Written by Joanna Wu, Photo by Joanna Wu
One of my favorite passages in the Bible is in Acts 17 when Paul speaks to the people at the Areopagus, or what many know as Mars Hill. In this passage, Paul speaks fearlessly with a group of intellectuals and engages well-learned individuals who are ready to challenge him with difficult questions about life and philosophy.
Paul, empowered by the Holy Spirit, observes the culture around him, connects with his listeners, and begins talking about God: â€œIn him we live and move and have our being,â€ he says. He explains how this God is not formed in the image of man, and then shares about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Scripture says that some people heard this and responded by mocking him, while others were intrigued more than ever about what he had to say.
At RE:NEWâ€™s second faith seminar, Pastor Jack Hibbs exhorted his young listeners to be like Paul at Mars Hill, to boldly engage with the culture theyâ€™re in and to proclaim the truths that make up the Christian worldview.
RE:NEW hosted its seminar on Friday, October 18, at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, where Pastor Hibbs serves as the founder and senior pastor. He is a frequent speaker and commentator on matters relating to Christian apologetics.
That evening, he challenged the students to determine their worldview, and decide whether the Bible was to be their foundation or not. He touched upon a variety of hot topic issues, including abortion, homosexuality, and evolution, and confronted each of these issues with a biblical response.
Here are a few memorable takeaways from the talk:
- Everyone has a worldview. The way you think about things is the foundation of your worldview, and your worldview determines your beliefs. How you approach anything is your worldview. Do you have the right worldview about Jesus? Do you believe in God?
- Science tells us how things work. Science doesn’t tell us why.
- Whatever your worldview might be, you have a morality.
- An evolutionistâ€™s mentality says, “Eat, drink, and be merry!”; “Carpe Diem”; “The strongest and the fittest wins”; “Do what feels good or whatever makes you happy”; “YOLO.”
- Spectator Christianity is useless. Be on fire! Make a difference! Shine brightly so that everyone can see.
The event also included a time of music and worship led by David Gaulton and his band. About 120 people and 16 RE:NEW volunteers from churches from all over the greater Los Angeles and Orange County area attended.
Leaders from RE:NEW began planning this event since late last year, with hopes to train up and engage young people in a deeper understanding of the Christian worldview and how it impacts oneâ€™s entire life.
We shared about our current ministry and future goals, and were glad to have raised nearly $200 that night. If youâ€™d like to support us and future seminars like this one, we would greatly appreciate your financial donations here.
Hope to see you all next year!