The Inside Column 27/5

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Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke. If you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s almighty grace for you and loving presence as you join us in worship. Please feel free to chat with us afterwards over a coffee and meet some of our people.

We are now well into the heart of 1 Corinthians and it does not get any easier. Paul is writing to this group of people warning them about many things, but at the heart of what he is getting at is the way they have taken what was happening in the world around them and mixed it with their Faith. They have been shaped buy the culture of the day. Paul says this is stopping you from
growing into all that Christ has for you, and all that Christ did for you on the cross.

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. - 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20

Paul is challenging what we would call their world view. In his book Every Good Endeavor buy Tim Keller he addresses the concept and importance of “worldview”. Worldview has become a buzzword these days and that is unfortunate. Because of the overuse of the word it is beginning to lose much of its meaning. Tim Keller attaches the idea of worldview to the concept of narrative and story and detaches the idea of worldview from mere philosophical or  intellectual ascent. Here’s his take:

The significance of stories is this. While many stories are often no more than entertainment, narratives are actually so foundational to how we think that they determine how we understand and live life itself. The term “worldview”, comes from the German word Weltanshauung, meaning the comprehensive perspective from which we interpret all of reality. But a world view is not merely a set of philosophical bullet points. It is essentially a master narrative, a fundamental story about (a) what human life in the world should be like, (b) what has knocked it off balance, and (c) what can be done to make it right. No one can really function in the world without some working answers to those big questions, and so, to provide those answers, we adopt a worldstory, a narrative that explains things—a worldview.

You do not “get” a worldview, you live inside of a worldview. In our day we tend to take our culture what is happening around as and apply them to the worlds of faith and ideals. We treat salvation in the church as something that you can “get”. Likewise, many marketing strategies for books on “worldview” are marketed as a commodity, “Read this book and acquire a Christian worldview!” Tim Keller says you do not get a worldview but you live and act through one!

Food for thought as we work our way through 1 Corinthians.

Yours in Christ


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