"The following is an excerpt from the new book "Walk In Christ" by Christopher Sackett; available on LuLu.Com and on Amazon.Com.
Colossians 2:6 tells us;
“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him…”
2nd Corinthians 10:7 states;
“Do you look at things according to the outward appearance? If anyone is convinced in himself that he is Christ’s, let him again consider this in himself, that just as he is Christ’s, even so we are Christ’s.”
As Christians, we need to stand strong that we are in Christ. We need to stand strong that we have received Christ Jesus and that we walk in Him. We need to wear our faith on our sleeves. The Great Commission spoken of in Matthew 28 tells us that we are to be fishers of men and to make disciples. Matthew 28:18-20;
“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.”
By showing our faith, our worldview, we help do this.
Edward Curtis (2011) states in his book “Transformed Thinking: Loving God with all your Mind” that one should make two lists.
“In the first, list those aspects of the zeitgeist that seem helpful in moving toward God’s goal for you. In the second, list those aspects that are a hindrance. Look for a pattern in your lists. What have you learned?”
The support I receive from others is very helpful in moving toward God’s goal for me. As a minister, I am constantly learning from the Word of God, from my teachers at University, my mentors, and those farther along in their walks with Christ. This is very helpful. My worldviews stand from a Christian standpoint. This is also very helpful. I see the world as a temporary place. I know my place is in the Kingdom. There are some aspects that are a hindrance. There are church politics, and worldviews outside the Christian view that stand against me. However with the Holy Spirit I can push through those hindrances.
There are several things that should help with ones Christian worldview. Most importantly are God’s love and His sovereignty. Knowing God has the final say in everything in life is comforting when being confronted by other worldviews. Over the years to come, I pray to continue to shape my worldview in a more Biblical standing, as I continue to grow more mature in my Christian walk. We always need to put our focus on Scripture and learn more about God and His Word.
John 3:21 states;
“But he who does the truth comes to the Light, that his deed may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
Romans 12:2 tells us;
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
This is having a Biblical worldview. The first part of my worldview is that one must have faith. You need to have faith in Christ Jesus. We need to see reality in terms of a loving and sovereign Creator who is involved with His world. It is by faith that we know God. This is the main characteristic of a Biblical worldview. The second aspect of my worldview is that we need to realize that God is sovereign. We are created by God. We live our lives for Him. We live by a code of ethics that is commanded to us through Scripture. We realize that we will sin, however because we are aware, we will work on not repeating these sins. Romans 3:23 states;
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
A third part of my Biblical worldview has to do with a battle with postmodernism. This is what is called apologetics. Postmodernism is all about the self. Christianity is about Christ. God is everything and has created everything. Postmodernism is the opposite of this. It is all about oneself, when one truly needs to be all about God. God gave us free will; therefore we are not like robots. However, just because we have free will doesn’t mean that we are the “be all end all” in our lives. We are not. God is.
A fourth part of my Biblical worldview is that God is good. Acts 15:8-9 states;
“So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us, and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.”
God is good. He has given us a world that has freedom, culture, and diversity. He has also given us challenges. James 1:2-4 states;
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
Challenges are a gift from God, and God is good. If you view God this way, most likely you have a positive worldview and outlook on life.
The fifth part of my Biblical worldview, which could have been the first part, is that there is only one true God. 2 plus 2 will always equal 4. The Holy Trinity will always equal 1. There can only be one truth. That truth is Christ.
My Biblical worldview is based on Scripture. One must have faith. One must realize that God is love and that He is sovereign. One must battle postmodernism. One must realize that God is good. However most importantly, one must realize that there is only one true God. My education, life lessons, and ministry are what have taught me this. However, like everyone else, I still have a lot to learn.