Wheaton, IL S18    Spring 2018
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What
Perspectives is a 15 week course that helps believers from all walks of life see how they can get involved in God’s story of redeeming people from every tribe, tongue, and nation to Himself. Come join us as we learn what we were made for!

When
Tuesdays 6:30-9:00* pm, Jan. 23 - May 8, 2018
*Starting at 6:15 for Week 1

Where
Wheaton Bible Church
27W500 North Ave West Chicago, IL 60185

Contact
For more information, contact Becca Martin. 

Class Info

Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Time: 6:15 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Wheaton Bible Church 27W500 North Ave West Chicago IL 60185

Contact: Becca Martin

 
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    • Lesson 1

      The Living God is a Missionary God

      God's purpose is three-fold: against evil—kingdom victory; for the nations—redemption and blessing; and for God—global glory in worship. God's purpose revealed in promise to Abraham. Exploring God's purpose for the nations: Blessing to the nations described.

    • Instructor

      Kyle Reschke

      Wheaton Bible Church - Pastor or Sending and Outreach, Winfield IL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

      Time: 6:15 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 2

      The Story of His Glory

      Exploring God's purpose for Himself: How God has been steadily unfolding a plan throughout all nations and generations to bring about His greater glory, ultimately drawing to Himself the worship of all the peoples. Passion and prayer for God's glory.

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      Jon Hardin

      Frontiers, Highlands Ranch CO

      Dr. Jon Hardin is the National Communications Specialist for Frontiers. He has served in full-time missions work for over 25 years. Jon regularly speaks and teaches in churches, conferences, and various training events around the world--he has taught over 25,000 Perspectives students. Jon has a passion for seeing local churches and ordinary Christians step into strategic roles in the global missions enterprise. Jon is an ordained minister, holds a PhD from the VU University in Amsterdam, and did post-graduate studies at the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague. He is also a graduate of Denver Seminary. Jon is a CPA and prior to going into full-time ministry he worked for IBM Corporation for nine years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 3

      Your Kingdom Come

      Exploring God's purpose regarding evil: How God has accomplished a defeat of evil powers in order to open a season of history in which the nations can freely follow Christ. The kingdom of God as the destiny of all history. Christ's mission seeks a hindering of evil to bring about a sign of the coming peace of the kingdom of God. Our prayers contend with evil in order to bring about the transformation of society with Christ's kingdom in view.

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      Paco Amador

      New Life Community Church, Chicago IL

      Paco Amador is pastor of New Life Community Church in the Little Village community on Chicago's west side. Paco has served as a missionary, a public school teacher, and is currently a pastor at the mexican immigrant of Little Village. He and his wife, Sylvia, have seven children and live in Chicago.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 4

      Mandate for the Nations

      Jesus shows great strategic interest in Gentiles; wise strategic focus by initiating a global mission on a few disciples among the Hebrew people. The Great Commission and the ways of God's sending in relational power. Dealing with the ideas of pluralism (all religions the same) and universalism (all persons saved).

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      Dennis Cochrane

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Lexington SC

      Dennis and his wife Nancy served as linguists and Bible translators among the 20,000 Duna people of Papua New Guinea. After devising an alphabet for this previously unwritten language they produced primers and readers, teaching many to read their own language. They then translated the first portions of God's Word into the Duna language. Several thousand Duna came to faith in Christ and today there are many churches among these people.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 5

      Unleashing the Gospel

      The first followers of Jesus: obedient in costly, foundational ways. The climactic act of the book of Acts is the freeing of the gospel to be followed by Gentiles without Jewish traditions as a requirement. A foundational act of God which speaks to the situations where the gospel is hindered today. Strategic suffering and apostolic passion.

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      Judy Duncan

      West Chicago IL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 6

      The Expansion of the Christian Movement

      The story of God's purpose continues relentlessly from Abraham's day until the present moment. An overview of the largest and the longest-running movement ever in history—the world Christian movement. How the gospel surged through the peoples and places of the world. Important insights for our own day.

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      Marvin Newell

      Elgin IL

      Marv Newell is Senior Vice President of Missio Nexus, a network that connects evangelical mission agencies, churches and training centers across North America. Previously he served as a missionary to Indonesia, a mission administrator, a professor of missions, and director of a missions association. He is the author of: A Martyr’s Grace, Commissioned: What Jesus Wants You to Know as You Go and Expect Great Things: Mission Quotes that Inform and Inspire.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 7

      Eras of Mission History

      The greatest explosion of growth ever has taken place in last 200 years in three "bursts" of activity. Why we could be in the final era of missions. The global harvest force comprised increasingly of non-Western missionaries.

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      Robert Nordstrom

      OMF, Wheaton IL

      Robert currently helps equip Christians for ministry to Chinese in the US with OMF, an organization founded by Hudson Taylor to serve the people of East Asia with the love of Christ. He served in Thailand for a decade and loves journeying with individuals and churches as they engage with the world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 8

      Pioneers of the World Christian Movement

      Today we anchor the race by continuing what others have begun. It's a day of finishing. All the more reason to learn the wisdom and the heart of ordinary people who did extraordinary things in earlier generations. Reading the writings of William Carey and other leaders to discern what these people have left to us. Exploring the contribution of women in missions throughout the centuries.

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      Diana Collymore

      InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Madison WI

      Diana Collymore is interested turning the world upside down (Acts 17:6). Her latest God-inspired dream is the making the call to mission tangible for people from all ethnic communities. She serves as the Assistant Director of Missions with InterVarsity, a student organization with which she has served for over a decade. Diana has also served with YWAM and for several years in church ministry.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 9

      The Task Remaining

      God's pressed His purpose forward until the present hour of amazing opportunity. Understanding the concept of "unreached peoples" to assess the remaining task. Recognizing the imbalance of mission resources shapes strategic priorities. The basic minimal missiological achievement in every people group opens the way for working with God against every kind of evil so that the gospel of the kingdom is declared and displayed with clarity and power. The need and opportunity of urban mission.

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      Keith B

      Newnan GA

      Keith has more than 30 years’ experience helping to bring the gospel into unreached people groups of Africa. Keith and his wife, first moved to East Africa in the early 80’s where they worked in Kenya, Sudan and Tanzania in various community health evangelism and church-planting projects. Through most of the 90’s the B’s developed and directed a two-year church-planting training program based from Arusha, Tanzania. This program continues to be one of the most effective training programs in missions today having trained nearly 500 missionaries on more than 50 teams and in 15 countries. Since 2000, Keith has been directing a new focus to see Christ’s Church planted in Islamic areas of Africa, specifically North Africa and the Horn of Africa. Because these countries do not issue ‘church’ or ‘mission’ visas, Keith has developed alternate ways to gain access for Christian workers to live and proclaim in these countries. These creative means of access have included the development of more than a dozen profitable Kingdom companies across several North African countries as well as the development of a number of not-for-profit, Non-Governmental Organization’s (NGO) in four countries. He also developed relationships within the governments of three diverse countries that allow for the placement of proclaimers in government offices and public institutions. Keith holds a degree in Business Administration. The B’s are currently engaged in the recruiting, training, mentoring and coaching of Business For Transformation (B4T)/Business As Mission (BAM) personnel. Keith and his wife have three children, all born and raised in Africa.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 10

      How Shall They Hear?

      Culture and intercultural communication of the gospel. Communicating the gospel with relevance at the worldview level helps avoid syncretism (blending of cultural error with God?s truth) and also enables powerful movements of the gospel. Sensitive missionaries will look for ways that God has preserved or prepared people to hear the gospel, often finding redemptive analogies for God's truth.

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      Scott Moreau

      Wheaton IL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 11

      Building Bridges of Love

      The incarnation as a model of missionary humility. How missionaries can enter appropriate roles in order to form relationships of trust and respect to develop a sense of belonging, and thus to communicate with credibility for understanding. Explore the intricacy of identification in another culture. Explore the even greater complexity of presenting identity with integrity in a globalized, terrorized, pluralized world. Recognizing the dynamics of social structure in order to initiate growing movements of ongoing communication throughout the society.

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      Sam Naaman

      Moody Bible Institute, Carol Stream IL

      Sam serves as professor of Intercultural Studies at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. He is also founding director of south Asian Friendship Center in Chicago since 1997. Sam was born and raised in Pakistan, served with OM and Cru. in Pakistan. Studied Theology and Missiology in Korea and USA. he is married to Debbie and they have two adopted sons Blaise and David from Pakistan. They are members of Wheaton Bible church.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 12

      Christian Community Development

      A survey of world need. Dynamic balance of evangelism and social action. Hope for significant transformation as a sign of Christ's Lordship by Christian community development. Exploring the charge that missionaries destroy instead of serve cultures. Healing the wounds of the world between the peoples.

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      Tabitha McDuffee

      World Relief, Glen Ellyn IL

      Tabitha McDuffee is the Founder of FaithandForcedMigration.com, an online resource for Christians who are serving refugees both vocationally and voluntarily. She holds a double BA in Biblical and Intercultural Studies from Moody Bible Institute and is pursuing an MA in Refugee Law and Forced Migration Studies from the University of London. Tabitha also works in nonprofit communications, helping organizations like World Relief inform and inspire their volunteers and donors. She lives with her husband in the Chicago suburbs and can’t imagine life without tea.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 13

      The Spontaneous Multiplication of Churches

      Look beyond institutional features of churches to understand churches as dynamic movements of Christ Himself being followed. Such a view of churches as organic, living things opens up the practicality of seeing them multiply rapidly as movements and also flourish in society bearing the fruit of social transformation. Churches as counter-communities, acting as salt and light, bringing change to their cultures. How movements multiply by connecting with entire families and larger social structures.

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      Steven Steinhaus

      Pioneers, Wheaton IL

      Steven and his family have been on the field as missionaries among Muslims in SE Asia for 21+ years. Since 2009, Steven has been a CPM Practitioner-Trainer traveling all over the Muslim world. He is currently living in Chicago and finishing a Doctor of Ministry at TEDS while on an extended leave.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 14

      Pioneer Church Planting

      The hope of planting churches among unreached peoples. How the breakthrough of the gospel in an unreached people requires that the gospel be "de-Westernized". The difference of contextualizing the message, the messenger and the movement. Distinguish and appreciate people movements, church planting movements and insider movements.

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      Cecil Stalnaker

      Greater Europe Mission, Valencia CA

      Cecil grew up in SoCal and has 34 years of missionary experience in Europe related to equipping church leaders, church planting, and evangelism. He trained pastors and missionaries at the French-speaking Institut Biblique Belge in Belgium and at Tyndale Theological Seminary in the Netherlands. He is currently a mobilizer with Greater Europe Mission; teaches and preaches on missions in local churches, and equips new missionaries for cross-cultural work. Cecil has a PhD in Missiology and has written a number of articles and chapters for mission publications. He lives in Santa Clarita, CA and often watches the squirrels fight over fruit in his backyard.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 15

      World Christian Discipleship

      What it means to integrate life for Christ's global purpose as a "'World Christian". Into the great story for His glory: a Person-driven life as a way of. pursuing a purpose-driven life. The basic practices of world Christians: going, sending, welcoming and mobilizing. The essential disciplines of World Christian discipleship: community, giving, praying and learning. Simplifying your lifestyle as if in "war-time". Exploring the practical ways of pursuing God's purpose. Business and mission. Short-term mission. Welcoming international visitors. Wisdom in working with local churches and in partnership with Christians in different parts of the world.

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      Andrew Herbek

      Frontier Ventures, Deerfield IL

      Born and raised on the family farm in Nebraska, Andrew inherited a frontier mindset from the prairie pioneers he descended from. In light of this, God saw fit to take this farm boy from the middle of nowhere and sent him to serve among an unreached people group in East Asia. While there, practicing ethnography among rural villages, the Lord began cultivating a passion in Andrew to mobilize and equip the body of Christ for His global purpose. Andrew is a member of Frontier Ventures (from the legacy of the US Center for World Mission) and serves through Perspectives on National Staff. With a degree in Intercultural Studies and field experience in seven countries his heart is that of a cross-cultural educator and discipler. His desire is to see God's people raised up, trained well and sent out to pursue Christ's promise fulfilled among the nations.

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      Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

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