Will of God

Dialogical preaching as communication for effective preaching transmission (in Life Stream Church)

Author
Dong Shin Yim
Abstract
This thesis is intended to help preacher effective transmit God's word to congregation through dialogical preaching as communication. The author studied definition and theological understanding of communication, dialogical preaching as communication, and theological foundation of dialogical preaching. He suggested four methods/models of dialogical preaching in Life Stream Church. The analysis suggests that preacher can more effectively transmit well Word of God to congregation. Congregation also more understand and meet with God's word. They make an effort themselves to practice words of God in their real life. Moreover, congregation's life gradually changing into God's will.

To lead the Family of Faith Fellowship to value and participate in corporate prayer as the primary means to discern the specific will of God for the church

Abstract
The purpose of this project is to lead a church to value and participate in corporate prayer as the primary means to discern the will of God in making decisions. The church is motivated to gather for prayer through a series of sermons. It learns through Bible studies the elements necessary to hear God when he speaks. The church learns and implements the Lectio divina as a means to listen to God and come to know his will regarding a decision to construct a new facility. Progress is measured through surveys, interviews, and a consensus of the church body which indicates God's will regarding the propriety of constructing a new facility.

Discerning God's will in community

Author
Kathryn Hayes Sparks
Abstract
The project developed from the desire of a congregation to follow God's direction, but were unclear of that direction. The thesis of this project is that the shared praxis approach can be a catalyst for congregational leaders to discern God's will. During an eight-week workshop based on the shared praxis approach, congregational leaders prayed, read scripture, meditated,and discussed what it meant to seek the kingdom of God in the hope of discerning God's will for the congregation's corporate mission and direction. The project was deemed a success as the congregation followed the shared praxis movements to arrive at the conclusion that God's will for the congregation includes striving for the kingdom of God by spreading love to others while continuing in the listening and discerning process.

Discerning the will of God

Author
James C Petty
Abstract
This project proposes that God, as portrayed in the Bible, promises to provide guidance to his individual creatures, guidance that is mediated through wisdom that God develops within his disciple. Based on research in the Bible's theology of divine guidance in the various epochs of redemptive history, the project presents a systematic account of God's wisdom-guidance.

A pastoral exercise with the Ten Commandments for the purpose of building a biblical base for local church programming

Author
James W Thurman
Abstract
The goal of this project is to produce a model for developing biblically sound local church programming. It studies the ten commandments in an effort to discover God's will for the church as it promotes the love of God and neighbor in the world. The project evaluates the impact of biblical theology on local church programming. At the same time it offers a critique of the church growth movement, the Bethel Bible Series, systems management theory and the shepherding model of ministry.
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