I felt the first session needed to challenge their thinking for 'how a man thinks so he is'. Our worldview shapes how we interpret what is happening around us and how we interact with it. Our decisions are formed as a result of our worldview. That is why two nations speaking the same native tongue may view a global situation very differently. Their worldview interprets the events differently thereby shaping very different responses to the same series of actions.
There are three worldviews prevalent within our societies whatever they may be. There is the worldly one, often known as “common sense”, which is only common if you have spent your entire life within that one society. Things that are common sense to a Canadian are not necessarily common sense to someone from a warmer clime. In Canada it is only common sense that you plug in your car’s engine block warmer during late autumn to spring. If you don’t, everyone knows you’ll have trouble starting your car. English people have never heard of or seen an engine block heater. Why would they do that? Their cars start all winter with no problem. It isn’t common sense in England to waste that electricity warming the oil in a car’s engine.
We often pride ourselves in our “common sense” and logic. How can people just not see it? It’s so obvious! Members of church communities may also think common sense is good but if they have been Christians for any length of time they actually don’t have common sense anymore. They probably have what I would call “believers’ sense” or church sense. We start to think as we are taught in church. When I became a believer, I studied the word of God and went to church to learn all about my faith. We asked leaders about tithing and giving having read about it in the bible. As a nonbeliever I wasn’t inclined to give to people in any way, let alone give ten per cent or more of my money away. That wasn’t good common sense. But as a believer it is good sense because the word says, ‘Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you’. (Luke 6:38)
Now as a believer you may not like the idea of giving and that’s your issue between you and God. I’m only quoting what the bible says. If you disagree, you may be thinking with “common sense” versus “believer or church sense”. As a believer going to church I would think that you are taking this thinking on board because you are part of a new society. This would be even more apparent in nations that don’t have a Christian heritage such as Britain’s.
There’s one more worldview that is very important to your effectiveness. It’s a progression beyond “church sense” and will release greater results in your life and the lives of other. But that’s for another blog….
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