As we move into this new year, I have been taking some time to pray, reflect, and talk with several readers of this blog. As a result, I have decided to put together a sort of vision, a manifesto if you will, for the upcoming year. So as I’ve compiled this list of areas that defines what a bibledude is, it is my intent to focus the majority of my content efforts around these topics. So without further adieu…
.: Biblically Literate :.
One of the most tragic trends that I have noticed in the church these days is that more and more Christians know very little about the Bible. I regularly see Christians get into discussions with non-Christians who know the Bible better than us. Few things are more damaging to Christianity as a whole than a Christian who doesn’t know their way around the Word of God.
.: Heart of Worship :.
Our worship to God can be expressed in a variety of different ways. I’d like to explore this with you all, and find ways that we all can enhance our worship to The King of Kings… particularly by living lives of worship.
.: Worldview Literate :.
BibleDudes should understand how differentiate between the Biblical worldview and competing worldviews in order to best understand how to address opposing perspectives in a fruitful way. Understanding which worldviews you are addressing will allows to make more effective use of your apologetic skills.
.: Strong Apologetic :.
BibleDudes should be able to defend the faith. We need to be able to give a reason for why we believe what we believe. Having a strong apologetic allows us to share the ‘evidence’ that we have to support our beliefs.
.: Living as a BibleDude :.
Men (and women) need to know what it means to be a man created by God, and how we are supposed to live our faith without compromising or abusing our masculinity. This is fundamental to building strong marriage relationships.
.: Living as a BibleDudette :.
Ditto the ‘living as a bibledude’ stuff above. Obviously, I personally don’t know what it is like to be a woman, but trust that I will pull in from a variety of other resources to discuss this.
.: Engaging in Culture :.
This is the social action part. God wants us to impact the culture around us, and one of the biggest things that I’ve found that most Christians need is just a little guidance in figuring out HOW to do this. It is easier than most may think, but one of my goals here is to put out challenges and opportunities for people to grow in this area.
This will certainly be a “living” manifesto. I didn’t intend for this to be the only thing that a bibledude uses for spiritual growth. But rather that this be atool that the bibledude would use to assist in spiritual growth. Let me know what you think…