Bible--Authority

The authority of scripture in the preaching of C&MA pastors in the Southern District

Author
Dale P Crank
Abstract
This project examines the practices that the pastors of the Southern District of the Christian & Missionary Alliance use to promote the authority of Scripture through their preaching ministries. A six-point Lykert scale was used to quantify the opinions of the pastors surveyed to the practices traditionally seen as promoting the authority of Scripture. Scores were computed for each statement and were analyzed based upon the ages, the educational levels, and the length of time in ministry of the pastors.

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.

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
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.

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.
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