As believers in Jesus Christ, do we love God’s Word? Do we consider it to be our sufficient source of truth? Do we allow it to transform us from the inside out?
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”
-Rom. 12:1-2, NIV
Each morning, our classes here at Emanate follow 3 Threads: Church Planting, Missional, and Biblical Worldview.
The Biblical Worldview thread grounds us in God’s Word. Although all of us arrive at Emanate with Bible training, we need to continually allow God to renew our minds as we study His Word. We want to learn from the Bible and become more prepared to share it clearly with those who have not yet heard.
The Bible, though comprised of 66 books and penned by multiple human authors, presents one cohesive narrative of God’s redemption. Last fall, we learned how the events of the Old Testament and the gospels progressively reveal the full character of God and the helpless condition of sinful man, building a firm foundation for understanding the cross of Christ. Unfortunately, any given human worldview contains gaps and barriers that directly contradict God’s truth and distort people’s understanding.
As a class, we learned techniques for evaluating a person’s worldview and identifying some of the obstacles that they might have to understanding the gospel. We also practiced teaching God’s Word in a way that specifically addresses these worldview “gaps and barriers”.
Earlier this semester, we began meeting in small groups to continue tracing the narrative of Scripture into Acts and Revelation, considering how we might teach the principles contained in these books to a maturing church full of new believers.
Recently, our small groups have been studying Paul’s letter to the Romans. As we go through each section of the book and identify the main teaching points, we ask: how would the book of Romans help a fledgling church understand their position in Christ? How could it teach them to allocate the abundant resources He has given them for the Christian life? We’ve also been considering which passages may be hard to explain in a more remote or tribal setting and what illustrations we might use to help make the meaning clear. For example:
“When you split open a piece of bamboo in which you have cooked sticky rice, the rice is the same shape as the bamboo it was cooked in, isn’t it? Because the rice was poured into the bamboo, it took on the shape of the bamboo. This illustrates what Paul said we must not do. We must not allow ourselves to be molded into the evil ways and thinking of the people of this world.”
-McIlwain – Building on Firm Foundations Vol 5 (p131)
An effective illustration will look different in each particular culture. That’s where our training in culture and language acquisition techniques will become a key to helping us bridge the gap between the worldview of the people and the truth of God’s Word.
Would you pray with us? Our prayer is that as students here at Emanate we would love God’s Word, and that we would allow God to transform us through the renewing of our minds – giving us a truly Biblical Worldview as we learn to teach others.
Learn more about Emanate’s 3-Thread Approach here.