• Earl Miles

Worldly Conversations

'If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.' - C.S. Lewis.

Gospel conversations are worldly conversations. Not conversations that encourage us to think and act like the 'world' that is against God. But conversations about what's wrong with the world as it is right now and the world that we were made for. The world to come.

And heal those in it who are sick, and say to them,

‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ – Luke 10:9

It goes by a number of names. The kingdom of God. The kingdom of heaven. Eternal life. Paradise. A new heaven and a new earth. A treasure worth all this world offers. A wedding feast.

It is the picture and promise of full and lasting happiness (joy, peace, security, prosperity). All that our hearts long for.

The gospel is about what's wrong with this world. And the world we were made for. And how we can enjoy the world to come through the Person and finished work of Jesus.

Engaging in gospel conversations involves finding out what a person's worldview is.

Our worldview is the set of fundamental assumptions about life

that form the lens through which we see our world.

Ravi Zacharias’ four categories of a fundamental worldview:

1. Origin: Where did we come from?

2. Meaning: Why is the world the way it is?

3. Morality: Who determines right and wrong?

4. Destiny: Is there life after death?

These lead us to the ultimate question: How can a sinner be right in the sight of a holy God?

Once we understand a person's worldview, we can help them understand the Christian or Biblical worldview. This worldview calls us to turn from this fallen world and put our hope in God through Jesus for a world to come that is full of righteousness, joy, and peace. The kingdom of God.

  • The kingdom of God is freedom from bondage.

  • The kingdom of God is joy in place of sorrow.

  • The kingdom of God is riches in place of poverty.

  • The kingdom of God is pleasure instead of pain.

  • The kingdom of God is peace instead of war.

  • The kingdom of God is forgiveness instead of condemnation.

  • The kingdom of God is the rule of perfect love, wisdom and power.

The Lord Jesus came to deliver us from the kingdom of the 'Dark Lord' Satan and to bring us into His Kingdom of light and love and life.

For He rescued us from the domain of darkness,

and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, - Colossians 1:13

The 'Return of the King' and the battle against the Dark Lord, Sauron, in the story, The Lord of the Rings, is a picture of the epic battle of Christ dethroning Satan and ushering in His everlasting kingdom! We see this theme in many fictional stories, reflecting the truth of what is really happening!

Following the example of Sauron, Dark Lords in fantasy are always depicted as immensely powerful and implacably evil creatures with a great desire for power.

Dark Lords have a negative effect in their universe, throwing them into ruin and despair. Sauron, for example, turned Mordor into a "wasteland where the very air saps one's will". He planned to do the same to all of Middle-earth. Dark Lords have mostly been male, with few exceptions such as the White Witch of Narnia, who casts the world into an eternal winter but never Christmas. - Wikipedia

As believers …

  • The kingdom is ours. (Luke 12:32)

  • We need to treasure the kingdom. (Matthew 13:44)

  • We need to expect tribulation. (Acts 14:22)

  • We need to realize that the ‘best’ of the world is the product of the reign of the ‘Dark Lord’ Satan. (1 John 5:19)

As unbelievers …

  • It is the heart of God to give you the kingdom! (Matthew 22:1-14)

  • God offers you the kingdom by offering you King Jesus! (John 1:12-13)

  • Agree with God about your sin.

  • Believe that Jesus is able and willing to save you.

  • Call on God for mercy.

You can think more on these things going here and listening to Worldly Conversations and The Purpose of Life, Part 3.

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