Crucial Conversations (CC) is our flagship equipping series to strengthen the church with the biblical worldview. We also tackle topics on sexuality – a relevant need in the church today. Please refer to the 2 tracks below:
W1: How Ideas Rule Nations – The Importance of Ideas
Why this session: Christian education often fails to impact because prior to the sharing of Christian precepts, the audience are not taught to appreciate the importance of ideas. Ideas form not just the basic unit for education, but for all thought. Christianity is made up of thousands of inter-linked ideas that relate relevantly to all aspects of life. That a Saviour had died for our sins, albeit a main idea, is just one out of the many ideas of His Kingdom. But unless one learns the importance of ideas, he wouldn’t be motivated to learn – or to relearn – Christianity.
Objective: Participants will learn about why ideas are important and be motivated to discern truth from lies, towards the redemption of their minds.
W2: Historicity of Gospel: How to Know What You Know is Really True
Why this session: Many Christian youths are not convinced about their faith. 70-80% leave their faith upon entering college in America. Similar trends are observed throughout the world. This is partly due to an increasingly challenging global culture, but it also due to a disempowered church who had lost ground in disciplines that young people find importance in, like science. Is a belief in Christianity irrational? How can Christian youths know what they believe in is really true?
Objective: Participants will learn discerning skills to test all claims, and will realise that the Christian faith solidly passes rigorous truth tests.
W3: An Introduction to Worldviews: Theism vs Atheism
Why this session: Finally, participants are introduced to the concept of worldviews – as a pattern of ideas connecting assumptions to reality. It encourages them to know that there are just four, prevalent, fundamental worldviews in the world today. This means that almost any debated idea out there today, traces back to these four worldviews.
Objective: Participants grow in their discernment as they study how these ideas connect, and whether they are consistent with reality. Participants will also see how worldviews affect individuals and cultures, and why having a biblical worldview is critical.
W4: The Christian Worldview 1: Biblical Discipleship
Why this session: Christianity is made up of thousands of inter-linked ideas that relate relevantly to all aspects of life, including religious (church), social (people and nations), psychological (personhood), philosophical, historical, economical, political and even eschatological (prophecy). That a Saviour had died for our sins, albeit a main idea, is just one out of the many ideas of His Kingdom. Many Christians do not go beyond that “prayer for salvation” and do not realise that their idea of “gospel” is a reduced one. The Christian Worldview aims to restore critical foundations of our faith that has been lost. In Biblical Discipleship, we deal with the fundamental concept of “salvation.”
Objective: Participants will gain clarity on the concept of salvation and discipleship. They will be challenged with regards to their conviction about the Christian faith.
W5: The Christian Worldview 2: The Kingdom of God
Why this session: A reduced gospel reaps an erroneous theology as Christians rely on secular ideas from the culture to fill in the “gaps”. The product is an outwardly religious Christian but inwardly confused person. Contradictory ideas from both secular and biblical worldviews fill the Christian. The average Christian is misaligned with truth, lost in his soul, disempowered in life, apathetic toward God and people, passive in sharing the gospel. Without disciples sharing the gospel of the Kingdom, no disciples of nations can be made, and Kingdom does not advance through ekklesia. Ekklesia is lost without her nature and mission. No wonder the mess! This session seeks to restore ekklesia’s nature and mission by revealing what Kingdom is, how Kingdom is the context of the gospel through which Christ crucified is preached, and how salvation is the means to Kingdom as the end.
Objective: To reclaim the gospel of the Kingdom, the ekklesia’s nature and mission and God’s Kingdom on earth.
W6: How then shall we live? Practical applications for Church
Why this session: Theory is one, practice is another. This sessions uses church history to bring alive the misapplications of ekklesia following the era of Constantine. What happened? How did the misapplications begin? What did the early church lose to cause its corruption? Through it, to bring alive the practicality of what had been shared under the Christian worldview sessions.
Objective: To move ekklesia towards living out kingdom.
W1: Why do some nations prosper while others are mired in poverty? Can we distill the success of nations down to something practical and applicable to us personally? You may never think the same way about truth and lies again!
W2: Is Christianity the truth? How can you believe Christ resurrected when miracles are inherently improbable? What is knowledge? How can you really know what you believe is really true?
W3: How do root assumptions flow into life behaviours in a discernable pattern? Gain awareness of the main worldviews that pervade the world. Discover how theism and secular humanism fare when compared with reality, and realise how each worldview influence societies, communities and individuals.
W4: The average Christian today is found to be without a Christian worldview. Are we aware of secular influences in our own Christian lives? Have we got the basic tenets of Christianity? Clear through the fog as we tackle common confusion: Is nominal Christianity okay? Are we really saved by a sinner’s prayer? What about hyper grace? What is biblical discipleship?
W5: The Biblical Worldview demands a Christian to live consistently with total truth, but what’s the end of Church and are souls to be saved just so as to save more souls? What is the kingdom of God why is it the context of the gospel? How does kingdom help us to clarify our mission and strengthen our outreach to persons, communities and nations?
W6: What mistakes can we learn from Church history that reaffirms the importance of the Christian worldview. How then shall we apply what we have learnt about the Christian worldview in our context?
Other Worldview topics:
Understanding Postmodernism: Postmodernism proposes since no one can really know truth exhaustively, we should accept truths are culturally defined. This basically mean that there are no absolutes. Is this true? How does the postmodern worldview contradict?
Synopses for Sexuality Series (est. 2hrs / talk)
S1: Raising Generations in a Sexualized Age (Basic: Birds and the Bees)
Among the myriad of ideas about romance in the world today, are conventional ideas of love archaic or are they actually timeless? Combining insights with research, a foundational framework that helps participants in all stages of their lives make sense of sex, love and marriage is presented – with an emphasis on the whys rather than the whats. The talk specifically explores the role of parents in raising the young as well: How do you talk to your child about sex? Are values still relevant? What should you warn your child about “safe sex”? Do you really still have an influence? What handles can you take home and apply?
S2: Understanding Libertinism from a Christian Worldview (Intermediate: Concerns on Culture)
This cultural snapshot of libertinism and its effects on society, individuals, is developed to encourage and convince Christian youths and adults to adopt a Christian worldview on the issue. It comprehensively covers grounds including mass influence from media, music, internet. It expounds the topic with objectivity and in depth from where people are most concerned with, or rather, confused about – the genetic sciences; the “bigotry” in rejecting “freedom to love”; and whether Christian love and truth is indeed a better alternative as it claims to be etc.
S3: Sexual Wholeness, Gender Identity and Biblical Sexuality (Advance: Train the Counselors)
Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes, yet psychological schools of thought differ fundamentally in their helping philosophy. So is psychology a science or is it a philosophy? How does differentiating this inform us about helping from a Biblical approach? To what extent can a lay person who wish to help a same-sex attracted be of use even if he is untrained in psychology or counselling? How can a broken person find restoration in an imperfect world?
hat help churches and individuals make sense of the most critical issues we face in our faith and life. There are 2 tracks: Worldview & Sexuality.
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