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Join us on this journey to discover God's heart and purpose - a purpose in which you have a part to play. It may be sending, welcoming, praying, supporting, and yes - even going. Discovering this purpose is valuable, and perhaps crucial, for any Christian. What is Perspectives?

Perspectives will take you on a 15-week journey, looking in-depth at the biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic aspects of God’s global plan to reconcile every nation, tribe, people, and tongue to Himself.

You will learn from 15 Different Instructors over 15 weeks, all of them excellent and all of them passionate about this course. They will challenge and inspire you with their wisdom and experience, opening your eyes to a deeper vision of God’s mercy, greatness.

Class Info

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Wycliffe Bible Translators 11221 John Wycliffe Blvd Orlando FL 32832

Contact: Mason Martin

(407) 399-6028

 
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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.

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      Jim O'Neill

      Frontier Ventures, New Cumberland PA

      Missionary to Asia 1982 to 1995 Director of Missions, Liberty University and Seminary, 1995-2000 President, CrossWorld Mission, 2000-2009 Executive VP Tennessee Temple University 2009-2010 Interim President, TTU, 2011 President, The Center for Global Mission, 2009 to present Associate General Director for Frontier Ventures 2016 to present

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      Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020

      Time: 6:00 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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      Jamie Farr

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Orlando FL

      I grew up in the South Pacific in Papua New Guinea the son of Translators speaking four languages. I experienced the joy of watching my ethnic people receive the NT and experience the power of God in amazing ways. I later went with my beautiful Wife Anita to Thailand to serve with Wycliffe. On our watch we have seen over 1800 missionaries go to serve among over 1500 people groups in the last 15 years.

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      Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020

      Time: 6:00 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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      Mark Baxter

      YWAM Jacksonville, Jacksonville FL

      Mark Baxter is the North American Regional Leader for YWAM Frontier Missions and co-leads the YWAM base in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife Janet. Mark and Janet started the base in January 2001 along with a small team all committed to reaching those who have never heard the Good News of Jesus. They have 3 children - Daniel, Kathleen, and Jennifer along with 6 grandchildren. Mark has ministered in over 130 nations and he, Janet, and their youngest child lived in Harbin, China teaching English and planted a church among unreached people in 2008/09. Mark is also the missions pastor at Redeemer Church.

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      Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2020

      Time: 6:00 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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      Augustine "Gus" Davies

      Longwood FL

      Pastor Augustine (Gus) Davies is passionate about Perspectives because it is a great and compelling course that continues to advance discipleship and leadership development for the Kingdom. Gus was introduced to Perspectives in the 80’s at African Bible College in Liberia and Reformed Theological Seminary USA. During those times he read several of the articles for missions, anthropology and cross-cultural classes. Gus is serving as pastor at Northland Church in Longwood Florida since 1998. Perspectives course was part of his beginning days as he participated in both local and global missions along with pastoral responsibilities. In the last year Gus’s heart and mind has been re-ignited to reengage in this class as a student and facilitator. Perspectives go deeper in equipping and empowering the Church for the Great Commission.

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      Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020

      Time: 6:00 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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      Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020

      Time: 6:00 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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      Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020

      Time: 6:00 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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      Sundee Simmons

      Perspectives, Winter Park FL

      Sundee loves to see people flourish in their God given gifts! She has been multiplying global disciples using Perspectives since 1991, running classes in Orlando while her husband, Scott, earned his MDiv. Then Sundee led Washington Baltimore Center for World Mission, preparing over a dozen teams each year to run both Perspectives and Encountering the World of Islam courses. Sundee is now serving the Perspectives National Office as Director of Training. Sundee was discipled in Young Life, which accounts for her great sense of humor and adventure! She and her husband Scott have 3 children, and live in Orlando. Her husband serves Third Millenium Ministries as their Director of Curriculum Development.

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      Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020

      Time: 6:00 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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      Kendi Howells Douglas

      Kissimmee FL

      Dr. KENDI HOWELLS DOUGLAS Professor of Intercultural Studies at Johnson University, Florida Dr. Howells Douglas was the Professor of Cross Cultural Ministry at Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing, MI for 15 years. And Is now the Professor of Intercultural Studies at Johnson University, Florida Her passion is in the area of urban mission and her dissertation was on the history of the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ in the cities of North America. She enjoys research in other areas as well including: women in missions, postmodernism and culture, mission history, and mission biographies. Dr. Howells Douglas served as the associate editor of New Urban World Journal, and co-editor of a new book series entitled Urban Missiology in the 21st Century, and the urban editor of a new Biblical commentary series entitled, The Polis Commentary. Her hobbies include all types of music, reading (her favorite authors being Annie Dillard, Anne Lamott, Stanley Hauerwas, Ruth Tucker, and Eugene Peterson), a founding member of International Society of Urban Missiology and member of Evangelicals for Social Action and the American Society of Missiology, involvement in Habitat for Humanity, as well as traveling and visiting several urban partners all over the world, and learning continually from her 15 year old son, Truman. A.A., 1989, Minnesota Bible College B.A., Music, 1992, Minnesota Bible College M.Div., 1996, Emmanuel School of Religion D.Miss., 2004, Asbury Theological Seminary

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      Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020

      Time: 6:00 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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      Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020

      Time: 6:00 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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      Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2020

      Time: 6:00 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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      Julie C

      Pioneers, Orlando FL

      While pursuing her degree, God grew Julie’s heart for missions among people who have little or no access to the gospel. Before even going on a short-term mission trip Julie made a three-year commitment to church planting in South Asia. She loved those years, but afterward God led her to work at Pioneers in Orlando. After four years on the mobilization team, now she serves as a pre-field coach, helping people move into cross-cultural, church-planting ministry with unreached people groups.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

      Time: 6:00 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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      Kate Schell

      SIL Philippines, Jacksonville FL

      Kate Schell is a member of Wycliffe Bible Translators and works on a team serving a people group in the southern Philippines who are culturally marginalized because of their Muslim faith, semi-nomadic lifestyle and lack of resources. The team is involved in Scripture engagement, Old Testament translation, community development projects and supporting formal and non-formal education in the languages of the people group. Kate is focused on teacher training, educational materials development and advocacy for greater inclusion of minority children in the multilingual formal education system. Kate earned her Bachelor's degree in English Literature and Spanish from Florida State University in 2008, an M.A. in Linguistics from Florida State University in 2011, and an M.A. in Literacy Programme Development from Redcliffe College, University of Gloucestershire in 2018. She lived in the Philippines from 2013-2015, but is now based in Jacksonville, Florida, where she lives with her husband, Chris. She continues to serve remotely with the team in the Philippines, traveling to the Philippines periodically.

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      Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

      Time: 6:00 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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      Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2020

      Time: 6:00 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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      Bruce L.

      Ocala FL

      Lived with wife and children as pioneer church planters and disciple makers in Central Asia for five years. Also worked in strategic research for Central Asia's 371 unreached people groups. Currently living in Florida.

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      Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020

      Time: 6:00 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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      Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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