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WCF.M2.L53 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Describe the difficulties for mission work when the church is controled by the state or by political ideologies.
  • Summarize the Christians’s relationship to higher authority.
  • Use your exegetical skills to compare the Greek phrases for “law of liberty” in James 1:25 and 2:8.
  • Apply the teaching of the Jewish epistles to missionary work.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews
  • 204-205Lesson 53 Introduction

  • General
  • Hawthorne, ed: Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
  • 457-461James and Paul
  • 701-703Peter

  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 195-196Church and State

  •   Search for information about the Jewish Epistles of James, Peter, and Jude in this list of articles edited by Daniel B. Wallace, a professor from Dallas Theological Seminary.

  • Forman: “Missions and Governments: Reflections on the Record”
  • 209-222Missiology (1981) 9,4 ATLA Religion Database

  • Haddad: “Culture and State in Jordan: Religious Freedom and Citizenship”
  • 460-463Ecumenical Review (October 1998) 50 ATLA Religion Database

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews
  • 205-207Lesson 53 Review

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 205-209Chad

  • Language
  • Greek Lessons
  •  Greek 53

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

Reflection Questions
  • Sometimes it appears as if the church is under the control of a hostile state or worldly/political ideology. How is such a “partnership” harmful to frontier missions?

  • How may Peter’s characterization of Christians as “aliens and strangers” in 1 Peter be reconciled with his imperative to submit to worldly authority? Does Peter allow any resistance?

  • James writes about the law of liberty in 1:25 and in 2:8. Compare the Greek phrases. What do you observe? How does James’ concept of the law differ from the law Paul writes about in Galatians?

  • A new missionary in your area has asked you to help him/her to apply the teaching of the Jewish epistles to his/her work as a missionary. What do you say?