Living Out a Biblical Worldview
Weekends of September 9/10 through October 21/22
Seismic shifts have hit our society, leaving people unmoored from truth and unsettled in their faith. The question asked by David in Psalm 11:3 resonates among many today: “When the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
In our present cultural environment, it’s imperative for followers of Christ to be convictional, courageous, and compassionate. We must know what we believe, why we believe it, and how we can communicate it to others. In short, we must be unshaken in our faith (Psalm 62:2), and unashamed of the gospel (Romans 1:16). Grounded in truth and lived out in God’s grace, our faith in Christ will change our own lives and ultimately help transform a broken world.
Miss a weekend? You can easily catch up by viewing the sermon in our media archive
Week 1 (September 9/10)
Why Worldview Matters (Romans 12:1-2)
Every person, whether they realize it or not, has a worldview. A worldview is simply a pattern of ideas, beliefs, convictions, and habits that help us make sense of our experiences. Like putting on sunglasses, these ideas shape our perspectives and solidify our sense of meaning and purpose. Understanding your own worldview is crucial as ideas have consequences both for you and for the society you live in. What you believe about God will determine what you think is real.
Our passage will challenge us to view everything through the lens of God’s Word so we will be transformed. If we don’t, we’ll end up becoming conformed to the world.
Week 2 (September 16/17)
Faith & Reason Seminar | Saturday, September 16 | 8:30 AM - Noon | Worship Center
Popup Resource Bookstore Available All Weekend | Fireside
The Real Reality (Acts 17:16-34, Genesis 1-3)
Christianity claims to be not just another worldview, but the one true story of reality. It is true at all times, for all people, and at all places. The biblical narrative outlines how God is the Creator, how he relates to humanity, and how he is working to reconcile the world to its intended purpose. This story can be summarized as Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration. Within this narrative, we see where God is directing history and how he will ultimately defeat all opposition. It provides answers to life’s fundamental questions and offers a vision for true human flourishing.
Week 3 (September 23/24)
Who Jesus Is (John 14:1-7, Colossians 1:15-20)
The biblical narrative points to and centralizes on the person of Jesus Christ and the good news he proclaims. Jesus teaches that in him God’s reign broke into the world, offering freedom and forgiveness for those in bondage to sin. He claims to be the Savior of the world, the one who teaches what is true, and models the way of abundant life. He is the King of kings, calling for our ultimate allegiance in all areas of life. By resurrecting Jesus from the dead, God shows his supreme approval and vindication of Jesus, giving him all authority over creation.
Week 4 (September 30/October 1)
The Timelessness of Truth (John 8:31-32, 1 Peter 3:14-16)
Christianity is not merely a comforting story with some nice moral teachings, taken to be true on blind faith. The Christian worldview is both true and can be shown to be a reasonable faith based on evidence. God has acted within history to demonstrate that he alone is the true God who is worthy of following. Because of this, all Christians are called to be able to give a defense for their beliefs, done in such a way that is Christlike in being respectful and compassionate.
Week 5 (October 7/8)
Your Identity is Essential (Genesis 1:26-31, 2 Corinthians 3:18)
As followers of Jesus, we are not only image bearers of God but placed in a community of believers all in union with Christ. This objective and holistic identity has profound implications for how we live and see ourselves, others, God, and the world. The goal for Christians is to grow into the image of Jesus, who embodies what a flourishing life looks like. In him, we are a new creation, forgiven from sin, called to be lights to a broken world as we imitate Jesus and his sacrificial love.
Week 6 (October 14/15)
Being Salt and Light in Society (Matthew 5:13-16)
If the Christian worldview is true and lived out by Christians, it has the power to affect society in significant ways as it has in the past. Jesus turned the world upside down not by force or manipulation, but by teaching the truth, offering a life of meaning and purpose, and modeling sacrificial love through his atoning death. From the life and actions of this one individual, the world has never been the same. Christians can likewise help to transform all areas of society by living out the way, truth, and life of Jesus.
Week 7 (October 21/22)
Putting It Into Practice (Deuteronomy 6:1-9)
This service will feature a panel discussion that is focused on the next generation covering topics introduced throughout the series.
Edgewood’s Faith and Reason Seminar took place on September 16th. This event was part of our Fall 2023 focus of living out a Biblical worldview in our Unshaken and Unashamed series. The seminar featured teaching from local apologist Rick McGough who has been leading and speaking at conferences for years. The topics include:
Miss the seminar? Want to hear what Rick shared again? The videos of the four main sessions have been posted below.
Rick McGough is a former pastor who now plans and speaks at apologetics conferences all over. He has shared the stage with Josh McDowell, Chris Brooks, and others. His book Faith and Reason Made Simple will help believers defend their faith in the midst of this skeptical culture we live in. He and his wife, Val, call the Quad Cities home.