Bible--Corinthians I

A church-wide emphasis, with preaching and teaching, provided the platform for instilling in members of Polkville Baptist Church a better understanding of the individual's role in the community of faith, the goal being that a greater percentage of...

Author
Richard Lee Hamrick
Abstract
A church-wide emphasis, with preaching and teaching, provided the platform for instilling in members of Polkville Baptist Church a better understanding of the individual's role in the community of faith, the goal being that a greater percentage of members take an active role in the church. The twelve-member research group was tracked individually, and the control group was tracked as a unit. Following the emphasis, care was taken to discover if there were more members involved in the life of the church than before the emphasis. There was a clear growth in understanding and in the number of active members.

UNDERSTANDING AND CONTEXTUALIZING THE MARKS OF HEALTH AND ITS OBSTACLES IN SELECTED BRAZILIAN EVANGELICAL CHURCHES BASED ON THE TRANSFORMATIONAL CHURCH CRITERIA

Author
Sergio Queiroz D.Min.
Abstract
This major project was designed to understand and contextualize the marks of health and its obstacles in selected Brazilian churches, using the Transformational Church criteria. The report began with a theological and missiological foundation about church health and missionality, composed by a storyline of the most important reflections on church growth and mission over the last fifty years, from the Church Growth Movement until the Missional Church Conversation, with emphasis on the Transformational Church.

Following that, in order to understand and contextualize the Transformational Church marks of health into the Brazilian church, the cultures of Brazil and the US were compared in search of how the cultural constructs of power distance, individualism/collectivism, uncertainty avoidance and others can work either as obstacles or facilitators of health and missionality in Brazil. The last part of the project was in-depth interviews with senior pastors of forty-five churches from different denominations and regions of Brazil about leadership practices, evangelism, worship, prayer, local and global missions, small groups, involvement with the city, assimilation of new believers, as well as about the hindrances those churches face in order to be healthy and missional.

The main conclusions of the research were that the Transformational Churches in Brazil show similar marks of the American ones: they discern the context with a missionary mentality, embrace the values of vibrant leadership, relational intentionality and prayerful dependence, and engage the right actions of worship, community and mission. However, the Brazilian Transformational Churches have to face major obstacles to be healthy and missional, especially the teachings of the Prosperity Theology, financial problems, and the lack of commitment of their members to the mission of God.

探討保羅在哥林多教會的衝突處理與權柄建立:
榮耀神的教牧實踐
An exploration from the Corinthian church on conflict resolution and authority building:
A God-glorifying pastoral practice.

Author
MANJUNG ABRAHAM TSAI D.Min.
Abstract
This thesis explores the relationship of pastoral authority and conflict resolution in a way that will glorify God, along with the process of building up such pastoral authority. Paul’s letters to the Corinthian Church contain specific events that provide realistic and historical material on which to base theological concepts regarding the resolution of conflict and the exercise of pastoral authority. Therefore, the researcher utilizes the perspective of equal and unequal powers in an organizational structure to analyze the conflicts in the Corinthian church. The investigation of these Scriptures is based on the presupposition that pastoral authority in conflict resolution needs to attain a certain level of competency and practice in three specific fields: adhering to pure biblical positions, pursuing mature spiritual character, and possessing excellent leadership skills.

A Quest for Koinonia: Uncovering Spiritual Practices that Inspire and Promote Unity among Christians within a Contemporary Campus Setting

Author
Diane Reneé Schmit Dardón D.Min.
Abstract
The quest for koinonia among Christians on college and university campuses -- and specifically at DePaul University in Chicago -- is at the heart of this thesis-project. Like so many campus settings throughout the United States, the Christian community at DePaul is complicated, diverse, and marked distinctly by distrust, skepticism, and conflict between Christian students and between Christian groups on campus. This thesis-project posits that spiritual practices inherent in the Body of Christ might encourage and inspire Christian unity on campus. Spiritual practices that emerge through explorations of the experiences and hopes of college students, major global ecumenical movements, and early followers of Christ in Corinth will be considered as a means for developing a pastoral response to the issue of conflict and dissension among Christians on campus and beyond. A brief foray into faith developmental theory, Millennial and post-Millennial generational studies, and ethnocentricity also provide helpful insights. The Practical Theology method and model developed by Evelyn and James Whitehead guide this thesis-project as the work strives to shed light on ways in which koinonia might be realized among Christians within a contemporary higher education setting.

Developing a narrative paradigm to teach 1 Corinthians to the Maasai in Kenya

Author
Robert L Calvert
Abstract
The IBM missionary-author developed a narrative approach to teach 1 Corinthians to the Maasai in Kenya. The author compared a control group of Maasai pastors and the respective congregations studying the Theological Education by Extension (TEE) textbook of 1 Corinthians with a test group of Maasai pastors and their respective congregations learning the text by the narrative paradigm (storying). The test group outperformed the control group in tangible oral tests derived from the TEE textbook over a ten week period. The conclusion was that a narrative paradigm works best in teaching didactic material to primarily oral learners.

I Corinthians 15 and the resurrection of the body in southern California: real hope for those who grieve in a culture of denial

Author
Douglas J Kelly
Abstract
The use of theological language to offer premature comfort to those who grieve is a problem in Southern California. This project focuses on I Corinthians 15 and its understanding of resurrection, life, death, and the body. The development of the idea of resurrection in Jewish thought is explored. Paul's theology of resurrection is brought into dialogue with grief literature and sociological theory of denial.

A unified community: a response to 1 Corinthians in the life of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Yakima, Washington

Author
Frank D Maycock
Abstract
The author utilized both 1 Corinthians and a basic knowledge of family systems to help Westminster Presbyterian Church understand itself and how it can function as it comes to recognize unity in Christ and the role that the leader needs in order to carry it out. Research centered in family systems thinking, biblical study, exegesis, and sermons focused on 1 Corinthians; an all-church survey;teaching a class on conflict in the church and its correlation to the church of Corinth; and several interviews with church members past and present. All research led to the confirmation of the thesis.

Leadership images in II Corinthians 2:14 to 6:10 and leadership training in the Edgewater Presbyterian Church

Author
Gordon Neil Butcher
Abstract
This project finds leadership images in 2 Corinthians 2:14-6:10, brings them into conversation with contemporary leadership studies, and applies them to Edgewater Presbyterian Church in a leadership training workshop. Edgewater is a racially and economically diverse congregation on Chicago's north side; once a booming, 1,500-member enterprise, it is now faced with possible extinction. This project grapples with how leaders can lead in such a situation: How do leaders keep faith with ordination vows and remain relevant to an ever-changing community? The workshop generates a list of prioritized needs and responses.

Living God's wisdom from 1 Corinthians: a persuasive preaching plan for effecting life-change

Author
Edward R Stuckey
Abstract
This project applies the Long-Term Sermon Preparation approach developed by John W Reed and adapts the Elaboration Likelihood Model developed by Richard E Petty and John T. Caccioppo in a sermon series on 1 Corinthians. Expository preaching must be persuasive and life-changing, grounded on synthetic, holistic interpretation. The extended value of a series based on a biblical book and that more enduring effect are likely to occur through a cognitive process called "elaboration." Since the project was carried out in the uncontrolled environment of a local church, results were tentative and descriptive rather than definitive or predictive. Three communication factors emerged as significant: trustworthiness, clarity of exposition, and receptor-experience-based terminology. Given the limitations, elaboration was not confirmed, but there were anecdotal indicators of its enduring effect in sermons.

The increase of the perceived ability to understand and find meaning in biblical texts through parish Bible study

Author
William T Heath
Abstract
The author develops a model for Bible study which enables participants to develop a greater sense of self-confidence in their ability to comprehend and interpret biblical texts. The author begins with reviews of the literature dealing with the authority of the Bible and approaches to Bible study. A model is developed with First Corinthians as the text to be studied. A questionnaire measures the change in the participants' perception of their ability to understand and find meaning in biblical texts. The results of the study, while generally encouraging, are statistically inconclusive.
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