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780. Constructing Our Worldview

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July 24, 2020 7:00 pm

780. Constructing Our Worldview

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July 24, 2020 7:00 pm

Jack Ramler preaches a message entitled “Constructing Our Worldview.”    Today’s scripture passage is I Corinthians 15:1-4.

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Welcome to The Daily Platform from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. The school was founded in 1927.

The evangelist Dr. Bob Jones Senior's intent was to make a school where Christ would be the center of everything, so he established daily chapel services today. That tradition continues with fervent preaching from the University chapel platform today on The Daily Platform will hear a sermon from Jack rambler Jack is served in various roles at University while studying as a graduate student. Most recently he performed academic research for seminary and school of religion faculty members. Today's challenge was recorded in ministry chapel and Dr. Nathan Crockett, director of ministry training will introduce him very excited today for sermon to have Mr. Jack rambler. Many of you know him for many years. Now he's helped lead the teach them diligently conferences as well as rooted and grounded steadfast and secure so many of you have been on a weekend trip with him. Maybe writing in a 15 passenger van and just several months ago I was in Maryland and he was speaking at a conference, a spoke on a particular theme that I thought was very helpful to those of that conference, but was something I thought would also be very helpful to you and it fits in perfectly with our theme of showing us Christ I've asked him to speak on that particular topic today.

I've enjoyed getting to know him over the past many years.

Really, since he's been here as a freshman.

So very thankful that Jack rambler speaking for us today. This particular talk is some Dr. Crockett mentioned was originally given high schoolers and it was 45 minutes long so I'm not getting a 45 minutes. Thankfully for both our sakes, but you may miss some of the nuance eyewitness of the nuance in trying to speak through this.

So if you have any questions just email me will do coffee will be launched J rambler in of first importance. This is all about apologetics or worldview your worldview the way you see the world the way you interact with the world. What should that be like in America right now as I'm sure you are well aware, there is something of a problem with people who are a little bit younger defecting from the faith, and so to these high schoolers. I gave the statistics that you've seen before but just to to hammer it home. The fact that there is something of a crisis going on in American Christianity, with people defecting from and for high schoolers. This is especially poignant because they got a face a decision whether to go to college now for you guys, you've Artie made that decision and as Dr. Petter Dr. Gwen would say you made the right decision here at Bob Jones University and you're not just any Bob Jones University student, you are a Pharisee and the Pharisees of the tribe of Benjamin. You are in the ministry class you have a certain prestige when you meet with regular chapel people. They have to take their shoes off when they're around you know you can just float around in Shekinah glory. You are the top of the top yet. A couple years ago I did a little bit of a study for the school of religion where I looked at recent graduates both at school religion and people who had been prominent on campus and leadership. They were no school religion people.

They are ministry people and I looked at them over the last 10 to 15 years through variety of means, LinkedIn, Facebook, and on and on and it was shocking to me what their lives were like 10 years after they graduated.

It was absolutely shocking now. Not everyone of course was in full time vocational ministry people were pursuing noble vocations. A lot of them were a lot of them were really serving the Lord well in whatever area they were in a lot of them were statistics like these that you see if there they had defected from the Christian faith, and when the lies that Satan tries to pass off to us. A lot of times, and wherever we are, is that it can't happen to me, it can't happen to me. I know why I know the emotional highs I've had over the Bible conferences. I know the connection like that in my discipleship group I know I will be strong.

10 years from now, and that Satan's lie is to think it can't happen to me but statistically it has happened.

So why are the reasons why one of the reasons for people defecting from Christianity. While based on some personal accounts and observation in its research from pew research Center. There are three main reasons intellectual problems science conflicts conflict with science and the Bible, not just you know what you think of with with Ken Hammon creation stuff but just thoroughly with with a scientific narrative work with historical problems with the Bible or seeming contradictions within the Bible, something that doesn't quite make sense intellectually. A lot of people are defecting because they can't wrap their minds around intellectual challenges and pretty soon Sunday school answers don't solve the problem. Secondly, moral problems talking about, you know people's own moral failings of the will get to that second I'm talking about actually seeing the world when you're in the world and realizing something is very wrong.

Something doesn't quite match up in my head.

I thought God was good and I and I know you know the pathological answers. I know the whole the fall, and I know all that, but child slaves in Thailand. God could stop that. Why doesn't he. Chronic pain God could take that away. He doesn't, why not moral problems and then I think probably the danger that most of us face is simple indifference and any may already see signs of this. Now you know.

I'm sure there are quite a few of you who maybe get continually lost down YouTube rabbit holes and you especially many in summer and Christmas break.

It seems like in your mind, you identify more with the world of like Jimmy Fallon, Rio Grande and Chris Hemsworth and I just feel more of a connection with that than with anything Christian that's a symptom and maybe you know you you have a of a plan for the future and it is a good plan. You know your you've got a candidate that you want to you want to marry you know maybe haven't met them yet the you know you know you want to marry here if you're looking at and where do I want to live alone and do failure your on Zillah looking at houses three bedroom two bathroom between 300,300 $50,000 you got all planned out and you get that you get married you get your house you get your job you're in your job trying to work up the ladder you you have a family and recently getting more and more focused on that kind of thing which is not bad thing and it's up to get so focused on it that you become isolated from your Christian community and then many of you struggle with something secret. Deep hidden turn to substances. Maybe it's over-the-counter. Maybe it's opioids. Maybe it's porn but you struggle with it and you can't seem to to kick the habit and the ending, yet you know information you know all this, but it's very hard and you could probably even counsel someone else of of what to do when you know if you go to a counselor. They may not tell you what you want to hear. They may just address the guilt on the situation, they may just make you do some work because if information would solve the problem and what you really fear is the shame of being seen as less than is not qualified of your name always having an asterisk next to it. Never going to get elected to any kind of society office or or whatever your entire future is going to be subpar you get to be a BU level person and so you start to drift away from that community of Christians who challenge you and strengthen you. Until eventually you find a community that does understand you where you can be your authentic self and you look back and you see that you drifted quite a ways from orthodox Christianity and you wonder how you could have ever believe something so intellectually indefensible so morally reprehensible or do something that doesn't have any meaning in his boarding Christianity. So that is struggle.

That's why we defects and it can happen to us. Is there any way forward all yes I would not be here if there was not any way forward.

So what we have to do going forward.

And the answer I'm going to suggest at first may sound like it doesn't connect very well with the problem but just bear with me a second. I think it will become evident. Step one is admit that total knowledge is impossible.

Again, what does that have to do with defection were getting total knowledge is impossible and we have this idea the sense that we can just kind of plug everything into a formula now tops the right answer.

We do that were good and that's that's a lie. Total knowledge is impossible. So before starting out and what we believe, how do we construct a worldview here some things that we have to get the settle on a certain first, God exists.

Secondly, God has revealed himself in an error-free book.

I think at this point, all of us would agree with that. That's pretty standard that's pretty basic but here's the problem. Here's where want to get there are no error-free interpreters of the Bible. There are no error-free interpreters of the Bible. When we read the Bible study the Bible make applications from the Bible were doing so from a place that is colored by our cultural lens by our personal preferences. By the way we think things should work by our traditions and were prone to make errors. There are no error-free interpreters of the Bible. Why is that a problem lies a problem that needs to be addressed because we have this idea that many of us who have grown up in Christianity have gotten over the years that Christianity is some kind of total package so we affirm things like the Trinity and salvation by faith in Christ alone and then you can't wear hats indoors. You have to wear ties on Sundays and you know pianos are the best way to do things okay generally get started people to play the piano for you and that that's a package of Christianity right so what happens when you get on an airplane and you go to Zimbabwe and not playing the piano playing in whatever the planes by way of and are not wearing ties and suits and that's not right that's not Christian. Christians were ties. I met with Christians don't wear hats indoors and I'm here in the old south side Chicago never was where and at what what's going and or or maybe you go to a different place and they read a passage of Scripture a particular way and everyone does.

It makes total sense to them like that doesn't make any sense whatsoever.

And so time goes by and become begin become more uncertain and so instead of challenging those things that are kinda out there on the edge you throw the whole thing back on the table.

It's all under discussion. Trinity faith in Christ alone. The whole package is under consideration. That's the way we view Christianity and that's what we need to challenge the assumption that total knowledge is impossible feel it's collected many when you order the entre you get the sides with it. That's the way we think Christianity is rather I think there's a better way to construct our worldview. We cannot know anything comprehensively but we can know some things truly think about that for a second let that lodge in your brain. We can't know anything to the furthest extent so that we can we can just know every single thing about if we if we could do that we be omniscient were not. We are very limited as finite beings we can know some things truly can know some things truly so that's step one admit total knowledge is impossible. In step two orients who you are, the way that you see the world around the center so if we can know anything. Comprehensively we can know some things truly hold fast to those things that we know truly, those things that are at the very center so your worldview is kind of like a web very fast intricate web and the things at the center of all kinds of connection points everywhere else. There we could say their verified comprehensively there that they cohere together and the things on the outside things that little more uncertain about. We constantly discard or add order in which we construct the way that we view the world this way. This is Christianity as well.

So what is at the center of Christianity of this web.

Well first Corinthians 15 one through four and this is really just an example there that there's a lot the entire New Testament bears this out. But here's what Paul says in verse contains 15 one through four. What's at the center. What do we know truly we can hold onto. I declared unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which you are safe. This is what you are standing in right now for I delivered unto you first of all, it's not talking about the first thing that came out of his mouth talking about the thing that is first in importance. First of all that which I also received Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried in. Secondly, he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. This is at the center of it all. This is the core of Christianity. The very center of the web and so what Paul will do throughout much of his writings until LLC, a problem in the churches is addressing and will take these truths. The core gospel and he'll apply it to the situation, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and again I can go through all those this particular case is addressing a problem which was either that people thought it once you died, you were dead and that was it. Or, more likely, there is this teaching going around that you died in your body stayed down and then your spirit is, floated away to some kind of spiritual heaven forever and therefore heatedly have to work very hard in this life to the physical just wasn't you know it's important the pulse was know if you believe that then you're actually denying that Jesus rose from the dead, and your denying the gospel and you're still in your sins.

So therefore work now because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. This is at the center of what Paul taught. So that's our second thing is orient ourselves run the center and then thirdly, we need to address problems through the lens of this center just like Paul did when we have problems that don't seem to make sense in our minds. We address them to the lens of the center.

That's what we do so we address intellectual problems, moral problems, the problems of indifference through the lens of this center so intellectually were tempted to do is accumulate a bunch of facts we throw are facts against other people's facts and we think our facts are superior and we think that we win when we do that we don't have any intellectual problems anymore because we solve the problem of X, Y, and Z. Well, if we remember our first step we know that comprehensive knowledge total knowledge is impossible, and so there are going to be times if you're honest with yourself that you can't answer something that some piece of information doesn't make sense with the way that you do the world and so a better way of looking intellectually. These intellectual problems is looking to the resurrection. The resurrection reveals ultimate reality in the speech. These things I spent a lot more time without talking with the high schoolers about this resurrection, because it pertained to apologetics more literally to questions we ask with the resurrection. Is this historically verified and then what is the significance of the resurrection soap historical consensus agrees on these four facts secular historians Christian historians for the most part a few outliers agree on these facts. Look that forth fact. The fact that the Christians claimed bodily resurrection is this verifiable. Is there anything that can verify this claim. Well, again, the minutes be through these like I could spend more time on this.

If you want more information resurrection stuff by William Ln., Craig were surprised by Hope by NT Wright great places to start.

There's quite a bit of historical meanings are kind of unbiased facts to look at. And basically what we want to do is verify the truth of this central historic Christian relief resurrection is true, it's real. And this is the conclusion based on all those things which I wish I could delve into more resurrection is as verified as any historical event in the ancient world through what happened after it. What happens around the same time by the fact that no one would make the story up. It's as historically verified as any other event and so it's true it's real and if we get that then we have to come to grips with the significance of it. The resurrection is the first step for the new creation that that ultimate reality. So God's end time program that the reality the new normal. At the end of time what everyone's living into eternity that normal rope into the present through the resurrection is very significant for addressing these problems because this is ultimate reality. It's not like God decided to invade the natural order and do something. It was totally weird and it in fact in many ways, the resurrection was actually a miracle because this is the new reality. This is truly natural. This is the first event of that and so changes everything. Intellectually, when there's a problem we can't come to grips with in our mind we remember what true reality actually is. God has already started the process of making all things new. And we know that because you can get into a plane you can go over Israel and you can look into all the tombs and you won't find the body of Jesus. And secondly, morally, the cross displays the triumph of true good again pivoting from the resurrection to the cross here and I just cannot monitor these things in the talk about for second God cannot let evil sin go unpunished, and it seemed sometime in the Bible like God does like David actually gets away with some of the stuff he does and Moses gets away with some the stuff he does, and we look around and dictators get away with stuff that they do.

It seems like there's no accountability for them.

There's nothing that that judges them and we see that the terrible effects of viruses and sickness and death and we wonder when will it be made right. Why doesn't God make it right and the fact is, God stores up just wrath. Isaiah pictures it like a cop that he's just continually pouring his wrath into time time again and he's gonna pour it out on the day of judgment.

On the day of the Lord God is good he is just and he is good to us because he sent Jesus to the cross.

We'll talk a little bit more about that later. We cannot charge God as a moral monster will not be able to explain everything perfectly. Our minds might you know get a little queasy when we talk about Canaanites and that other hard things in the Bible or things around the world that we can't lose sight of this.

The cross shows that God is just, he doesn't just let things slide and then indifference the cross and the resurrection do these things for us.

They demonstrate God's love for us. God is not indifference toward you. He loves you in a radical scandalous way all that wrath of God is about to pour on people justly on sinners for those in Christ.

Christ took that cup and drink it until there wasn't a single drop left and it there's no condemnation, God's the only one who can condemn and what God is said about those in Christ there perfect in his sight. The holy there just the righteous there, his heirs, there's no room for prolonged guilds were Shane or fear God has fixed it all you belong, who cares of other Christians look down on you.

Jesus wants you. You have him and him you have enough. So what you we do now. We look to the resurrection, especially because the resurrection is the proof that there is no condemnation for Jesus at all this sin on him in the cross it and if that wasn't it. If his payment wasn't enough, God would not have vindicated him by raising him from the dead, and you would still be in your sins. The fact is you can get on a plane again and go to Israel if you find his body value under condemnation, but if you can't you are free, you are set free to be united with Christ. It's glorious, it's true, and now that same power. Ephesians 1. Romans six is at work in you, making you more like Christ fighting that indwelling sin in your hearts. We are free indeed. And so here are some conclusions again these steps, we admit imperfect knowledge. We orient ourselves around the center.

We view through the centers lens and so it's all about Christ. Christianity is about Christ and I know many of us have the tendency to define her Christianity by its circumference by you know if you people line up exactly on our circle of Christianity define your life define your ministry around the center because he may not have all the answers but you know the one who does. That's reality. He died, he rose again is not indifferent toward you and we can pursue him. And if you do that if you make your life and your you appreciate all about Christ first and foremost, you will be a statistic will be a triumph of the gospel with prayer. Father, we thank you for your glorious gift to us through Christ and the freedom that we have as a result, Lord, I pray that when difficult times come, we would run to what we know to be true, we would try to be in control of everything but we would love you, we would serve you. We wouldn't know who we have believed in were persuaded that he is able to keep what we've committed on the him against that day in Jesus name we pray. You've been listening to a sermon from Jack rambler, a graduate student at Bob Jones University. Thanks for listening and join us again next week for more sermons preached from Chapel services at Bob Jones University here on The Daily Platform

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