Preaching, Expository

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.

An evaluation of an intensive expository series and other supplemental contributing factors to help believers in Christ overcome habitual sin

Author
Shane A Prewitt
Abstract
This research project develops and determines the effectiveness of intentional expository sermon planning and a nine-week support group to equip believers to overcome habitual sin patterns in a local congregation. Habitual sin patterns threaten to destroy the vitality of our spiritual lives and derail us from accomplishing God's purposes in our lives. The intent of this project was to show that there is a way for believers in Christ to overcome habitual sin patterns. This was tested by surveying a group of believers who attend a nine week intensive expository series on overcoming besetting sin and who also attended a supplemental nine week support group that focused on the use of spiritual disciplines to renew the mind.

Enhancing the project director's preaching skills in sermon application at Oak Park Baptist Church, Algiers Louisiana

Author
Robert A Stults
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to enhance the expository preaching skills of the project director with attention given to sermon applications presented in sermons preached at Oak Park Baptist Church, Algiers, Louisiana. Following the Ministry Skills Enhancement Model, the project director enhanced his development and communication of sermon applications related to biblical truths proclaimed within each sermon. The project focus was to ensure members and attendees of Oak Park Baptist Church, Algiers, Louisiana, understand the biblical text and how it applies to their walk with Christ. The project will: (1) research the subject of the sermon application; (2) develop a series of expository sermons applying the knowledge gathered; (3) preach a sermon series to those attending Oak Park Baptist Church, Algiers, Louisiana; and (4) evaluate the effectiveness of the sermon application by using a sermon evaluation team. Selected experts within the field of preaching will review and evaluate progress.

Measuring the effect that a twelve-week sermon series which incorporates modeling has on the motivation levels of attenders of Cross Community Church regarding biblical attitudes toward community with other attenders of Cross Community Church

Author
Robert Bryan Fields
Abstract
The hypothesis of this project was that a twelve-week sermon series, which incorporates modeling through illustrations and stories, can motivate attenders of Cross Community Church to display biblical attitudes towards one another. The researcher preached a twelve-week sermon series as Cross Community Church in Poteau, Oklahoma. Each sermon focused on motivating the listeners to display biblical attitudes and behaviors toward one another. The testing utilized a qualitative survey that was developed by the author. The research indicated that the sermon series did increase the motivation level of attenders to practice biblical attitudes and behaviors with other attenders of Cross Community Church.

An assessment of the benefits for the church congregation of Highland Baptist Tabernacle of Blue Ridge, Georgia in strategic, long-term sermon planning through the book of Hebrews

Author
Jerry R Thomas
Abstract
When a man that God commissions begins to preach, he may approach the sermon in many ways, but the goal is always the same: for the preacher and the listener alike to hear the words of God. Each strategy has its benefits and losses, but all strategies must lead to the pinnacle of hearing God's word. This research will investigate the benefits for the church congregation at Highland Baptist Tabernacle of strategic, long-term sermon planning through the Book of Hebrews. The motivation behind the research is to determine whether strategic, long-term sermon planning benefits this local church congregation in the areas of biblical understanding, spiritual conviction, and Christian living. If this strategy for sermon planning is highly beneficial, it could be likened to that of a strenuous climb up the mountain-difficult but well worth the effort. Not only will this research be a determining model for our local congregation, it also could give insight into the effects of intentional long-term sermon planning for expository preaching in small, rural churches throughout the country.
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