is called evil. 

What has happened?  God’s Word used to be “true North.” Pilgrims weren’t confused. The Founding Fathers knew truth when they framed our Constitution and Declaration. Indeed, confusion in America is relatively new.

Mark 12:24 24 Jesus answered and said to them, “Are you not therefore mistaken, because you do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God?

Without a moral compass, people cannot make rational decisions about what is right and wrong for themselves or society. They wonder if an unborn baby is a human being or a blob of tissue. How can such people possibly choose right from wrong?

Great philosophers have struggled to answer 3 questions: What is good?  What is true?  And finally, what is beautiful?  Jesus made a strong statement in John 14:6 that relates to this. 

John 14:6 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

In Jesus’ day, “the way” referred to a moral course of action. He claimed to be the standard for right and wrong.

“The truth” which is the Greek word “alethia” means reality. He was saying that the nature and character of God defined all reality, and that He himself was God made flesh – the real deal.

As He claimed to be “The life”, He was establishing himself as the standard for all that was worthwhile and beautiful.

He revealed Himself as the answer to the philosopher’s quest. He is the only pursuit in all of life that yields unending satisfaction. Those of us who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ place our hope and find our worldview in Him.  The challenge before us is to always be ready to make a defense of this hope that is in us!

1 Peter 3:15 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;

2 Timothy 2:25-26 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.

This leads me to comment on the importance of our view on church. A believer’s commitment and drive is directly related to church view. How do you perceive the role of the church? Different theological camps view the role and responsibility of the church differently due to their eschatology or their belief of the interplay of God’s sovereignty and human free will. This affects our sense of urgency and the direction of our efforts. A Biblical “church view” is established on the following foundation:

1. The Church is the Body of Christ, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:22,23) We are the many-membered spiritual extension of Christ, called to carry out His will of bringing redemption to the earth.

2. We are to move forward in a dominion mandate. (See Genesis 1:28) Though the fall was a temporary setback, the Psalms still remind us that “The earth is the Lord’s and its fullness” (Ps. 24:1) and that “the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Isa. 11:9).

The prophet Daniel in a vision saw a time when “the kingdom and dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High.” (Dan. 7:27) Jesus set that restoration in motion in Matthew 28:18-19 by declaring, “All authority has been given unto Me in Heaven and in earth. Go, therefore and make disciples of all the nations.”

3. We are in a time of expressing Christ’s victory and authority over all of His enemies. I Corinthians 15:25 tells us that “He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.” Christ is on the throne of God victoriously moving forward through His church to complete His redemptive purpose in the earth. Regardless of our eschatology, we are to go forward in a mandate of dominion and authority.

We must line up our “church view” with His intention to bring restoration to the individual, the family, and our culture and society. We are to live out the rule and authority of Christ in our own personal lives and zealously seek to extend it into every part of this world.

This commitment will put drive into our initiative and cause us to reach for excellence. It will open our spirit to greater faith and vision. It will give us a greater impact and influence with those we seek to serve.