THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE
CHRISTIAN MIND
                                            Tim Stafford
                      First...
SESSION 5 – CONCEPT OF
         TRUTH: PART II
     The Foundations of the Christian Mind




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 But in your hearts set apart Christ as
I Peter 3:15-15       Lord. Always be prepared to give an
(NIV)                 a...
 But in your hearts set Christ apart as
                       holy [and acknowledge Him] as Lord.
I Peter 3:15-15
(AMP) ...
What is a worldview?




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Noetic Structures (The glasses of worldview)
                                            The differing
                   ...
Evangelism: When Noetic Structures Collide
                             A collision of
                                 no...
I believe in God,
   What makes up a                                               the Father
                            ...
Understanding Comparative Worldviews
Biblical View                             Comparative View: Islam


                 ...
Understanding Comparative Worldviews
                                                  Comparative View:
Biblical View
   ...
UNDERSTANDING A
PHILOSOPHICAL WORLDVIEW
            Looking at Post-modernism




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Cultures of Western Civilization




                                                                                 ?
Cl...
Post-modernism Has Doors of Opportunity

                                Authenticity


                          Relation...
Comparative Philosophies
                     Modern                                              Post-Modern


          ...
“JUST BECAUSE I’M RIGHT DOESN’T
            MEAN I’M RELEVANT.”

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I Chronicles 12:32


“AND OF THE SONS OF ISSACHAR, MEN WHO
UNDERSTOOD THE TIMES, WITH
KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT ISRAEL SHOULD DO…”...
BLUE LIKE JAZZ
NON-RELIGIOUS THOUGHTS
ON CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY
          DONALD MILLER




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 “I was watching BET one night, and they were interviewing
                        a man about jazz music. He said jazz m...
Post Moderns and their Parents




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What Post-Moderns Are Looking For

                                  Authenticity


                                    Re...
Mentoring the Post-Modern’s Spirit




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REMEMBER:
ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!



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The Foundations Of The Christian Mind Session 5

  1. 1. THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE CHRISTIAN MIND Tim Stafford First Baptist, Eustis, FL. Cross Training - July/August, 2009 ©2009 Oak B rook Produ cti o ns – All Ri ghts Reserved
  2. 2. SESSION 5 – CONCEPT OF TRUTH: PART II The Foundations of the Christian Mind ©2009 Oak B rook Produ cti o ns – All Ri ghts Reserved
  3. 3.  But in your hearts set apart Christ as I Peter 3:15-15 Lord. Always be prepared to give an (NIV) answer to everyone who asks you to Key verses for the give the reason for the hope that you foundation of our study have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. ©2009 Oak B rook Produ cti o ns – All Ri ghts Reserved
  4. 4.  But in your hearts set Christ apart as holy [and acknowledge Him] as Lord. I Peter 3:15-15 (AMP) Always be ready to give a logical defense Key verses for the to anyone who asks you to account for foundation of our the hope that is in you, but do it study courteously and respectfully.  [And see to it that] your conscience is entirely clear (unimpaired), so that, when you are falsely accused as evildoers, those who threaten you abusively and revile your right behavior in Christ may come to be ashamed [of slandering your good lives]. ©2009 Oak B rook Produ cti o ns – All Ri ghts Reserved
  5. 5. What is a worldview? ©2009 Oak B rook Produ cti o ns – All Ri ghts Reserved
  6. 6. Noetic Structures (The glasses of worldview) The differing degrees of certainty, Characterized by firmness, and the way its beliefs conviction with are related. which people hold their beliefs. The kind of The sum total of influence or control everything that they have over the person believes. rest of the beliefs in that structure. Noetic Structures ©2009 Oak B rook Produ cti o ns – All Ri ghts Reserved
  7. 7. Evangelism: When Noetic Structures Collide A collision of noetic structures causes philosophical tension and crisis (Reactions will follow) A conversion is when A collision of noetic something within a structures forces a noetic structure decision undergoes change (Holy Spirit rules here) A collision of noetic structures causes further questioning (They will be back) ©2009 Oak B rook Produ cti o ns – All Ri ghts Reserved
  8. 8. I believe in God, What makes up a the Father Almighty, the Biblical Worldview? and the life Maker of heaven and in Jesus Christ, and earth, everlasting His only Son, our (eternal). Lord: the forgiveness of Who was sins; the conceived by the resurrection of the body (death/judgment); The Holy Ghost (Spirit), born of the virgin Mary, Apostle’s I believe in the Holy Ghost; (Spirit) the holy Creed suffered under Pontius Pilate, was catholic (universal) church; the communion of (Explanation crucified, dead, and buried; saints; added) from thence he shall come to judge He descended into the quick and the hell (literal). dead (eschatology). He ascended into heaven, and sitteth The third day He on the right hand arose again from of God the Father the dead; Almighty; ©2009 Oak B rook Produ cti o ns – All Ri ghts Reserved
  9. 9. Understanding Comparative Worldviews Biblical View Comparative View: Islam Christ is Jesus was a Christ God man Died for Mohammed was greater Sin Christ is the way Salvation is earned to God Biblical Christology Islamic (simplfied) Christology Pastor Tim Stafford – ©2008 TimSong Productions – All Rights Reserved
  10. 10. Understanding Comparative Worldviews Comparative View: Biblical View Mormonism Christ is Christ is Christ God Christ God Died for Died for Sin Sin Christ is LDS the way Church leads to to God salvation Biblical Christology Mormon (simplfied) Christology Pastor Tim Stafford – ©2008 TimSong Productions – All Rights Reserved
  11. 11. UNDERSTANDING A PHILOSOPHICAL WORLDVIEW Looking at Post-modernism ©2009 Oak B rook Produ cti o ns – All Ri ghts Reserved
  12. 12. Cultures of Western Civilization ? Classical Medieval Renaissance Modern Post-Modern (Equilibrium) ©2009 Oak B rook Produ cti o ns – All Ri ghts Reserved
  13. 13. Post-modernism Has Doors of Opportunity Authenticity Relationship/Community Part of their Mystery Noetic Structure Experiences Stories Hunger for purpose and meaning ©2009 Oak B rook Produ cti o ns – All Ri ghts Reserved
  14. 14. Comparative Philosophies Modern Post-Modern Trust in Truth is Distrustful of Truth is absolute government, Logic, reason unknowable or Experience institutions schools, church relative Celebrates Celebrates Objective Efficiency Subjective Passion closure mystery Secular Idealistic Optimistic Spiritual No hopeful plan Pessimistic Truth that is Faith, emotion, All beliefs are Truth transforms cognitively intuition are all nonsense unless us when it is understood can be paths to based on science experienced transformational knowledge Pastor Tim Stafford – ©2008 TimSong Productions – All Rights Reserved
  15. 15. “JUST BECAUSE I’M RIGHT DOESN’T MEAN I’M RELEVANT.” ©2009 Oak B rook Produ cti o ns – All Ri ghts Reserved
  16. 16. I Chronicles 12:32 “AND OF THE SONS OF ISSACHAR, MEN WHO UNDERSTOOD THE TIMES, WITH KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT ISRAEL SHOULD DO…” ©2009 Oak B rook Produ cti o ns – All Ri ghts Reserved
  17. 17. BLUE LIKE JAZZ NON-RELIGIOUS THOUGHTS ON CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY DONALD MILLER ©2009 Oak B rook Produ cti o ns – All Ri ghts Reserved
  18. 18.  “I was watching BET one night, and they were interviewing a man about jazz music. He said jazz music was invented by the first generation out of slavery. I thought that was Notable Book Quotes beautiful because, while it is music, it is very hard to put on paper; it is so much more a language of the soul … The first generation out of slavery invented jazz music. It is a music birthed out of freedom. And that is the closest thing I know to Christian spirituality. A music birthed out of freedom. Everybody sings their song the way they feel it, everybody closes their eyes and lifts up their hands.”  "The most difficult lie I ever contended with is this: Life is a story about me.  "My most recent faith struggle is not one of intellect. I don't really do that anymore. Sooner or later you just figure out there are some guys who don't believe in God and they can prove He doesn't exist, and some other guys who do believe in God and they can prove He does exist, and the argument stopped being about God a long time ago and now it's about who is smarter, and honestly I don't care.“  "It's as if something was broken in the world, and we were supposed to hold our palms against the wound.“ ©2009 Oak B rook Produ cti o ns – All Ri ghts Reserved
  19. 19. Post Moderns and their Parents ©2009 Oak B rook Produ cti o ns – All Ri ghts Reserved
  20. 20. What Post-Moderns Are Looking For Authenticity Relevance Community Experiences that move the heart Stories over doctrine A faith that gets its hands dirty addressing real needs (poverty, homelessness, ecology) Truth that appreciates mystery Jesus, not Christianity ©2009 Oak B rook Produ cti o ns – All Ri ghts Reserved
  21. 21. Mentoring the Post-Modern’s Spirit ©2009 Oak B rook Produ cti o ns – All Ri ghts Reserved
  22. 22. REMEMBER: ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! The Foundations of the Christian Mind ©2009 Oak B rook Produ cti o ns – All Ri ghts Reserved

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