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WCF.M2.L43 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Discuss the meaning of ecclesia and outline a basic biblical philosophy of the local church.
  • Relate the importance of establishing local churches to the fulfillment of the Matt 28:18-20 commission.
  • Explain and defend whether Paul’s church planting methods and strategies are normative or illustrative.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews
  • 156-157Lesson 43 Introduction

  • General
  • The Bible
  •  Acts 13-28

  • Gallagher, ed: Mission in Acts: Ancient Narratives in Contemporary Context
  • 183-195Success in the City: Paul’s Urban Mission Strategy (Acts 14:1-28)

  • Latourette: A History of Christianity, Vol. 1: Beginnings to 1500
  • 65-75Sweep of Christianity across the Graeco-Roman World: through Paul

  • Fee: How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth
  • 107-125Acts

  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 73-74Apostle, Apostles
  • 731-734Paul and Mission

  • Winter and Hawthorne, eds.: Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (4th edition)
  • 633-642#102 Patterson: The Spontaneous Multiplication of Churches

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews
  • 157-160Lesson 43 Review

  • Inductive Bible Study
  • Traina: Methodical Bible Study
  • 50-80Ch. 1: Observation

  • The Bible
  •  Romans 5

  • Snodderly, ed: WCF Degree Study Programs: All Module Reader
  • 101Graham: Inductive Bible Study Syllabus: An Inductive Study of Romans, Lesson 3

  • Optional
  • Hawthorne, ed: Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
  • 123-131Church
  • 335-339 Gentiles
  • 679-691Paul in Acts and Letters
  • 892-899Social-Scientific Approaches to Paul
  • 945-946Travel in the Roman World

  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 446-452Indonesia (1-10)
  • 449-453Indonesia
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • After completing a study of the Greek word ecclesia , write a one-page statement that clarifies each of the following: the nature of the church, the purpose of the church, the importance of the church.

  • Why is the local church so central to God’s work in the book of Acts? Was it necessary for Paul and his companions to establish local churches in order to fulfill Jesus’ commission (Matt 28:18-20)? Why or why not?

  • Write a brief statement that clarifies the difference between the terms “normative” and “illustrative.” Which term best describes Paul’s church planting methods? Why?