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Changing our Worldview of Healing

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“Changing our Worldview of Healing”

Romans 15:18-19



  • Psalm 126:5–6 (NRSV)

5 May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.

6 Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.


  • Worldview – what is it

“A way of interpreting human experience in this world”

  • Worldview is buried in the subconscious mind.  It is pervasive like the water a fish swims in, and thus does not often intrude on our awareness.  Our worldview has developed by osmosis through our family, language, and social environment.  Rarely is it consciously or intentionally developed.  This unconscious element makes it a very difficult element to change.  Thus it causes great distress when it is challenged. 


  • Icebergs aren’t just for sinking ships
    • Form – what we can see (visible)
    • Meaning – just below the surface (not visible) hurting but don’t know it
    • Worldview – deep below (very hard to change or get at) decisions we make without thinking. 



Basic ideas of the way Worldview helps us see and experience reality

  1. By being trained in our culture, we see as others in our culture see
  2. Indoctrinated long before we seek to make any of our own choices in perceiving what is real
  3. Seeing is interpreting and not simply observing.
    • We never just see what is there; rather we shape our perceptions of reality by our ideas about reality.
  4. Seeing is selective
    • We almost always accept what confirms what we have been taught
    • We usually reject what doesn’t fit what we have been taught
  5. What our culture teaches us becomes a set of filters or lenses through which we see and experience reality


Lenses of our Worldview

  • All that happens


Worldview helps us to see clearly: but is also blinding

  • We see more through the eyes of many
    1. Our culture
  • Blinded by our culture
    1. We only know what our culture knows


Illustration of “holding hands”


Worldview on Healing

  • Benny Hinn
  • John Elder
  • Seminary/Gr (sozo)



Sozo – means salvation (sozo=salvation) Makes sense

  • Sozo – deliver or healed or cure (no good)
    • Lk 17:19the ten lepers -   “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
    • NIV has made a textual error
      • Context of the text – physical could be the focus...
  • Do you see the predicament
  • Lk 8 uses sozo 3 Xs – vs. 12, 36, 50
    • 12 – saved; 36 – cured; 50 – healed


  • Fall of 08 – email



Ro 15:18-19

8 I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done— 19 by the power of signs and miracles, through the power of the Spirit. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ.

Never run out of your favorite dessert

  • Sounds like they didn’t run short or out... full load at all times, everywhere he went
  • By power of signs, and miracles

An Aahha moment...

  • This makes the sozo word make more sense
    • The good news or the gospel is not just about salvation, or heaven but the kingdom of God is now, it is here
    • 52 XsKingdom of God (gospels)

Luke 7:22 – So he replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.


What are other ways we are not proclaiming the full gospel message…?

  • Education Month – Kirk Den Herder


So what can happen when our worldview is challenged?

  • What did we say - Thus it causes great distress when it is challenged. 


There is a profound correlation between what we believe to be real and what we experience.


At the same time our experience limits our worldview and what we understand.


Many have trouble accepting as real what is past the reach of their experience.


Do you want to “follow Christ the Healer”… or just stay where you are


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