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WCF.M2.L57 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Define the concept of Christian fellowship, and see its importance in strengthening a congregation.
  • Define the concept of “heresy” and describe the way in which the author of 1 John expected believers to combat false teachings.
  • Apply social science concepts about “group” to both an understanding of 1 John and to present-day attempts to encourage people groups to follow Jesus as a homogeneous unit.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews
  • 227-228Lesson 57 Introduction

  • General
  • The Bible
  •  1, 2 & 3 John

  • Hawthorne, ed: Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
  • 293-294Fellowship, Communion, Sharing

  • Evans: Dictionary of New Testament Background
  • 414-417Gnosticism
  • 522-525Hospitality

  • Snodderly, ed: WCF Degree Study Programs: All Module Reader
  • 95-98John’s Epistles Charts (Fill in both charts; Answer sheets located on subsequent pages)

  • These charts, “John’s Defense of the Christian Faith Against False Teachings in His First and Second Epistles” and “Tests for Assurance of the Truth of Certain Doctrines in John’s First Epistle”will help you focus on the richness of 1 John and its relevance for us in this modern era.
  • Lewis: “The Church and the New Spirituality”
  • 433-444JETS (December 1993) 36,4 ATLA Religion Database

  • Snodderly, ed: WCF Degree Study Programs: All Module Reader
  • 103-108Snodderly: A Response to Heresy in the Early Church: The First Epistle of John

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews
  • 228-230Lesson 57 Review

  • Optional
  • Smart, ed: Sacred Texts of the World
  • 190-192Hinduism: Power of the Goddess
  • 195-196Yoga
  • 197-199The One God and the Phenomenal World, Maya
  • 213-216Householder and Sannyasin
  • 225-226Ramakrisna’s Enlightenment
  • 263-264Buddhism: Nirvana
  • 264-267Dependence, Paradise, Way to Nirvana
  • 272-274Boddhisattva and Lay Ideals

  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 185-188Cambodia

  • Language
  • Greek Lessons
  •  Greek 57

  • Hebrew Lessons
  •  Hebrew 57
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • From the usage of the Greek words in 1 John, explain in your own words the meaning of “fellowship.” Why do you think fellowship was mentioned as one of the four main practices of the Jerusalem Church in Acts 2:42?

  • How would you help an inquirer or a believer who is attracted to New Age teachings? In what ways does it help to trace its roots back to Gnosticism? What principles from John’s letters can be used to explain biblical truths to those who have been attracted to the New Age movement?

  • How does John show he is using the position/function of a pastor in his three epistles? Mention several ways in which these pastoral methods might be applied in planting a church among unreached people groups and evangelism.

  • On the chart Defense of the Christian Faith , choose 3 passages, and fill in the False Teaching(s) that each addresses. On the chart Tests for Assurance , choose 6 passages and fill in the action that accompanies that truth.
    a. Do these actions produce truths, or do truths produce these actions?
    b. In what way is each one measurable?
    c. How do these “tests” help the believers mature in fellowship?
    d. How do they help in combatting heresies?