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WCF.M1.L53 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Discuss the missiological significance of the profound puzzle of emerging civilizations in every part of the world, involving both brilliance and order and yet at the same time, gruesome cruelty and bloodshed.
  • Explain why you agree or disagree that a missionary goal of economic development is related to the purposes of God in the Great Commission.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module One Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 202-203Lesson 53 Introduction

  • General
  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Ancient World Reader
  • 241-243Winter: A Missiological View of Civilization

  • Johnson: A History of the Jews
  • 65-74Divided Kingdom

  • Loewen: The Bible in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • 219-231Shifting God(s) of Western Christianity

  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 38-39Empires and Traders 1200-600 BC
  • 42-43The Archaemenid and Hellenistic World 600-30 BC

  • McNeill: A World History
  • 53-64Review: The Iron Age through Techniques of the Empire
  • 5Review: Chronological Chart

  • Woodberry, ed: Seed to Fruit
  • 15-24Liverman: Unplowed Ground: Engaging the Unreached

  • Snodderly, ed: WCF Degree Study Programs: All Module Reader
  • 37-46Winter: When Mission Can Be Business: Where Both Business and Mission Fall Short
  • 47-54Snodderly: Shalom: The Goal of the Kingdom and of International Development

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module One Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 203-204Lesson 53 Review

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 734-737Former Yugoslavia: Serbia, Kosovo
  • 597-599Former Yugoslavia: Montenegro

  • Language
  • Hebrew Lessons
  •  Hebrew 53
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • In what ways do the ancient civilizations of Assyria and Babylonia parallel the more recent civilizations of the so-called New World, such as the Mound Builders, Cliff Dwellers, Aztecs, Maya, and Inca? What missiological insights can be gained from reflection on the puzzle of emerging civilizations involving both highly ordered progress and profound evil?

  • Is the evangelical missionary response to global need–poverty, disease, underdevelopment, etc.–related to the purposes of God in the Great Commission? Give examples.