ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE/ BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW
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Introduction:   a two-year-old believes he’s the center of the world, a secular humanist believes that the world is all that exists and a Buddhist believes he can be liberated from suffering by self-purification. Someone with a biblical worldview believes his primary reason for existence is to love and serve God.

Whether conscious or subconscious, every person has some type of worldview. A personal worldview is a combination of all you believe to be true and what you believe becomes the driving force behind every emotion, decision and action. Therefore, it affects your response to every area of life: from philosophy to science, theology and anthropology to economics, law, politics, art and social order — everything. It is the interpretive “lenses” we use for understanding what we believe is real. From our personal worldview spring all of our actions and thoughts, and it is in unguarded moments when we can really see what we believe to be true.

Students write down the blue questions and the red answers.

1.  What does it mean to have a certain life perspective?
  It is the interpretive “lenses” we use for understanding what we believe is real.

2.  What is a Biblical worldview?
Christians we have a Biblical perspective which is an eternal perspective.

3.  How does a Biblical worldview get deluted?

Non-biblical worldview ideas don’t just sit in a book somewhere waiting for people to examine them. They bombard us constantly from television, film, music, newspapers, magazine, books and academia. Because we live in a selfish, fallen world, these ideas seductively appeal to our flesh, and we often end up incorporating them into our personal worldview — often without even knowing it.


Overview of the Biblical
Eternal perspective we have as believers.

1.  We live knowing that God created us with a purpose.

2.  He placed us in paradise where we had continual fellowship with him

3.  That paradise was lost when Adam sinned and rebelled by eating the forbidden fruit

4.  God sent Christ to die and resurrect to reconnect us back to fellowship with Him

5.  How we live our life determines what happens how we live in eternity

A FEW SCRIPTUES ABOUT ETERNITY

John 3:16  For God so loved the world that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life

Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has set eternity in our heart

Ephesians 4:12 we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

 

    Why do we need a Biblical worldview?

1.  To let others know what is our perspective.

2.  Helps to guide others toward heaven

3.  then we begin to make the right decisions and form the appropriate responses to questions on abortion, same-sex marriage, cloning, stem-cell research and even media choices. Because, in the end, it is our decisions and actions that reveal what we really believe.

 

Small Group Discussion


How does not having an eternal perspective affect the way people live?

How does the knowledge of God’s word and eternity shape the way in which we view life?

How does it shape the way we answer life’s ultimate questions?


    Small Group Discussion
    • How did I get here?
    • What is the purpose of life?
    • How should I live?
    • What happens when I die?