In Case You Missed It: Worldview
We did not get the sermon recorded on Sunday, so I thought I would drop a basic outline here. This will help you get into the text. We are going to be applying this framework to to different topics over the next couple of weeks: the LGBTQ Issues and How to Use Your Time. I hope you will join us for that!
What is a worldview?
“A commitment, a fundamental orientation of the heart, that can be expressed as a story or in a set of presuppositions (assumptions which may be true, partially true or entirely false) which we hold (subconsciously or consciously, consistently or inconsistently) about the basic constitution of reality, and that provides the foundation on which we live and move and have our being.”
How is a worldview expressed and where do you find it? Answer these three basic questions:
- Authority: Who has the right to tell me what to do?
- Knowledge: Who knows what is best for me to do?
- Trustworthiness: Who loves me and wants what is best for me?
The call of Romans 12 is to begin the process of turning away from our previous worldview that most likely has self-centered answers to these questions, to God’s ways and truth.
Let’s discuss the ways that God is the proper authority, wholly knowledgeable, and divinely trustworthy.
- God’s authority
- Based in creation
- Genesis 1:1
- Displayed in his unique character
- His holiness means that he is set apart, ultimately unlike anything else in his creation, even though we share some of his attributes
- God’s knowledge
- God fully knows himself and all things actual and possible in one simple eternal act
- God is perfect in knowledge (Job 27:16)
- God knows everything (1 John 3:20)
- Called the “omniscience” of God
- Only God can fully know himself and everything (1 Corinthians 2:10-11)
- Only God can know all things actual (Hebrews 4:13)
- We cannot attain the knowledge of God without his help (Psalm 139:6)
- God has made some of his knowledge known through his Word
- 2 Timothy 3:16
- God’s trustworthiness
- True and Good
- Truthfulness: God’s truthfulness means that he is the true God, and that all his knowledge and words are both true and the final standard of truth
- The Lord is the true God - Jeremiah 10:10
- Your word is truth - John 17:17
- Goodness: The goodness of God means that God is the final standard of good, and that all that God is and does is worthy of approval
- Taste and see that the Lord is good - Psalm 34:8
- Remember Romans 12:2
So, let’s then put all of this together to establish how we should go about creating our worldview, a full orientation of the heart towards the things of God.
God has ultimate authority over creation because he is the creator, therefore he has a right to declare how things are. His knowledge is infinite and full. He is NOT lacking information about anything. He is trustworthy, meaning that he is true and good, and no matter how much we may or may not understand about a thing, we can trust that he has the authority, knowledge and trustworthiness to establish our lives on.
If you would like a good podcast on worldview from a Christian perspective, there may be no better one than The Briefing by Albert Mohler.