Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Transforming Migrants to Missionaries: Reaching and Training Inner-City Transient Apartment Dwellers for Christ

Author
Wilbert C Baker D.Min.
Abstract
Chapter 1 of this dissertation project argues that using a disciple-making method that has relationship-building as a key ingredient in the process is more effective in reaching African-American inner-city apartment residents than door-to-door evangelism using tracts. This study is a comparison of how evangelism is typically done among Baptist churches (and most Evangelical churches) with how it should be done to fulfill the Great Commission.
Chapter 2 argues that both God and man have roles in evangelism, and that God’s sovereignty does not exempt man from his responsibility and accountability to God in receiving and sharing the gift of salvation.
Chapter 3 examines segments of evangelism and missions from a historical perspective and records insights for contemporary ministry from a historical and theological perspective.
Chapter 4 Describes the new people Group: African-American inner-city transient apartment residents. It describes their culture, world view, and their self-image.
Chapter 5 conducts research in the selected environment with selected indigenous individuals to collect and analyze data to discover the most effective means to reach inner-city African-American apartment residents with the Gospel.
Chapter 6 argues the conclusion, based upon the findings of the research accumulated from the two trained teams and the six selected families, that evangelism which engages in disciple-making after leading persons to Christ, is twice as effective as evangelism models that lead persons to Christ but do not include any follow-up and training. The disciple-making model is effective in this context and can be duplicated in the twenty-first century. This study does not compare evangelism without disciple making with evangelism with disciple making. This study compares what the majority of Baptist churches are doing to fulfill the Great Commission with what they should be doing to fulfill the Great Commission with particular attention given to the African-American inner-city transient apartment dwellers.


Unity in Mission or Doctrine? The Great Commission and the Great Commission Resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention

Author
Robin D Foster
Abstract
The dissertation seeks to answer two questions: 1) Was doctrine or the mission of making disciples the driving force behind the Great Commission Resurgence movement in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) that began in 2007 and culminated in the passing of the final report from the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force in 2010? (2) Was the driving force behind the Great Commission resurgence biblical and effective in reversing the stagnation and decline in the baptismal number of the SBC? In researching this, no major works were found that focused on this topic of doctrine versus mission as the motivating factor of the Great Commission Resurgence. In forming a research strategy, four areas were examined. First was the need to exegete the Great Commission from Matthew 28:16-20. The Greek text was studied for linguistic syntax and structure. Additionally, Bible dictionaries and commentaries were referenced. Second, it was necessary to look at recent history dealing with ecumenical movements and their effects. Third, the Great Commission Resurgence itself was investigated beginning with Daniel Akins's "Answering the Call to a Great Commission Resurgence" at the 2007 Building Bridges Conference and culminating with the report form the taskforce at the SBC in 2010. Finally , the years following passage of the report were examined, specifically looking at the baptismal numbers and offering theories as to why numbers have continue to decline and what might be done to correct them.

Gospel Boundaries: Implementing the Evangelical Alliance's Doctrinal Basis of 1846 to Determine Cooperation in Christian Education

Author
Jeffery A Moore
Abstract
This dissertation demonstrates that the Evangelical Alliance's Doctrinal Basis of 1846 is a reliable theological and historical statement of gospel essentials, and twenty first century evangelicals can implement it to determine boundaries of cooperation in Christian education. The EA Doctrinal Basis focuses on Protestant non-negotiable's and avoids both the minimalism of the ancient creeds and the maximalism of puritan confessions. This statement can be used to define interdenominational unity between the Presbyterian, Baptist, and Methodist traditions, among others. This basis also distinguishes true evangelicalism from false gospels such as those espoused by Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, and the Word of Faith movement.

Teaching Sexual Identity in the Church: A Biblical Defense of God's Design

Author
Eric L Armstrong
Abstract
This dissertation argues that God's sexual design for men and women, which has been generally accepted as correct through the ages, even when not adhered to in actual practice, is under severe assault by modern thinking. Nevertheless, Christian congregations and their ministers can, through courage and faith, overcome ungodly rationalizations for ungodly sexual beliefs and actions by setting out the godly tenets of sexual righteousness and supporting them with valid Biblical argument. Chapter one introduces the thesis while providing a methodology for implementation and application of Biblical truth related to sexual identity and practice. Chapter two chronicles the decline of sexual morality in western societies and identities the pattern of thought driving cultural change. Chapter three speaks to the evangelical missteps in addressing the sexual revolution and points toward a comprehensive plan of correction. Chapter four seeks to establish a systematic theology of sexual identity and practice while chapter five speaks to guidelines for preaching sensitive material within a congregational setting. In the final two chapters, an example sermon series is provided and evaluated to reveal the usefulness of such an approach in the local church.

Americans of African Descent, the victim mentality, and value formation through a family

Author
Joseph M Sparrow
Abstract
Why have Americans of African descent, as a group, not progressed as much as other racial groups in the areas of economics, education, traditional family development, and socialization? There seem to be two extremes in answer to this question. The liberal side seems to blame the system. The reason many black Americans fall behind other groups is blamed on institutional racism or something ingrained in the American system that curtail flourishing for Americans of African descent. On the other hand, most on the moderate and conservative sides do not deny the black experience through slavery and Jim Crow. Yet they emphasized that Americans of African descent can do better by practicing the same tried and true methods that made other Americans successful. The dissertation will take the view that the major source of the problems in the black community has its origin in the demise of the traditional family. Statistics, written testimony, historical fact, common sense, and a biblical Christian worldview will be used to help pinpoint and offer solutions to the problem. The family that is founded on one mother and one father who are married to each other and who respond to one another as well as their children, in the way the Bible prescribes, is the only normal family. Anything else can only be second best. When children are socialized in a loving and disciplined environment, they have the greatest probability to flourish as human beings.

Perseverance Through Persecution and Pressure: Developing a Series of Sermons to Promote Biblical Faith and Perseverance from Hebrews 10:19-12:3

Author
Jim H Sherwin
Abstract
There is a need for a sermon series on the importance of faithful endurance in the face of persecution and pressure. The author wrote a series of text driven sermons based on the Greek text of the book of Hebrews to exhort and warn Christians to persevere through persecution and pressure. These sermons were preached to a congregation facing various levels of persecution and pressure for the faith, calling them to run their race of faith with endurance, trusting that God is faithful to keep his promises.

Preaching the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit with Accuracy: The Contributions of Selected "Spirit" Passages in 1 Samuel

Author
Charles A Robirton
Abstract
This dissertation argues that the proper understanding of truths regarding the Holy Spirit contained in selected "spirit" passages in 1 Samuel is helpful for accurate preaching of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. The "spirit" passages were selected by recognizing the literacy device of leitwart in the narrative text of 1 Samuel 10:1-16, 11:5-7, 16:1-23, 18:10-16, and 19:8-2. A sample of pneumatological preaching throughout history are analyzed. Relevant pneumatology is also discussed. After highlighting some conservative preaching models five key questions are provided in order to promote more accurate preaching of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit.

The Locusts are Coming: The Solemn Assembly of Joel 1 and 2 as a Model for Preparing the Local Church for Spiritual Awakening

Author
Robert K May
Abstract
This dissertation argues that the Solemn Assembly in Joel 1 and 2 provides an effective model for pastoral leadership in the church to promote Spiritual Awakening. This model involves seven biblical factors that function together in bringing God's people back to him in transformation and restoration. Chapter 1 introduces the thesis in the context of the background study and methodology and lays the foundation for the research dissertation. Chapter 2 exegetes the specific verses in Joel 1 and 2 that provide the model for Spiritual Awakening. Chapter 3 investigates whether the seven factors were present in the Four Great Awakenings in Early America from 1740 to the beginning of the 20th Century. Chapter 4 records the quantitative data from a survey of Texas Baptist Churches in the North Central Texas Council of Governments 16 county region and evaluates the critical interviews with the five members of the Solemn Assembly Team. Chapter 5 provides a summary of the research dissertation, as well as plans for application of findings and suggestions for future research.

Alistair Begg, Modern Day Puritan and Model For Expository Preaching: The Connection Between Spiritual Disciplines and Application

Author
Kelly B Burton
Abstract
Seminaries touch on it, authors write on it but few can exhibit the transition from explanation to application as well as Alistair Begg. By researching eight of Begg's sermons the writer aimed to demonstrate that Begg relies particularly on three spiritual disciplines: prayer, solitude, and Bible reading. Chapter one introduces Alistair Begg by highlighting his puritan influences. Chapter two spotlights the puritans in sermon crafting. Chapter three features spiritual disciplines. Chapter four is entitled sermon application the impact of the disciplines. Finally, Chapter five is entitled Alistair Begg at work: An analysis of sermons.

An Analysis of the Warning Passages of Hebrews with a View to the Development of Text-Driven Sermons

Author
Cecil S Powers
Abstract
Chapter 1 introduces the thesis and plan of development while keeping in mind anticipated theological issues to be addressed along with stated goals of the overall dissertation. Chapters 2 through 6 contain an exegetical and structural analysis of each warning passage followed by hermeneutic and homiletic considerations, a sermon manuscript, and concludes with a summary analysis of the four major interpretive viewpoints of the warning. Chapter 7 provides a summary and conclusion concerning the exegetical and structure analysis of the warning passages in Hebrews as it relates to their conduciveness toward the development of text driven sermons for the purpose of promoting spiritual maturity in a local church.
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