Bible--Devotional use

Developing Christlike Disciples with the Fourfold Spiritual Journey Model at Westwood Alliance Church

Author
Wai Fung Chow D.Min.
Abstract
In this research portfolio, the author explores spiritual formation as a deeper life journey to imitate Jesus Christ. The key question the research addressed is how Jesus’ followers in Westwood Alliance Church (hereafter called WAC) can walk into a deeper life journey with Jesus Christ. Four aspects of Jesus’ life on earth have been identified for the sake of living out the life modelled by Jesus Christ (Discipline, Surrender, Testimony, and Community). The author examined the question through four separate yet related dimensions: (i) the author’s spiritual autobiography into the Life of Discipline, in which the author confirmed his vocational calling from God; (ii) the process of recovering from grief into the Life of Surrender, in which the author realized the valuable transformation in his life after his wife’s passing; (iii) the Fourfold Spiritual Journey model into the Life of Testimony, in which the author tried to formulate a deeper life practice in WAC; (iv) and the field research project into the Life of Community, in which the author practised early morning prayer with a small group of people. The conclusion is that walking a spiritual journey with Jesus Christ in WAC is practical and achievable through practising spiritual disciplines to achieve the awareness of God’s presence in one’s daily life, abiding in Christ to achieve a lifestyle of surrender, sharing one’s testimony to equip other disciples, and reaching out the community of faith to serve one another.

The wonder project how can sharing our experiences of wonder in the world and in the Word foster our spirituality?

Author
Anita Killebrew Herbert
Abstract
Wonder is a universal emotion experienced by all ages. It is also a primary emotion for our spirituality, though seldom developed in communities of faith. The failure to integrate experiences of wonder with our faith can render us as bifurcated beings, split between heart (our experience) and head (our knowledge). Additionally, a failure to approach the Bible through the lens of wonder diminishes the opportunity to experience an encounter with God. The goal of this project is to create a Bible study that encourages the sharing of experiences of wonder in the world and in the Word.

Christ-centered Bible study: engaging the storyline of redemption in all of Scripture in the congregation of Brentwood Baptist Church

Author
Roger B Severino
Abstract
Abstract: Brentwood Baptist Church is a wonderful congregation that emphasizes, among other things, the necessity to study the Bible for personal growth and transformation. Among the people, however, there is often the inability to see the Scriptures as one progressive, unfolding story, culminating with Jesus, and looking ahead to the new heavens and new earth. In Luke 24, Jesus makes clear that all the Old Testament testifies to him. There are hints throughout Scripture that point toward a Grand Story, rather than disconnected, individual stories. The project director developed a six-week study and notebook with the goal of helping participants engage the storyline of redemption in all of Scripture, and see how each story fits into the larger biblical narrative.

Lectio divina as a catalyst for spiritual growth: a case study among mature believers

Author
Katherine Mills Johnson
Abstract
The recent rise in interest in spiritual formation and the spiritual disciplines seems to indicate that there is a growing awareness of the need to attend to the spiritual lives of Christians especially those who have been believers for some time. Studies show that many believers consider themselves to be stalled in their spiritual growth and that they often view prayer as a duty rather than a delight. The purpose of this thesis-project is to explore the question of whether or not prayer that is based in an intimate relationship with God, using Scripture as its foundation, can make a significant impact on the spiritual growth of Christians. To this end, thirty-eight individuals participated in a six-week study using lectio divina in their personal prayer time. Of these, 95 percent reported some degree of spiritual growth. The conclusion of this project is that lectio divina appears to have catalyzed growth in four areas: listening to God; deepening personal relationship with God; using Scripture as a basis for prayer; and being more disciplined in prayer.

Utilizing inductive Bible study for the spiritual growth of selected youth members at Bakersfield Korean Baptist Church, California

Author
Hyunhee Chang
Abstract
Most Christians have a desire for spiritual growth. Personal Bible study is indispensible in their spiritual growth. However, they do not study the Bible due to their inexperience with how to study the Bible, their lack of motivation or their laziness. The purpose of the project is to utilize inductive Bible study for spiritual growth of the selected youth at Bakersfield Korean Baptist Church in Bakersfield, CA. The writer designs to complete numerous hours of study as well as reflections and implement a twelve-week training that meets in weekly sessions. This project was a success not only in enhancing the participants' abilities to study the Bible by inductive method, but also fostering trust and love in God's Word.

His heart, my heart: the role of the devotional life in the discipleship process

Author
Michael L Parrott
Abstract
The devotional life has been called an "appointment with God," "quiet time," and "spending time with God." But scripture calls it "prayer." It is the foundation for a believer's spiritual growth, matures through the stages of discipleship, and its role is to align the heart of the believer with God's heart in Christ-like convictions, character, and conduct, daily reaching the goal, "his heart, my heart." This thesis/project trains thirty Christian college students with a forty day devotional on devotions using Matthew 6:5-15. Students were evaluated at the beginning and twice at the end to measure changes in their convictions, character, and conduct towards Christ-likeness.

Discovering our stories in God's story: a spiritual formation model for post-modern families

Author
Gail L Button
Abstract
This predictive research project demonstrated a model designed to disciple parents by equipping them to share biblical and family stories with their children. Implementation occurred during a nine-week worship series that connected biblical stories with life stories and prepared parents to expand upon those connections at home while helping their children add pictures and information to scrapbooks. The overall project proved unsuccessful due to sporadic worship attendance and lack of parental follow-up at home. However, the digital scrapbook projected during worship was highly effective and the field experience gave rise to new insights and suggestions for future ministry models.

Using the Word of God to build the self-esteem of adult children of alcoholics

Author
Scott T Fiege
Abstract
This project investigates the problems that adult children of alcoholics face, particularly issues of self-esteem, and directs these adults to the Word of God for encouragement, support, and strength. The project presents a discipline of daily devotion with Scripture reading and prayer, accompanied by Bible study.

A study in devotional thought and practice

Author
Errol G Smith
Abstract
This project grew out of a double query: to discover, if possible, why devotional practices do not seem to be a credible expression of faith for the lay person who place themselves center and left of center on the theological spectrum; and, to ascertain which kinds of devotional material seem to be the more relevant when and if chosen. The consensus of the group was that spiritual disciplines remain a viable expression of spirituality, the Bible is still the primary source of inspiration, spontaneous and extemporaneous prayer are practiced with a high degree of regularity, meditation is practiced but not cultivated and devotional reading covers the gamut from theology and biography to poetry, drama and fiction.
Subscribe to Bible--Devotional use