As a small group or church leader, do you ever run across a person with a mixed worldview? A Christian who can’t articulate the fundamentals of their faith? A Christian whose values and beliefs are blended with beliefs of other faiths or worldviews? Or perhaps you are discipling a person who holds onto lies and can’t seem to replace them with truth. These are difficult enough circumstances, but add to that your own lack of clarity and we have a real mess. Beieve me. I’ve been there.
Enter Christian Contours: How a Biblical Worldview Shapes the Mind and Heart. This book is a series of chapters written by different authors and edited by Douglass S. Huffman, Professor and Associate Dean of Biblical and Theological Studies at Biola University in LaMirada, CA. All of the other authors are on the faculty at Northwestern College. His goal is to “reacquaint al Christians with the basic claims that the historic Christian faith has about all of life in every era.” He addresses both the heart and the mind, with the intent of encouraging a biblical worldview scholarship, character, and conduct.
The authors do a good job of pointing out how to use the material practically. They also offer outstanding footnotes and a huge resource section (66 pages) at the end. While this book is definitely written at a college level, it offers some very practical strategies for helping your folks live authentically. For example, they affirm a single Christian worldview, which in turn should affect behavior. They make the case that while my beliefs don’t change truth, the truth can change my beliefs. If I operate out of an authentic Christian worldview, it will change I behavior. And that makes this an excellent resource for leaders who want to see their people grow into “mighty oaks of righteous, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor” (Isa 61:3).