Bible--Use

The Art of Storytelling: Developing Discernment in an Age of Distraction

Author
Mark A Hamby
Abstract
Through the art of storytelling, twelve instructional lessons of Wisdom lay the foundation for the development of discernment in relation to Wisdom and Folly. The categorically prescriptive truths of Proverbs 1:1-10:1, Ecclesiastes 12:9-14, 2 Peter 1:3-10, and Hebrews 5:8-14 will serve as the building blocks for the development of Christ-like character. Four goals of this research are: (1) an understanding of the fear of the Lord; (2) an increase in discernment when faced with Folly's promises of prosperity, prestige, protection, and pleasure; (3) an increased motivation to yield to correction; and (4) a yearning to seek Wisdom as hidden treasure.

Vox Sancti Spiriti

Author
Victor J Pergola
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to impact the spiritual life of a select group of Christian professionals in the Cleveland, Ohio area. The chosen method included administration of a pre-test and post-test Likert Scale instrument that was built within an eight session course on spirituality. The results indicated a significant increase in awareness for growth in spirituality. There were three themes of emphasis: a focus on worship and liturgy in congregational groups; a focus on prayerful sharing of Scripture in small group settings; and a refocus on the importance of Scripture for Christian growth.

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 the bible in one-on-one caring ministry by trained lay volunteer stephen ministers in the congregation

Author
Russell E Money
Abstract
Research and experience with Bible use in pastoral care led to a proposal that lay volunteers learn to use the parables of Jesus in caring ministry to aid helpees in telling their story as a means to order in their lives. Volunteers trained in parable use with helpees and in verbatim-writing evaluated that use. Infrequent opportunity for Bible use with helpees by volunteer ministers did not provide the experience or justify the training needed to maintain proficiency. Much was learned about New Testament interpretation and use of the Bible in pastoral care was confirmed and improved.

Satisfied: the glory of Christ in counseling: how biblical theology reforms biblical counseling

Author
Gary Bernhard Spooner
Abstract
The project establishes a Christ-centered, community-based counseling center that demonstrates through case studies the benefits of biblical theology in biblical counseling. It argues that biblical theology, by its nature, reforms the conception of biblical counseling toward the glory of God, reforms the content of biblical counseling toward biblical narrative, and reforms the practice of biblical counseling toward the life of faith.

Being transformed in the image of Christ

Author
Elaine J Eskew
Abstract
This Doctor of Ministry project addresses the need and benefits of undergoing a spiritual transformation by Christians into the image of Christ. Knowing who you are will empower Christians in times of spiritual crisis and distress. The solution was the development and implementation of the Theo-Transformational Ministry Bible Study Series "Being Transformed in the Image of Christ Project" (BTIC). The project explores the biblical and theological basics for forming a transformational ministry to work in conjunction with the apostolic teachings of the church universal.

Responding to sexual temptation in a high tech society

Author
Richard L Thompson
Abstract
The specific concern addressed in this project is Internet addiction with an emphasis on Internet pornography. The author suggests that such an addiction in the life of a believer is a matter of idolatry. He points out that the normal secular counseling strategies with their emphasis on addiction as "disease" and even many of the "so called" Christian strategies fail to address the spiritual issues involved in ways that bring real healing and wholeness. The author read extensively in the literature published on this topic and interviewed those involved with the addiction including victims, counselors and the abusers themselves. He then developed a Bible study addressing the topic in a way that used law/gospel leading to confession and absolution.

The plan, design, and implementation of life: changing small groups at Saginaw Bay Church of Christ

Author
Henry Kott
Abstract
Togetherness and connection is central in the intent of the Scripture. To test this idea of community, we conducted leadership training to handle every member should they decide to join one. Seven new leaders and apprentices along with a host family carried the load of creating our desired result of connecting our church membership into small groups. The author discovered the small group facilitates the ongoing process of discipleship, the small group lends itself effectively in service to the church and the wider community, and small groups need a lot of administration: a director and a coach were necessary.

Reading a book of the Bible as a spiritual discipline to stimulate spiritual growth at Christ Community Church

Author
John Alan Lloyd
Abstract
Pastors are gripped by the great need to see their congregations become more like Christ. The goal of seeing this transformation take place is daunting. One way to see lives transformed is to interact daily with the Word of God. The culture we live in greatly diminishes the influence of God's Word. This project will seek to introduce the daily reading of Gospel of John as a spiritual discipline to stimulate spiritual growth into lives of a focus group, new to this practice. The goal is to establish Bible reading as a spiritual habit and to see the participants continue reading another book of the Bible.

Evaluating expository preaching as an agent of change in the development of a biblical understanding of discipleship at Central Baptist Church, Brighton, Tennessee

Author
Jody L Duncan
Abstract
Chapter 1 introduced the project which was to develop a sermon series on discipleship and evaluate the effectiveness of expository preaching as an agent of change. Chapter 2 discussed the exegesis and interpretation of eight biblical texts utilized for the sermon series on discipleship. Chapter 3 examined and critiqued alternative preaching methodologies. This chapter also summarized the history of preaching, discussed the goal of preaching, and ended with an analysis of the essential elements of life changing expository preaching. Chapter 4 discussed the methodology for the project which included the utilization of a questionnaire as well as a focus group. Chapter 5 analyzed and evaluated the questionnaires, responses of the focus group, and the completion of the project goals.
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