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WCF.M2.L49 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Compare Paul’s methods of preparing leadership for the new churches with later mission practices.
  • Discuss the relationships between the “cosmic” vision of Ephesians and Colossians with the practical aspects of the letters.
  • Compare the explicit pleas for unity in the prison epistles with the discussions in Romans and 1 Corinthians.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews
  • 186-188Lesson 49 Introduction

  • General
  • Hawthorne, ed: Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
  • 183-189Paul and His Coworkers
  • 147-153Colossians
  • 238-249Ephesians
  • 249-253Ephesus
  • 703-707Philemon, Letter to
  • 707-713Philippians, Letter to the
  • 752-754Prison, Prisoner
  • 925-927Tentmaking

  • Gallagher, ed: Mission in Acts: Ancient Narratives in Contemporary Context
  • 257-273For Missionaries and Leaders: Paul’s Farewell to the Ephesian Elders (Acts 20:17-38)

  • Evans: Dictionary of New Testament Background
  • 827-830Prison, Prisoner

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews
  • 188-189Lesson 49 Review

  • Inductive Bible Study
  • Traina: Methodical Bible Study
  • 235-243Appendix A

  • Snodderly, ed: WCF Degree Study Programs: All Module Reader
  • 22-23Graham: Inductive Bible Study Explained: Charts Review.
  • 27Graham: Inductive Bible Study Explained: Giving a Title to the Book; Summarizing Statements and Conclusions Review.

  • The Bible
  •  Romans 15:14–16
    Chart of Romans

  • Snodderly, ed: WCF Degree Study Programs: All Module Reader
  • 102Graham: Inductive Bible Study Syllabus: An Inductive Study of Romans, Lesson 8

  • Optional
  • Dockery, ed: Holman Bible Handbook
  • 711-718Ephesians
  • 719-722Philippians
  • 723-728Colossians
  • 744-746Philemon
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • At times Paul spent only a short time with a group before moving on to a new location. How did he prepare for the ongoing life and growth of the church before he left? In what way(s) did his approach to training leaders insure ongoing outreach on the part of a local church?

  • In what way does the “cosmic” dimension in Ephesians and Colossians contribute to the growth and expansion of the gospel?

  • Study Paul’s statements about “unity” in the prison epistles, Romans and 1 Corinthians. What is the central and “organizing assumption” of Paul’s thoughts on unity in the body of Christ?