Bible--Study

Children of God in Prison Exile

Author
Tami F Hooker D.Min.
Abstract
Incarcerated men often feel abandoned by God. Those feelings of abandonment result in their avoiding the church even if they have been raised in it, in religion shopping or choosing their own understanding of and way of relating to the divine over any religion, and in overt religiosity, Implications of this are that the men no longer identify themselves as children of God as defined by the Christian faith. For some, it means they have no relationship with God or with the Church as a whole or the congregation within prison walls. This work takes a look at prison as exile and exile as trauma using the exile and the trauma that resulted from it as described in the Hebrew Scriptures for comparison. The intervention is a Bible study based on narrative theology that inmates from a state prison created and that I facilitated and evaluated in a county jail. The study is titled "Where was God?" It was created so men could hear stories similar to their own and recognize that those telling them are aware that God had been present in their stories and also explore where similar stories had occurred in Scripture. The authors chose ten topics to explore. They were: where was God when I was hurt, felt alone, felt ashamed, was afraid, was pretending, felt invisible, felt un-forgiven and was unforgiving, felt desperate and in despair. It concludes by asking where was God when I felt hope and when I felt love. The hope was that this would help the participants to see their own stories as part of a divine narrative, which would lead them to build a more authentic relationship to God and healthier relationships with others.

Cruciformational Discipleship: A Leader Training Program for Producing a Fruitful Missional Ministry for the University City Chinese Christian Church

Author
Tony Liang D.Min.
Abstract
The mission of the church was expressed as to build a fruitful cruciformational community of Christ that glorifies God. To do that in the postmodern and post Christendom age, a missional church would need the full utilization of the ministry of the Word. in all its forms for all levels, from personal to congregational. It required developing ministry expressions that properly adapt to the very complex and rapidly changed ministry context, and at the same time that ensured these expressions to be firmly rooted in the Biblical foundation and centered in the gospel of Jesus Christ. The theological vision that was derived from the theological framework for the given ministry context was key to fulfill that purpose effectively. This project was a discipleship training pilot program for all ministry leaders.

The program first presented to the trainees the big picture of how the ministry of the Word transformed the lives of believers as holy priests through the worshiping lives of the church to produce fruitful results. It then taught the trainees the process of utilizing it: to build the theological framework that was the foundation of ministry, to develop the ministry platforms that enabled effective ministry utilization, and to derive the theological vision that connected the Biblical foundation to the ministry expression for
given ministry contexts.

The results from the evaluation of the program showed that the project had reached the initial goals in understanding the basic concepts and their theological foundation. However, the program had too much content. Therefore, the trainees could not explore the three catalysts fully and had not reached one of the goals associated with them (to have the basic skill to apply those catalysts in ministry).

A study of Bible study for formation of Christian identity of the North Korean refugees

Author
Ye Yeong Park
Abstract
This thesis begins with raising question of how to overcome the identity crisis of North Korean refugees as the reunification is drawing closer. From the sense of difference, this paper analyses the identity crisis of North Korean refugees who are currently residing in South Korea and observe how they become surmounting the conflict through bible studies. North Korean Refugees will play a critical role as a bridge in interaction with North Koreans as the reunification is coming closer. Accordingly, this paper aims to prove that North Korean Refugee Christians, who have experienced both systems of socialism and capitalism, are right persons to be acted a medium that eventually connects Two Koreas.

[Note about entry: Abstract submitted to the Atla RIM database on behalf of the author. The text appears in its entirety as it does in the original abstract page of the author’s project paper. Neither words nor content have been edited.]

Youth Ministry Planning Tool for Smaller Churches

Author
Nathan Opsata D.Min.
Abstract
This major project created a step-by-step process to help youth ministry leaders plan their youth ministry year. The planning tool was especially designed to guide volunteer-led teams of smaller churches through the planning process in a systematic and complete way by recognizing the strengths and limitations of smaller churches and volunteer leaders. The main deliverables of the step-by-step planning process were to evaluate existing programming, divide the leadership team according to gifting, and to develop a set of guiding documents, including a directory, programming calendar, weekly template with job descriptions, and teaching schedule.

Five smaller evangelical churches were given the tool prior to planning their programming. Interviewing leaders from these youth ministry teams revealed that the tool was helpful in each church, especially for evaluating the success of programming objectives and generating ideas of changes to make. However, the step-by-step process did not allow teams to easily select which components they wished to use and was difficult to adapt for solo-led youth ministries. Furthermore, some ministries and leaders resisted implementing the systems-approach, especially formal job descriptions, in their smaller, family-style ministries.

A biblical study centered on the Messiah concept and it's application in church

Author
Yu-Ru Chu
Abstract
This dissertation is about a biblical study centered on the Messiah concept and its application in church. The first three chapters discussed the main theme of Messiah in the Bible to derive the conclusion that the whole Bible is centered on the Messiah and how this concept relates to the Book of Matthew and John toward worship. The fourth chapter illustrates what the author's church (Fullerton Church) has applied the Messianic Presence as the center of missions and how cross-cultural mission has become the way of worshipping the Lord by her Church.

Hearing God through meditative Bible reading

Author
Kelly R Cupples
Abstract
It was hypothesized by the researcher that a program of habitual, meditative Bible reading would transformationally effectuate a stronger ability in GenXers and Millennials at Life Fellowship church to hear God's voice. Using a quantitative approach, data was accumulated after twelve weeks of instruction and application of the Bible reading method with the goal of hearing God. While results were modestly positive, the researcher concluded that though people indicated their desire to hear God, it is difficulty for many to establish and maintain the habit of meditative Bible reading for that purpose.

Equipping selected parents at First Baptist Church of Hogansville, Hogansville, Georgia, in biblical storying skills

Author
Roy C Hughes
Abstract
The purpose of the project was to equip a select group of parents at First Baptist Church of Hogansville, Hogansville, Georgia, in biblical storying skills. The components of the project included: 1) researching the fields of discipling children and biblical storying; 2) designing a workshop to equip selected parents in biblical storying skills; and 3) conducting a workshop to equip selected parents in biblical storying. The project drector employed the equipping model for this project.

An evangelical training through a small group Bible study centered on Jun Gok Church

Author
Hwan Jae Lee
Abstract
This thesis is intended to help and encourage the Jun Gok church members to announce the gospel confidently. For a long time, they have not acknowledged what the gospel is in detail, and they also have not known how to announce the gospel. But it is very dangerous for the church because it might not survive without evangelism. Moreover, at this age that the world is increasingly falling away from the church, if the church lost its vitality, which is given by evangelism, it might disappear. That is why this thesis is projected to provide the church with the spiritual vitality by the evangelical training through the Bible study.
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