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WCF.M4.L49 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Readings are listed in normal order. Choose where to focus, as the time suggested for all is about 3 hrs. Even if Islam is not your area of interest, look at these selections and think of the implications for sharing the gospel with those of other faiths. See especially the different positions taken in Winter & Hawthorne’s edited Perspectives Reader.

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Compare different approaches to Christian work among Muslims and their results.
  • Analyze the nature of the body of Christ in Muslim contexts.
  • Describe human rights problems in Islamic societies and discuss Christian approaches to these.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 178-179Lesson 49 Introduction

  • General

  • Muslims

    IJFM (April 1994) 11,2 “Islam”
    Response to the gospel by Muslims around the world.
  • 99-104McCurry: What’s Happening Among Musims Today?

  • Outreach

    IJFM (April 1994) 11,2 “Islam”
    The rest of the selections in this section have good examples and practical advice by experienced missionaries.
  • 87-91Love: Church Planting Among Folk Muslims

  • 145-150Lewis: Underground Church Movements: The Surprising Role of Women’s Networks

  • Contextualization

  • See differences among Christians in the several selections from the Perspectives Reader.

    IJFM 13,4
  • 171-183Woodberry: Contextualization Among Muslims: Reusing Common Pillars

  • Winter and Hawthorne, eds.: Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (4th edition)
  • 663-667#109 Parshall: Going Too Far?
  • 670-671#110 Travis (sidebar): Must All Muslims Leave “Islam” to Follow Jesus?

  • Walls, ed.: Mission in the 21st Century
  • 130-147The Church and It’s Missionary Vocation: The Islamic Frontline in a Post Christian West

  • Woodberry, ed: Seed to Fruit
  • 205-214Colgate: Bible Storying and Oral Use of the Scriptures
  • 239-250Kim and Travis: Relevant Responses to Folk Muslims

  • Winter and Hawthorne, eds.: Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (4th edition)
  • 437-439International Orality Network: Making Disciples of Oral Learners
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Assignments (continued)

General (cont.)

See Huffard’s emphasis on the honor of God in Christ’s death and resurrection—whereas Muslims think it would dishonor God if such a great prophet were to die on the cross.

Woodberry, ed: Muslims and Christians on the Emmaus Road

161-173 #9 Huffard: Culturally Relevant Themes About Christ

Cate suggests practical ways of speaking with Muslims.

IJFM (April 1994) 11,2 “Islam”

93-97 Cate: “Gospel Communication from Within”

Especially 313-315, 318c-320a; rest is optional.

Cragg: The Call of the Minaret

303-326 The Call to Hope and Faith


See reasons why Muslim youth in Egypt join fundamentalist groups.

IJFM (April 1994) 11,2 “Islam”

81-86 Jabbour: “Islamic Fundamentalism: Implications for Missions”

Snodderly, ed: WCF Degree Study Programs: All Module Reader

289-294 Gration: #5 Woodberry: The Gospel’s Encounter

with Islam (Review)

Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews

179-182 Lesson 49 Review


Woodberry, ed: Muslims and Christians on the Emmaus Road

105-125 #6 Chapman: Rethinking the Gospel for Muslims

323-326 #19 Wilson: The Experience of Praying for Muslims

IJFM (April 1994) 11,2 “Islam”

69-73 Douglas: Ongoing Strategy Debate in Muslim Missions

IJFM (Spring 2000) 17,1

41-52 Brown: “The ‘Son of God:’ Understanding the Messianic Titles of Jesus”

Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation, 7th Edition

132-136 Bangladesh

Reflection Questions
  • How have Muslims become believers in Christ? What methods have worked?

  • Are messianic mosques the answer for Muslims to follow Jesus? Are home fellowships a better approach in extremely hostile contexts? What limits are there to contextualization among Muslims?

  • What approach should Christians take to Muslim persecution of non-Muslims and of those who leave Islam?