In Canada’s post-Christian culture, it is becoming more and more vital that the Christian family be THE centre for the formation and tending of children’s minds according to the truth of Jesus Christ found in the Bible. Beyond just teaching children the elements of Jesus’ life, ministry, death and resurrection, parents must also ensure that their children understand how the truth about Jesus informs every aspect of life in the world. They must also be given tools to think critically about the counter claims of our secular culture that seek to define our lives and our purpose for living apart from any reference to God or God’s truth.
Passing On A Christian Worldview is a course designed specifically for Christian parents, but is also beneficial for grandparents, children’s and youth ministry leaders or any Christian who wants to be equipped to think biblically about all of life and critically about our secular Canadian culture. It focuses on the fundamental questions that every person must answer in order to make sense of life in the world, and how the Bible clearly and successfully answers these questions in Jesus Christ. In addition this material helps parents to begin identifying the deceptions of secular culture as it seeks to provide its own set of answers apart from the truth found in Jesus.
The course topics are presented as follows:
Session 1: Introduces the subject of ‘worldview’, defining what a worldview is and why it is important. We spend time discussing the worldview problem that exists in our 21st Century Canadian secular culture, and how secularism as a pervasive ideology can and does impact how our we and our children think. Heeding Paul’s warning to “see to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophies,” (Col 2:8) we outline the foundational components of a Christian worldview that will help safeguard our minds and the minds of our children.
Session 2: Deals with the subject of ‘knowledge’ and ‘truth’, answering the question: “What is true and how do we know it?”. It helps the Christian identify the false distinction made by secular culture between faith and knowledge which defines faith as ‘mere belief’ whereas knowledge (championed by science) deals with ‘facts’. Returning to a biblical view of truth, Christians are helped to reframe their understanding of faith in Christ as not simply possessing a ‘personal faith’, but coming to a “knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim 2:4)
Session 3: Deals with the question of Origin: “Where Did Everything Come From?”. This session tackles the conflict between the biblical view of Creation against the secular dogma of naturalistic evolution. Students are given a basic outline of the underlying assumption of an evolutionary framework, as well as the essential elements of a Creation worldview, including some practical tools to help children grasp and learn these elements.
Session 4: Tackles the question of Meaning: “What is the Meaning of Life?” While learning to become critical thinkers about popularized answers from our culture, students are shown how God alone can provide a sufficient answer to this question. Through a series of practical case studies, students are then given opportunity to begin thinking through how God provides the most satisfying answer to difficult life’s questions, and seeing how the cultural assumption that meaning can be achieved without God ultimately comes up empty.
Session 5: Covers the question of Morality: “What is right and wrong, and who gets to decide?” In a culture espousing moral relativism and the rejection of moral absolutes, Christians and in particular Christian parents need to pass on the biblical perspective that God alone provides the only foundation for morality. We can come to know what is truly right and good because God himself is the standard for goodness and righteousness. By rejecting God, our culture has rejected any basis for moral decision making. This session will be of particular help to parents for teaching their children to think critically about the relative moral claims of our society and seeing that God alone can provide a moral foundation for living.
Session 6: This final session deals with the question of Destiny: “Where is my Life Ultimately Going?” This final session shows how this question really glues the Christian worldview together, providing the ultimate reason behind why these questions matter at all. For the Christian, life is not lived in a vacuum, but in the context of a final purpose or goal, what Paul described as “God’s will” established before the beginning of the world. (cf. Eph 1) Because God is moving all of Creation history toward one ultimate end, (“to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ” – Eph. 1:9) Christians can put all of their lives and living activity into the context of ultimate purpose. Parents will be encouraged to help their own children view all of their lives lived in the light of God’s ultimate plan, and see every part of their living experience as relevant to God’s purpose.
Passing On A Christian Worldview is designed as a six week course (6 – 1 hour sessions) that could also be configured for day long seminar format if needed. It is designed for churches wishing to help parents become more effective as those whom God has given primary responsibility for the formation of their children’s minds according to the truth of God’s Word.
If you are interested to bring Passing On A Christian Worldview to your church, please contact Scott.