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WCF.M2.L51 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Recognize the degree of monocultural thinking in most standard treatments of church structure in the Bible.
  • Describe the intimate relation between family structure in the NT households or “house churches,” and the nature of “church structure.”

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews
  • 196-197Lesson 51 Introduction

  • General
  • The Bible
  •  1 & 2 Timothy, Titus

  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Classical World Reader
  • 267-271Winter: Paul to Timothy: An Interpretive Translation of 1 and 2 Timothy

  • Hawthorne, ed: Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
  • 417-419Households and Household Codes
  • 654-658Pastor, Paul as
  • 658-666Pastoral Letters

  • Evans: Dictionary of New Testament Background
  • 1131-1132Social Values and Structures: 2.1 Households and 2.2. Voluntary Associations

  • Fitzmeyer: “The Structured Ministry of the Church in the Pastoral Epistles”
  • 582-596CBQ (October 2004) 66,4 ATLA Religion Database

  • Winter and Hawthorne, eds.: Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (4th edition)
  • 746-748#132 Miley: The Awesome Potential for Mission Found in Local Churches

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews
  • 197-199Lesson 51 Review

  • Inductive Bible Study
  • Snodderly, ed: WCF Degree Study Programs: All Module Reader
  • 26-27Graham: Inductive Bible Study Explained: Tracing One or More Topics Through a Book Review.
  • 102Graham: Inductive Bible Study Syllabus: An Inductive Study of Romans, Lesson 9

  • Optional
  • Hawthorne, ed: Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
  • 143-147Collection for the Saints
  • 666-679Paul and His Interpreters
  • 869-871Servant, Service

  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 379-380Guam, Midway, Wake Island
  • 588N. Marianas
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • If NT scholars once assumed that about 50 strange NT Greek words were “invented” by the Holy Spirit, what would a parallel danger be in regard to the evidences of certain kinds of “church order” in the NT?

  • What, in Winter’s later thinking, is the God-given universal core pattern of church life? How does this relate to both “church” and “mission”? and enable considerable missionary contextualization?

  • To what extent should biblical organizational patterns for church life be employed in today’s church? In answering this question, provide a brief summary of the position you prefer, describing its claims with regard to at least three of its practices. What arguments or evidence do you have that your position is closer to the biblical expectation than alternative positions?