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Developing a Series of Expositional Sermons from Joshua to Preach the Gospel to the Men’s Study at Edenton Street United Methodist Church, Measuring the Effectiveness of that Preaching by Testing the Men Who Attend
by Andrews, John R. B., D.Min., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2019, 180; 22620913
Abstract (Summary)

In this Doctor of Ministry project report the project director addresses the need for gospel-centered, biblical-based, expositional preaching in unique settings. The project director researched the decline in attendance at mainline denominations and the lack of gospel-centered preaching in mainline denominations via national church attendance statistics and confidential questionnaires or spiritual surveys with men who attend mainline denominations. The project director included the questionnaires in the report to support the need for gospel-centered preaching in unique settings and to demonstrate the effectiveness of preaching the gospel from Joshua to the men who attend The Men’s Study (TMS) at Edenton Street United Methodist Church in downtown Raleigh. The project director developed fourteen expositional sermons on the book of Joshua. Each manuscript included a title, the text of Scripture, the big idea of the text, three to four division statements, illustrations, and a conclusion. The project director delivered these sermons to TMS on Tuesday evenings, from 8 to 8:45 p.m., from September 12, 2017 through February 17, 2018. The final work provides preachers with a resource to assist them in preaching the gospel through an Old Testament book and demonstrates the great need for gospel-centered preaching in unique settings.

The project director gained experience and knowledge via this project regarding the preaching of the gospel from the Old Testament. Furthermore, the project proved effective based on the response as determined by the surveys. In response to hearing the gospel during the course of the seventeen weeks of the study of Joshua, forty-two men indicated both their faith had increased and they had surrendered more to Christ; fifty-three men rededicated their lives to Christ; fourteen men made a first-time decision to surrender to Christ; and finally, twelve men indicated either their prayer lives had increased or they had a renewed commitment to Bible reading.

Indexing (document details)
Commitee: Akin, Daniel, Harvey, Charles E., Cockrell, B. Tate
School: Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Department: Department of Graduate Studies
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: DAI-A 81/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion
Keywords: False teaching, Joshua, Liberal theology, Men's study, Preaching
Publication Number: 22620913
ISBN: 9781085759762
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