Theology, Doctrinal

A study on the modern application of Luther's doctrine education : doctrine education centered on redemption history

Author
Woonyong Kim
Abstract
This study presents doctrine education as an alternative to overcome the crisis of Korean church today. In particular, I found the theoretical background from the doctrine education of Martin Luther, the Reformer, and designed “Doctrine Education Centered on Redemption History” with its modern application. The materials and methods were newly devised and actual project was carried out at Gangneung Central Church which got meaningful result. The peculiarity of this study is the rediscovery of Nast’s Larger Catechism, the early catechism of Korean Methodist Church, from 120 years ago. The effect was proven by the project of this study.

[Note about entry: Abstract submitted to the Atla RIM database on behalf of the author. The text appears in its entirety as it does in the original abstract page of the author’s project paper. Neither words nor content have been edited.]

USING THE TRUTHS EMBODIED IN THE LORD’S PRAYER TO DISCIPLE NEW

BELIEVERS AT THE SUMMIT CHURCH, SALINE COUNTY,

BENTON, ARKANSAS

Author
Phillip Zachary Reno D.Min.
Abstract
The thesis of the praxis director’s ministry praxis was to use the theological truths embodied within the Lord’s Prayer for the purpose of discipleship of new believers at the Summit Church, Saline County, in Benton Arkansas. The director’s method of research was to identify the doctrinal truths within the Lord’s Prayer through an exegesis of the text as well as researching historical uses of the Lord’s Prayer for discipleship. The director developed and presented a teaching curriculum based on the doctrinal truths of the Lord’s Prayer to new believers within his church context. The praxis director concluded that using the truths of the Lord’s Prayer in the discipleship process of new believers was greatly beneficial.

EXPOUNDING ROMANS 6-8 TO ADVANCE GREAT COMMISSION OBEDIENCE IN THE LEADERSHIP AT MAYFIELD MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH, FORT WORTH, TEXAS

Author
Larry Hall D.Min.
Abstract
The writer is the pastor of a Missionary Baptist congregation. In a self-appraisal survey, congregational leaders ranked Great Commission obedience low among ministry priorities. This project investigated the question: Can a pastoral approach in expounding Romans 6-8 be effective in developing a Great Commission theology and in advancing Great Commission obedience for select leaders at Mayfield Missionary Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas. The project pursues two goals: 1) to develop the theology of the participants and 2) to develop pastoral preaching effectiveness.
The research design combined both the qualitative and quantitative method. The writer designed seven sermons from Romans 6-8 in a series entitled Gospel Assurance, a Motivation to Great Commission Obedience. The writer expounded selected doctrinal themes from the Biblical text to develop elements of a Great Commission theology in the participants. Using a pastoral approach, the writer selected eight congregational leaders to participate in a small group to give feedback on the preaching effectiveness. In addition, the participants completed a pre and post project questionnaire to indicate theological understanding, opinion surveys, and interviews. The writer assessed the participants’ awareness, attitudes and actions in relation to the Matthew 28:18-20 mandate to make disciples.
The writer diagnosed the participants’ gain in theological understanding and simultaneously increased pastoral preaching effectiveness through small group feedback. The writer and participants advanced toward Great Commission obedience.

Preaching Post-Disaster: An Examination of Preaching and Preachers in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

Author
Trent Henderson D.Min.
Abstract
Preaching in a post-disaster context is one of the most challenging assignments for a pastor. Throughout the Scriptures and history, there are multiple examples of those who were called to that challenging and lonely task. This project developed a framework for preaching in the post-disaster context, based on analysis of sermons preached on the Sunday following the 2017 landfall of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and interviews of the pastors who preached those sermons. This project also includes analysis and synthesis of data from surveys. As part of the framework constructed, suggested sermon outlines are included for preachers facing this daunting task.

Systematic theology and the spiritual formation of laypersons

Author
Yancey C Arrington
Abstract
The purpose of this study is to discover how laypersons experience the dynamics of spiritual formation through training in systematic theology. Four research questions guided this study: How did the study of systematic theology impact 1) the participants' thinking, 2) the participants' actions, 3) the participants' affections, and finally 4) what about systematic theology uniquely contributes to their spiritual formation? The data was analyzed using the constant comparative method. The data demonstrated that systematic theology uniquely enhanced their spiritual formation increasing confidence in faith, a love for God and the Bible, and peace with the mystery of the Divine.

Dusting off the doctrine

Author
Catherine Faith MacLean
Abstract
The purpose of this paper is to enliven the understanding of doctrine in preaching. It is intended for preachers in denominations with no strict dogmatic requirements. Written from within the United Church of Canada, it refers to our doctrine and polity. Engaging the homiletical theory of faith seeking understanding, it warns of the danger of default doctrine and establishes a discipline to ensure that homiletical preparation involves more than simple grace and engages hard questions. The pleasures of theology merit reflection not only for the pastoral and intellectual lives of our parishioners but also for the fullness of our practice.

Doctrinal preaching that connects: an expository sermon series on 14 key doctrines delivered in the 25th Street Chapel pulpit for the contemporary worship service at Fort Hood, Texas

Author
Peter Otho Ferris
Abstract
Storytelling is in; didactic preaching is out. In this climate, how does a military chaplain do expository doctrinal preaching? This writer will attempt to show that doctrinal preaching is best done in an expository manner through diligent study, prayer, and a reliance on the Holy Spirit. Relevance is accomplished when the particulars of a given congregation are addressed. Chapter one addresses the problem of preaching that is mostly eisegetical and not exegetical. Chapter two establishes the biblical, sociological, and theological basis for doctrinal preaching with a contemporary congregation in mind. Chapter three reveals the methodology to address the stated problem, that of a preaching series on Bible doctrine. The stated primary goal is transformation, seeking the salvation of sinners and sanctification of saints. Progress of the project is also charted. Chapter four concludes with an evaluation gleaned from 24 surveys that were completed at the conclusion of the 14-week preaching series. The conclusion wraps up the entire project, encouraging fellow chaplains with preaching responsibilities toward expository doctrinal preaching.

To been seen: preach issues who seems to be invisible

Author
Ann-Katrin Bosbach
Abstract
This thesis deals with questions about how a sermon can make visible an issue that seems to be invisible and complicated. Through three sermons about difficult issues the author will illustrate how the sermon can have a meaning for this question. The thesis is that a sermon does make visible people who think they are invisible. The author focused on four aims when preaching sermons on invisible subjects in order to make them visible: (1) to make visible the reasons for bringing up subjects considered as invisible, (2) to understand and explain the underlying structures of the reasons to this invisibility, (3) to attain a Christian attitude towards the fear that people have to make invisible subjects visible, and change them into trust and faith, and (4) to work for a reorientation and a new way of thinking regarding the invisible questions that people for some reason may have.

Balancing ardor with order: toward doctrinal intentionality at Faith Presbyterian Church, Brownsville, Texas

Author
Michael S Luckey
Abstract
This ministry report describes how the project director led members of Faith Presbyterian Church in Brownsville, Texas, to a doctrinal intentionality that balanced the church's spiritual vitality. To achieve this balance, the project director wrote a twelve-unit course on Christian doctrine that he taught in ten settings. The director used verbatims, tests, and surveys to evaluate the ministry intervention. The qualitative and quantitative data demonstrate that course participants took important steps toward balancing existing spiritual ardor with needed doctrinal order at Faith Church.
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