MOL-505: Wisdom and Leadership
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Our worldview is the very foundation that our lives are built upon. We do nothing and think nothing that is not first filtered through your worldview beliefs. An understanding of our worldview can help us discover where the problems are and give us the direction we need to solve them. We can use our worldview understanding as a means for planning our spiritual growth. In this paper, I will discuss my personal worldview. I will answer five questions in regards to my personal worldview. Those questions are as follows. What exists? How we know it? How it works? What is good and bad? Who are we? I will identify three specific applications for each worldview question in regards to leadership and explain my reasons behind my conclusions. I will end the paper by identifying one of the eight hidden worldviews presented by Wilkens and Sanford that I struggle with personally and how it impacts my leadership. I will answer the five question from the perspective of my personal worldview, which is the Christian Worldview. What exists?
First and foremost; God exists. John 1:1 says, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. God exists in three forms; the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is a creative being. Genesis 1:1 says, in the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. He first created angels, of whom a vast amount rebelled and were cast out of heaven (Rev. 12:7-12). Those angels that were cast out are known as fallen angels, demons or devils. God created the numerous life forms on this earth, the most important of which are humans (Gen. 2:7). Like the angels, man too rebelled against God (Gen. 3:1-24). Heaven and Hell exist (Matt. 25:46). Hell’s original purpose was to be an eternal holding place for Satan and his demons (Matt. 25:41). However, due to the fall of man, sin was introduced into this world. In regards to our sinful state we will all face judgment; some to everlasting life in heaven and some to everlasting damnation in hell (Romans 2:6:8). Three specific applications of this worldview question are praying for God’s guidance, asking myself, “What would Jesus do?,” and attempt to Christ-like in all things. My Christian Worldview acknowledges the existence of God and a personal belief and faith in God on my part. Therefore, I need ask for God’s involvement in every aspect in my life including my leadership role. As a Christian I need to be Christ-like, this involves developing and having a personal relationship with Jesus and trying to imitate Him in every aspect of my life by asking myself what He would do. How we Know it?
We know God exists because of His revelation. There are two main types of revelation that reveal God’s existence; natural revelation and divine revelation. Natural revelation is defined as God being revealed to the world and universe around through the observation and studying of nature, literature, and human beings (Grudem, 1994). Romans 1:20 says, for the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. However, to understand how God wants us to live our lives, or to fully realize God’s love for...
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Wilkens, Steve & Sanford Mark. Hidden Worldviews: Eight Cultural Stories That Shape Our
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