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Soul Searching

Everyone has a worldview. Whether or not we realize it, we all have certain presuppositions and biases that affect the way we view all of life and reality. A worldview is like a set of lenses through which we perceive the world around us. Our worldview is formed by our education, our upbringing, the culture we live in, the books we read, the media and movies we absorb, etc. For many people their worldview is simply something they have absorbed by osmosis from their surrounding cultural influences. They have never thought strategically about what they believe and wouldn’t be able to give a rational defense of their beliefs to others. Christians, however, are commanded to be able to give a well-reasoned explanation for the hope we have in Christ.

There are four questions every worldview must answer. Apologist Ravi Zacharias says this about worldview: “I am totally convinced the Christian faith is the most coherent worldview around. Everyone: pantheist, atheist, skeptic, polytheist has to answer these questions: Where did I come from? What is life’s meaning? How do I define right from wrong and what happens to me when I die? Those are the fulcrum points of our existence. I deal with cultural issues whether they be in the Middle East, Far East, the Orient or the West. You broach questions in the context of their culture and then present Christian answers.” In this series we will tackle this topic of worldview building on the only true and reliable foundation: the infallible Word of God.

For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. (Exodus 20:11).

the breakdown:

September 17   Origin: Where Did We Come From?

Am I just here by chance, a random lucky draw of the straw? Is there nothing special about me other than the fact that the genetic mutations of my ancestors produced the “me” I am today? God says “No.” God says that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wow! That changes everything.

Scriptures: Genesis 1:1-31; Acts 17:22-28; John 1:1-13; Psalm 139

Sermon Text:  Genesis 2:4-7, Psalm 139:13-14

September 25   Meaning: Why Are We Here?

Am I here to have fun? Am I here to somehow make the world a better place? Is there no way for me to know why I’m really here? The answers we come up with aren’t really satisfying. In the end what I come up with seems so, well, meaningless. But when the Bible talks about why we’re here, it makes sense. I begin to see that I have meaning and purpose that reaches far beyond myself and this broken world.

Scriptures: Ecclesiastes 2:17-26; 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12; John 6:25-35; Psalm 119b

Sermon Text:  Genesis 2:8-25

October 1    Morality: What Is Good?

Who determines what’s right and wrong? Shouldn’t the individual have the right to determine that for himself or herself? That sounds good to me. But how is that actually going to work in the real world? Is morality subjective or objective? A scriptural world-view makes no bones about it. The Creator calls the shots.

Scriptures: Isaiah 5:20-25; Romans 1:18-25; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; Mark 10:17-27;

Psalm 1

Sermon Text:  Genesis 3:1-15

October 8    Destiny: Where Are We Going When We Die?

Is there life after death? If there is, what will that life be like? From a completely human perspective it would appear as though this life is all there is. When you die, you’re dead. In the Scripture, however, we discover that death was not a part of God’s original plan for the world, that death is God’s judgment against sin. That makes death frightening and ugly, but God found a way to destroy death forever. We now look forward to Paradise restored!

Scriptures: Ecclesiastes 9:1-6; 1 Corinthians 15:50-57; John 14:1-6; Psalm 90

Sermon Text:  Genesis 3:16-24

Destiny: Where Are We Going When We Die?

Is there life after death? If there is, what will that life be like? From a completely human perspective it would appear as though this life is all there is. When you die, you’re dead. In the Scripture, however, we discover that death was not a part of God’s original plan for the world, that death is God’s judgment against sin. That makes death frightening and ugly, but God found a way to destroy death forever. We now look forward to Paradise restored!

Sermon Text:  Genesis 3:16-24

Meaning: Why Are We Here?

Am I here to have fun? Am I here to somehow make the world a better place? Is there no way for me to know why I’m really here? The answers we come up with aren’t really satisfying. In the end what I come up with seems so, well, meaningless. But when the Bible talks about why we’re here, it makes sense. I begin to see that I have meaning and purpose that reaches far beyond myself and this broken world. Sermon Text:  Genesis 2:8-25