How to Teach a Christian Worldview

How to Teach a Christian Worldview

Wednesday, 05 January 2022 14:53

Being a part of the “Bible Belt” and being in a state where you are sure to find a church within every ten miles, one may assume a Christian perspective on the world is woven into the very confines of our being. However, we are easily persuaded by the culture we live in. 

When you are surrounded by ideologies that are specifically attached to your community, location, and country, they sometimes go unnoticed as to how they’ve become an automatic way of thinking. So how can we be sure that we’re teaching our children and students a worldview that is pure and not filtered through the lens of our society?

 

Four Guides to Build a Christian Worldview

There are several markers that we can give ourselves when training ourselves and the next generation on how to view the world. As Christians, we want our views to align the most with Christ, even if others may not agree because of different religions, political stances, denominations, or citizenship. 

Even those who share the same religion, political stance, denomination, and citizenship may have a different worldview, so therefore we must not let these categories be our guiding light of understanding how Christ would have us view the world. 

In order to help the next generation lay an effective foundation for seeing the world through the lens of a biblical worldview, there are four key cornerstones.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2, ESV)

1) Scripture

Scripture always shows us the heart of God. The Bible reveals to us the will of God in how we are to present ourselves as holy (set apart) and equally; as we live out truth, we love others and extend grace.

The Word of God doesn’t only show us the heart of God, but it can show us our own hearts. Knowing these things, we then can look to Jesus, the image of the invisible God, to emulate.

2) The Holy Spirit: 

The Holy Spirit lives inside every believer and is the seal of salvation who convicts us and guides us. The Holy Spirit never goes against the Word of God and is the communication line between us and the Father (Romans 8:26). 

So as the Holy Spirit moves through us, and we saturate ourselves in the Word of God, we are given discernment on what is good and what is evil.

3) Mentors and Teachers: 

Whether it be a pastor, an elder, a teacher, or a coach who took time to disciple your child, there are those who have walked the journey of faith longer than your child has and who hold wisdom. As your child listens to their stories on life and the lessons their mentor has learned, those pearls become their own treasures to hold on to so that they may save them and utilize them.

4) Other Cultures and Missionaries: 

As mentioned before, we can often be persuaded by the culture around us and much of our “Christianity” can be shaped by that, too. Sometimes we let politics, national citizenship, and regional culture influence our decisions and convictions more than God.

A good way to know if your worldview is more influenced by your nation than God is to talk to missionaries or other believers from different countries. You’ll quickly begin to see that there is humility for yourself to grow in. You must be willing and open to listen and learn so that you may sort out what is truly from God.

One example of this is clothing. In India, women cover their heads while in prayer or at a church service. Many people in the United States who belong to Christianity don’t carry out this practice. This is one example where we can gather how culture impacts our faith and how, also, it isn’t what determines it.

Prepping the Heart to Learn a Biblical Worldview

Haywood Christian Academy teaches our students to be problem solvers and researchers and how to reason and serve. This prepares them to be humble yet bold and confident, just as Jesus instructs his disciples in Matthew 10:16 when he sends them out. 

This is what one must be in order not only to learn a Christ-centered Worldview but also to be able to go out into the world and expand the Kingdom of God.

Haywood Christian Academy: Discipling the Next Generation

Haywood Christian Academy is located in Waynesville, NC, in Haywood County. We aim to teach the youth of this era a Biblical worldview grounded in the truth and hope of Christ. They will learn the necessity of community and the body of Christ working together. 

Haywood seeks to intentionally care for each child, with the desire and expectation that they will leave Haywood a leader and ready to impact the world.

For further information or questions regarding the Academy, feel free to contact us at 828-627-0229 or visit our website. We would be happy to answer your questions and schedule a tour of our facility.