Lesson 4 Preparation
Preparation for Lesson 4: Worldview Framework: Redemption & Consumation
"There is not a square inch on the whole plain of human existence over which Christ, who is Lord over all, does not proclaim: ‘This is Mine!’” Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920)
A Tale of Two Classrooms
Classroom 1. In the midst of a unit focused on proper nutrition, Mr. Downing’s health class begins debating the motivation for healthy eating. Some students believe a responsible citizen should want to take care of his or her body to avoid being a drag to the community (unable to work, cost of healthcare, etc.). Other students feel the motivation for healthy eating is self-interest, eating right so you can continue to do the things you enjoy. The class concludes that both community and individual goals serve as proper motivation for making healthy choices.
Classroom 2. Mrs. Albert’s class is also discussing proper nutrition. They begin by asking questions about God’s original intent for our bodies. Biblical principles concerning being good stewards of our bodies were discussed, leading students to see that their bodies were indeed important to God. They also discussed a biblical view of being a responsible member of a community. Next, a discussion of the effects of the fall on our view of food led to the realization that harmful eating habits are often tied to sinful, self-centered responses. Students agreed that a redemptive approach to nutrition should involve a focus on a God-honoring motivation for healthy eating such as caring for our bodies so we can serve others in our community and bring glory to God. Students noted that obedience to God’s law also brings a sense of personal satisfaction and enjoyment while we wait for His return.
In Lesson 4 we will discuss the scope of God’s redemptive work in this world and explore the implications for our classrooms of living in the time between the inauguration of the Kingdom of God (at Christ's birth) and the consummation of the Kingdom (at Christ's return).
Lesson 4 Objectives
In this lesson you will:
Describe the scope of redemption/restoration.
Explain the way in which redemption in Christ relates to the Kingdom of God.
Compare and contrast the various ways in which modern believers limit the Kingdom of God.
Compare and contrast the reformational view of the Kingdom of God with a dualistic view.
Lesson 4 Essential Questions
Consider the following questions as you complete lesson 4:
What is the scope of redemption/restoration?
How does redemption in Christ relate to the Kingdom of God?
What are ways in which modern believers limit the Kingdom of God?
What is the difference between a reformational view of the Kingdom of God and a dualistic view? What difference does it make?
How does the reality of Christ's return and the restoration of all things make a difference in how you live and how you teach?
Required Reading Book and Articles
Course Text: Ryken, P. G. (2013). Christian worldview: A student’s guide. Read chapter 5, A Work in Progress.
Naugle, D. (2010). A Theology of Creation and the Fall. Christian Worldview Journal. (Article excerpt provided in Lecture 4)
Brown, P. B. (2006). Kingdom Matters (Transcript of talk presented at the PCA Women in the Church International Conference). (Transcript provided at Required Readings)