INTRODUCTION

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The terms “Christian worldview” and “biblical worldview” are often used to actually deflect Christians from following Jesus to embracing conflicting ideologies.

The Jesus Worldview Initiative offers a variety of resources — including individual and group studies, thoughtful writings and in-person experiences. All are focused on providing better understanding and encouraging fresh commitments to following Jesus above any other priority.

RESOURCES

Seeing with Jesus

by Jack Glasgow

Discipleship is not step two in the Christian life: it is the very essence of the Christian life. Discipleship begins with a willingness to trust the one who calls us to follow. It seeks to know Jesus in every way—to know his teaching and to know his sacrifice; to know his healing and to know his resurrection. The goal of Christians and congregations in our context must be to know, love, and follow Jesus. 

Seeing Through the Eyes of Jesus

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Calling us back to the central focus of our Christian faith, the risen and living Jesus, this new resource invites congregations into deeper faithfulness with each other, equips congregations to offer a bold and positive witness to the risen Jesus and transforms us individually and corporately while we co-labor with God to transform the world.

Jesus Worldview Presentations

by Good Faith Media Staff

 

Sermons, workshops, classes and retreats are offered by Good Faith Media. Contact John Pierce, director of the Jesus Worldview Initiative, to explore the options and opportunities.

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ARTICLES

Avoiding the Snookering at Snook Haven and Beyond

Avoiding the Snookering at Snook Haven and Beyond

A pleasant dinner with friends was somewhat derailed when the restaurant’s troubadour for the evening began to opine about his religious and political views. Preaching singers, like singing preachers, should come with warning labels.

Perhaps the Winning Is in the Welcome

Perhaps the Winning Is in the Welcome

“Soul winner” was a common phrase in the religious lexicon of my upbringing. Sharing the good news of Jesus is important for Christians, but how it is carried out makes all the difference in the world.

Jesus Drew the Curtain on Performative Religion

Jesus Drew the Curtain on Performative Religion

Being seen as Christian sure seems more important to many than just being Christian. And such spiritual showmanship is getting encouragement and enablement from high places. It’s well past time for a return to Jesus’ teachings and example.

The Jesus Priority

The Jesus Priority

Jesus is absent from much of Americanized Christianity. Once you see it, you can’t unsee it. A new resource, emerging from GFM’s Jesus Worldview Initiative and addressing this reality, will be available this fall from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

The Jesus of Our Making

The Jesus of Our Making

“Church people” often act in ways that reveal overt racism, loss of truthfulness and absence of compassion. Rather than the “biblical worldview” these folks claim to follow, we need a Jesus worldview.

LIBRARY

Suggested reading for exploring more about Jesus.

RETREATS

Small-group retreats reveal the value of ministers and lay leaders engaging in weeklong conversations about the need to explore creative, compelling and collaborative ways to advance a Jesus Worldview in a time of competing allegiances. Some retreats are focused on pastoral leaders, while others involve lay and institutional leaders.

Ecumenical involvement and collaboration with other organizations interested in pursuing the Jesus Worldview Initiative have made some of the retreats possible.

REVIEWS

Calling Christians to a higher and better-informed loyalty to the teachings of Jesus is the high ground we want to occupy. We don’t want to inhabit the low ground of most of our current political, and even theological, debate.

Jack Glasgow

Retired Pastor, Zebulon Baptist Church in North Carolina; Previous chair of the Good Faith Media Governing Board

When as a society we are distracted and overwhelmed, it is essential that we refocus our vision by looking through the lens of Jesus. The Jesus Worldview Initiative invites us into sacred space, to sit at the feet of Jesus, where we find respite and renewal, so that we are prepared, empowered and equipped to be true disciples of our time.

Renée Owen

Director of Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

The Jesus Worldview Initiative has a disarming simplicity, but the timing and angle of approach have tremendous potential to change the lives of hundreds of churches and countless believers.

Steve Sheely

Pastor, Rolling Hills Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas

What excites me most about this project is we are getting back to the core of who we are. We are working to make sure we are following who we are called to follow, and if we can accomplish this we might finally and fully bring that Kingdom to earth. And God knows we need it.

Griff Martin

Pastor, First Baptist Church in Austin, Texas

I read your piece on having a Jesus worldview and felt a resounding “Yes!” Thanks for being one resource that keeps pointing the way.

Leslie Limbaugh

Pastor, Selma American Baptist Church in Festus, Missouri

The Jesus Worldview Initiative could be the transforming agent the church needs. … and knowing what Jesus said and did is essential.

Hulitt Gloer

Retired Professor of Preaching and Christian Scriptures, Baylor University’s George W. Truett Seminary

In examining American Christianity, I cannot help but think we have expectations … that God is on our side (whatever side that may be), and greatness is secured at the expense of others. This is not the way of Jesus. May we learn from him and become his faithful disciples.

John R. Franke

Theologian in Residence, Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana

The topic of the week was how much of the current American conversation about Christianity actually factors in the life and teachings of Jesus. … I expected stimulating conversation; I did not expect to come home with a disturbed sense of purpose and priority.

Dock Hollingsworth

Pastor, Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Atlanta

This initiative seeks to inform and train Christian leaders to view the world through the lens of Jesus’ life and actions. … A Jesus worldview is needed because far too many Christians talk about a “biblical worldview” or a “Christian worldview” in ways that have nothing to do with Christ.

Mike Gregg

Former Pastor, Royal Lane Baptist Church in Dallas

I’m particularly moved by how powerful the concept of friendship is in trying to live with a Jesus Worldview. … You’re on to something.

Jeff P. Mathis

Pastor, First Baptist Church of Sylva, North Carolina