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WCF.M1.L58 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • State the difference between the gospel and religion.
  • Define religion.
  • Apply the concepts of gospel and religion to an understanding of Judaism.
  • Cite three biblical passages which show God’s disapproval of religion per se.


Assignments:
  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module One Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 220Lesson 58 Introduction

  • General
  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Ancient World Reader
  • 245-254Glasser: The Gospel Versus Religion
  • 255-258Bloesch: Faith and Religion

  • Loewen: The Bible in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • 149-162aImpersonal Power: Holiness, Taboo, Magic, Divination

  • The Bible
  •  1 Samuel 15:22
  •  Psalms 40:6-10, 51:1-19
  •  Isaiah 1:2-31
  •  Jeremiah 6:16-7:29
  •  Hosea 6:4-10
  •  Amos 5:18-27
  •  Micah 6:6-8

  • Partridge, ed: Introduction to World Religions
  • 165-177Salter: Jainism

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module One Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 220-221Lesson 58 Review

  • Research
  •  ATLA Religion Database

  • Sanders: “Judaism and the Grand ‘Christian’ Abstractions: Love, Mercy, Grace”
  • 357-372Interpretation (Oct 1985) vol 39
    Sanders critiques the overly positive or negative portrayal of Jews in ancient literature, including the New Testament and gives a fair generalization.

  • Language
  • Hebrew Lessons
  •  Hebrew 58
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes



Reflection Questions
  • Make a comparison between Glasser’s definition of religion and that used by Lewis & Travis, written by Robert Baird: “Religion is that which is of ultimate or supreme concern to individuals or groups” (James F. Lewis and William G. Travis, Religious Traditions of the World [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1991] p.23–formerly a Module 1 textbook until it went out of print).


  • What is the difference between gospel and religion ?


  • How might the distinction between gospel and religion help a missionary working with a people of a different religion?


  • Why is the Jewish religion (Judaism) so opposed to the gospel?


  • Cite three biblical passages which show God’s disapproval of religion .


Notes