Preaching, Evangelical

Preaching for transformation: developing sermons that aim at personal transformation

Author
Mark W Hanke
Abstract
Research indicates people who call themselves Christians and who listen to dozens of sermons each year are morally hard to distinguish from people who claim no faith in God and have no practice of listening to sermons preached from God's Word. It is God's intention to see his followers transformed into the image of his Son. One of the methods he has chosen to use to realize this spiritual life-change is the preaching of his Word. But preachers have to make sure they are committed to life-changing sermons and not merely an informational exchange. Sermons are meant to bring transformation, not simply inform people of what a biblical text is saying. This thesis-project will help Christian communicators understand how their preaching can align with God's vision to see people conformed to the image of his Son.

Church replanting in mainline churches: vision casting and equipping evangelical church replanters

Author
James S Harrell
Abstract
The mainline denominations, as of 2011, have more than 80,000 churches across America, with over 19 million members, which make up greater than 15% of the US population. Many of these churches are in a declining status, often due to the removal of the historic gospel from the pulpits. It will take preaching the historic gospel of Jesus Christ from the pulpit once again to revitalize these churches. Towards that end, this project was undertaken to help cast a vision for revitalizing mainline churches and to encourage evangelical pastors to consider pursuing pulpits in mainline churches, to replant the gospel seed, and to revitalize these churches in order to reach communities for Christ. This thesis is targeted at church replanters and church replanter coaches. The project seeks to provide a theological framework on renewal as applied to mainline churches, address the practical aspects of equipping evangelical pastors to serve in mainline pulpits through a church replanter coaching curriculum, and to set this vision within a larger historical framework.

Preaching Christ on campus

Author
Timothy J Leary
Abstract
Ministers for the three largest nondenominational college ministries (IV, Campus Crusade for Christ and The Navigators) are usually recent college graduates who lack seminary and preaching training and yet are often asked to preach at student gatherings. The students listening are the future leaders of America and other countries of the world. This thesis project develops a "preaching workshop" for the new college ministers to give them confidence and skills to preach biblically on campus. Chapter two and three are the literature review and the biblical and theological background for the basis for preaching biblically to the university. Chapter four is a summary of the preaching workshop for new college ministers. Chapter five is the review of the workshop and suggestions for future improvements. The hope of this thesis is to train new college ministers to preach Christ on campus, so that the next generation of leaders will follow Christ and rely on the Bible as their map for life.

Homiletics workshop for Romanian lay ministers preaching in national and international mission context

Author
Paunel Muresan
Abstract
Homiletics Workshop for Romanian Lay Ministers Preaching in National and International Mission Context was written as a resource for training lay and ordained preachers in Romania to advance the gospel of Christ through powerful, clear and efficient preaching. In the process of writing this thesis the author was challenged to select the best resources that will serve the needs of the Romanian preachers. The author conducted interviews in Romania. He also used electronic means to gather the information needed for the writing of this document. The author is confident that this thesis will become a useful tool on instruction for present and future Romanian preachers.

Apologetics preaching today in the context of a local church

Author
Richard C Buck
Abstract
The project focus was a twelve-week preaching series, "Confident Christianity: Ready to Give an Answer." The series employed negative and positive apologetics-answering objections and building a case for the Christian worldview. The central finding was that a defense of the faith is critical in the context of an increasingly secular and humanistic environment. The outcome was to equip believers to confidently share the reality, reliance, and relevance of Jesus Christ in their sphere of influence in the evolving pluralistic landscape of Barrie, Ontario, Canada. Apologetic preaching feeds and fuels the gospel mandate initiative in the contemporary context.

George Whitefield: revival principles from the preaching and practices of the great revivalist

Author
Rod D Applington
Abstract
This qualitative research project focused upon six biblically timeless principles of revival observed in seventy-eight George Whitefield sermons in conjunction with other primary secondary sources. The research proves Whitefield's doctrinal preaching content was a primary factor for why God used him so mightily in the Great Awakening era and beyond contrary to common misinterpretations for his success. A six-week preaching series presented the six principles to our church and included evaluative surveys analyzed in this project. The goal was to consider how our congregation could further implement such biblical principles of revival toward a greater work of God.

Enhancing the evangelistic preaching at The Beginnings Church, Poplarville, Mississippi

Author
Shannon D Marshall
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to enhance the evangelistic preaching of the pastor at The Beginnings Church, Poplarville, Mississippi by developing and implementing an evangelistic preaching model. The project director studied key resources in order to determine the essential elements of an evangelistic preaching model and established a standard of research. The project director submitted the essential elements and the standard of research for review to experts in evangelistic preaching. Following the identification of the essential elements of an evangelistic preaching model, the project director developed four sermons based on the evangelistic preaching model. The project director then preached the sermons to the congregation of The Beginnings Church. The sermons were evaluated by Dr. Larry Robertson and Dr. Jake Roudkolski, two experts in evangelistic preaching, along with seven members of The Beginnings Church congregation.

Understanding and increasing effectiveness in the pulpit: a survey of and recommendations for improving preaching in the Pacific Conference of the Evangelical Church

Author
Carl Jon Duhrkoop
Abstract
The author's purpose for this study was to determine what effective preaching is and how preaching effectiveness can be improved. The process of the study included interviews with denominational executives, a study of 2 Timothy 3 and 4, and two surveys of the effectiveness of the pastors in the Pacific Conference of the Evangelical Church. A general prescription for improving preaching effectiveness and personal prescriptions for improving preaching effectivness were given between the two surveys. The final chapter gives recommendations for how denominations, schools of ministry and churches can help improve the effectiveness of the local church pastor's preaching.
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