Critical Reflection 1: Ch. 4 and 5

Critical Reflection 1: Ch. 4 and 5

Learning to think critically by evaluating ideas and concepts presented in your courses is an important skill to develop and practice. As you respond to the questions in this assignment, keep in mind the 9 elements of critical thinking: accuracy, breadth, clarity, depth, fairness, logic, precision, relevance, and significance. Use these concepts to guide your analysis and written responses. Also, be sure to respond to the reflection questions with complete sentences and proper grammar.

When you finish, save your work as a document file (.doc or .docx) and submit it through the Critical Reflection 1 assignment link in Blackboard.

Due: Monday, Module/Week 3 by 11:59pm EST.

CHAPTER 4

Goal: To explore your biblical worldview through a series of personal reflective exercises.

An Overview

Go to the website: www.TheBWVI.com to complete the Biblical Worldview Indicator. This will take approximately 15-20 minutes, and you will get a customized report.

Share your results for each section.

Category Score
Ontology
Cosmology
Eschatology
Axiology
Praxeology
Epistemology

What do your results show you about your worldview?

Defining and Applying your Worldview

For this section, you only have to complete ONE option.

Option 1: Below are 8 questions to help you clarify your worldview. As you respond to each question, go beyond a basic “yes” or “no” and explain your reasoning. Why do you believe that? Upon what do you base your belief? Remember to use complete sentences and supporting details.

1. Is there a God? If so, what is He like?

2. Is there a spiritual world, a physical world, both or neither?

3. Is human nature naturally good, evil, both, or neither?

4. Describe the life experiences, books, or people that have most impacted your beliefs and how you see the world. Share how they have shaped you into the person you are today.

5. Does absolute truth exist? Explain.

6. What do you value in life? Where does God fit into your list?

7. What is man’s purpose on earth?

8. What happens when we die?

Option 2: It is essential to be able to support our beliefs with Scripture. For each of the tenets below, share what you believe and provide scripture to support your belief. Be sure to include both the verse text and the reference.

1. God exists in three persons: God, the Father; God, the Son (Jesus), and God, the Holy Spirit.

· Your Response

· Support from Scripture

2. God created the world in six literal days.

· Your Belief

· Support from Scripture

3. Adam sinned against God and so man is born with a sin nature.

· Your Belief

· Support from Scripture

4. God sent His Son, Jesus, to live a perfect human life and die to pay the penalty for our sins so that we can have a relationship with Him.

· Your Belief

· Support from Scripture

5. The Bible is absolute truth, inerrant and eternal.

· Your Belief

· Support from Scripture

6. Salvation is through faith alone; good works cannot get us into God’s presence.

· Your Belief

· Support from Scripture

7. God reveals Himself to us through the Bible.

· Your Belief

· Support from Scripture

8. God gives us the power to overcome sin.

· Your Belief

· Support from Scripture

CHAPTER 5

Goal: To expand your understanding of goals and time management through personal reflective exercises.

Setting your Goals

What does success look like to you? Use the questions below to analyze three goals that you have for yourself. Look at each goal individually by answering the following questions:

1. What is your B-SMART goal?

2. What are your reasons/motives for achieving this goal?

3. By when do you want to achieve this goal?

4. What sacrifices might you have to make in order to achieve this goal?

5. How does your goal align with God’s Word?

B-SMART Goal #1

Stated Goal
Reason/Motive
Time frame
Sacrifices
Biblical basis

B-SMART Goal #2

Stated Goal
Reason/Motive
Time frame
Sacrifices
Biblical basis

B-SMART Goal #3

Stated Goal
Reason/Motive
Time frame
Sacrifices
Biblical basis

Assessing Your Time Management

Time is a gift from God. Everyone has the same 24 hours each day / 168 hours each week. We can choose to use our time wisely or to squander it. What does your current use of time indicate about you? This activity will help you see how much time you spend on your weekly activities/tasks and what is left to “manage.”

Complete the chart provided below by entering your WEEKLY totals for each task.

Activity Time Spent
Commuting
Work
Eating
Exercise
Home chores
Family time
Social time
Volunteering
Worship
Prayer/Bible Study
Personal grooming/hygiene
Entertainment (TV, games, movies, etc)
Shopping
Sleeping
Other
Total Time
TIME LEFT (168-Total time)

1. Do you think there is enough time “left” for your college course work? Why or why not?

2. As you review your time chart, what changes will you need to make to be successful in your schoolwork? If you do not see the need for change, explain why.

Answer ONE of the following questions.

3. Ponder the following verses from Galatians and explain what they tell you about your use of time. How is time management an example of “reaping what we sow”?

Gal 6:7 – “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows” (NIV).

Gal 6:8 – “Let us not become weary in doing good, for that proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (NIV)

4. Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (KJV). Explain the relationship between wisdom and “numbering our days aright,” or using time well?

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