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WCF.M4.L33 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Compare various modern religious and secular worlds/cultures and their compatibility with the gospel.
  • Analyze factors leading peoples of such worlds to reject or accept the gospel.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 132-133Lesson 33 Introduction

  • General
  • Myers: Exploring World Mission
  • 52-57The Church in the World

  • Judaism
  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 519-521Jew, Judaism

  • Snodderly, ed: WCF Degree Study Programs: All Module Reader
  • 319-327Gration: #9 Brickner: The Gospel’s Encounter with Judaism

  • Secularism and Marxism

  • See how evangelicalism is reviving in post-Christendom Britain.
  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 216-217Communism/Marxism

  • Newbigin: The Gospel in a Pluralist Society
  • 211-221ch. 17 The Myth of the Secular Society

  • McNeill: A World History
  • 548-552Review: Social and Cultural Changes since 1945

  • Samuel, ed.: Mission as Transformation
  • 290-324Guiness: Mission Modernity: Seven Checkpoints on Mission in the Modern World

  • Winter and Hawthorne, eds.: Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (4th edition)
  • 286-290Woodberry: The Social Impact of Christian Missions

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 133-135Lesson 33 Review

  • Optional

  • Judaism

  • Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization (LCWE):
    Christian Witness to the Jewish People

  • Johnson: A History of the Jews
  • 560-587Zion

  • Secularism and Marxism
  • Lambert: The Resurrection of the Chinese Church
  • 198-210ch. 12 Cry for Reform
  • 211-255ch. 13 The Church After the Beijing Massacre

  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 281-283Costa Rica
  • 291-294Cuba
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • Are religious worlds/cultures essentially compatible with a living faith in Jesus? What problems do they present to such faith?

  • What factors have led to resistance to, versus acceptance of, the gospel in secular and Marxist worlds?

  • What principles mentioned in the readings do you find helpful in considering outreach to persons of non-evangelical worlds/cultures?