1) Understand your Christian worldview

Helen Bell | Jan 5th, 2013


A good first step is to know the gospel. This is not as simple as it sounds. When I started uni I believed Jesus died for my sins but had anyone asked me to explain it further I would have struggled. Being able to download a gospel tract is a good start but that's all it is. Good teachers can describe the same thing using a variety of words and illustrations. Can you do that with the gospel?

Can you explain the gospel without using Christian language? Words like 'sin', 'justification' and 'atonement' are fine if you know what they mean but what if you don't? My Mormon friend says with complete sincerity that he is saved by faith in the blood of Jesus shed for the forgiveness of sins, but he and I mean very different things by these words. Think about what people understand, not just what you mean.

This gospel has moral and social dimensions and in my world this is where conversations start. People rarely ask me about Jesus but they are interested in the implications of the gospel. So think through the implications of a Christian worldview on your studies. For example, if you’re studying economics, what is a just distribution of wealth and how does this relate to God's justice expressed in Christ? Find the other Christians in your course and together help each other think like Christian nurses/linguists/ engineers/etc.

2) Challenge alternative worldviews

3) Cross cultures to build relationships