0:00 – Binmin introduction
0:14 – Welcome and introductions
2:20 – A worldview is how you perceive the world. It’s how you take in the data of life, interpret it, think about it, make decisions and then act.
2:40 – A worldview answers six important topics remembered by the mnemonic: “G.O. H.O.M.E.”
G is for God
O is for Origin
H is for Humanity
O is for “Ought” (Morality)
M is for Meaning
E is for End (Destiny)
3:44 – Everyone wants their lives to have a meaning. Many people seek it in appearance (fitness, beauty), job title (or job success), money or possessions, sexual conquests, power.
4:26 – King Solomon, who “had it all,” wisely summed up such a self-centered approach as pure vanity, “Vanity of vanities…all is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 1:2).
4:55 – Even selfless efforts for caring for others or bringing justice don’t fully accomplish our purpose when we make them ultimate!
5:24 – A Christian would define the meaning of life differently because God created humans in his image (Gen. 1:26-28). We find our greatest joy in life by intimately knowing, serving, and worshipping him.
5:52 – But since Adam and Eve’s rebellion, sinful humans do not naturally seek an intimate relationship with God or want to worship him.
6:55 – Our meaning is knowing, serving, and worshipping God.
7:00 – Saint Augustine said, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in You” because “You have made us for Yourself.”
7:25 – After being restored to God, we can find our supreme satisfaction by following Christ’s command: loving him with all our hearts, souls, and minds and our neighbors as ourselves. That’s how Jesus sums up the whole law and our purpose (Matt. 22:37-39).
8:12 – Proof of this reality is evident in our lives whenever we experience dissatisfaction with what we thought would please us. Blaise Pascal wrote in the Pensees about a God-shaped vacuum (an “infinite abyss”) in our hearts (Pensees, sec. 148).
10:33 – Distractions such as technology and entertainment continually try to fill this God-shaped vacuum, leaving us less time with God.
11:47 – For non-Christians, there can be two extremes. One is the distraction with technology and entertainment. The other can consist of being in despair because my life has no meaning.
12:46 – Romans 12:1-3. It covers all of these facets of “knowing, serving, and worshiping God!” How we use our bodies to serve God and others all the time is our constant 24/7 worship!
13:36 – Romans 12:1-3 continues… We get to “test out” how good God’s will is for us is by doing it every day!
14:28 – Knowing God means to be in an intimate love-relationship with Him (John 17:3), not just to know “about” him.
17:22 – Serving God means giving our lives away for God and others like Jesus, who “came not to be served but to serve” (Mark 10:45).
18:22 – Worshiping God includes Sunday worship at a local church, but it also involves “responding to God’s worth” in love with “all of our hearts, souls and minds” (Matt. 22:37).
20:08 – Practical Implications for finding meaning:
Know God more: Spend some extra time this week reading his Word.
Serve him more: Find someone you can ask to pray for this week.
Worship him more: Before a mundane task, pray and tell God: “God, I am going to worship you as I do this: Thanks for letting me do this, I do it for your glory.”
21:57 – Bob’s experience reading 1 John 2:17— Loving Jesus makes us more deeply happy than anything else because only Jesus brings real meaning to our lives.
23:57 – Thank you and wrap up