Bible--Matthew 26-28

Creating Discipling Cultures through the Development of Shared Metaphor

Author
Patrick S Grabendike
Abstract
This project is intended to aid students and ministry leaders in creating disciplining cultures through the development of shared metaphor. It includes the theological foundations for discipleship as well as the creative process of conveying said discipleship through creative language and visual tools. The project addresses the linguistic challenge Christian Churches can experience as a result of generational and theological differences. This project is a culmination of Westbrook Church's experience as it sought to create congregational minstry allignment by means of new metaphor that would expression the mission of the church found in Matthew 28:18-20. The conclusion is that a church community can elevate the expectation for spiritual growth and alignment through collaboration and the creation of a shared metaphor for discipleship.

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.

Intentional discipleship: a ministry designed for Macedonia Free Will Baptist Church to fulfill the command of Christ

Author
Bradford R Williamson
Abstract
To enable churches to fulfill the Great Commission of Christ (Matthew 28:19-20), this study proposes the employment of an Intentional Discipleship Ministry. Building on knowledge relative to biblical teachings, historical church discipleship, and contemporary literature on this subject, this study advocates the use of three phases of teaching to accomplish this goal. These are the study of a contemporary catechism; the development of Life Groups that incorporate Bible study, fellowship, and service; and a mentoring ministry that pairs spiritually older believers with spiritually younger believers. The findings suggest that awareness and transformation do result from intentional efforts to disciple believers.

For the building up of the body of Christ: constitutive elements for a congregational program of growth

Author
Thomas Edwards Breed
Abstract
The Holy Spirit creates and engenders growth in the church; as it is God's will that the church grow, it is necessary that the church listen to the Spirit to determine the essentials of how the church grows. The author described how the work of the Holy Spirit is active and applicable to the life of a congregation. This was done through an exegesis of four New Testament passages (Matthew 28.16-20, Luke 24.44-53, Acts 1-10, and Ephesians 4.1-16), a study of Lutheran Confessional documents, and a report of the life and ministry of the congregations he has served as pastor.
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