Bible--Study

The Importance of Hearing God in Spiritual Formation of Chinese Christians of Immigrant Background

Author
Song Seng
Abstract
This portfolio contains three parts: the researcher's spiritual autobiography, a spiritual formation model for Chinese immigrant Christians (CICs) and a participatory action research project on lectio divina. The major theme running through this portfolio is hearing God, which played key roles in researcher's spiritual formation and was viewed as a crucial factor in the model designed to help the spiritual formation of CICs. The project showed that most participants expressed their experience of hearing God during lectio divina, and some vowed to change their behaviour. In summary, this portfolio shows that hearing God is helpful in forming CICs spiritually.

The use of graphics of bible characters in teaching a model of decision-making

Author
Dorothy Jean Furnish
Abstract
This field project was a congregational study of twelve Bible characters as models of decision-making. The purpose was to improve faith resources for contemporary Christians. In a series of ten lessons the project presented biographical statements and spiritually relevant issues. A seven step decision-making process was the uniting theme. Methods employed were sermons, pictures, role-playing, discussion, pre- and post-tests, and evaluation questionnaires. Conclusions drawn indicated the project did provide a helpful faith resource, pictures and role-playing definitely contributed to understanding and memory, and the decision-making process was relevant and applicable in the participants' lives.

New methods of group bible study in Korea with focus on the Korean Methodist church

Author
Young Oon Kim
Abstract
Christians in Korea love the Bible, like to read it and zealously memorize its passages. Being enthusiastic about Bible studies, they have made rapid growth within only a century. However, they are generally obsessed with a "banking" fragmentary knowledge of the Bible. An urgent need arises to make a shift from oppressive education of the Bible to a liberating process of common learning. To meet such a need, a "Koinonia approach" to Bible study has been tested and proved possible and valid in enabling the readers to read the Bible existentially and as a community activity seeking to find new possibilities for personal, and historical transformation.

The disciplined small group in the local church

Author
Charles William Cook
Abstract
The study determines whether two small group models, a Covenant Bible Study and the John Wesley Great Experiment, could lead to renewal in a local congregation. Members of the congregation were involved in disciplined study and living for an eleven week period. The theological issues were: 1) the nature of the church as redemptive community; 2) Scripture as an authority for theology; 3) dangers of legalism moderated within a gospel of grace; 4) the quality of life within the small group; and 5) the difficulties of pluralism within a small group. The conclusions were: 1) The small group model was ineffective for church renewal but very effective in pastoral care; 2) The image of the pastor as chief teacher was reinforced; 3) The local church can allocate only a portion of its time and energy to small groups without seriously neglecting other important ministries; and 4) The local church needs more help in understanding the dynamics of human relationships.

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.

Soul for mission: the communal practice of bible study for the missional formation of the congregation

Author
Michael W Garrett
Abstract
Theologians of the "Missional Church" movement have called for the formation of a missional identity for local congregations consistent with the theological paradigm of the "Missio Dei." They suggest that the practice of communal Bible study may be the key to re-forming the witness of local congregations. This project applies a missional hermeneutic, through the use of particular study questions, to the practice of communal Bible study in a local congregation. Discoveries made by participants are consistent with a "missional church" understanding. The pattern of discoveries suggests that a "missional church" understanding operates as a paradigm for interpretation.

Biblical literacy: transforming members into disciples

Author
Cathy S Gilliard
Abstract
This project sought to demonstrate how intentional and systematic study of the Bible leads congregants from being members of a local church to being disciples of Jesus Christ. the methodology consisted of a series of classes and homilies that focused specifically on discipleship principles taught by Jesus. the project was evaluated by using a pre-test and post-test survey to determine changes in behavior and attitudes regarding discipleship. results of the model showed that, as members become biblically literate, they are transformed into disciples and become actively engaged in doing the tings Jesus Taught and did.

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.
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