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  1. The Christian Worldview

  2. Definition • basic set of assumptions • about [the] . . . things are • way • what • why • that gives meaning to one’s thoughts

  3. Definition • Foundational

  4. Definition • Perspective

  5. Definition • Center

  6. Definition • Framework

  7. Christian Worldview • God • Man • Reality • Truth • Salvation

  8. GOD • The terms that relate most to worldview represent four pair of balancing concepts • Personal & Infinite • Creator & Sustainer • Love & Just • One & Three

  9. Personal & Infinite • Basics of personality • mind • will • emotion • Between God & man • communication • relationship • God is not limited

  10. Creator & Sustainer • Creator • freely • from nothing • distinct • neither emanation • nor part of Him • Sustainer • necessary being • maintains • governs • Lord of history • initiates every good development

  11. Love & Just • Love shown generally • Love particularly • the Bible • through Jesus • Moral perfection of God is absolute standard • He justly condemns wrong

  12. One & Three • One God • Three Persons • FATHER • SON • HOLY SPIRIT

  13. GODChristian respond to this God with • worship • awe • reverence • thanksgiving • wonder • joy • love • trust

  14. Christian Worldview • God • Man • Reality • Truth • Salvation

  15. Man • Created in God’s image • Rebelled against Creator • Can become “Children of God”

  16. Man • Created in God’s image • Man resembles God • personality • volition • emotions • morals • creativity • Man differs from God • limitations • corruption

  17. Man • Rebelled against God • Not created as a Rebel • Refuses God’s Law • God reacts by • wrath • punishment • God provides forgiveness

  18. Man • Can become “Children of God” • Adoption • Because of Jesus Christ • substitutionary Death • subsequent resurrection • Through the Holy Spirit • presence with the adopted • conforms to the image of God

  19. Christian Worldview • God • Man • Reality • Truth • Salvation

  20. Reality • As Creator God... • Maintains the Universe all the Time • Has a Plan for the Universe

  21. Reality • maintained all the time • sustained by natural laws • observable • predictable • reliable • normal & abnormal phenomena • God’s work • miracles are included

  22. Reality • God has a plan • Life has purpose • Rebellion even affects the physical world • God will create a new Heaven & Earth • Man is a responsible steward until then

  23. Christian Worldview • God • Man • Reality • Truth • Salvation

  24. Truth • All Truth is God’s Truth • Not all truth has equal value in every context • God reveals truth through four channels • God revealed truth is open to verification

  25. We pursue truth It is external from us We are limited We need God’s insights natural & supernatural as a guide acquire & order truth We evaluate & organize truth Look for universal truths-A meaningful framework to understand the world We need God’s revelation as a guide Truth

  26. . . . the universe very limited source . . . the nature of humanity innate universal principals human individuals or groups reflect God in some fashion . . . Jesus Christ the ultimate self-revelation of God . . . the written word of God a reliable guide an authoritative guide to all other channels TruthGod reveals Truth through . . .

  27. Truth • God revealed Truth . . . • . . . is open to verification . . . • . . . at vital points. • Especially Jesus as He fulfilled Messianic prophecy

  28. Christian Worldview • God • Man • Reality • Truth • Salvation

  29. Salvation • God must judge sin but wants to forgive. • Death means more than physical death. • Forgiveness is costly. • Man cannot solve his problem so God intervenes. • The substitutionary death & subsequent resurrection of Jesus Christ.

  30. Christian Worldview • God • Man • Reality • Truth • Salvation

  31. Educational Integration between the Christian Worldview and the Secular Worldview

  32. Integration Options • Total Overlap • No Overlap • Some Overlap

  33. Integration Options Total Overlap (total conflict) • Secular Worldview • secularism • Christian Worldview • parochialism

  34. Integration Options No Overlap (unrelated/no conflict) • Secular Worldview • parallelism • Christian Worldview • separatism

  35. Integration Options Some Overlap (some conflict/priority?) • Secular Worldview • eccumenicalism • Christian Worldview • evangelicalism

  36. Christian Worldview • God • Man • Reality • Truth • Salvation