Bible--Authority

Integrating biblical language study and homiletical preparation

Author
Richard G Herbster
Abstract
This thesis considers the integration of biblical language study with homiletical preparation. Through a series of interviews and surveys, Presbyterian pastors in western Pennsylvania were studied to consider their attitudes toward and use of the biblical languages in preparing to preach. A study of scripture is undertaken to ascertain scripture's view of scripture and the relevance of this for the use of the biblical languages in preaching. The Reformation is considered as the most relevant period in theological history. Strengths and weaknesses of the educational process as regards the languages are also considered.

The women in ministry debate from a hermeneutical standpoint

Author
Cricket Lomicka
Abstract
Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain (Psalm 127:1). There are many methods used today to interpret the Bible and decide what verses are descriptive and which are prescriptive. Most Christians do not know what hermeneutic they use, and often do not apply any hermeneutic consistently. Further, there are some interpretive methods that are not God-focused and should not be used but are quite common today in the Christian community. The goal of this thesis is: 1. to help individuals understand their biases and predispositions in various areas; 2. to learn the types of hermeneutics that exist; 3. to find out what hermeneutic(s) they use and that they consider are viable; 4. to decide what their view is on the authority of the Bible; 5. to be able to read the various views from both camps of the issue while critiquing each writer's biases and hermeneutics, and to then apply the hermeneutic they have found that they use in order to discover their own view on the issue of women in leadership in the church

A study of the formation of healthy church through KOINONIA education between mainstream laypersons and newcomers

Author
Young-Seok Choi
Abstract
The author's primary concern in this work was the gaps between the old laypersons and newcomers within the congregation based on differences in their economic status, social and cultural orientations, and education backgrounds. He focused on how to create reconciliation and a healthier community of believers among them biblically and relevantly: James 2:1, "My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favoritism" and the brotherhood-and-sisterhood movement from Koinonia movement. The author tried to engage these two insights with Jesus' discipleship, and then explained how the congregation can equitably put them in the congregation's relationship: the brotherhood-and -sisterhood movement and Jesus' disciple-making. By doing so, he demonstrated that the church can become healthier as an authentic Koinonia.

Reclaiming the two books of God: restoring moral sanity to the church

Author
Donathan P Sailer
Abstract
The first verse in the Bible states, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1, NIV). If this statement is true, then both science and scripture reveal God to us. His attributes of love, goodness, reason, and logic are reflected in both. But if there is no God and evolution is true, then neither nature nor the Bible has anything authoritative to say to us about life. If moral sanity is to be restored to the church, and thus, the world, it is absolutely imperative that the two books of God be reclaimed. Both are supernatural. Both reveal God's character. And both communicate his will for how we should live.

Equipping a group of adult new believers, twenty-one and older, of Corinth Baptist Church, Gaffney, South Carolina, to recognize the importance of the scriptures

Author
Dwight M Easler
Abstract
The project director designed a workshop of three consecutive sessions to equip a select group of new believers, twenty-one and older, of Corinth Baptist Church, Gaffney, South Carolina, to recognize the importance of the scriptures. The project workshop equipped participants to recognize the importance of the scriptures doctrinally and in the development of Christian discipline. The project director equipped participants to value and understand the doctrine of the scriptures. The project director equipped the participants to develop Christian disciplines of Bible study and evangelism. The project director implemented the project after thorough research and development. In addition, he recruited a select group of adult new believers, twenty-one and older, in order to equip them to recognize the importance of the scriptures.

Enhancing the view of Scripture for the congregation of the First Baptist Church of Edgewater, Florida

Author
Thomas D Bray
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to enhance the view of Scripture for the congregation of the First Baptist Church of Edgewater, Florida. The preaching moment was the vehicle for nurturing the body. The Bible-teaching and Bible-reading plans served to increase the congregation's level of commitment and understanding. Biblical and theological foundations for a higher view of Scripture were submitted from several theologians and churches. The author also considered the contemporary world's concern for God and His Word. A greater appreciation of Scripture was established through a series of messages and seminars pertaining to the importance of God's Word.

Using expository preaching to equip the members of First Baptist Church, Easton, Maryland, to develop a Christian apologetic for defending the authority and inspiration of the Bible

Author
William M Miller
Abstract
This project explores the effectiveness of expository preaching as a tool for biblical apologetics. After discussing the biblical and theological mandates for apologetics as well as the development of the current postmodern worldview, a case is made that the church needs to respond with a well-reasoned worldview/philosophical argument for the authority and inspiration of the Bible. A description of the project is given, describing the process from promotion to evaluation. The primary content of the project was a sermons series which was supplemented by an apologetics class. This work contains a brief description of the sermons and a synopsis of the major apologetic arguments of each. The final chapter provides a description of the empirical data derived from the evaluation of a focus group, and the conclusions were clear. Expository preaching is a valid tool for apologetics, and supplementary materials are helpful to increase the effectiveness of the arguments.

Biblical authority and interpretation: a study for congregations

Author
Louise Miller Row
Abstract
This project proposes and prepares an eight-lesson adult study course presenting six different approaches to issues of biblical authority and interpretation through the work of six theologians--Pope Gregory I, Martin Luther, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Benjamin B Warfield, Karl Barth, and Paul Tillich. The first lesson defines terms and uses a questionnaire to determine the understanding of biblical authority and interpretation held by each participant. Subsequent lessons investigate various approaches to these issues, including a sermon by each theologian. The final lesson compares the approaches and considers how they might respond to a contemporary social issue.

Preaching as a dialogic relation: the preacher, the Bible, and the boomer

Author
Donald Alexander Donaghey
Abstract
This project examines the dialogic relation as a description of the act of preaching, investigating views of Bakhtin, Gadamer, Howe, Long, and Buttrick. "Baby boomers" in four focus groups contribute their thoughts about preaching and the role they play in preparation and preaching of sermons. The project notes seven characteristics that baby boomers want to see in a preacher, concluding that the church needs to rethink its understanding of the authority of the Bible.

Leading a bible study: explorations in the historical-criticism method

Author
Thomas B Slater
Abstract
The thesis of this project is that historical critical methodologies can play a positive role in a parish Bible study which is based upon the concept of an inclusive ministry. An inclusive ministry is based upon the perspectives of shepherding, organizing, and communicating which are continuously interacting in all ministry events. The thesis was supported when the writer led a Bible study in a congregation previously unknown to him and he to them. Self-evaluation and student evaluations document that historical criticism can play a positive role in parish Bible studies that are based upon the concept of an inclusive ministry.
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