World Christian Foundations

The Foundations of the World Christian Foundations Study Program

The following has been established as the foundational premises of all WCF curricula. Understanding these principles will lay an important foundation for the rest of one’s studies.

  1. God is the Lord of History but we are locked in a cosmic struggle.

  2. God initiates and advances work in history to accomplish His purpose.

  3. God initiates a relationship with humankind through general and special revelation.

  4. God reveals himself, but an evil power appears to be distorting both general and special revelation.

  5. Creation at all levels was corrupted by intelligent evil. The basic plot of history is thus the progressive conquest of a distorted and darkened world.

  6. God continues to reveal Himself to all peoples at all times.

  7. God accomplishes His purpose by triumphing over evil in order to rescue and bless people and to restore the full glory of His creation throughout the earth.

  8. God calls His people to join Him in fulfilling His purpose.

  9. The advance of the Kingdom consists not merely of the rescue of humans but includes the restoration of a corrupted creation and the defeat of the Evil One.

  10. God’s work in history has continuity and will come to an ultimate culmination.

  11. God desires humans to work with Him as agents in history for His purposes.

  12. The Bible is a unified story of God’s purpose.

  13. Cross-cultural ministry is the basis for the Bible. The Great Commission is the backbone of the whole Bible.

  14. The Bible shows God carrying out His redemptive purpose through a covenant relationship with His people and redeeming all of humankind through Jesus, the Messiah for all peoples.

  15. On the basis of Jesus’ life and death, God defeats evil and redeems and restores humanity and creation.

  16. The essence of the Church is to be missionary.

  17. A characteristic of biblical faith is the willingness to take upon itself the cultural clothes of every tradition. True faith always is evidenced in true obedience, but the form of that obedience is always cultural.

  18. As a result of the influence of Augustine’s Neoplatonic theology, there is a disconnect in evangelical minds: we need to attribute evil to Satan, not to God.

  19. Our task of glorifying God and advancing the Kingdom involves defeating evil wherever it is found.

  20. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ are authentic, unique, and central to history.

  21. The mission task is to extend biblical faith, preaching Christ, not Christianity, preaching the Bible, not all the twists and turns of our enormously complex historical tradition.

  22. God builds His Church throughout culture and history.

  23. The Christian movement has brought about positive social transformation.

  24. God is at work in all cultures and wants to redeem them for His glory.

  25. The gospel has almost always been carried across significant cultural and geographic barriers by small, focused, committed communities—mission structures.

  26. Key leaders who have sought God more deeply and have listened to Him more profoundly have been used by God to make new breakthroughs.

  27. Unreached peoples are those cultures or societies in which there is no indigenous church movement. They are held at a distance from the gospel by boundaries of prejudice and culture.

  28. The urgent need for radical contextualization is an incredibly new frontier. God does not require people to give up their cultural identity to be followers of Jesus.

  29. Since humankind’s first rebellion against God, humanity (socially, spiritually, psychologically, physically, culturally) has been affected by evils.

  30. Completing the task requires effective cross-cultural evangelism that follows communication patterns within cultures.

  31. The progress of world evangelization can be measured in part in terms of church-planting movements within people groups. Completing the mission task requires the initiation and growth of church-planting movements that follow social avenues of influence.

  32. The mission task can and will be completed. Completing the task requires collaborative efforts of churches and mission agencies from diverse cultures and traditions.

  33. Completing the task requires strategic holism in which community development is integrated with church planting (We must be allied against all evil if we do not want to misrepresent God).

  34. The advance of the Kingdom consists not merely of the rescue of humans but must include the restoration of a corrupted creation and the defeat of the Evil One.

  35. God calls people from all tribes, nations, and linguistic groups to follow Him: to repent of sin, turn to Him through Jesus and be re-enlisted in the cosmic battle against evil.

  36. After the end of history, all of creation will be completely restored by God. Lions will lie down with lambs. Disease will disappear. God will reign in heaven and on Earth.