Getting into Shape

Getting into shape

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed…”  Romans 12:2a

We are all being shaped. However we are not always aware of the forces which shape us. As Steve Wilkens notes in his book Hidden Worldviews; “Worldviews are all around us, but are so deeply embedded in culture that we don’t see them”. 

His point is that we are often influenced by worldviews not because we have made a rational decision to believe what they claim is true about the world. But rather because we unconsciously buy into the vision of human flourishing which they promote. And so we develop particular practices and habits that are in line with that vision as we seek to satisfy our deep desires and longings. 

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However, not only do our desires drive our behaviour. It also works the other way! Our behaviour shapes our desires, especially once our behaviour forms into habits. 

James K. A. Smith explains it like this. Our “cultural rhythms and routines... aren’t just things we do; they do something to us”. They “train us” to long for a certain vision of the good life. 

So: 

  • what visions of the good life does our culture promote? 
  • what are the “cultural rhythms and routines” that we are living out? 
  • how are they shaping us to be more - or less - like Jesus?

These are the kind of questions we’ll be grappling with over the next four weeks in our next sermon series called “Getting into shape”. 

Each week we’ll examine a worldview which shapes our culture. And then we’ll see how the gospel provides a superior vision of human flourishing which drives us to develop a more Jesus-shaped life.

  • 8th April - Getting into shape in a THERAPEUTIC world
  • 15th April - Getting into shape in an INDIVIDUALISTIC world
  • 22nd April - Getting into shape in a CONSUMER world
  • 29th April - Getting into shape in a TRIBAL world

Matt Steele
Assistant Minister - Five Dock