Sermon on the mount

USING THE TRUTHS EMBODIED IN THE LORD’S PRAYER TO DISCIPLE NEW

BELIEVERS AT THE SUMMIT CHURCH, SALINE COUNTY,

BENTON, ARKANSAS

Author
Phillip Zachary Reno D.Min.
Abstract
The thesis of the praxis director’s ministry praxis was to use the theological truths embodied within the Lord’s Prayer for the purpose of discipleship of new believers at the Summit Church, Saline County, in Benton Arkansas. The director’s method of research was to identify the doctrinal truths within the Lord’s Prayer through an exegesis of the text as well as researching historical uses of the Lord’s Prayer for discipleship. The director developed and presented a teaching curriculum based on the doctrinal truths of the Lord’s Prayer to new believers within his church context. The praxis director concluded that using the truths of the Lord’s Prayer in the discipleship process of new believers was greatly beneficial.

Creating a Narrative Empathy Among Southern Baptist Leaders: Shaping a New Perception of Islam, the Prophet Muhammad and Jihad

Author
Charles Wesley Powell Dr. D.Min.
Abstract
The Southern Baptist denomination is the largest Protestant religious group in the United States. Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11 there has been an increase of negative rhetoric among Southern Baptists towards Muslims. This thesis-project asks to what extent a lack of narrative empathy towards Muslims can be altered in the life of the Southern Baptist leader thus enabling the leader, consequently the denomination, to better understand and communicate the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad as embodiments of spiritual discipline and peaceful living. The theoretical framework and in-depth qualitative interviews provide invaluable insights into the dynamics and use of anti-Islamic rhetoric among Southern Baptists. Concrete strategies of action are proposed, such as strategic personal encounters between Southern Baptists and Muslims which when combined with a better understanding of Islam can help uncover the Southern Baptist denominations preconceived prejudices and misunderstandings of Islam that so often hinder constructive dialogue. This project has crucial practical implications that has not yet received scholarly attention.

Peacemaking from the heart of Jesus: the effect of biblical conciliation training on select small group members of Eagle Brook Church

Author
Randall E O'Brien
Abstract
Will a cognitive-behavioral small group curriculum on peacemaking principles from the Sermon on the Mount result in an increase in cognitive, affective, and behavioral aspects among Eagle Brook Church's small group attendees? Matthew 5-7 provided Jesus' principles for peacemaking. Exploration of reconciliation literature, notably from Glen Stassen and Ken Sande, further provided practical teaching and application to conflict situations. A nine-week learning environment of lecture, small group discussion, and role-play delivered the foundational teaching. Pre-testing and post-testing confirmed that application of Jesus' principles changed the participants' cognition, affect, and behavior in conflict reconciliation.

The importance of and the strategy for shepherding the new immigrants from China in New York by way of examining the Sermon on the Mount based upon Matthew 28:19-20

Author
Chih-Hui Hu
Abstract
The research of this dissertation focuses on how to properly shepherd the large number of new immigrants from China who have joined into Lord's churches in New York for the past years. The author examines the biblical foundation according to Matthew 29:19-20, and connects it with the Sermon on the Mount to find the way of shepherding them to become true disciples after their baptism. Based on the Sermon on the Mount, the author sets a strategy and writes a curriculum to teach new immigrants to observe the Lord's commandment and to fulfill the Great Commission. This material should meet the need of and help the growth of their Christian faith, become a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven and be the salt and the light of the world. The final goal is to establish them as a true disciple to participate in the ministry of the Great Commission.

The beatitudes as a model for discipleship, leadership, and Christian ethics in the local church

Author
J Charles Lockett
Abstract
This project helped to install the spirit of the Beatitudes into the laity of a local African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) church. Participants of a regular Bible study joined in a curriculum of a ten-week study of the Beatitudes and the entire congregation received a sermon on "Understanding the ethics of Jesus." Positive results in terms of the willingness of some members to practice the ethics of the Beatitudes were evident before the entire Bible study had been completed. The conclusion drawn was that the Beatitudes can lead members into a more complete spirit of discipleship.

A congregation engages Jesus through the Sermon on the Mount

Author
Mark A Graham
Abstract
This project focuses on St. John Lutheran Church's extended engagement with the Sermon on the Mount as a way to reunite belief and practice. This paper explores the history of interpretation and application of the Sermon and analyzes a four-month period of experiencing the Sermon in the congregation through preaching, teaching, small group discussion, and journaling. As a result, a renewed Lutheran approach to the Sermon on the Mount is offered.

A planned program for studying and applying the Sermon on the Mount

Author
David B Burrows
Abstract
A major problem facing the church is an inability of its members to comprehend and apply Scriptural principles for Christian discipleship. One of the most significant biblical texts pertaining to discipleship is the Sermon on the Mount. This project assists a small group of Christians to grow in knowledge and understanding of the Sermon on the Mount, demonstrating and applying this knowledge and understanding in their lives. This project produces a study guide to be used by group members in daily family instruction. Weekly learning activities involve entire families in discipleship, supplemented by a sermon series in the local church. The group meets weekly to discuss the study guide, family experiences, sermons, and opportunities for application.

The relevance of the Sermon on the Mount in the workplace

Author
Paul M Petersen
Abstract
One part of the church that is often not understood well by the pastoral staff is the struggles that the Christian businessperson deals with every day of the week. The Christian businessperson is in the world every day with others whose decisions are not necessarily based on Christian values. This paper and project address the development of the ethical practice of the businessperson in the pew by a small group inductive Bible study. Following a case study and inductive Bible study from the Sermon on the Mount, the group set objectives for their own ethical behavior.

Love in the Sermon on the Mount (a practical Bible study)

Author
Edward F Grant
Abstract
The special emphasis in the project is on the practical nature of this Bible study. The participants in the study had to practice what they were taught as an integral part of the study. That is to say, they had to practice love for themselves, for their families, for their church, for their community, for their country, and for the world as a necessary part of the study. There were ten participants and the object was to instill in them the principle that Christian love is only authentic when it is put into practice. Thus the whole intent is that after the project, producing Christian love on various levels would become a natural and continuous way of life. The major result of the study was that it inspired the participants to take seriously the practical application of their faith to their fellow men and women, particularly those who are in need.
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