Teaching the Christian Worldview Worldwide
Why Is a Worldview Important?
"Whether we realize it or not, all of us possess a worldview.
We make one of two basic assumptions. We view the universe
as an accident or we assume an intelligence beyond the
universe who gives the universe order, and for some of us,
meaning to life. One's worldview, or how one answers the
basic questions concerning meaning, values, purpose,
identity, motivation and destiny, influences not only who we
are, but how we live our lives" - Dr. Armand Nicholi,
Harvard University professor and author of "The Question of
God". "Know the truth and the truth shall set you free" -
The Christian Worldview:
What is the Christian Worldview? The Bible begins with the
statement "In the beginning God". We believe that the
infinite personal God of the Bible is ultimate reality, not
mere matter or energy shaped by chance or mere natural
selection. We believe that men and women were designed and
created by this personal God in His image as personal beings
with a capacity for reason, emotion, and volition … and as
such human life has sanctity and eternal value.
Consequently, we are ethically and morally accountable for
our choices and actions, which have value, significance,
meaning, and purpose in a universe which is not merely
impersonal. We further believe that if there is a purely
impersonal material universe there is no logical basis for
morality, ethics, objective knowledge, significance,
purpose, or human aspirations.
We communicate the Christian Worldview by “making disciples”
in the context of a loving community through evangelism and
discipleship. We believe that the unique message of Jesus
Christ is consistent with objective reality. He provides the
way to an authentic personal relationship with God, and with
one another. He also gives us peace and purpose, in the
midst of a world which has largely lost direction and hope.
"Go and make disciples of all nations. teaching them to obey
everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you
always, to the very end of the age."(Matthew 28:19-20)
"And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many
witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified
to teach others." (2 Tim 2:2.)
The Cultural Mandate:
"Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and
subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of
the air and over every living creature that moves on the
ground." (Gen 1:28)
The Christian Worldview should impact every facet of life,
both public and private, social, economic, political and
personal. We believe and teach that God has appointed
mankind as stewards of the Earth, and that we are
responsible for the environment as well as the culture In
which we live.
In Genesis, God gives what we might call the first job
"Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and
subdue it." The first phrase, "be fruitful and multiply"
means to develop the social world: build families, churches,
schools, cities, governments, laws. The second phrase,
"subdue the earth," means to harness the natural world:
plant crops, build bridges, design computers, compose music.
This passage is sometimes called the Cultural Mandate
because it tells us that our original purpose was to create
cultures, build civilizations-nothing less. Our calling is
not just to go to heaven, but also to cultivate the earth,
not just to save souls, but also to serve God through our
work. For God himself is engaged not only in the work of
salvation buts also in the work of preserving and developing
His creation. When we obey the Cultural Mandate, we
participate in the work of God himself, as agents of His
common grace”. — Nancy Pearcey in “Total Truth”.
: Discipling young professionals and businessmen and women
who in turn evangelize and disciple others (2 Timothy 2:2).
Dave leads a culturally and racially diverse discipleship
group of men and women. The method is personal, one-on-one
appointments, Bible Studies, Discussion and Prayer Groups,
Retreats and Seminars, Leadership Training, and Outreach
Events. Most of the men and women whom Dave disciples are
involved in BSF
(Bible Study Fellowship).
USA : Dave disciples men in Miami and other
cities such as Los Angeles, Dallas, New York City, and
Chicago. These men join us on weekend retreats in FL and
group outings to conferences. Dave is putting them through
a reading and study curriculum and communicates through
telephone, email and personal visits.
Europe : Dave also disciples a number of
young businessmen and professionals in Munich and
Frankfurt. Most of these men came to Christ while doing
internships in Miami. Dave's training under the late Dr.
Francis Schaeffer has been of immense value in ministering
to Europeans. Dave also helps recruit new staff for Europe.
One of the men he disciples formerly lived in Madrid and
still has a ministry there, another has moved to Germany
for full-time ministry. In addition Dave teaches at least
one retreat every year in the Austrian Alps near Munich. He
has also taught a retreat near Madrid, and ministers to
others in Italy and the U.K.
Worldwide : Dave also acts as a resource
person to other countries around the world in helping them
to establish marketplace ministries of evangelism and
discipleship in their cities. He has helped in this regard
in the Caribbean, South America and Africa.
Resource Development : Dave is in the
process of testing and developing training materials in
evangelism and discipleship suitable for reaching
post-modern people and others with different worldviews.