According to the Great Commission, the clear call of Christian leaders is to make disciples (Matt. 28:16-20). Many key Christian leaders and thinkers cite personal Bible reading as one of the key components to the life of a growing disciple. Unfortunately, research shows that many American Christians are not actively reading the Bible outside of Sunday morning services (Stetzer, 2012). Thus, a mixed-methods study was done of a group of infrequent Bible readers from Crossway Church to assess the impact of the SOAP method of Bible reading on their spiritual lives. The group committed to reading one chapter of the Bible using the SOAP method five days a week for nine weeks. Qualitative interviews were conducted after the nine weeks, and the results of the participants' pre- and post-group Transformational Discipleship Assessment scores were analyzed to determine the kind of impact consistent Bible reading had on their lives. The researcher found significant spiritual growth in the lives of those who participated. Implications for the researcher's church as well as the local church at large are articulated in this dissertation.
|Advisor:||Pettegrew, Hal, Badal, Joel|
|School:||Lancaster Bible College|
|School Location:||United States -- Pennsylvania|
|Source:||DAI-A 80/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Biblical studies, Reading instruction|
|Keywords:||Bible reading, Discipleship, Local church, Spiritual formation, Transformational discipleship assessment|
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