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Title: Fostering a Christian Worldview in your Children

Fostering a Christian Worldview in your Children
What happens if we don't do this?
  • Contrast
  • Judges 11 Now it came to about that after the
    death of Joshua that the sons of Israel inquired
    of the Lord…
  • Judges 2125 - In those days there was not King
    in Israel everyone did what was right in his own
  • From generation to generation…or NOT!
  • Judges 27 The people served the Lord
    throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the
    elders who outlived him and who had seen all the
    great things the LORD had done for Israel.
  • Judges 210 After that whole generation had
    been gathered to their fathers, another
    generation grew up, who knew neither the LORD nor
    what he had done for Israel.
  • Judges 176 …everyone did as he saw fit.

But are we so different now?
  • Barna reports
  • 60 disaffiliate themselves from faith tradition
  • 85 agreed that what is right for one person in
    given situation might not be right for another
    person who encounters the same situation.
  • 62 agree nothing can be known for certain
    except what you experience in your life.
  • Less than 10 of Christians have a biblical
  • The lesson is obvious. No matter how we might
    have done church a generation ago, it matters
    little if we do not continually create the kind
    of compelling culture that allowed the early
    church to thrive in persecution and that will
    ensure the propagation of communities of faith in
    our time as well Daryl Tippens in Pilgrim

That it may go well with you…
  • Eph 61-3 Children, obey your parents in the
    Lord, for this is right. 2 "Honor your father and
    mother"-which is the first commandment with a
    promise 3 "that it may go well with you and that
    you may enjoy long life on the earth."
  • Is the promise for the individual or community?
  • Family determines the future of the faith
  • God designed family as the place to raise
    faithful children so it would go well with the
    community of faith.

What is Worldview?
  • a grid through which one sees the world
    (Francis Schaeffer)
  • a map of reality. And like any map it may fit
    what is really there or it may be grossly
    misleading. (James Sire)
  • the sum total of our beliefs about the world,
    the big picture that directs our daily decisions
    and actions. (Colson Pearcy)
  • our ground floor assumptionsones so basic that
    none more basic can be conceived. (James Sire)

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Core Beliefs vs. Peripheral Beliefs
  • Like the Shrek quote beliefs have layers. ?
    (Thomas Kune, Imre Lakatos)
  • Every intellectual framework has a central core
    and more expendable outer layers
  • We will naturally defend the core (worldview)
    by jettisoning or adjusting (rationalizing?) less
    central beliefs. This is actually quite rational
    (to a point ?)
  • It is vital we shape core beliefs (worldview)
    well the first time, because it is so difficult
    to change them once theyve been set, a person
    can only undergo the trauma of conversion once or
    maybe twice in life without significant
    mental/spiritual illness!

What difference does it make?
  • Those with a Biblical worldview are
  • 31 times less likely to accept cohabitation
  • 18 times less likely to endorse drunkenness
  • 12 times less likely to accept profanity
  • 11 times less likely to describe adultery as
    morally acceptable
  • 46 times less likely to endorse abortion
  • We would do better with getting our kids to
    behave by teaching them a biblical worldview than
    by just teaching them that certain behaviors are

Basic Elements of Worldview
Special Creation
Man Determines Subjective
God Determines Objective
Scientific/ Materialism/ Naturalism
Scientific / General Specific Revelation
Cultural Relative Situational
Word of the Year -- 2006
  • Truthiness ? the quality of stating concepts or
    facts one wishes or believes to be true, rather
    than the concepts or facts known to be true.
  • It means truthy, not facty.
  • Truthiness vs. Truth
  • 85 of Christian young people do not believe in
    absolute, objective truth.
  • Its true for me, but it may not be for you.
  • Subjective, relative truth does not work

Ethics for the 21st Century
  • Daniel provides a model
  • Culture bombarded him
  • Babylonian education to change worldview
  • Name change from God is Judge to May Bel
    protect his life
  • Did he go along with culture?
  • Daniel resolved not to defile himself. (Daniel
  • What is the predominant view of today?
  • Impact on the church
  • The virtual disappearance of this cornerstone of
    the Christian faiththat is God has communicated
    a series of moral principles in the Bible that
    are meant to be the basis of our thoughts and
    actions, regardless of our preferences, feelings,
    or situationsis probably the best indicator of
    the waning strength of the Christian church in
    America today. (George Barna)

Theistic Secularism is common…
Ten ways to foster a Biblical Worldview in
children in the midst of this secular world
  • Consider what God said to another group that was
    about to enter a pagan land….
  • Deuteronomy 61-9

1. Serve God without rivals
  • Deut 64 The LORD our God, the LORD is one.
    Love the LORD your God with all your heart and
    with all your soul and with all your strength.
  • Put God First
  • Our research suggests that religious
    congregations are losing out to school and media
    for the time and attention of youth….faith
    communities typically get a very small seat at
    the end of the table for a limited period of
    time….Many parents clearly prioritize homework
    and sports over church…. Christian Smith

2. Live a consistent biblical worldview
  • Deut 66 These commandments I give you today
    are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your
  • We teach what we know, but we reproduce who we
  • There is a flow to history and culture. This
    flow is rooted and has its wellspring in the
    thoughts of people…Most people catch their
    worldview from their family and surrounding
    society the way a child catches measles. But
    people with more understanding realize that their
    presuppositions should be chosen after careful
    consideration of what world view is true
    Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live
  • A biblical worldview is both taught and
    caughtthat is, it has to be explained and
    modeled. Clearly there are huge segments of the
    Christian body that are missing the benefit of
    such a comprehensive and consistent expression of
    biblical truth. George Barna

3. Mark your home as God's territory
  • Deut 69 Write them on the doorframes of your
    houses and on your gates.
  • Dont compartmentalize religious life.
  • Religion seems to become rather
    compartmentalized and backgrounded in the lives
    and experiences of most U.S. teenagers....This is
    not surprising. It simply reflects the fact that
    there is very little built-in religious content
    or connection in the structure of most
    adolescents daily schedules and routines.
  • Especially when religion is structurally
    isolated from the primary schedules and networks
    that comprise teenagers lives are teens
    religious and spiritual lives most weak. It is
    by contrast when teens family, school, friends,
    and sports lives and religious congregations
    somehow connect, intersect, and overlap, that
    teens exhibit the most committed and integral
    religious and spiritual lives. Christian Smith
    in Soul Searching

4. Realize it won't happen "at church"
  • It doesnt happen in church programs…
  • Unfortunately, less than one out of every ten
    churched teenagers has a biblical worldview. In
    other words, the result of involvement at church
    is that they can recite some religious facts,
    they made some friends, and they had fun. Thats
    wonderful, but we also find that most of them
    have not…altered the basis on which they make
    their moral and ethical decisions in life….their
    faith is not integrated into who they are and how
    they live.
  • Yet, some churches seem to say to parents, We
    are trained professionals, dont try this at
  • God designed it to happen at home.
  • Talk about them when you sit at home and when
    you walk along the road, when you lie down, and
    when you get up. Deut 67

5. Teach Biblical Worldview Topics
  • Establish firm foundation of biblical worldview
  • God as God
  • Bible as primary authority
  • Special creation
  • Complete obedience to word of God
  • Understanding the sweep of biblical history, not
    just Bible stories.
  • Go beyond Bible stories
  • Home study group get families together

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6. Read the Bible
  • Reading the Word is all it takes to have family
    devotional or worship time.
  • Fewer than one out of every ten born-again
    families read the Bible together each week at
    home. George Barna in Revolutionary Parenting.
  • Many religious teens in the U.S. appear to
    engage in few religious practices…even basic
    practices like Bible reading and personal prayer
    seem clearly associated with stronger and deeper
    faith commitment among youth. We suspect that
    youth educators and ministers will not get far
    with youth…unless regular and intentional
    religious practices become an important part of
    their larger faith formation. Christian Smith
    in Soul Searching

7. Limit exposure to counterfeit worldviews until
at least the age of ____!
  • They must know Biblical reality before they can
    recognize the counterfeit.
  • Think on these things Phil 48
  • Which is the Biblical view?
  • Well, they have to learn about the world
  • Guard your heart above all else, for it
    determines the course of your life. Prov 423
  • When are they ready to deal with counterfeit
  • When the Bible is established as final authority.
  • When they have a biblical worldview established.
  • When they have a robust Christian faith. Dr.

8. Teach Obedience to Authority
  • Goad children know that obedience is to do what
    you are told, when you are told in a happy way.
  • Col 320 Children, be obedient to your parents
    in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the
  • Set rules within a biblical framework
  • We want them to learn the principles not the
    specific rules.
  • We desire biblical thinking, not extra-biblical

9. Develop a family catechism
  • Catechism brief summary of important principles
    in a question-and-answer format.
  • Q. What is the chief end of man?
  • A. To glorify God and enjoy him forever!
  • Luther Therefore it is the duty of every
    father of a family to question and examine his
    children at least once a week and to ascertain
    what they know of it, or are learning and, if
    they do not know it, to keep them faithfully at
  • Family catechism brief summary of the important
    principles for your familynot just doctrinal.
  • Q. What part of our life do Goads give to God?
  • A. Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do
    it all in the name of the Lord Jesus. Col 317

10. Evaluate your educational choice
  • Christian school? Home school? Public school?
  • Students spend 14,000 hours in school…what
    worldview is foundational for that time?
  • Non-Christian education puts a child in a
    vacuum. The result is that child dies.
    Christian education alone really nurtures
    personality, because it alone gives the child air
    and food. Modern education philosophy gruesomely
    insults our God and our Christ. How, then, do
    you expect to build anything positively Christian
    or theistic upon a foundation which is the
    negation of Christianity and Theism? No teaching
    of any sort is possible except in Christian
    schools. Cornelius Van Til

Who educates your children?
  • The myth of neutrality..
  • Education is thus a most powerful ally of
    humanism, and every public school is a school of
    humanism. What can the theistic Sunday school,
    meeting for an hour once a week and teaching only
    a fraction of the children, do to stem the tide
    of a five-day program of humanistic teaching?
    Charles Potter, signer of Humanist Manifesto

Closing Thoughts
  • You will send them out as a letter of Christ to
    the culture.
  • 2 Cor 32-3 You yourselves are our letter,
    written on our hearts, known and read by
    everybody. You show that you are a letter from
    Christ, the result of our ministry, written not
    with ink but with the Spirit of the living God,
    not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human
  • …Christians should prepare to take the lead in
    giving direction to cultural change. And if it
    goes poorly, as well it might in the
    post-Christian world, then we should be
    consciously preparing the next generation for the
    new battles it will face. Francis Schaeffer

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Selected References
  • Revolutionary Parenting by George Barna
  • Answers in Genesis (
  • Soul Searching The National Study of Youth and
    Religion by Christian Smith and his research team
    at North Carolina published in 2005.
  • Faith Begins at Home by Mark Holmen 
  • So Whats the Difference? Examining Christianity
    and other World Religions by Fritz Ridenour