Bible--Peter 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 expatriates: some implications for ministry to isolated expatriates in Japan

Author
Mary Kay Sapp
Abstract
Pastors of international churches need an understanding of the sociological and psychological effects of living as a foreigner in an isolated situation in order to minister to expatriates effectively. Social legitimation of identity, culture shock, loneliness, and Maslow's hierarchy of need are examined. Images of the church and the message of I Peter are analyzed to draw implications for ministry within the Japanese situation. The resultant suggestions for ministry are evaluated by pastors. The insights into the expatriate experience and the suggestions to meet the ministry needs that result are applicable also to those in other cultural situations.

Research into expository preaching: using 1 Peter as a model for preparation of expository sermons based on the structural analysis of the biblical text

Author
Chih-Zin Hsiao
Abstract
This research project suggests that preaching is an honorable obligation of preachers; it is also a means to revive churches and to help believers grow. Preachers who have not experienced the full power of preaching lack practice in expository preaching. Expository preaching involves understanding the contents of both exegesis and preaching, which means interpreting the Bible and applying the teachings in the congregation. In order to gain wisdom from the Bible, one needs to fully comprehend the meanings of the Word. using the type of analysis that rearranges syntactical Greek and examines the Chinese and English language structures helps achieve this goal. This type of analysis yields syntactical display, which shows not only the threads of thought in the Scriptures, but also the outline of expository preaching. The writer has analyzed 1 Peter, using syntactical display in Greek, English NASB, and Chinese Union bibles, as well as developed the outlines for expository preaching for Chapter 5.
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