Too many of us think we are in the 2% because we've completed a workbook and listened to scores of sermons.
- Are you willing to invite the Holy Spirit to take you on an internal journey; confirming strengths, but also exposing blind spots?
- "Do not be conformed to how the world perceives the world." (Romans 12:2)
- As you seek the mind of Christ, are you willing to "be transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Romans 12:2)? If so, expect your worldview to expand beyond the borders and barriers your values-system and culture-cues have set for you. Not a revision of biblical truth but a reevaluation of how you have applied the text.
- "A worldview is a collection of attitudes, values, stories and expectations about the world around us, which inform our every thought and action. Worldview is expressed in ethics, religion, philosophy, scientific beliefs and so on (Sire, 2004). A worldview is how a culture works out in individual practice."
- Bible study, while critical in the life of every Christian, is not the same as worldview. In disciple-making, we teach theology as if believing scriptural truths automatically override the influences of ethnicity, personality, family, education and experiences (ie, the components that forger our personal worldview). Believing humans are created in the image of God does not mean that believer will treat others with love, show them mercy or advocate for justice when they are mistreated. In fact, that believer may, at the same time they study the creation story, hold racist attitudes or judge other ethnic groups as inferior.
- Are you conservative/liberal in your lifestyle? That may influence the application of your biblical theology more than you know. You may think you have conservative/liberal political views because you have a conservative/liberal theology, but it may also be that your conservative/liberal worldview has drawn you to a conservative/liberal theological interpretation of biblical truths.
- Identify (list) 5 core theological beliefs you consider guiding lights fas you work out and walk out glorifying God by living out the will of God.
- Think about how you have applied each scriptural truth/instruction/command
- Think of how others have applied this biblical teaching differently
- Ask the Spirit to reveal to you the motivation that causes them to see/apply this biblical truth/text differently.
- Christ-followers both liberal and conservative believe the command of Jesus to "love your neighbor" is a paramount biblical truth in their worldview. But, it is obvious that when it comes to the application of that truth, liberals call for more compassion (tolerance) while conservatives tend to control (preserve law and order). Neither choice is inherently wrong. An action plan (policy) to pursue that choice may be, but liberal are not evil merely for pressing for compassion nor are conservatives evil for holding to the law. God liberates. God conserves. Most of us seem to be able to only do one thing at a time.
- For example, what social circumstances gave birth to "Liberation Theology?" Without accepting any unbiblical aspects to this viewpoint, as you analyze your own attitude toward liberty, look for an application of God's justice/liberty you have resisted, rejected, or reacted against.
My point is not meant to be political or call you to change denominations.
I am simply asking you to consider that discipleship is not achieved by memorizing a scriptures, reading a book, or attending a seminar.
Discipleship is not merely mental adherence to a doctrinal statement.
Discipleship is a Spirit-led, Scripture-fed integration of biblical truths into:
- Your personality-traits
- When you apply biblical truths, do you live them out as an introvert or extrovert? Are proactive or reactive? Trusting or fearful? Open-set or closed-set minded (open to new/other ideas or strict boundaries)?
- Your value-system
- "A value system refers to the order and priority an individual or society grants to ethical and ideological values. While two individuals or groups may share a set of common values, they may not give equal weight or preference to those values."
- Your culture-cues
- Is your life experience mostly homogeneous or heterogeneous? Have you lived with an attitude of inferiority or superiority? Is your response to problems/needs aimed at conserving or liberating?
Discipleship is a lifestyle expressed from being made "complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority (Colossians 2:10). Every desire and decision, every attitude and action, every conversation and comment flowing out from our union (a living relationship)with Christ Jesus our Lord.