Preaching, Expository

Preaching About Biblical Marriage: An Evaluation of Functional Elements in Martyn Lloyd-Jones's Sermons on Ephesians 5:22-33 as Contained in the Book Christian Marriage and Its Implications for Modern Preachers

Author
Keith Wayne Hamilton D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this historical and biographical analysis was to understand the life and ministry of Martyn Lloyd-Jones and to draw implications from this understanding for contemporary pastors more faithfully to preach biblically concerning marriage. The overall ministry philosophy and methodology of Lloyd-Jones have been considered along with his value for biblical authority, expository preaching, and biblical marriage. This purpose was accomplished through qualitative research using content analysis on primary and secondary sources by and about Martyn Lloyd-Jones to understand what he believed about Christian preaching and ministry and to know how he applied that understanding personally and in the pulpit.

The research design for this study followed a qualitative approach to studying data. The study also implemented content analysis when examining individual sermons Lloyd-Jones preached from Ephesians 5:22-33 contained in Christian Marriage: From Basic Principles to Transformed Relationships. These sermons were evaluated according to the functional elements of explanation, illustration, and application to derive implications for pastors today.

The research is developed into three parts. First, in chapters 1-2, the thesis and life of Lloyd-Jones is described. Second, in chapters 3-4, his value for biblical expository preaching is established. Third, chapters 5-6 set forth the evaluating methodology for the eleven sermons. Fourth, chapter 7 validated the thesis by offering the analysis of data and research conclusions, along with further suggestions.

Enhancing expository preaching skills to increase congregational awareness of selected eschatological themes at Oak Hill Baptist Church, Meridian, Mississippi

Author
Chester Calvin Price
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to enhance the project director’s expository preaching skills to increase congregational awareness of selected eschatological themes at Oak Hill Baptist Church, Meridian, Mississippi. The project director utilized the Preaching Skills Enhancement model to develop the project. Development of the project included research of selected eschatological themes, best practices for expository sermon development, and delivery of expository sermons. The project director developed a sermon series of selected eschatological themes that he preached at Oak Hill Baptist Church, Meridian, Mississippi, during regular scheduled Sunday morning worship services. The project director demonstrated enhanced expository preaching skills as a result of this project.

Equipping selected lay leaders of Haitian Emmanuel Baptist Church, Miami, Florida, with expository preaching skills

Author
Wadler Jules
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected lay preachers of Haitian Emmanuel Baptist Church, Miami, Florida, with expository preaching skills. The project director began researching the field of expository preaching to discover essential expository preaching skills. Following the initial research on expository preaching the project director completed a study on curriculum and lesson design and development in order to write a series of lessons on crafting effective expository sermons. These lessons became his guide as he led a series of training sessions to equip the group of selected lay preachers of Haitian Emmanuel Baptist Church, Miami, Florida, with expository preaching skills.

SUSTAINING A TRAINING MOVEMENT IN EXPOSITORY PREACHING IN TURKANA, KENYA

Author
Gary Kirst D.Min.
Abstract
This Doctor of Ministry project pertains to work that has been done in Turkana, Kenya, through the mission Share International, in training indigenous Turkana pastors in expository preaching using the curriculum called Bible Pathways (developed by Alan Lewis, Director of Pastoral Training, ReachGlobal/EFCA). This curriculum focuses on a hermeneutical method which first asks of any given text of Scripture: what did this mean to the original readers? And then, especially in light of the Bible’s salvation story, it asks: how should this text be preached to hearers today? This curriculum is very heavy on individual and group participation in interpreting and preparing to preach biblical texts.

The writer worked with a team of six other American pastors to train 14 Turkana pastors in this curriculum from 2015-2017. This project especially focuses on evaluating the transmittal of this curriculum: the training this first generation of graduates has done with a second generation. Through questionnaires, personal in-depth interviews, and follow-up conversations, it was found that all participants had indeed engaged in rigorous attempts at training a second generation. Their many joys and challenges were catalogued.

As this training movement would proceed into the future, with the hope of the Lord filling this spiritually and physically barren desert land with healthy, Word-based churches, led by men committed to preaching the whole counsel of God, the writer, at the request of the Turkana participants, has developed a companion Trainer’s Manual to go alongside the Bible Pathways curriculum. This manual particularly provides many specific examples of sound interpretation, something that is lacking in the printed curriculum, and was anticipated by the participants, who are now trainers themselves, to be very helpful in their ongoing training.

Enhancing expository preaching skills to increase congregational awareness of selected spiritual disciplines at First Baptist Church, Stigler, Oklahoma

Author
Daniel Milligan D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to enhance the project director's expository preaching skills to increase congregational awareness of selected spiritual disciplines at First Baptist Church, Stigler, Oklahoma. The project began by researching the fields of expository preaching and spiritual disciplines for the purpose of communicating selected spiritual disciplines from the book of Philippians. The research resulted in an annotated bibliography in the field of expository preaching and a report of selected spiritual disciplines. The project director used the research to develop a sermon series intended to raise the congregation's awareness of selected spiritual disciplines. The sermon series was delivered and thereafter evaluated using pre- and post-series surveys and response sheets provided to the congregation. Each phase of the project was evaluated using expert feedback.

Proclaiming the gospel from Old Testament war narratives

Author
Eli H. Dowell
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to examine how preachers proclaim the Gospel from Old Testament war narratives. The study utilized a basic qualitative design using semi-structured interviews with six Gospel-centered preachers. Four research questions guided the data analysis, addressing challenges presented by culture and theology and what methods preachers use to overcome these challenges. The findings of the study show that Old Testament war narratives are essential components of the meta-narrative of Scripture, culminating in the person and work of Jesus Christ. The study concluded with several examples of Gospel-centered interpretations of select passages from the book of Joshua.

Enhancing Expository Preaching Skills in Order to Increase Awareness of the Theme of Discipleship among the Youth at First Baptist Church, Paris, Texas

Author
Nathan Law
Abstract
The purpose of the project was to enhance the project director's expository preaching skills in order to increase his awareness of the theme of discipleship among the youth at First Baptist Church, Paris, Taxes. The first step involved reseraching the field of expository preaching. The researcher also completed a sutdy on discipleship practices of the church. The project director then studied select passages from Mark based on the discipleship research, organizing them into a written series of sermons. This sermon series is expository in nature and highlights how to walk as a disciple. The project director then created evaluations and goals to ensure a high quality of work.

Preaching the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit with Accuracy: The Contributions of Selected "Spirit" Passages in 1 Samuel

Author
Charles A Robirton
Abstract
This dissertation argues that the proper understanding of truths regarding the Holy Spirit contained in selected "spirit" passages in 1 Samuel is helpful for accurate preaching of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. The "spirit" passages were selected by recognizing the literacy device of leitwart in the narrative text of 1 Samuel 10:1-16, 11:5-7, 16:1-23, 18:10-16, and 19:8-2. A sample of pneumatological preaching throughout history are analyzed. Relevant pneumatology is also discussed. After highlighting some conservative preaching models five key questions are provided in order to promote more accurate preaching of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit.

Alistair Begg, Modern Day Puritan and Model For Expository Preaching: The Connection Between Spiritual Disciplines and Application

Author
Kelly B Burton
Abstract
Seminaries touch on it, authors write on it but few can exhibit the transition from explanation to application as well as Alistair Begg. By researching eight of Begg's sermons the writer aimed to demonstrate that Begg relies particularly on three spiritual disciplines: prayer, solitude, and Bible reading. Chapter one introduces Alistair Begg by highlighting his puritan influences. Chapter two spotlights the puritans in sermon crafting. Chapter three features spiritual disciplines. Chapter four is entitled sermon application the impact of the disciplines. Finally, Chapter five is entitled Alistair Begg at work: An analysis of sermons.

The effectiveness of expository preaching: persuading a congregation to practice church discipline as an act of faith and obedience to Christ's Word

Author
Bruce A Sabados
Abstract
Expository preachers are convinced that the sermon--the public proclamation of the Word of God--is instrumental to the shaping of a congregation's corporate consciousness and behaviors. Nonetheless even positive changes inspired if not instigated by the Word of God are not always apparent. Consequently, one might question the effectiveness of his or her preaching ministry. One facet of congregational life which a short series of well-focused expository sermons addressed was the church's willingness to practice church discipline as prescribed by Jesus if and when it became necessary to do so.
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