Worship

Preaching as worship: a model and method for God-exalting sermons

Author
John David Erickson
Abstract
Preaching is best understood as worship: proclaiming and catalyzing response to God-centered, properly executed Biblical exposition. This project builds on the work of John Piper, which connects preaching to worship, understanding preaching as "expository exultation." The project provides a biblical justification for this connection, establishes a set of hermeneutical values for building God-centered sermons, and describes a model for producing messages based on those values. The project includes a summary of two surveys of preachers, and the author's interview with Piper. The project also provides eighteen sermon outlines from various biblical texts as examples of the method.

The graphic gospel: preaching in a postliterate age

Author
Jay R Akkerman
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to determine which factors related to congregational receptivity toward the use of visual media in preaching by exploring factors including generational group, gender, dogmatism, postmodernism, and postliteracy. the study consisted of a researcher-designed, cross-sectional quantitative survey of attitudes toward the use of visual media in preaching. The survey was completed by 113 respondents age fourteen or older at New Hope Community Church of the Nazarene in Tempe, Arizona. The research findings contradicted the popularly held notion tying age to receptivity toward visual media, and understood the importance of pastoral integrity in a visual hermeneutic.

Hear my voice: "Give ear and hear my voice. Listen and hear my speech." (Isaiah 28:23)

Author
Scott A Ruthven
Abstract
This thesis-project addresses the problems of parishioners who do not hear and recognize God speaking to them in worship. The author worked with selected parishioners who participated in spiritual preparation and expectation to hear God speak in worship. He provides a theological overview of "listening" and "listening in the context of worship", and then discusses what aids and hinders hearing in the context of congregational worship.

The "Themengottesdienst" of the Wetzlar Cathedral Lutheran Congregation as a contribution to the renewal of worship life within the Ev. Kirche in Deutschland

Author
James C Logan
Abstract
For decades German mainline churches have been facing a threatening crisis of their worship life. In most congregations less than 3% of their membership attend the Sunday services. Many attempts to establish new forms of contemporary worship have failed, either because the approaches were too demanding and time consuming or because they were focused on limited target groups and therefore could not have an impact on the congregation as a whole. Based on a creative adaptation of the biblical and Lutheran liturgical heritage the author has developed and implemented a new form of worship that has proved to be effective, appealing and visionary. In fact the so called 'Themengottesdienst' has become the most prominent spiritual tool for Evangelism and church growth in the Wetzlar Cathedral Lutheran Congregation and beyond.

Redisovered by worship, a change in our style of worship service

Author
Daniel Oswaldo Beteta
Abstract
This project examines and addresses the existing impediments of the congregation's current norms and culture, their understanding of good worship and proposes a process of discernment to rediscover congregational identity through a renewed and revitalized worship style particular to the congregation. This new and revitalized worship service will inspire ownership, celebration and commitment to the theological principle underlying this project which maintains that the church, as a community of believers, is called to worship the triune God through a variety of worship services with different styles and structure.

Rethinking Baptist worship: examining Baptist worship traditions and evaluating their impact upon the American Baptist Churches USA within a postmodern context

Author
Kregg F Burris
Abstract
This project examines worship trends within the American Baptist Churches, USA by reviewing its theology, history, cultural dynamics, and contemporary trends within the shift of postmodernity. The paper attempts to answer three questions regarding the criteria used in the selection of worship in the local church. This project evaluates worship from its theological roots, confessionals and a survey done in 2001 of ABC/USA churches. The project looks at Baptist worship in transition and in terms of social dynamics, postmodern influences and generational considerations.
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