“Let us not glide through this world and then slip quietly into heaven, without having blown the trumpet loud and long for our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Let us see to it that the devil will hold a thanksgiving service in hell, when he gets the news of our departure from the field of battle.”
Worldview and Wisdom Sessions Assignments, Notes and Resources Part 1
Book: “A Christian Manifesto” by Francis A. Schaeffer
A Christian Manifesto is literally a call for Christians to change the course of history-by returning to biblical Truth and by allowing Christ to be Lord in all of life.
We will be reading this book to orient ourselves around a general theme and group mindset. We will not be discussing the book at length during our group meetings (this is NOT a book club). However, I will email a few questions and implications for your consideration that we may touch on during our times together.
Bible: Proverbs & Ecclesiastes
In addition to your regular devotions and Bible studies, we will be reading a Proverb a day (There are 31 Proverbs – one for each day of the month). We will finish with Ecclesiastes. We are seeking to walk in wisdom of God’s Word prior to taking action.
Prayer: Wisdom and Discernment
I encourage everyone to spend a few minutes praying for wisdom for yourself, your spouse (and family) and for our group as a whole. Feel free to fast if you choose.
Grounding: Doctrinal Foundation
Creation, Fall, Redemption and Restoration (consumation) make up the biblical lens through which we view reality. All goodness, truth and beauty find their source in a creator God who is both Holy and knowable through Jesus Christ. Through Christ we join Him in redeeming and restoring that which is lost and broken in the world around us.
“There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!’” – Abraham Kuyper
Mission: Theological Vision
Our missions is to establish our Public Theology and an Integrated Kingdom Vision. We will develop our critical thinking skills and a distinctive Christian worldview in order to determine what is True, Good and Beautiful.
Form and Shape: Ministry Expression
This is not a ‘Bible Study’ or a lecture or teaching. This is training. That means this entire endeavor is designed to prepare you to engage in your various spheres of influence. The purpose of training is to prepare for a test in the real world.
We will apprehend and demolish ideas and worldly philosophies that stand opposed to God (truth). We will walk wisely carrying out the Great Commission and the Cultural Biblical Mandate.
Action: Ministry Project:
Each of you have gifts and talents given to you by God. As image-bearers, you are prisms that reflect and refract God’s glory in a unique way. You bear His light – bringing His goodness, truth and beauty into a dark, dying and morally confused world.
I challenge each of you to pray for vision and a plan that you will carry forward at the end of our 16 weeks together. You can create a personal ministry project or join with your spouse or others in our group.
Don’t let this frighten or confuse you. I will be offering ideas and be here to support you. Our group will be praying and supporting you. The Intercessory Prayer Ministry at Christ Chapel (Mondays With The Master) will be praying for all of us. And don’t be ashamed about small beginnings – no idea from God is small. There is power in small beginnings (think mustard seed).
My video talks: I make a case that our current issues go back to Rome and the French Revolution. I discuss “Diffusion of Innovation” – how ideas make their way through culture and how politics is downstream from culture. Marxism, critical theory, our open frontiers, “wokeness” in the church and how Christians can recover truth and restore culture.
Deep Dive Course: Become a Commissioned Colson Center Fellow
Colson Fellows Program 2021-2022 (Christ Chapel Bible Church Cohort – for members and regular attenders only)
*Taking applications on April 15th for this 10 month course that will begin in July 2021. Details and application link below. Please contact me if you have questions.
The Colson Fellowship at Christ Chapel Bible Church
Most of our Bible study throughout our Christian lives focuses on understanding God and learning how to live in right relationship to Him, ourselves and each other—and this is certainly vital to our spiritual growth. However, the Bible also teaches us how to live in right relationship to every aspect of God’s creation, which includes society, culture, art, economics, education and politics just to name a few. Furthermore, the Bible helps us understand how to properly order (or re-order) the fallen world as we join Christ in his work of restoring all things. This is where a “Christian worldview” proves vital.
Ours is a world where the “powers and principalities” are actively working to dis-order God’s good creation in areas such as marriage, family, human sexuality, and personhood to name a few. As disciples of Christ, we cannot truly love our neighbors and remain indifferent to ideas and actions that do harm to people and God’s creation. The fact is, ideas have consequences and bad ideas have victims. Because we care about the victims of “bad ideas,” we are pleased to partner with the Colson Center for Christian Worldview in bringing the Colson Fellows Program to Christ Chapel.
The Colson Fellows Program is a transformational course that compresses a lifetime of Christian wisdom into ten months. This program will establish a solid foundation for those who are new to the study of Christian worldview, and for those who are well-versed in Christian worldview and apologetics; you will gain new insights into today’s rapidly changing cultural context. Colson Fellows-in-Training go beyond understanding worldview as mere arguments and facts, and develop instead, the critical thinking skills or wisdom to discern what is true, good and beautiful in every situation so they can understand the times and know what to do.
Colson Fellows Program Overview:
Beginning each August, Colson Fellows-in-Training follow a carefully curated curriculum that helps them understand and identify worldviews and how they manifest in today’s ideas, philosophies, policies and practice. You will learn how to analyze and understand culture and its influence. Additionally, we will examine current cultural flash-points such as race relations, progressive sexuality, religious liberty, the role of government, economics, and sanctity of life to name a few. Finally, Colson Fellows-in-Training will examine the concept of “calling” and develop a “Three- Year” personal plan that aligns their mission with God’s purpose.
Other features of the Program include:
- 24/7/365 access to the Colson Fellows Online Learning Platform;
- Monthly Cohort Meetings facilitated by Lance Cashion, Local Outreach Director, who himself is commissioned Colson Fellow;
- Twice-Monthly Video Webinars in which you are able to interact with authors from the reading list and other leading worldview scholars;
- Interactive daily devotionals that weave together all course components;
- Assistance developing a teaching practicum in which you will teach on a topic you’ve learned;
- StrengthsFinder assessment;
- Lifetime access to Colson Center resources and ongoing worldview education;
- Inclusion into a network of over 2000 Colson Fellows working across the globe in various spheres of Christian ministry.
- Typically, participants in the Colson Fellows Program pay $900.
- Through an exclusive Licensing Agreement with the Colson Center, Christ Chapel members & regular attenders only pay $450 in tuition.
- Participants will need to purchase books from a source of their choice such as Amazon. Estimated book cost are an additional $200.