The biblical master narrative serves as a framework for the cognitive principles that allow the formation of an authentically Christian worldview. Many Christians rush to develop what they will call a “Christian worldview” by arranging isolated Christian truths, doctrines, and convictions in order to create formulas for Christian thinking. No doubt, this is a better approach than is found among so many believers who have very little concern for Christian thinking at all; but it is not enough.
A robust and rich model of Christian thinking—the quality of thinking that culminates in a God-centered worldview—requires that we see all truth as interconnected. Ultimately, the systematic wholeness of truth can be traced to the fact that God is himself the author of all truth. Christianity is not a set of doctrines in the sense that a mechanic operates with a set of tools. Instead, Christianity is a comprehensive worldview and way of life that grows out of Christian reflection on the Bible and the unfolding plan of God revealed in the unity of the Scriptures.
A God-centered worldview brings every issue, question, and cultural concern into submission to all that the Bible reveals, and it frames all understanding within the ultimate purpose of bringing greater glory to God. This task of bringing every thought captive to Christ requires more than episodic Christian thinking and is to be understood as the task of the church, and not merely the concern of individual believers. The recovery of the Christian mind and the development of a comprehensive Christian worldview will require the deepest theological reflection, the most consecrated application of scholarship, the most sensitive commitment to compassion, and the courage to face all questions without fear.
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I agree with your ideal. I am wondering where and how discipleship figures into it.
I hear the word discipleship a lot. I remember, a little less than a year into being an outright Christian, I had to stop my friend and ask him, “What is discipleship? I keep hearing that word but what is it exactly?”
After finding out more of what it means, it’s clear there’s a lot of wishy-was homes in terms of actually executing the discipleship process. Not that I am the most un-wishy-washy guy. I’m just saying, Some of us didn’t grow up in Christian family and community.
We didn’t naturally come up learning and being inculcated with the mind and habits of a Christian seeking Christ. Also, some of us outsiders are at the same time really angst-riddenly consumed with Christ-awareness and an urgent desire to get on the road following him—but we’re fresh out of prison, ya know. My experience with the Church so far is positive, but I do notice that there is a lot of talk. Christians have a lot of words and phrases and concepts that sound great and I want I get to work on, but wind up becoming more like therapeutic rhetoric.
Yeah, and then I always feel guilty and more angst-ridden over being critical. Man, I just want Jesus.