At this point we have gained a better understanding of our heavenly citizenship, while also learning:
- What a worldview is;
- How a worldview is formed;
- The importance of being aware of our own worldview; and
- The need to develop a biblical worldview.
As pastors and leaders, it will be of great benefit to learn how to effectively teach, preach, and impart a biblical worldview. An essential element of this is creating an environment where the Holy Spirit is welcomed to do the work of renewal and transformation in individual lives.
A RENEWED MIND- CHANGING OUR WORLDVIEW
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Rom 12:2).
Sanctification is essential for the ongoing growth of every believer. As we have learned, sanctification is both a consecration of our life to God and a progressive cleansing from moral defilement.
But there is more to sanctification than developing good moral character. True sanctification is a process that incorporates the liberating truth of God’s Word, our faith to receive it, and the work of the Holy Spirit to bring about change in the life of a believer.
Before receiving Christ, much of what we were and did was the result of being conformed to the world’s standards (we have already studied the many ways a carnal worldview is formed).
But after salvation, and through the ongoing work of sanctification, our worldview can be changed. As our worldview becomes more biblically based, we can more readily believe and obey the entire Word of God and better cooperate with the work of the Holy Spirit.
Let us study this important aspect of the Christian life in a bit more detail.
LEVELS OF COMMUNICATION
Each person is made up of three parts: body, soul and spirit (1Thess 5:23.)
The “body” is our physical body. Our body uses the five senses – hearing, seeing, tasting, smelling and touching – to communicate with the physical world we live in.
The “soul” is the place of our emotions (feelings), our will (the ability to choose) and our mind (intellect). Our personality comes from our soul. The soul is sometimes referred to as “the heart of man”. The soul provides another level of communication with the people and environment around us.
THE SPIRIT OF MAN
Though people can relate to one another at a physical level and through their soul, we are limited in our physical and intellectual ability to fully comprehend the things of God: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” (1Cor 2:9; see also Isa 55:8,9; Rom 11:33-36). Neither our body (“eye/ear”) nor our soul (“heart”) can fully understand God and His ways.
But God has also created each person with a spirit. The spirit of each person is dead in sin. But at salvation, the spirit is made alive by the Spirit of God (Rom 6:11,13; 1Cor 15:22; Eph 2:1,5; 1Pet 3:18).