Bible--New Testament--Study

Measuring the Effectiveness of Equipping Families Using a Sermon-Based Curriculum at Fellowship Bible Church in Jacksonville, Texas

Author
Graham Hale D.Min.
Abstract
The aim of this project was to measure the effectiveness of using a sermon-based curriculum to combat biblical illiteracy and equip family shepherds for the work of home ministry. The two focus groups for this project at Fellowship Bible Church of Jacksonville, Texas, were the Sermon-Only Group and the Sermon and Sermon-Based Home-Discipleship Group. The Sermon-Only Group listened to four sermons through the book of Zephaniah (selected because of its length, unfamiliarity, and gospel themes). The Sermon and Sermon-Based Home-Discipleship Group listened to the sermons and also participated in a four-week, twenty-lesson study on Zephaniah in the home. The two groups were tested on their retention and application of what was taught from the book.

The thesis of this project was that parents and children in the Sermon and Sermon-Based Home-Discipleship Group would retain more of the Word of God and more faithfully apply the Word when compared to the Sermon-Only Group.

Chapter 1 addresses the problem of biblical illiteracy while also introducing the thesis. Chapter 2 makes an argument in favor of home discipleship both biblically and historically. Chapter 3 makes an argument biblically and practically for sermon-based instruction, introducing and explaining the effectiveness of using sermon-based curriculum in the home. Chapter 4 explains the preparation for and execution of the ministry project at FBC of Jacksonville. Chapter 5 includes a report on the findings from the project. In this chapter, the project director evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of the project and what he would do differently in hindsight.

Even To Our Graying Years: Faithfulness and Renewal In An Aging Church

Author
Jeffrey Colarossi D.Min.
Abstract
My Project in Ministry has begun a conversation that will, with God’s help, work toward the renewal of an aging congregation, Westwood First Presbyterian Church, offering a pastoral care plan to calm members’ anxiety and fear over the challenges threatening the church, and an action plan necessary for the church to be able to live faithfully, into a hopeful future, trusting in God. Engaging Biblical texts, Reformed Polity, the Spirituality of Aging, and key theologies––Practical, Vocation, Discipleship and Life-Long Learning––the project offers the church a clear vision for the future and a tangible plan to organize, energize and engage the congregation. The implementation of the project, involving the Worship and Christian Education ministries of the church, as well as the qualitative social research methodologies of self-report questionnaires and guided interviews, enabled the project to clearly communicate that vision and plan, and convey the sense of validation needed to establish participants trust, so crucial to the success of the project. The enthusiastic response, participation and support of the church throughout the process––particularly its leadership––offers a sense of confidence that the conversation will continue well into the future.

Chaplaincy and the Great commission

Author
Andrea Herlong
Abstract
This thesis examines how Christian clinical chaplains stay faithful to Christ while working in an environment which prohibits non-requested faith sharing. It explores this challenge through the biblical stories of Joseph in Nebuchadnezzar's Court, Daniel in Pharaoh's Court, Esther in the court of Xeroxes, and through the teachings of Jesus. The writings of Luther, Calvin, Packer, Newbigin, and Kirkwood were researched for their theological implications for ministry in church and state. Christian chaplains and supervisors were interviewed to describe their ministries. Their answers were helpful in understanding how to minister as a Christian chaplain in a diverse interfaith/intercultural hospital.

The other Holy Land: a geographical and historical study or Asia Minor and its contribution to the biblical interpretation of Paul's missionary journeys

Author
Kurt Kenton Thielen
Abstract
Bible students typically embrace the value of theology, grammar, and literary analysis in the study of scripture. However, much less attention is typically given to the biblical stage that impacts interpretation, specifically its geography and history. The purpose of this dissertation is to explore and describe the geography and history of New Testament Asia Minor and how these factors influence the interpretation of the biblical texts of Paul's missionary journeys, with a view toward increasing an appreciation and working knowledge of the land of Asia Minor, for pastors, students, and teachers of the Bible.

Building greater love toward God and neighbor in selected Northcreek Church members using Jonathan Edwards' Charity and its fruits

Author
Kent Hamilton Dresdow
Abstract
Urged by the "supreme affection" of love in the heart, Jonathan Edwards preached a series of sermons later collated and published as Charity and its fruits. This project entailed the design of a course, its execution, and an evaluation of its usefulness in the lives of the participants. Among other passages, 1 Corinthians 13 was incorporated in concert with the Edwards text as an exegetical study guide. Besides illuminating the life of Edwards and tracing his impact on the church, a key learning outcome was the cultivation of deeper love for God and neighbor manifested in thought, action, and deed.

Growing to maturity: discipleship-oriented small-group study on Ephesians for Bethel Church of Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Author
Robert D Kyllonen
Abstract
The goal of this project was to create a holistic, small-group, discipleship-oriented study of Ephesians, which would encourage fellowship, look for applications, and pray about implementation of those applications. The course followed the Hook, Book, Look, and Took organizational pattern of Larry Richards. The objectives of the course were that participants would be able: to list the marks or characteristics of a mature believer found in Ephesians; to find applications to their day-to-day lives for each section of each course lesson; and to take the steps necessary to apply the lesson to their lives.

Finding our place in God's story: the nurture of missional character through a Bible study of 2 Timothy

Author
George F Coleman
Abstract
The Bible plays a formative role in the transformation of a congregation from a church-focused ecclesiology to a mission-shaped ecclesiology. This qualitative research project explores ways in which missional character is nurtured in eight male members of one congregation through a Bible study of 2 Timothy. The demise of Christendom and the effects on one local congregation for its ministry will be described, as well as the emergence of the missional paradigm. Particular questions, representative of the missional paradigm, will introduce participants in the Bible study to a mission-shaped ecclesiology.

Alternative dispute resolution for the Vineyard Community of Churches in the USA

Author
Phillip E Dunfee
Abstract
The purpose of this work is to develop a church conflict protocol for the Vineyard Community of Churches for use in the USA. Through exegetical study of Matthew 18 and 1 Corinthians 5 and 6, and drawing from the current literature and personal interviews of church conflict practitioners, a protocol was developed fusing together organizational, interpersonal, scriptural, and scientific approaches to help individuals, churches and regions address conflict within the Vineyard church. A critical review of the model by Vineyard scholars, leaders and pastors found it biblical, comprehensive, workable within the Vineyard and useable with alterations.

What Jesus says, especially in the Gospel of Luke

Author
Theodore W Eisold
Abstract
This project presents a course of adult instruction in Christian faith based on the Gospel of Luke for use by Immanuel Lutheran Church, Palatine, Illinois. The project includes documentation from other books in the Bible. Immanuel Lutheran Church believes that faith in Jesus Christ is essential for salvation and that conversion is by the power of the Spirit. "What Jesus Says" was taught for two years and revised as deficiencies were noted through an extensive evaluation process. Addenda include "Where to go in the Bible for . . ." and Luther's Small Catechism in modern English. The course was videotaped as taught by the pastors of Immanuel.
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