I am currently working on a series (for our mid-week service) called "21st Century Theology;" this group of sermons will look at a number of philosophical topics, such as: Worldview, Individualism, and Axiology.
Given the philosophical nature of these subjects, those of us in the church tend to turn up our nose at such things. After all, how does understanding different worldviews help to fulfill the mission of the Church...and what in the world is Axiology? Are these concepts even biblical?
Those are just a couple of the questions we will be looking at in this upcoming series...spoiler alert...each of these topics are vital for the modern Church and are woven all throughout scripture.
1 Cor. 9: 19-23
19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more. 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under [h]the Law, as under [i]the Law though not being myself under [j]the Law, so that I might win those who are under [k]the Law; 21 to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law. 22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some. 23 I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it. (NASB)
Our desire should match that of Paul: that we become all things to all men, so that some might come to know the goodness of Christ! The more we know about a subject, the better equipped we become when reaching those who hold different beliefs than we do. As the body of Christ, we have a couple of choices: we can either shake our fist at the world and shrink back at the sheer hopelessness of reaching a broken world for Christ, or we can follow Paul's example and learn to relate to those around us...not for the purposes of becoming like the world, but so we can understand those who see the world in a different light.
We know that ultimate truth comes from God and His Word. Believers hold that truth in their hearts. Except, what do we do when we come across a person who believes that "truth" is relative, or that there is no such thing as truth? Again, we can either become frustrated and bemoan the state of the world, or we can learn how to reach that person.
This series is all about equipping ourselves with a godly understanding of how to reach a people who are searching for answers.