“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 The words in this scripture show that the existence of God is assumed right from the start. The heavens proclaim the glory of God. “The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth and their words to all the world. God has made a home in the heavens for the sun.” (Psalm 19:1-4) This scripture declares that both space and matter were created by God. Genesis and the rest of the scripture will not give us an exhaustive view of all things that happened. But it will give us God’s plan to establish and after the fall to reestabish His rule over all He created. Genesis will start with a universal picture of creation but soon narrows to God’s chocie of a man and his family through whom He will work out His plan. This scripture depicts God creating this world. And He did it well and all by Himself. You might say the big bang was really the voice of God. The New Testament makes it clear that all things created were from God. “By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.” (Hebrews 11:3) “God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.” (John 1:3) “That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, “I have made you the father of many nations.” This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out […]
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 What was happening before God spoke the universe into existence? This may seem like an impractical question. God doesn’t do something on a whim. There is a reason for all that God does. The fact that He created something suggests that He must have had a magnificent purpose in mind. What does this teach us about God and about ourselves? God is eternal; He has no beginning or end. He is totally self-sufficient and needs nothing more than Himself in order to exist or act. “God has a voluntary relation to everything He has made, but He has no necessary relation to anything out side Himself.” (A.W. Tozer) God needs nothing, neither the material universe nor the human race, and yet He created both. I have a hard time putting my mind around the eternal. Thinking that God has always been and always will be. “The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you. He drives out the enemy before you; he cries out, ‘Destroy them!” (Deuteronomy 33:27) This God that does not need us, loves us anyway, this God that has been forever and ever. This wonderful plan of redemption was on God’s mind when He created the heaven and earth. “Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.” (Ephesians 1:4) The death of God’s Son was not an accident; it was planned from the foundation of the world. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world.” (Matthew 25:34) God prepared all of this for us […]
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 I was raised in the church. I went to church every Sunday and I listened to all the Bible stories. I never had any doubt about this verse in Genesis. I don’t think that I ever had any doubt that God was real. I don’t think I had any doubt that God loved me and was taking care of me. Yes, at one point I walked away from God and I lived a worldly life. I really did not want anything to do with God or the church. But I knew God was always there. The world that we live in today is not the same world that I was raised in. During my time in public school if you said the word God most kids and teachers knew that you were talking about the Creator-God; the one that is spoken about in Genesis. Today most students and teachers would respond, “Which god are you referring to? The Muslim god? A Hindu god? The Buddhist concept of god? Or a New Age god?” We have a generation who don’t understand the Bible’s original plot, the beginning. They don’t understand the message of Jesus dying on the Cross and being raised from the dead. They don’t understand why they need to believe in Christ in order to be saved. They don’t understand what the word saved means. Saved from what? Saved by whom? Saved for what purpose? Unless people realize their need for a Savior, telling them that Jesus loves them means very little. A large percentage of the population does believe they are sinners; but only a small percentage believe that Jesus Christ enables them to overcome sin. Most people cannot even define what sin really means. If […]
“So Paul, standing before the council, addressed them as follows: “Men of Athens, I notice that you are very religious in every way, for as I was walking along I saw your many shrines. And one of your altars had this inscription on it: ‘To an Unknown God.’ This God, whom you worship without knowing, is the one I’m telling you about. “He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need.” Acts 17:22-25 When Paul delivered the sermon on Mars Hill to a humanistic society in Acts, he did not even remotely question his worldview! He was so confident in his belief system (his worldview) that he took his biblical worldview and engaged a pagan society that was very sincere in what they believed! He did not back down as he boldly proclaimed his God as true and their gods as false. In the culture we live in, we must be able to do as Paul did and proclaim our Biblical Worldview to a pagan world. SIX IMPORTANT COMPONENTS OF A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW God is the Creator of the world and rules this universe! (Genesis 1:1) The Bible is God’s Word for mankind and is completely accurate including matters of life and its origin. (2 Timothy 3:16) Because of God and His Word, absolute moral truth exists! (Psalms 102:25–27; Malachi 3:6) Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God and He lived a sinless life, died for our sins, was buried, and rose again from the grave three days later! (1 Corinthians 15:3–4; 1 John 4:9–10) Satan is […]
“So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:13-16 Peter is telling us that we need to live a holy life in obedience to God. How can you live a holy life if you don’t know what you believe? This is why we need to develop a Biblical Worldview. For it is a biblical worldview that answers the questions, where did we come from? Why are we here? What is our problem? What is the solution? And where are we going? There are basically two worldviews. The center piece of a biblical worldview is God, while the center piece of an atheistic worldview is nature and man. A biblical worldview has its entire focus on God; while an atheistic worldview does everything in its power to be sure God is not a part of the world. One acknowledges God, while the other believes there is no God. One believes that God created the universe, while the other believes that naturalistic causes brought our world into existence. One believes that God created man, while the other believes that man came into existence through millions of years of evolution. One believes that God has given us a moral code of ethics, while the other believes that men are to establish their own code of ethics. One believes that sin is […]
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:1-2 A Biblical Worldview is setting our minds on things above. If we are to build our Biblical Worldview, we must have a personal commitment. We will never build our worldview unless we are committed to working on what we believe by prayer and studying the Bible. If we don’t know the Bible, we will not even know what we believe. We must study the issues that we are facing daily. It takes commitment to do the work to build a Biblical Worldview. “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.” (Romans 12:2) Our mind must be transformed. It must be transformed to know God’s ways. If we have a Biblical Worldview, it makes life so much easier. It is easier to make decisions in our personal life and in our public life. In the world that we live in today, if we have a Biblical Worldview, it will be in sharp contrast to the world of the unbeliever and the way that they think. If you are not in contrast to the normal worldview, you may not have a Biblical Worldview. “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:12-13) Paul tells us that we must work out […]
“He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8 God has given us a Biblical Mandate. This scripture gives the mandate that we must follow. The other part of our mandate is Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the 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.” We must make disciples, but how are we going to make disciple when we don’t know what we believe, when we don’t have a Biblical Worldview? There are some problems with Christians and the devilment of a Biblical Worldview. One of our problems is that we don’t have unity in our view on the Bible. “Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” (1 Corinthians 1:10) Satan loves for us to be divided. A house divided cannot stand. “But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.” (Matthew 12:25) We need to pray for unity in the church if we are to reach the world for Jesus.
“But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words.” Acts 2:14 This was the first sermon of the Church of Jesus Christ. This is where it all started. A few months ago I started praying on Tuesday night at a friend’s church. My prayer at that time was, “What does Jesus’ church look like?” I wrote on this for several weeks. God first lead me to study the early church; the church of Acts. I felt that this was what the church of today should look like. Then I started studying what Paul wrote about these churches and then what Jesus said about these churches in Revelations. I realized that this was not the perfect church, maybe we did not need to pattern our churches after these churches. Then I studied the history of Christianity. I came to realize what a mess our churches were in. Then I asked God, “Are you going to answer my prayer about what your church should look like?” Vacation time came and we went to the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum. This was a spiritual experience to me. I came to realize that the church was not a building or even a group of people. The church is each one of us that believes in Jesus Christ as our Savior and has repented of our sins. God has not completely answered my prayer as to what Jesus’ Church looks like, but I am closer than I have ever been. I believe that in order to be Jesus’ Church, we need to have a Biblical Worldview. Our worldview is so important. I will continue in my writings on our worldview. […]
“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” Hebrews 4:12 The Bible is the Word of God. It is the most powerful book in the world. If we are going to have a Biblical World View, it must be based on the Bible, the entire Bible both Old Testament and New Testament. The problem is that we don’t know the Bible. This is not just in the world; it is also in the church. A Barna poll indicated that at least 12% of the people surveyed believed that Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife. Graduating high school seniors revealed that over 50% though that Sodom and Gomorrah were husband and wife. A considerable number of responds to one poll indicated that Billy Graham preached the Sermon on the Mount. This is a very sad commentary on our nation and on the church. I had a lady that had been in the church for over forty years tell me that she had no idea what I meant by the grace of God. If we are going to reach this world for Jesus, we must know the Bible. How else will we be able to defend our faith and weed out the false prophets? Today why don’t you sit down and read the book of Jude. It is short but it is a powerful book.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.” Hosea 4:6 In our acronym ASK, “K” is for knowledge. Wisdom and knowledge, both recurring themes in the Bible, are related but not synonymous. The dictionary defines wisdom as “the ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting.” Knowledge, on the other hand, is “information gained through experience, reasoning, or acquaintance.” Knowledge can exist without wisdom, but not the other way around. One can be knowledgeable without being wise. In building our worldview, we need to have both wisdom and knowledge. God wants us to have knowledge of Him and what He expects of us. In order to obey Him, we have to have knowledge of the commands. But as equally important as having knowledge is having wisdom. Knowing facts about God and the Bible is not all there is to wisdom. Wisdom is a gift from God. James 1:5 states, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” God blesses us with wisdom in order for us to glorify Him and use the knowledge we have of Him. Knowledge is what is gathered over time through study of the Scriptures. It can be said that wisdom, in turn, acts properly upon that knowledge. Wisdom is the fitting application of knowledge. Knowledge sees the quicksand; wisdom walks around it. Knowledge memorizes the Ten Commandments; wisdom obeys them. Knowledge learns of God; wisdom loves Him. “Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times, and the strength of salvation; the fear of […]