Biblical Worldview with Cole Penick and Lee Kemp | Ep 01

Updated: Jun 12, 2018

In this episode I talk with Cole Penick and Lee Kemp about Biblical worldview. We discuss what worldview is, how a Biblical worldview is formed, and how we interact with others who may have a different worldview from ourselves.

Cole Penick is the collegiate minister at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Lee Kemp is my pastor at Forefront Church in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Memorable Points:

  • What is a worldview? - Worldview is like the glasses you wear. It's often hard to see your own worldview.

  • What is Biblical worldview? - How we view the Bible informs our worldview. “When we talk about a Biblical worldview, we’re going to have to start with how we understand the Bible.” (Cole) “If the Scripture says something different [from what you think], who has the authority?” (Lee)

  • What about those with a different worldview? - “We tend to have a pretty good grasp of our own strata of the economic world. We have a caricature understanding of the one above us and the one below us. And we have no idea how life really works for people outside that.” (Cole) “We owe it to the respect of the person to let them share their beliefs.” (Lee)

  • How do we relate to those from a different worldview? - “Just because I’m right doesn’t mean I’m right in how I’m sharing it; right in how I’m portraying it.” (Lee) “When we’re willing to make that kind of incarnate connection with them, like our Savior did with us, then we’re going to really start to see how we speak into their world.” (Cole)

  • How does a Biblical worldview relate to the gospel? - “The requirement for every believer since Christ’s ascension in every culture is to go and to help other people, with other worldviews, to understand what Christ has done for them, and then to teach them everything that he’s commanded them. We’ve always been translating the gospel into new worldviews.” (Cole) In light of 2 Peter 3, we should remember that “this is a person Christ has died for.” (Lee)

  • Final thoughts - “Christians have got to learn to grow in grace and knowledge. And worldview discussions can kind of become a lot of knowledge, but also God wants us to grow in grace.” (Lee) “We need to be careful not to assume that we’ve got it right. Worldview is the way in which we perceive reality. It doesn’t necessarily mean that it is reality.” (Cole)

Resources (what a great reminder from Lee that we need to test anything outsides of Scripture):

Barna study from 2009 and from 2017

Foreign to Familiar by Sarah Lanier

Systematic theology books

The Briefing with Al Mohler


Books We're Reading:

The Presence Centered Church by Bill Elliff

12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke

By the Shores of Silver Lake (Little House Book 5) by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Grant by Ron Chernow

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

If you missed the Intro episode, check it out here.

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