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  • Our Table in the Wilderness
    Our Table in the Wilderness Brian Payne
  • Funeral service
    Funeral service Sanders, Colonel Harland D. Recorded in Alumni Memorial Chapel. Audio interrupted at tape changes (twice). Participants include Governor John Y. Brown and singer Pat Boone.
  • Can these bones live again?
    Can these bones live again? Taylor, Gardner C. Recorded in Alumni Memorial Chapel
  • The soul of the preacher
    The soul of the preacher Taylor, Gardner C. Recorded in Alumni Memorial Chapel
  • A model for preaching (audio)
    A model for preaching (audio) Taylor, Gardner C. Recorded in Alumni Memorial Chapel
  • The preacher and the preacher's themes
    The preacher and the preacher's themes Taylor, Gardner C. Recorded in Alumni Memorial Chapel
  • A model for preaching (video)
    A model for preaching (video) Taylor, Gardner C. Recorded in Alumni Memorial Chapel.
  • Ethics luncheon lecture
    Ethics luncheon lecture Taylor, Gardner C.
  • The Crown of the Hill: A Stroke Straight to the Center
    The Crown of the Hill: A Stroke Straight to the Center Hatcher, William E. (William Eldridge)
  • Southern Baptists in China
    Southern Baptists in China Ray, T. B. (T. Bronson)
  • Towers | April 2015
    Towers | April 2015 S. Craig Sanders
  • Developing and Implementing a Pastoral Leadership Course at Crosspoint Church in Clemson, South Carolina, for Present and Future Elder Candidates
    Developing and Implementing a Pastoral Leadership Course at Crosspoint Church in Clemson, South Carolina, for Present and Future Elder Candidates Finley, Jason Allen The purpose of this project was to develop and implement a pastoral leadership course at Crosspoint Church in Clemson, South Carolina, for present and future elder candidates. Chapter 1 explains the ministerial context of Crosspoint Church and demonstrates the need for the development of a pastoral leadership course for training and assimilating elder candidates. Chapter 2 demonstrates that Scripture reveals that churches need a plurality of qualified and trained men serving together as God's undershepherds in the office of elder. Chapter 3 considers how principles from the field of education bring value to an elder training course in the church. Chapter 4 provides a detailed process along with the methodology utilized for this project's implementation. Chapter 5 is an evaluation of the project. This chapter determines if the pastoral leadership course was effective to train present and future elder candidates at Crosspoint Church.
  • Teaching Family Worship to Parents with Young Children at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church of Glen Allen, Virginia
    Teaching Family Worship to Parents with Young Children at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church of Glen Allen, Virginia Harris, Jacob Bowen Jacob Bowen Harris, D.Min. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2014 Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Bruce A. Ware This project taught the biblical and theological foundations of family worship at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. Chapter 1 describes the purpose and goals of the project as well as the rationale for the project. Chapter 2 discusses the relevant biblical texts and theological underpinnings of family worship. Chapter 3 considers several sociological studies on the role parents play in the spiritual development of children. This chapter also offers practical helps to families seeking to establish the discipline of family worship. Chapter 4 outlines the three phases of the project: the preparation phase, the teaching phase, and the data collection and analysis phase. Chapter 5 evaluates the project as a whole. The purpose and goals of the project are examined and personal and theological reflections are offered.
  • Equipping Leaders For Missional Living at Farmdale Baptist Church, in Louisville, Kentucky
    Equipping Leaders For Missional Living at Farmdale Baptist Church, in Louisville, Kentucky Weber, Stephen Louis ABSTRACT EQUIPPING LEADERS FOR MISSIONAL LIVING AT FARMDALE BAPTIST CHURCH, IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY Stephen Louis Weber, D.Ed.Min. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2014 Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Troy W. Temple Chapter 1 provided the purpose for this effort, namely, to equip the leaders of this church to live and model lives as every day missionaries before the people of the church. The second purpose of the project was to create an on-going strategy and mechanism to equip every member for missional living. Chapter 2 laid the biblical and theological foundation on which this effort was built. Scripture commands followers of Christ to love, to be on mission, to pray evangelistically, to possess a missionary mentality, and to prepare for spiritual battle. Chapter 3 described the theoretical and sociological research involved to equip missional Christians. The key research included understanding the simple processes God often uses in healthy churches to make disciples. The second primary area of research involved the balance of living as a missionary in today's culture while maintaining biblical fidelity. Chapter 4 described the project in detail. It presented the planning, design, and implementation of the effort to equip church leaders for on mission living. The project sought to equip leaders to develop missional clarity, movement, alignment, and focus. Chapter 5 evaluated the project and centered on the project's purpose, goals, strengths and weaknesses. Attention was given to the changes that could be made to improve the project. Finally theological and personal reflections conclude the chapter.
  • Building the Unity of the Church at Our Savior's Church, Opelousas, Louisiana
    Building the Unity of the Church at Our Savior's Church, Opelousas, Louisiana Adams, Scott Lewis The purpose of this project was to equip members at Our Savior's Church with the knowledge of biblical trinitarianism for the purpose of creating a unified community. The first chapter centers upon the ecclesiastical context in which unity is to be achieved. Attention is given to demographics, the church's history, and challenges that have arisen since the church's inception. The second chapter provides biblical support and a theological foundation for ecclesiastical unity through the explication of the nature of the triune God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The third chapter addresses the how trinitarian concepts such as unity and diversity apply to marriage, church government, spiritual gifts, worship, and church membership. The fourth chapter involves a detailed explanation of the implementation of the project which involves didactic instruction and personal and corporate application. The fifth chapter concludes with an evaluation of the project's goals, along with an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses the project's content and application.
  • Developing and Teaching a Biblical Theology of Church Membership at Pine Grove Church, Opelika, Alabama
    Developing and Teaching a Biblical Theology of Church Membership at Pine Grove Church, Opelika, Alabama McCarty, Mark Howard The purpose of this project is to develop and teach a biblical theology of church membership. Chapter 1 presents the purpose, goals, context, rationale, definitions, limitations, and research methodology of the project. Chapter 2 is a study of the biblical and theological basis for church membership. This chapter focuses upon the New Testament's emphasis on the local church, church discipline, church leaders, the church as the body of Christ, and the New Testament's references to lists and records, noting the connection between these subjects and church membership. Chapter 3 discusses the theoretical and practical issues relating to church membership. Specifically, this chapter addresses the implications of membership as it relates to the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Chapters 4 and 5 provide details of the implementation of this project, as well as various evaluations of the project's success.
  • IMPLEMENTING A PROGRAM OF MENTOR BASED PERSONAL EVANGELISM TRAINING AT HILLSDALE BAPTIST CHURCH, LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY
    IMPLEMENTING A PROGRAM OF MENTOR BASED PERSONAL EVANGELISM TRAINING AT HILLSDALE BAPTIST CHURCH, LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY Harris, Timothy Jesse ABSTRACT IMPLEMENTING A PROGRAM OF MENTOR BASED PERSONAL EVANGELISM TRAINING AT HILLSDALE BAPTIST CHURCH LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY Timothy Jesse Harris, D.Min. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2014 Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Jeff K. Walters The project seeks to design and implement a mentor based program for training Christians to share their faith. Chapter 1 presents the purpose, goals, context, rationale, definitions, and limitations of the project. Chapter 2 establishes the biblical mandate for evangelism through the exegesis of Matthew 28:18-20 and Matthew 4:19. The chapter also establishes a biblical precedent for mentor based Christian training as seen in the lives of Moses and Joshua, Jesus and His disciples, Paul and Timothy, and in the Apostle Paul's command in Philippians 3:17. Chapter 3 surveys the field of mentoring and presents a model for Christian mentoring relationships. This chapter also examines and evaluates three popular mentor based evangelism training programs. Chapter 4 explains the creation and implementation of the Fishers of Men evangelism training program. A description of the process includes recruitment of participants, twelve training sessions and a training curriculum. Chapter 5 provides an evaluation of the project goals, along with modifications that could be made to strengthen the project for future use. This project asserts that mentor based evangelism training is the most biblical model.
  • PLANTING A GREAT COMMISSION CHURCH QUEENS, NEW YORK
    PLANTING A GREAT COMMISSION CHURCH QUEENS, NEW YORK Kim, Stephen PLANTING A GREAT COMMISSION CHURCH QUEENS, NEW YORK Stephen Kim, D.Min. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2014 Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Jeffrey K. Walters This project sought to plant a Great Commission church in Queens, New York City. The project sought to create a process for developing and sustaining a biblical worldview. Chapter 1 presents the purpose, goals, context, rationale, definitions, and limitations of the project. Chapter 2 discusses biblical and theological issues surrounding church planting within urban contexts. Specifically, this chapter looks at the different biblical perspectives of cities and seeks to develop a healthy ecclesiology for urban contexts. Chapter 3 surveys theoretical and practical issues in urban church planting. The effects of urbanization and postmodernism on urban centers are examined for the purpose of an enhanced missiological approach. Chapter 4 examines the creation and the implementation of Mustard Seed Church Biblical Worldview Program. Attention is given to the fourteen developmental phases of the program and the approach used in each phase. Chapter 5 provides an evaluation of the project goals, along with its strengths and weaknesses. This project asserts that faithful church planting is God's primary means for fulfilling the Great Commission.
  • Equipping Parents to Disciple Their Children Using Faith Milestones at Cornerstone Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Brighton, Michigan
    Equipping Parents to Disciple Their Children Using Faith Milestones at Cornerstone Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Brighton, Michigan Brown, Timothy Andrew EQUIPPING PARENTS TO DISCIPLE THEIR CHILDREN USING FAITH MILESTONES AT CORNERSTONE EVANGELICAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, BRIGHTON, MICHIGAN Timothy Andrew Brown, D.Min. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2014 Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Timothy Paul Jones The purpose of this project was to develop and implement an effective process to equip parents as the primary disciple-makers of their children in the home through the strategy of Faith Milestones at Cornerstone Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Brighton, Michigan. Chapter 1 provides a summary of the goals and rationale for the project in its ministry context and the research methodology used to measure the project's goals. Chapter 2 provides theological and biblical support for the project by examining four texts of scripture: Deuteronomy 6:1-9, Psalm 78:1-8, Ephesians 6:1-4, and Ephesians 4:10-16. Chapter 3 furnishes theoretical and sociological support for the project. The milestone strategy is advanced as a method to engage in the family-equipping model to respond to parental disengagement as observed through sociological studies. Chapter 4 summarizes the details of the project. It describes the project as a whole, the planning and promotion of the project, and the implementation of the project. Chapter 5 provides an evaluation of the project. The attainment of the project's goals is measured according the research methodology proposed in chapter 1. The strengths and weaknesses of the project are considered, followed by theological and personal reflection.
  • EQUIPPING THE SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS OF CORNERSTONE CHURCH OF WARWICK, RHODE ISLAND, TO COMMUNICATE GOD'S GLORY THROUGH THE WORK OF JESUS CHRIST AS THE UNIFYING THEME OF SCRIPTURE
    EQUIPPING THE SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS OF CORNERSTONE CHURCH OF WARWICK, RHODE ISLAND, TO COMMUNICATE GOD'S GLORY THROUGH THE WORK OF JESUS CHRIST AS THE UNIFYING THEME OF SCRIPTURE Clark, Robert Charles ABSTRACT EQUIPPING THE SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS OF CORNERSTONE CHURCH OF WARWICK, RHODE ISLAND, TO COMMUNICATE GOD'S GLORY THROUGH THE WORK OF JESUS CHRIST AS THE UNIFYING THEME OF SCRIPTURE Robert Charles Clark, D.Min. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2014 Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Brian J. Vickers This project was designed to aid in understanding and communicating the Bible's big picture. Chapter 1 presents the purpose, goals, ministry context, project rationale, definitions, limitations, and delimitation of the project. Chapter 2 establishes the biblical foundations for the project, expositing key passages (Luke 24; John 1; Luke 4; Eph 1) that demonstrate the continuity of the testaments. Additionally, it surveys the ultimate design of God's creation and traces five elements of Jesus' work through the Bible. Chapter 3 focuses on the theoretical foundations for the project. The works of Hamilton and Goldsworthy contribute to this project's theory, while the works of Greidanus and Chapell contribute a methodological approach to appropriate the theory this project proposes. Chapter 4 provides an account of the steps that were taken to carry out the project. Chapter 5 is an evaluation of the effectiveness of the project and consideration for the project's improvement.
  • Training Men at Bridge Church, Perry, Ohio, to Spiritually Lead Cross-Generational Small Groups
    Training Men at Bridge Church, Perry, Ohio, to Spiritually Lead Cross-Generational Small Groups Avery, Darin Darin Ray Avery, D.Min. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2014 Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Donald S. Whitney This project sought to equip laymen at Bridge Church, Perry, Ohio, to give effective spiritual leadership to cross-generational small groups. Chapter 1 gives the purpose, goals, ministry context, project rationale, definitions, limitations and delimitations, and a description of the research methodology. Chapter 2 provides a biblical and theological basis for developing core character traits and skills of spiritual leaders. Chapter 3 examines historical and contemporary theoretical approaches to the intentional training of spiritual leaders, gleaning key principles for improving leader knowledge, attitude, and skill. Chapter 4 describes the execution of the project including training and resources provided to leaders, research instruments for measuring success, and a description of the activities undertaken during the fifteen-week project period. Chapter 5 offers an evaluation of the project's purpose, goals, strengths and weaknesses, and what things the author would do differently. The chapter closes with the author's personal and theological reflections on the project.
  • Leading the Westside Baptist Church of Jacksonville Florida to Embrace a Comprehensive Missions Strategy
    Leading the Westside Baptist Church of Jacksonville Florida to Embrace a Comprehensive Missions Strategy Barton, Robert ABSTRACT LEADING THE WESTSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH OF JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, TO EMBRACE A COMPREHENSIVE MISSION STRATEGY Robert Morris Barton, D.Ed.Min. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2014 Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Shane W. Parker This project lays out a comprehensive mission strategy for a local church with an emphasis on the student ministry's part in that strategy. Chapter 1 gives the context of the local church that was engaged in the project, along with the missional rationale for the project and the methodology used to complete the project. Chapter 2 traces the history of the mission of God through six scriptural texts beginning in Genesis and ending in Revelation. Chapter 3 connects the local church, and particularly the student ministry to current mission trends and opportunities worldwide. Chapter 4 details how the plan was implemented in the church. Chapter 5 details strengths and weaknesses of the project, recommendations for further usefulness, and personal and theological reflections on the project.
  • Equipping Parents to be Primary Disciple Makers at First Baptist Church, Andalusia, Alabama
    Equipping Parents to be Primary Disciple Makers at First Baptist Church, Andalusia, Alabama Rodriguez, Michael ABSTRACT EQUIPPING PARENTS TO BE PRIMARY DISCIPLE MAKERS AT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, ANDALUSIA, ALABAMA Michael Paul Rodriguez, D.Min. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2014 Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Troy W. Temple This project examines the God-ordained role of parents as given throughout Scripture. Chapter 1 gives the context of the church approved for the project, along with the rationale for why this project is needed. Chapter 2 begins with an analysis of various texts throughout Scripture that provide the foundation for the role of parents as primary disciple makers. Chapter 3 offers theoretical support by investigating biblical manhood and womanhood in order to show that both perspectives lead to effective biblical parenting. Chapter 4 provides the overall methodology of how this project was introduced into the local church as a tool for discipleship. Chapter 5 provides an overview of the successes and failures that occurred throughout the duration of this project.
  • CULTIVATING GRACIOUSNESS IN THE HEARTS OF TRUTH-ZEALOTS
    CULTIVATING GRACIOUSNESS IN THE HEARTS OF TRUTH-ZEALOTS Crotts III, John Hoyle ABSTRACT CULTIVATING GRACIOUSNESS IN THE HEARTS OF TRUTH-ZEALOTS John Hoyle Crotts III, D.Min. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2014 Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Donald S. Whitney This thesis addresses the trend of Christians elevating their zeal for truth at the expense of Christian love. Chapter 1 tracks the revival of theological pursuit at the turn of the twenty-first century. Chapter 2 argues that according to the Bible, instead of diminishing their passion for God's truth, zealous Christians must elevate the corresponding virtue of graciousness. In chapter 3, this thesis demonstrates the importance of graciousness in the lives of Christians by surveying the biblical data to explain the meanings of the term graciousness and its parallels. The virtue is further illustrated in chapter 4 through an examination of gracious examples in the Bible. The positive examples are the Lord Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul, while the church at Ephesus exemplifies the danger of a church that loved the truth but was also directly challenged by the Lord Jesus for its lack of love (Rev 2:4). With the importance of the virtue demonstrated, the thesis provides numerous practical ways for Christians to cultivate graciousness individually in chapters 5 and 6, and then corporately in chapter 7. Chapter 8 concludes the thesis utilizing John Newton's eighteenth-century letter calling for graciousness in theological controversy.
  • Developing a Volunteer Ministry Placement Strategy for New Song Bible Fellowship Church in Bowie, Maryland
    Developing a Volunteer Ministry Placement Strategy for New Song Bible Fellowship Church in Bowie, Maryland Davis, Barbara Jackson ABSTRACT DEVELOPING A VOLUNTEER MINISTRY PLACEMENT STRATEGY FOR NEW SONG BIBLE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH IN BOWIE, MARYLAND Barbara Jackson Davis, D.Ed.Min. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2014 Faculty Supervisor: Dr. T. Vaughn Walker This research project focused on developing a recruitment and placement strategy for volunteers at New Song through the use of the PLACE Inventory Assessment tool. Chapter 2 describes the biblical and theological support for why believers should serve. Four foundational scriptures were used to support the thesis that God has created believers to serve. Ephesians 2:10 emphasizes that believers are created for "good works" and therefore, they should serve. James 2:14-17 focuses on the fact that faith without "works" is dead. Therefore, if believers had faith they would have "works' and serve. First Corinthians 12:7-11 highlight that believers have been given spiritual gift(s) to perform a specific task (service). Mark 10: 42-45 states that the believer's identity is rooted in Christ. Therefore, the believers must serve because Christ was a servant. Chapter 3 describes the theoretical foundation for volunteer administration. Volunteer administration is a set of complex human management processes, which entails reviewing the demographics and dynamics of the volunteer, the volunteer recruitment process, volunteer management, volunteer training, and the motivation of volunteers. Chapter 4 discusses the research methodology used for the project. This project focused on new adult members and non-serving adult members at New Song. The project used the PLACE inventory assessment tool. This tool assessed personality type, spiritual gifts, abilities, passions, and life experiences that have shaped a believer for ministry work. A ministry placement coach was used to help each member who took the assessment to understand the results for placement in ministry. Chapter 5 presents the results of the project. The results strongly suggested that members who took the PLACE assessments and had a ministry coaching session were highly likely to join a ministry.
  • Developing and Launching Strategic Off-campus Community Groups at Highland Park Baptist Church, Muscle Shoals, Alabama
    Developing and Launching Strategic Off-campus Community Groups at Highland Park Baptist Church, Muscle Shoals, Alabama Taylor III, James Eugene DEVELOPING AND LAUNCHING STRATEGIC OFF-CAMPUS COMMUNITY GROUPS AT HIGHLAND PARK BAPTIST CHURCH, MUSCLE SHOALS, ALABAMA James Eugene Taylor III, D.Min. Faculty Supervisor: Dr. William D. Henard The purpose of this project was to develop and launch strategic off-campus community groups at Highland Park Baptist Church in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Chapter 1 presents the goals, ministry context, and rationale of the project. Chapter 2 endeavors to establish a biblical and theological basis for off- campus community groups by examining the Bible's depiction of community. Scripture portrays the doctrine of community in several different ways. Community is seen in the unity found within the Godhead. Community is evident in the creation of humankind. Community is observed in the call and establishment of Abram and Israel, and it is witnessed in Christ's redemptive work upon the cross as he reconciles humankind back to God the Father and to one another. And finally, community is evident in the early church as they are of one mind, working together to spread the gospel message. Chapter 3 provides a framework for properly discovering, developing, and deploying off-campus community group leaders. These leaders are an essential component in the discipleship process of the church. Consequently, the way community group leaders are discovered, developed, and deployed is central to the overall health and success of the small group. Chapter 4 describes in detail the methodology of the project. Chapter 5 provides an evaluation of the project as well as some suggestions of what should have been done differently.
  • Using Expository Preaching for Discovering, Developing, and Deploying Elders at Believers' Baptist Church
    Using Expository Preaching for Discovering, Developing, and Deploying Elders at Believers' Baptist Church Rolen, Jason The purpose of this project was to use expository preaching to discover, develop, and deploy elders at Believers' Baptist Church, Emory, Texas. Chapter 1 describes the context, goals, and rationale for the project, and includes an argument for the need for elders at Believers' Baptist Church. The chapter also defines biblical eldership and expository preaching. Chapter 2 looks closely at the biblical texts that establish elders as present and plural in the New Testament church as the pattern for the contemporary church. Chapter 2 also examines the biblical qualifications and duties for elders. The chapter concludes with biblical arguments for the elders and the congregation working in concert to accomplish the Great Commission. Chapter 3 is an evaluation, a comparison, and a coordinating of two contemporary and significant curriculums on biblical eldership. Specifically, the chapter examines Biblical Eldership: Twelve Lessons for Mentoring Men in Eldership by Alexander Strauch and Elders and Leaders: God's Plan for Leading the Church by Roland Forman based on the book Elders and Leaders: God's Plan for Leading the Church by Gene Getz. Chapter 4 is a model for training elders. The model can be used as a plan for training current elders or for establishing elders in a congregation. The model was used at Believers' Baptist Church, but is flexible enough to be adopted to any congregation. The project concludes with an assessment of the congregation's understanding of biblical eldership and a consideration of the congregational involvement of the men considered and called to eldership is included in the chapter. A final evaluation on the strengths and weaknesses of the project are included.
  • Teaching the Storyline of Scripture at Rich Pond Baptist Church, Bowling Green, Kentucky
    Teaching the Storyline of Scripture at Rich Pond Baptist Church, Bowling Green, Kentucky Dendy, Christopher C. ABSTRACT TEACHING THE STORYLINE OF SCRIPTURE AT RICH POND BAPTIST CHURCH, BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY Christopher Charles Dendy, D.Min. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2014 Faculty Supervisor: Dr. James M. Hamilton, Jr. The purpose of this project was to help the members of Rich Pond Baptist Church understanding the storyline of Scripture through a Bible study. The project sought to develop a small group study wherein members would grow in the practice of studying and interpreting Scripture, as well as their ability to understand the storyline of Scripture. Chapter 2 shows that the biblical authors present understanding the storyline of Scripture as a necessary means to rightly knowing Christ, which produces increased affection for him. The chapter contains an exegesis of Luke 24, with particular attention given to Jesus teaching his disciples (24:25-27, 44-46). The chapter also surveys other biblical and theological themes in the book of Luke, concluding with a look at Peter's preaching in Acts (2:14-36, 3:11-26). Chapter 3 examines three theological themes: the Temple of God, the Bride, and the Family of God. These different themes show that the biblical authors intentionally connect various themes, metaphors, and images to explain the storyline of Scripture. Chapter 4 presents the cultivation of spiritual disciples, namely Bible intake and prayer, as essential for understanding the storyline of Scripture. Chapter 5 presents the curriculum administered during the course of the project. Chapter 6 presents an evaluation of the effectiveness of the project. This evaluation provides suggestions for improvement to make the Bible study more effective for future implementation.
  • Discipleship Through Preaching At Garrett Memorial Baptist Church, Hope, Arkansas
    Discipleship Through Preaching At Garrett Memorial Baptist Church, Hope, Arkansas Johnson, Jack Clifton DISCIPLESHIP THROUGH PREACHING AT GARRETT MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH, HOPE, ARKANSAS Jack Clifton Johnson, D.Min. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2014 Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Brian J. Vickers This thesis-project details the biblical role of the listener in the preaching event along with the role listening plays in the discipleship of the church. Chapter 1 exposes the need for the development of effective listening in the specific context of Garrett Memorial Baptist Church. In the realm of practical theology, much is written concerning the practice of preaching. Preaching, however, like all forms of communication, is a two-party process of communicating. A preacher is needed as well as hearers. Chapter 2 focuses on four aspects of listening as emphasized in the Bible: the priority, the purpose, the power and preparation, and the proof of listening. In this chapter a theology of effective listening is built. Connecting preaching to discipleship by means of effective listening is the theme of chapter 3. When biblical preaching and effective listening connect, discipleship takes place. Additionally, when effective listening takes place within the church, discipleship within the church is increased in various ways. Chapter 4 details how this thesis-project was implemented at Garrett Memorial Baptist Church. Through a two-part sermon series, followed by an eight-week class, church members were equipped with effective listening skills. Surveys and interviews were used to measure growth in the knowledge and use of effective listening skills. Evaluating the success of the project is the focal point of chapter 5. Along with assessing survey results, theological and personal reflections about the project are also given. Presenting the role of listening as a spiritual discipline to be cultivated, this thesis-project offers spiritual and practical disciplines for the disciple of Christ to utilize before, during, and after hearing a sermon in order to get the most of out of sermons.
  • Implementing A Strategy At CrossWay Christian Fellowship, Pelham, Alabama, To Develop Members Who Practice Lifestyle Evangelism
    Implementing A Strategy At CrossWay Christian Fellowship, Pelham, Alabama, To Develop Members Who Practice Lifestyle Evangelism Muse, Frederick Clay ABSTRACT IMPLEMENTING A STRATEGY AT CROSSWAY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP, PELHAM, ALABAMA, TO DEVELOP MEMBERS WHO PRACTICE LIFESTYLE EVANGELISM Frederick Clay Muse, D.Min. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2014 Faculty Supervisor: Dr. T. Vaughn Walker The purpose of this project was to meet the most prevalent need for the future survival of CrossWay Christian Fellowship. The project's purpose was to create a system to train future believers in how to practice lifestyle evangelism. The Scriptures are clear that being God's witnesses have a prominent place in the lives of believers. Chapter 2 describes people both in the Old and New Testament that become witnesses as a result of experiencing God's salvation. Chapter 3 explains the practical aspects of how believers impart the gospel through different approaches to witnessing. The goal of each of these approaches is to assist believers to embody lifestyle evangelism. Chapter 4 gives the details of the project implementation. This project utilized different tools to develop members to practice lifestyle evangelism. The different tools equipped and empowered CrossWay believers to practice intentional, relational, and servanthood evangelism techniques. The evaluation of this project is displayed in chapter 5, which involved analyzing the data obtained from CrossWay's participants who participated in the various surveys that were conducted during the fifteen week implementation phase. The research revealed strengths and weaknesses of the project. .