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- Inaugural Address of President E. Y. Mullins, D.D., of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary: with address on "The Relation of the Seminary to our Southern Baptist Colleges" by Chas. E. Taylor.. D.D.
Inaugural Address of President E. Y. Mullins, D.D., of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary: with address on "The Relation of the Seminary to our Southern Baptist Colleges" by Chas. E. Taylor.. D.D.
Mullins, Edgar Young
28 p. ; 19 cm.
- Job (Part 5)
Job (Part 5)
Francisco, Clyde T.
Recorded in Eagle Eyrie, Virginia, July 3-7, 1978; this session apparently July 7. Audio interrupted at tape direction change.
- Job (Part 4)
Job (Part 4)
Francisco, Clyde T.
Recorded at Eagle Eyrie, Virginia, July 3-7, 1978; this session probably July 6. Audio interrupted at tape direction change.
- Job (Part 3)
Job (Part 3)
Francisco, Clyde T.
Recorded at Eagle Eyrie, Virginia, July 3-7, 1978. Audio interrupted at tape direction change (audio cassette).
- Job (Part 2)
Job (Part 2)
Francisco, Clyde T.
Recorded in Eagle Eyrie, Virginia, July 3-7, 1978; this session probably on July 3. Audio interrupted at tape end.
- Job (Part 1)
Job (Part 1)
Francisco, Clyde T.
Recorded in Eagle Eyrie, Virginia, July 3-7, 1978. This session probably July 3. Audio interrupted at tape direction change.
- Ten things every Christian should know about Islam
Ten things every Christian should know about Islam
- Emotions in Christian Psychological Care
Emotions in Christian Psychological Care
Kim-van Daalen, Lydia Cornelia Willemina
The role of emotion with regard to human functioning and human well-being has been a topic of much consideration and debate throughout the ages. In both secular and Christian fields of study (e.g. philosophy, theology, biology, psychology, and psychotherapy) people have examined emotional experience from different vantage points. Since the second half of the 20th century renewed interest in the importance of affect in human life is especially notable in disciplines such as neuroscience, psychology, and psychotherapy. This is reflected, for example, in the development of a secular psychotherapeutic model that understands experiential engagement to be a crucial key to psychological change, namely Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT).
There is no distinctive Christian counseling model that has as its main paradigm emotion experience. Yet, several Christian models exists in which experiencing emotions is considered to be important in the process of change.
The thesis of this work is that the theologically and psychologically sophisticated Christian emotion-focused model of therapy suggested in this dissertation will correct and enhance existent Christian and secular emotion-focused models.
Chapter 1 covers the thesis of the dissertation, reasons why the dissertation makes a helpful contribution to the field, background information, methodology, and delimitations.
Chapter 2 presents theological reflections on the topic of emotion, especially as it pertains to topics such as the nature of emotions, emotional health and disorder, and emotional healing.
Chapter 3 consists of an examination of secular Emotion-Focused Therapy. This chapter will discuss this model and assess what aspects can or cannot be used by a Christian Emotion-Focused approach.
In chapter 4 three contemporary Christian models that use emotion experience in their counseling approach are described and evaluated. These are Theophostic Prayer Ministry developed by Smith, Inner Healing Prayer as defined by Tan, and the Elijah House model of the Sandfords.
The purpose of this dissertation is to contribute to the field of Christian psychology by proposing the necessary elements of a comprehensive Christian Emotion-Focused model that is a corrective to existent models. Based on the research of the previous chapters, a preliminary outline of such a model is presented in chapter 5.
- DOMESTIC PIETY IN THE MINISTRY OF JOHN ANGELL JAMES
DOMESTIC PIETY IN THE MINISTRY OF JOHN ANGELL JAMES
Wright, Jeffery Steven
DOMESTIC PIETY IN THE MINISTRY OF
JOHN ANGELL JAMES
Jeffery Steven Wright, Ph.D.
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2013
Chair: Dr. Timothy Paul Jones
Chapter 1 introduces John Angell James as a person worthy of recognition and research. James's godly character, pastoral leadership and worldwide influence, unheard of to most except the astute historian, presents the foundation for the significance of the study. Additionally, a definition of terms is given in order to help the reader contextualize James's rhetoric.
Chapter 2 gives an introduction into the childhood and ministry call of John Angell James. Understanding the historical background in which James formulated his conviction toward domestic piety is paramount. Thorough consideration is given in this chapter to major societal movements and historical issues that made the world in which James lived.
Chapter 3 examines James's ministry at Carrs Lane, his personal suffering, his passion for writing and work at shaping congregationalism. James was not only being challenged and shaped by external world events, but every day he was influenced by his church ministry and his times of great suffering. It was not long before his passion for the family and its immortal purpose would become the focal point of many of his writings.
Chapter 4 examines James's exhortations regarding domestic piety through his writings and sermons. James had much to say throughout his life directed to fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters. This chapter also demonstrates through James's preaching and writings how his familial focus developed a thorough understanding and ministry practice for parents.
Chapter 5 carefully analyzes James's integration of domestic piety and evangelism. James unapologetically admonished domestic piety and his ministry bore the fruit of this emphasis.
Chapter 6 offers practical implications that will aid pastors and church leaders in their local church ministries. James's life and ministry in many ways serves as an exemplary model for pastors to follow. There are principles that James embraced that are transferrable to today's pastors who find themselves in similar situations.
- Scribal Tendencies in the Fourth Gospel in Codex Alexandrinus
Scribal Tendencies in the Fourth Gospel in Codex Alexandrinus
Hixson, Elijah Michael
This study seeks to gain an understanding about the scribal tendencies observed in the Fourth Gospel in Codex Alexandrinus using the method of isolating and classifying singular readings similar to what was first proposed by Colwell, and later modified by Royse and others. In addition to singular readings made before corrections, this study considers singular readings in relation to punctuation markers and line breaks. First, a brief introduction to Codex Alexandrinus is given. Second, the method used to undertake this study is set forth and explained. Third, each singular reading in the Fourth Gospel in Codex Alexandrinus is listed under each respective group in which it is classified, the text of the exemplar is reconstructed if possible and each singular reading is discussed. Finally, the resulting data are analyzed and conclusions are given regarding the tendencies of the scribe responsible for the Fourth Gospel in Codex Alexandrinus. In general, this thesis demonstrates that the strongest tendency of the scribe was that of omission; the scribe was reluctant to add or to harmonize. Harmonizations, when they do occur, are never corrected. Both punctuation and line breaks often afforded the opportunity for the scribe to become distracted and to commit error.
- Asatru in America: A New American Religion
Asatru in America: A New American Religion
Calico, Jefferson F.
Asatru is a New Religious Movement reconstructing the practice of pre-Christian Norse and Germanic Pagan religion. It has been one of the least studied of the Pagan movements in America. In addition, Asatru has often been associated with far right or fascist political views and racist ideology, developing a reputation as a movement in high tension with American culture and values. For the most part, academic interest in Asatru has focused on exploring the connection with racism and evaluating the role of racist ideology within the movement, while its more religious aspects have been overlooked. Scholars have recognized that new religions offer alternative solutions to social problems arising from modernity. By disembedding individuals from traditional social contexts, modernity creates social and psychological tensions requiring new modes of identity creation. Using this paradigm, Asatru can be approached as a movement providing creative religious solutions to the tensions experienced by people living in modern America. This study addresses several areas of tension and their solutions within Asatru, including the family, women's roles, and the environment. As parts of the movement shift toward lower tension with American culture, Asatru is in the process of emerging as a viable and complex religion that achieves a degree of cultural continuity by reinvigorating certain American values within its own religious solutions to contemporary tensions. In this light, Asatru can be seen as a new American religion that incorporates and adapts important cultural values while at the same time challenging scholarly assumptions about new religions.
- A Diachronic Analysis of Southern Baptist Missions Among Hispanics in Kentucky
A Diachronic Analysis of Southern Baptist Missions Among Hispanics in Kentucky
Young, Jonathan Paul
A DIACHRONIC ANALYSIS OF SOUTHERN BAPTIST
MISSIONS AMONG HISPANICS IN KENTUCKY
Jonathan Paul Young, D.Miss.
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2013
Chair: Dr. M. David Sills
Chapter 1 examines the Hispanic community in the United States then in Kentucky. It provides an overview of the history of Southern Baptist missions among Hispanics in Kentucky as seen through the framework of the six regional Hispanic ministries. An overview of the importance of the Hispanic Statewide Council and the Hispanic Baptist Bible Institute are sketched. Finally, the chapter concludes with the background of the study, and the research methodology.
Chapter 2 provides an in-depth sketch of the histories of the Central Hispanic Region and South Central Hispanic Region. I begin with a historical picture of the Central Hispanic Region. The beginnings, growth, and present standing are then examined. This chapter includes a brief look at other ministries geared towards Hispanics who are found within this geographical region. The Hispanic racetrack ministry of Churchill Downs in Louisville and of Turfway Park in Florence along with Northern Kentucky Baptist Association's Hispanic Ministry history serve as examples. Following this is an examination of South Central Hispanic Region. The beginnings, growth and present status will are provided chronologically. The chapter concludes with a few insights garnered from these two regions.
Chapter 3 presents historical sketches of both the Bluegrass Hispanic Region and the Southwestern Hispanic Region. First, the beginnings, growth and present status of Hispanic Southern Baptists are examined. Second, Elkhorn Baptist Association's Hispanic ministry history is surveyed. Third, the Southwestern Hispanic Region is presented in the same manner. The chapter concludes with several insights learned from these two Kentucky Hispanic Baptist Regions.
Chapter 4 chronicles the histories of the Southern Kentucky Hispanic Region and the Western Hispanic Region. Both of these regions are presented much like the other previous regional Hispanic regions in this dissertation while including the idiosyncrasies of the regions at hand.
Chapter 5 begins by summarizing the findings of this diachronic analysis of Southern Baptist missions among Hispanics in Kentucky. Drawing upon previous chapters, I suggest several potential applications for Kentucky Baptists, both Hispanic and non-Hispanic alike. The dissertation concludes with recommendations for further research.
- A BIBLICAL-THEOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION OF CHRIST'S PRIESTHOOD AND COVENANT MEDIATION WITH RESPECT TO THE EXTENT OF THE ATONEMENT
A BIBLICAL-THEOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION OF CHRIST'S PRIESTHOOD AND COVENANT MEDIATION WITH RESPECT TO THE EXTENT OF THE ATONEMENT
This dissertation argues that a biblical theology of the priestly mediation of the new covenant is necessary for understanding the extent of the atonement and that such a study will result in a clear affirmation of definite atonement. Chapter 1 shows how theologians have truncated Christ's priestly office and how biblical scholars have neglected to apply the priesthood to matters of the atonement's efficacy and extent. This chapter validates the need for a whole Bible typology of the priestly work of Christ.
Chapter 2 proposes an approach to typology that sets forth the methodological commitments of this dissertation. It argues that typology should be prospective in its orientation, Christotelic in its aim, and covenantal in its structure. It explains these three facets at length, helping the reader to understand how the dissertation uses typology.
Chapter 3 introduces the priestly prototype in the person and work of Adam. Next, it asserts that Noah and Abraham functions as priestly types when they offer sacrifice, mediate covenants, and offer blessings. With each type, theological reflections are given in conversation with the New Testament fulfillment of Adam, Noah, and Abraham.
Chapter 4 examines the legislation of the priesthood. It asserts that three functions of the priesthood emerge in the Law of Moses: The priest is (1) a Kohen Victor, who defends the holiness of God's sanctuary, (2) a Kohen Mediator, who offers sacrifice for atonement, and a (3) Kohen Teacher, who teaches the covenant community the torah of God. This threefold orientation provides the authorized "mold" (Vorbild) by which the priestly type (Nachbild) can be formed and evaluated.
Chapter 5 argues that the prophets condemned the Levitical priests for their disobedience to God's law and their failure to fulfill their assigned duties (guarding, sacrificing, and teaching). The prophets' criticisms function in this dissertation as an inspired rubric for evaluating theological proposals for Christ's priesthood and the atonement. In particular, this chapter argues that general atonement does not match the stipulations of the priesthood, and is therefore liable to prophetic censure.
Chapter 6 outlines the priestly expectations of the Former and Latter Prophets. It suggests that the eschatological priest is a royal figure from the line of David who defends God's holiness (Kohen Victor), sacrifices himself for his people (Kohen Mediator), and instructs the covenant community with absolute efficacy (Kohen Teacher). On the basis of these prophetic anticipations, this chapter argues that the priest of the new covenant will provide a definite and particular atonement.
Chapter 7 shows from the New Testament how Christ Jesus fulfills all of the Old Testament promises in regards to the priesthood. Specifically, it demonstrates the threefold ministry of Christ--Kohen Victor, Kohen Mediator, and Kohen Teacher. Following the chronological development of Christ's priestly ministry (i.e., on earth, on the cross, in heaven), it will argue that the atonement's extent must be particular and definite, not general and indefinite.
Chapter 8 summarizes the biblical theological data espoused in chapters 3 to 7. It applies the priesthood to five areas of systematic theology (i.e., theological hermeneutics, the extent of the atonement, the person of Christ, the universal offer of the gospel, and reconciliation of the cosmos). It concludes with an appeal for holding definite atonement on the basis of Christ's priesthood. In addition, it suggests various avenues for doing future research on the priesthood of Christ.
- An Analytical Study of Selected Jazz Settings of Psalms Composed between 1958 and 2012.
An Analytical Study of Selected Jazz Settings of Psalms Composed between 1958 and 2012.
Hardymon, Rocky D.
AN ANALYTICAL STUDY OF SELECTED JAZZ
SETTINGS OF PSALMS COMPOSED
Rocky DeWayne Hardymon, D.M.A.
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2013
Chair: Esther R. Crookshank
A trend in U. S. Protestant and Catholic churches that has gained popularity over recent decades is the use of jazz music as a means of expression in worship. The purpose of this study was to compile an analytical guide to select available jazz settings of the Psalms, published and unpublished. The methodology began with a systematic search for psalm settings fitting the chronological parameters in online databases and Christian jazz websites. Chapter 2 presents a reception history from primary sources of jazz in the church and U.S. society within the larger context of relationships between arts and the church since the Enlightenment. Primary sources include interviews with composers, correspondence, published interviews, contemporaneous newspaper reviews, and composers' liner or program notes.
Search results yielded a list of 168 pieces by sixty-one composers composed between 1958 and 2012. Of these, twenty-eight psalm settings by 24 composers were selected for analysis, 19 with text and nine instrumental settings. Chapter 3 contains biographical sketches of the composers and examines their philosophies. All but two composers were from the United States, with two European. Analysis of the psalms in Chapters 4 and 5 focused on textual and musical forms, text-music relationships in the context of the psalmic genre, and distinctive musical traits associated with particular jazz styles, which ranged from art song, rock, bossa nova, blues, and free jazz to hybrid subtypes such as jazz/rock and gospel/pop. Instrumental psalms represented eight styles including lyrical ballad, gospel fusion shuffle, Afro-Cuban swing, and post-modern bop. The conclusions summarize the significance of jazz psalms within the broader history of sacred jazz, demographic data on the jazz composers, and performance considerations for jazz psalms. Included are four appendices: 1) a list of the select jazz psalms and their composers; 2) a complete list of the 61 jazz composers and 168 psalms found; 3) a list of all 168 Psalm settings found in numerical order; 4) a list of churches in North America that regularly offer jazz music.
- The Church as the New Israel in Romans
The Church as the New Israel in Romans
Sears, Philip Chase
By following a biblical theological approach, this thesis demonstrates that a theology of the new Israel is woven throughout the book of Romans. Chapter 1 discusses introductory matters relating to the current debate on the relationship between the church and Israel. Chapter 2 explores Paul's designation of Jesus as God's Son, true Israel, through whom the church finds her identity. Chapter 3 focuses on the new creation promises made to Israel which are fulfilled in Christ and experienced in the church. Chapter 4 then examines the titles and imagery of Israel which Paul applies to the church, identifying her as the new Israel. Finally, chapter 5 addresses some implications of this study for the future of ethnic Israel, and concludes by reasserting that the church is the new Israel, God's covenant people and heirs of all his saving promises.
- CHURCH SPONSORED SERVICE THROUGH THE LENS OF SELF DETERMINATION THEORY: A CASE STUDY
CHURCH SPONSORED SERVICE THROUGH THE LENS OF SELF DETERMINATION THEORY: A CASE STUDY
Cochran, George Willard
Given the critical need to nudge congregants toward sustainable service, surprisingly few studies have explored the possibility of internalizing Christian beliefs and practices through intrinsically motivating ministry activities. According to Self-Determination Theory (SDT), an emerging meta-theory of adult motivation, such activities consistently move individuals from external to internal regulation of behavior. Perceiving undeveloped believers as marginalized members of Christ's body, this emancipatory study sought to build awareness of the need to empower all believers to make kingdom contributions through intrinsically-motivated service that internalizes orthodox faith. Following protocols of a qualitative single case study, the researcher explored the rich perceptions and divergent meanings associated with church-sponsored service among a critical array of stakeholders in a thriving evangelical church. In a vivid portrait gleaned from observations, interviews and documents, SDT's theoretical lens shaped the questions, informed the data, and inspired the cause. In the process, traditional assumptions about servant leadership, Christian formation, and spiritual giftedness were challenged. The study's ultimate aim was to stimulate meaningful dialogue on the need to reform church structures that foster Christian formation through inherently satisfying, Spirit-empowered ministry. Organizing the data under the SERVE acronym, the researcher concludes with a motivational model of Christian service.
- Bound for the Kingdom: The Land Promise in God's Redemptive Plan
Bound for the Kingdom: The Land Promise in God's Redemptive Plan
Martin, Oren Rhea
Oren Rhea Martin, Ph.D.
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2013
Chair: Dr. Bruce A. Ware
Chapter 1 introduces the thesis, states the purpose, and defines the dissertation's specific goals. Attention is then given to a summary of research before a closing section presents the methodology that is used: a historical-exegetical, epochal, and canonical-eschatological approach to biblical interpretation and theological formulation.
Chapter 2 provides the biblical-theological framework from which a theology of land can be canonically understood. More specifically, the framework for understanding the place, or land, of God's people is the kingdom. God's kingdom commences in Eden, and after the fall of mankind into sin God's kingdom will come through his divinely-initiated covenants with his people. In the end, God will once again create a place--a new heaven and a new earth--for his people through the fulfillment of his covenant promises in Christ, who wins the new creation and reigns in his kingdom forever.
Working out of this framework, the next two chapters trace the theme of land as it progressively unfolds across the canon. To begin, Chapter 3 connects the promise of land to Abraham to the preceding events in Genesis 1-11. Then, the promise of land within the Abrahamic covenant is evaluated, which is followed by partial fulfillments through Israel's history under leaders such as Joshua, David, and Solomon. However, each stage of fulfillment is not final, for every fulfillment is followed by covenant failure. Instead, each fulfillment and failure anticipates something greater, which the canonical prophets proclaim.
What begins in the Old Testament is fulfilled in the New. Chapter 4, then, demonstrates the inaugurated fulfillment of the kingdom with the coming of Christ and his work. That is, the blessings of the land come now to those who are united to Christ by faith and they await their future, final fulfillment in the new creation. Thus, the fulfillment of the land in the New Testament is inaugurated but not yet consummated.
Finally, chapter 5 summarizes and concludes the overall argument of this dissertation. The argument is then evaluated in light of the two dominant theological systems today, namely, dispensationalism and covenant theology.
- Genre-Sensitive Expository Preaching of the Lament Psalms: Honoring the Message, Medium, and Mood of the Text
Genre-Sensitive Expository Preaching of the Lament Psalms: Honoring the Message, Medium, and Mood of the Text
Kim, Dae Hyeok
The primary purpose of this dissertation is to study the necessity of genre consideration in the three important sermon-making process--exegetical, theological, and homiletical--and propose a holistic preaching methodology for the lament psalms with genre-sensitivity.
Chapter 1 discusses the definitional nature, criteria, and communicational function of genre and examines the current defective and deficient preaching method with genre-sensitivity, and also indicates the lack of concern of the lament psalms in biblical preaching.
Chapter 2 examines a holistic exegetical method for preaching a lament psalm by emphasizing the necessity of the analysis and appreciation of the mood of the text based upon the interlocking nature of genre-based textual elements (the message, medium, and mood of the text) and genre-based contextual element (the purpose of the text). This chapter provides a step-by step holistic procedure for preaching a lament psalm with genre-sensitivity.
Chapter 3 investigates the necessity of genre consideration in the theological process. This section emphasizes that consideration of the genre characteristics is an essential process for discerning a timeless theological implication and communicational impact of a lament psalm. This chapter suggests a step-by-step holistic theological procedure for preaching a lament psalm with genre-sensitivity.
Chapter 4 discusses the necessity of a genre-sensitive homiletical method that reflects the genre-based essentials into the sermon-making process. This section emphasizes the necessity of a holistic integration of the genre-sensitive homiletical components for preaching a lament psalm. This chapter presents a step-by-step procedure for a holistic homiletical method for preaching a lament psalm with genre-sensitivity.
Chapter 5 analyzes Psalm 31 as a case study of a genre-sensitive methodology for preaching a lament psalm proposed in the previous chapters. This chapter elaborates and verifies the twelve steps for preaching a lament psalm with genre-sensitivity.
Chapter 6 concludes that biblical preachers need to preach the lament psalms with genre-sensitivity by honoring the message, medium, and mood of the text throughout the entire sermon-making process in pursuit of honoring the authority of the Scripture and remodeling the relevance of the biblical communication.
- An Analysis of the Lucianic Recension of the Greek Ecclesiastes
An Analysis of the Lucianic Recension of the Greek Ecclesiastes
Dickie, Matthew Merritt
This dissertation is comprised of two major analyses: (1) an investigation into whether the Lucianic recension exists in the manuscript tradition of the Greek Ecclesiastes and (2) the application of the classical, text-critical principle of
- Sanctification as Gospel-Based Holiness
Sanctification as Gospel-Based Holiness
Rickmond, Heath S.
SANCTIFICATION AS GOSPEL-BASED HOLINESS
Heath Shannon Rickmond, Ph.D.
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2013
Chair: Dr. Chad O. Brand
This dissertation examines the progressive nature of sanctification in both evangelical Lutheran theology and evangelical Reformed theology. Chapter 1 describes sanctification from a Reformed and Lutheran perspective and says one must develop an understanding of sanctification that glorifies God through the principles of sola gratia and sola fide. Attention is given to the important contributions of both sides and an approach is proposed that favors the Lutheran position, but with some important insights contributed by Reformed theology.
Chapter 2 begins with an analysis of Luther's theology in general and sanctification in particular. It continues to investigate some important modern, evangelical Lutherans who represent a justification-based sanctification grounded in a theology of the cross.
Chapter 3 examines Calvin's theology in general and sanctification in particular. It continues to investigate some important modern evangelical Reformed theologians who present a more progression-focused sanctification that is grounded in union with Christ.
Chapter 4 addresses the relevant biblical text of Romans 6 used by theologians to talk about sanctification. A biblical-theological approach is given that prepares the way for evaluating and proposing a theology of sanctification that is gospel-based.
Chapter 5 evaluates the benefits of Lutheran and Reformed approaches while seeking to synthesize insights from both to form a coherent, biblically faithful approach to talking about progression in the doctrine of sanctification.
- Equipping Small Group Leaders With Biblical Counseling Skills at Community Life Church, Forney, Texas
Equipping Small Group Leaders With Biblical Counseling Skills at Community Life Church, Forney, Texas
Harness, Madison Charles
This project equips small group leaders with biblical counseling skills at Community Life Church, Forney, Texas. Chapter 1 describes the ministry context of Community Life Church. Chapter 2 examines the biblical and theological basis for this project. The paper emphasizes the ministries of the Word, prayer, and mutual concern as primary examples of biblical counseling. Chapter 3 compares the biblical counseling skills consistently emphasized throughout the Bible with the skills emphasized by integrative Christian ministers and psychologists. Chapter 4 explains the methodology undertaken in implementing the project. Chapter 5 evaluates and analyzes the results of the project.
- IMPROVING CORPORATE WORSHIP BY INTEGRATING CHORAL AND CONGREGATIONAL PRAISE AT BEAUTIFUL GATE CHURCH, ANNANDALE, VIRGINIA
IMPROVING CORPORATE WORSHIP BY INTEGRATING CHORAL AND CONGREGATIONAL PRAISE AT BEAUTIFUL GATE CHURCH, ANNANDALE, VIRGINIA
The purpose of this project is to improve corporate worship by integrating
choral and congregational praise at Beautiful Gate Church in Annandale, Virginia.
Chapter 1 presents the purpose of this project and describes the goals of the project. It also describes the ministry context of Beautiful Gate Church. This chapter also presents the rationale for the project to integrate coral and congregational praise.
Chapter 2 examines the biblical and theological supports for the project. Several passages (for example, Gen 4:2-8, John 4:20-24, and Ps 22:3) would be examined in detail. These passages put emphasis on the importance of worship and the roles of praising for the Christian belief.
Chapter 3 deals with the theoretical and sociological issues concerning this project. This chapter examines the contemporary culture and music and their characteristics. It also discusses the problems of church worship and praising under the contemporary culture and music. It evaluates the current worship and praising models and suggests an alternative style.
Chapter 4 outlines the methodology for the project with a detailed procedure. A music minister gives some seminars on the biblical worship and praising and guide the choir and congregation to practice for an integrating praising. The purpose of this chapter is to give some guidelines when someone applies this project to a different setting to
improve his church's worship.
Chapter 5 evaluates the effectiveness of the project.
- Developing A Christocentric Approach For Expository Preaching, Grace Fellowship, Anniston, Alabama
Developing A Christocentric Approach For Expository Preaching, Grace Fellowship, Anniston, Alabama
Weathers, Carlton Eugene
This project works to establish a pattern of christocentric expository preaching at Grace Fellowship, Anniston, Alabama. Chapter 1 outlines the limits of the project, sets the context of Grace Fellowship, and defines christocentric expository preaching. Chapter 1 also serves as the introduction to the project as a body of work.
Chapter 2 begins with an analysis of important passages of Scripture that form the foundation of a christocentric approach to expository preaching. The chapter focuses on the preaching of the apostles as a model of preaching for pastors in our day.
Chapter 3 compares christocentric preaching to two alternate approaches of preaching. Both methods are analyzed using the preaching ministry of prominent advocates of the preaching style.
Chapter 4 gives the details of the work completed during the fifteen-week project that was conducted at Grace Fellowship. The three main elements of the project are evaluated and reported for the reader to analyze this project.
Chapter 5 is the final chapter in this ministry project. It seeks to summarize the conclusions of the project and suggests ways this project can be improved.
- Teaching the Definition and Value of Regenerate Church Membership at First Baptist Church West Columbia, Texas
Teaching the Definition and Value of Regenerate Church Membership at First Baptist Church West Columbia, Texas
Lintelman, Ryan Richard
This project attempts to create a process for training the members of First Baptist Church West Columbia, Texas, concerning the meaning and value of regenerate church membership.
Chapter 1 introduces the project and First Baptist Church West Columbia. This chapter discusses recent church history, demographic studies, and leadership issues within the church.
Chapter 2 addresses the biblical and theological issues concerning the definition and value of church membership. This chapter surveys various biblical texts in an effort to construct a scriptural view of church membership.
Chapter 3 traces the early history of the development of the doctrine of church membership in the Southern Baptist Convention. This chapter focuses on the work of J. L. Dagg, B. H. Carroll, and E. Y. Mullins.
Chapter 4 recounts the process of the project in detail. It describes the people addressed and the methods used for instruction. It also outlines the methodology used in gathering the research and describes the results of the research.
Chapter 5 focuses on analysis and evaluation. This chapter evaluates the purpose, goals, and methodology of the project as well as its strengths and weaknesses.
- Developing a Comprehensive Small Group Ministry for the Adults of the Northside Baptist Church of Indianapolis, Indiana
Developing a Comprehensive Small Group Ministry for the Adults of the Northside Baptist Church of Indianapolis, Indiana
McNeil, Steven M.
This project provides a comprehensive plan for adults to participate in Bible study and in small group settings. The overall goal is to see that the people of Northside Baptist Church understand the similarities and benefits of Sunday School and Home Small Groups. Chapter 1 presents the purpose, goals, history and context of this project. Chapter 2 examines the seven Biblical principles examined in Acts 2:42-47 and how these give insight, purpose and boundaries related to the small group process.
Chapter 3 examines research from authors of Sunday School and home small groups. The sociological principles found were then compared to the biblical principles discovered in chapter two. Chapter 4 is a description of the implementation of this project and how it works in the local church. Chapter 5 is an evaluation as to whether this project was successful or not and what was learned from the project.
- Developing Leadership For Discipleship Groups At Mountain View Community Church, Richfield, Pennsylvania
Developing Leadership For Discipleship Groups At Mountain View Community Church, Richfield, Pennsylvania
Losch, Pusey Anthony
Chapter 1 describes the demographics and ministry context of Mountain View Community Church. This chapter also includes four measurable and obtainable goals of the ministry project and serves as the rationale for developing leaders for discipleship groups.
Chapter 2 examines the biblical and theological support for leadership development. It focuses on 1 Peter 4:10-11, an overview of Paul's training of Timothy in 1 Timothy, and the choosing of the seven deacons in Acts 6:1-7. These three texts serve as biblical models on how to identify, train, and deploy leaders.
Chapter 3 addresses other models of development used by Spurgeon and contemporary writers. It details the rationale and methodology for pastoral leadership, multiplication, and evangelism.
Chapter 4 outlines the course of this project. This chapter is designed to help other church leaders should they wish to duplicate the leadership development process used for discipleship groups at Mountain View.
Finally, chapter 5 evaluates the project's purpose as well as the accomplishment of the four goals. It addresses what could be changed, what went well, and what could be improved. It concludes with some theological and personal reflections.
- Integrating Personal Evangelism and Social Outreach Training at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church In Herndon, Virginia
Integrating Personal Evangelism and Social Outreach Training at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church In Herndon, Virginia
Brooks, Nathaniel T.
Chapter 1 highlights the ministry context at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Herndon, Virginia. In explaining the context of ministry, this chapter focuses on the history of the church, as well as, the current environment and context. Chapter 1 includes a description of the purpose, goals and rationale for the project.
Chapter 2 establishes the biblical and theological foundation for integrating personal evangelism and social outreach training by examining in detail Jesus' acts of personal evangelism. First, four separate texts from God's Word are discussed in order to demonstrate the biblical necessity to personally evangelize.
Chapter 3 focuses on the theoretical outside sources that pertain to the concept of personal evangelism and social outreach. To achieve the goal, this chapter contains content that focuses on various methodologies, techniques, to sharing one's faith with in an urban context. It lays the groundwork for some key perspectives in community outreach, Christian community development. This chapter centers on the interaction between personal evangelism, social outreach, the urban church, and its community.
Chapter 4 depicts the project's set up and fifteen-week process. By outlining the project in detail, this chapter allows someone to duplicate what has been done at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Herndon, Virginia. This chapter shows the transition from biblical and theological to practical implementation.
Chapter 5 describes in detail the evaluation of the project. The evaluation is a summation of the surveys that were given and other credible feedback that added to the effectiveness of the project. Chapter 5 addresses the strengths, weakness, and changes of the goals set forth at the beginning of the project and examine whether or not the participants has developed through the process.
- Developing A Contextual Cross-Cultural Evangelism and Church Growth Strategy for the International Bible Church, Hampton, Georgia
Developing A Contextual Cross-Cultural Evangelism and Church Growth Strategy for the International Bible Church, Hampton, Georgia
Evangelista, Sam Reyes
This dissertation intends to design a contextual strategy of cross-cultural evangelism and church growth. Chapter 1 provides the ministry context of the International Bible Church. It includes the purpose, goals, rationale, definitions, limitations, and research methodology.
Chapter 2 presents the biblical and theological basis for doing cross-cultural evangelism. This covers Old and New Testaments characters who were involved in cross-cultural evangelism.
Chapter 3 deals with the theoretical and sociological foundation of cross-cultural communication. It underscores the importance of understanding the cultural, historical, and religious backgrounds of the three racial components of the IBC.
Chapter 4 describes the implementation of the project. The seminar covers three major topics: (1) evangelism (2) cross-cultural communication, and (3) discipleship and church growth.
Chapter 5 presents evaluation and modifications of the project for future implementation. This project affirms the increasing necessity and urgency to be equipped for cross-cultural evangelism in response to a growing multi-racial population.
- Preaching the Biblical Purposes of the Church from the New Testament at First Baptist Church, Fairburn, Georgia
Preaching the Biblical Purposes of the Church from the New Testament at First Baptist Church, Fairburn, Georgia
Terrell, Justin Herndon
This project aimed to educate and motivate church members with the New Testament purposes of the church through expository preaching.
Chapter 1 presented the purpose, goals, context, rational, definitions, limitations, and methodology for the project.
Chapter 2 exposed the modern crisis in Christian ecclesiology and provided a cure through a renewed understanding of God's purposes for the local church as indicated in the Great Commission.
Chapter 3 aimed to improve sermon application in expository preaching. This chapter revealed the necessity of application in expository preaching and offered solutions for improvement.
Chapter 4 outlined the sermons used in the project, described the various surveys and feedback groups, and presented the project's schedule.
Chapter 5 offered an analysis of the project's goals, data, survey results, strengths and weaknesses, things done differently, and theological and personal reflections. This project contends that church members are more committed to the biblical purposes of the church after hearing them preached through expository sermons.
- DEVELOPING A KINGDOM-FOCUSED MINISTRY THROUGH INTERACTIVE BIBLE STUDY AND LEADERSHIP TRAINING AT THE CANAAN CHURCH, COLUMBUS, OHIO
DEVELOPING A KINGDOM-FOCUSED MINISTRY THROUGH INTERACTIVE BIBLE STUDY AND LEADERSHIP TRAINING AT THE CANAAN CHURCH, COLUMBUS, OHIO
Pennebaker, Adrian L.
Chapter 1 introduces the purpose of the project, which was to create and
develop a Bible study with a kingdom-focused agenda. This kingdom-focused Bible
study informed the reader of the kingdom's origin, purpose, and the Christian's
responsibility to the call of the kingdom of God. The goals of the project are precisely
stated, along with the ministry context for which this project was implemented. The
rationale along with the research methodology are also in chapter 1.
Chapter 2 provides a biblical and theological foundation for the purpose of the
project. Old and New Testament Scriptures are used as the foundation for the theological
justification. This chapter introduces the development of the Kingdome Driven Liven
Bible study curriculum. Also, the reader is provided a portrait comparison of the New
Testament church alongside the contemporary church.
Chapter 3 shows the necessity of having a vibrant church and its impact on the
Kingdom of God, as well as the individuals who play their roles. The chapter discusses
church vitality and the kind of preaching that inspires vital church growth. Chapter 3
indicates several churches that good sample copies of vital kingdom-centered church
Chapter 4 implements the project while discussing the coming together of the
twelve-week Bible study necessary for the project to become an ongoing opportunity in
the life and ministry of the church. It also reveals the project summary at the conclusion.Chapter 5 evaluates the project, discussing what worked, what did not work,
and why, as well as where the church can improve the project for future use and
implementation. The conclusion of chapter 5 provides the author's theological reflection
concerning the project and process.
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