Seriously, what’s the big deal?
In a culture where pretty much everyone lives life based on Christian beliefs, an understanding of worldview is probably not so important. And that is the environment that used to exist in America. But for Christians who live in an environment that is dominated by non-Christian beliefs, worldview knowledge is indispensable ... and that is the world we now live in. During the time when Americans were living in a relatively homogeneous environment, the Christian community developed traditions and methods that were effective for sharing the gospel in that context. Sadly, that environment no longer exists. Now if we wish to be effective sharing our faith and influencing the culture, we must develop new traditions and methods – traditions and methods based on a missionary paradigm.
But just what does that mean, and how do we make the shift? Just what is a missionary paradigm? In a word, it means looking at life and culture through a worldview lens. Understanding worldview concepts is the key to preparing Christians to stand strong in their own faith, as well as to have the ability to effectively share Christ out in the world.
However, changing the church’s traditional way of interacting with the culture is no small task. It requires an expanded knowledge base, and a different way of expressing our faith in the culture. At the same time we cannot change the gospel message: Shifting from a traditional approach to a worldview approach does not change the message. We are not proposing a different gospel, but a different way of interacting with the culture using the gospel.
Change is never easy – particularly when it includes changing the way we think about faith matters and the way we express that through the church. But if we want to be salt and light in the increasingly pluralistic culture we now live in, we can no longer be satisfied to cling to the traditions and methods that were effective in the past.
As an expert on the topic of worldview, Dr. Freddy Davis can get the people of your church or Christian organization up to speed. He is able to effectively share what it means to operate from a worldview paradigm, but can also explain the implications of that change, and give you the tools necessary to actually become more effective in expressing the Christian message in today’s culture.
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