For the entire day I sat in a nation-wide, satellite simulcast in order to become a leader of a small group using the new curriculum developed by Focus on the Family: The Truth Project. You can learn more about this exciting new curriculum at their web site: http://www.thetruthproject.org

     Instead of telling you all about it, I’ve downloaded a few blurbs from their web page. Here they are:

     In a recent study, the Barna Research Group revealed a stunning statistic that continues to reverberate throughout the evangelical world. Only 9 percent of professing Christians have a biblical worldview.

     Because of this, today’s believers live very similarly to non-believers. A personal sense of significance is rarely experienced, we spend our money and time on things that fail to satisfy and we begin to wonder what life’s ultimate purpose really is. We are, in short, losing our bearings as a people and a nation.

     To counter this slide within the body of Christ, we are launching one of the most ambitious and powerful projects in the history of our ministry-Focus on the Family’s The Truth Project.

     The Truth Project is a DVD-based small group curriculum comprised of 12 one-hour lessons taught by Dr. Del Tackett. This home study is the starting point for looking at life from a biblical perspective. Each lesson discusses in great detail the relevance and importance of living the Christian worldview in daily life.

     We believe this one project represents the possibility for exponential change within the body of Christ, as we expect that thousands will be transformed by this curriculum. As it has been throughout history, God continues to call ordinary people to make an eternal difference in our world.

     We invite you to be a part of this cultural change by participating in or leading a small group of your own. Contact us to learn how you can get involved in Focus on the Family’s The Truth Project!

     [How does The Truth Project Define “Worldview?”] We use the term “worldview” to refer to a comprehensive conception of the universe and man’s relation to it.  The English word is borrowed directly from the German Weltanschauung, a technical philosophical and psychological term that translates literally as “a way of looking at the world.”  As we understand it, a biblical “worldview” is not concerned with anything as specific as old-earth/young-earth interpretations of Genesis or Catholic/Protestant debates about heaven and purgatory.  Instead, it focuses on the big, basic issues of human life:  the existence of God, the nature of reality, the existence and knowability of absolute truth, and the moral and ethical implications of these and other primary questions.  All this is examined in greater detail in the twelve lessons that constitute The Truth Project.

     [How does The Truth Project Define “Truth?”] The Truth Project begins by defining truth as “that which conforms to reality.”  But it’s much deeper than that.  We want this study to serve as a catalyst for examining one’s personal worldview, which we define as “the set of individual truth claims which I embrace so deeply that I believe they reflect what is really real – and therefore they drive what I think, how I act, and what I feel.”

     Many people today – unfortunately, most people – don’t seem to think that there is any universal standard of absolute truth.  But we believe differently.  The purpose of The Truth Project is to develop a biblical worldview: “A formal worldview based ultimately upon that nature, character, and being of God as it is expressed in His infallible Word [the Bible] and His creation.  It becomes the foundation for a life system that governs every area of existence.”

     For us, the “truth” is God’s truth, as set forth supremely and most definitively in the Bible – and we regard this truth to be absolute in the sense that it cannot be compromised and is not open to purely subjective interpretation.  Ultimately, we cannot dissect the truth; we can only proclaim it.

     I plan to discuss this with our new Youth Minister, but I am planning to begin by taking a handful of High School students through the curriculum. My son will hopefully be one of the participants. It is a magnificent project and has the potential to spark genuine renewal within the church.

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