Sermons

The Pastoral Pulpit: Preaching to Offer The Assurance of Grace to a First Generation Burmese-Chin Refugee Congregation in the U.S.

Author
Biak Lian Thang D.Min.
Abstract
This thesis project focuses on preaching to offer assurance of grace to the people who are living in the midst of struggle, and to help them see ‘who they are, what they are, and where they are’ as Burmese-Chin refugees in the U.S.A. It is based on the belief that preaching assurance of grace and of God’s saving act in their journey of life to encourage in a foreign land and assures the congregation of God’s presence and care. The thesis project seeks to show that preaching can offer the assurance of grace that helps a congregation experience God’s grace in their lives so that they can reach the community as the faithful witnesses through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, even though they are invisible, insignificant, and minorities in the society.

Proclaim The Message (NRSV, II Timothy 4:2a: Preaching A Sermon Series on The Nicene Creed Taking into Consideration the Seasons and the Scripture Lessons of the Church Year

Author
Andrew H Zeman
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to present to the author's congregation the content of the Nicene Creed by means of a series of Sunday sermons. This project was based on the premise that theology is critically important in dealing with life's problems and in dealing with the universality of death. The project consisted of twenty-eight sermons preached over six months. The author's hope was that by hearing these sermons, his parishioners would have a deeper appreciation of the Nicene Creed. He believes that he did achieve his main purpose, but he was not completely successful in accomplishing all that he had hoped to do in the parish.

Equipping Selected Leaders at Cornerstone Community Church, Chariton, Iowa, with Essential Competencies to Lead Sermon-Based Small Groups

Author
Paul R Miller
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected leaders at Cornertone Community Church in Chariton, Iowa, with essential competencies to lead sermon-based small groups. The first phase of the project involved research to identify the competencies essential to leading sermon-based small groups in the Cornerstone Community Church context for the purpose of disipleship. The research included extensive reading as well as interviewing multiple ministry leaders experienced in the field of sermon-based small groups. The second phase of the project synthesized the research to produce a curriculum designed to equip small group leaders with the competencies identified. In the final phase of the project selected small group leaders from Cornerstone Community Church were equipped with the essential competencies to lead sermon-based small groups. The equipping was accomplished in a full-day workshop setting.

Raising the level of sermon understanding, retention, application, and accountability through the integration of sermons and sermon-based small groups in First Baptist Church of Blanchard, Oklahoma

Author
Andrew D Finch
Abstract
This project involved the integration of sermons with small groups with the intention of discussing content, and personal application of the sermon messages. Through repetition and reflection the goal was to improve retention as small group members recognized the impact of God's Word and the relevancy and relationship of the sermon to their spiritual growth, accountability, as well as a means to reinforce their commitments.

Preaching Christ in Proverbs among urbanites

Author
Jason Lancaster
Abstract
This Doctor of Ministry major project centers on preaching Christ in Proverbs among urbanites. Urban dwellers often face unique, challenging circumstances that require wisdom. The Book of Proverbs, often challenging to preach, is a rich source of God's wisdom, especially when understood in the context of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through extensive research and the preaching of a pilot sermon series on Proverbs, later evaluated by a focus group, this project outlines a method to employ of preaching Christ in Proverbs specifically addressing urbanites, teaching them to walk in the wisdom of God while exalting the Lord Jesus Christ.

The impact of online audiences on preaching ministries in local churches

Author
John David Ellis
Abstract
This study explored ways that pastors whose sermons are posted online as audio recordings address the needs and concerns of their local congregations. Employing qualitative research, the author reviewed pertinent literature and interviewed seven Christian pastors who preach to local congregations and whose sermons are podcast. The study found reasons to be concerned that podcasting pastors' sermons might alter the way they preach to their congregants. However, it also revealed that there are practices that can be employed by pastors whose sermons are podcast that enable them to continue preaching effectively to their church members.

Christ confronts us in Colossians: a preaching and teaching program on the person, titles and work of Christ

Author
Kenneth J Macari
Abstract
This thesis field tested the Big Idea approach to doctrinal expository preaching. Six sermons were preached from Paul's Epistle to the Colossians for the thesis author's Community Presbyterian Church, Edison, New Jersey. Church members served on two evaluative teams. Research focused on Colossians scholarship; Christology from dogmatic and Pauline theology; expository and doctrinal preaching issues; and listener response. Questionnaires tested knowledge of Pauline teachings; in-depth reviews of the 2006 sermons; and 2008 follow-up on personal application of Pauline teachings and evaluation of subsequent sermons. Improvements in listener retention, personal application and motivation for Bible study were achieved.

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.

Enhancing preaching skills to communicate effectively to middle school and high school students at Broadmoor Baptist Church, Shreveport, Louisiana

Author
Joshua P Daffern
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to enhance the project director's skill in preaching to middle school and high school students at Broadmoor Baptist Church, Shreveport, Louisiana in order to communicate more effectively with those students. The project director utilized the ministry skills enhancement model to develop this project. He researched effective preaching principles through the development of an annotated bibliography. Upon determination of those effective preaching principles, the project director developed a series of four sermons. He enlisted a creative planning team and preaching experts to critique his sermons based upon the established preaching principles.

Enhancing the project director's effectiveness in the delivery of sermon conclusions at First Baptist Church, Irvington, Alabama

Author
Ronald G Griffin
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to enhance the project director's effectiveness in the delivery of sermon conclusions at First Baptist Church, Irvington, Alabama. The project director researched various sermon conclusions identified as effective, developed a series of sermons incorporating the effective sermon styles, and preached the sermons at First Baptist Church, Irvington, Alabama. In order to ensure the project director enhanced his effectiveness in the delivery of sermon conclusions, the project utilized a listening team from First Baptist Church, Irvington, Alabama and an academic expert and field practitioner for evaluation and feedback.
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