Developing a Sermon Application Group at Dundalk Presbyterian Church, Dundalk, Maryland
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Small groups--Religious aspects--Christianity
This project explores an experimental model for discipleship training at local churches. The project seeks to design a program that can assist the local church pastor in teaching the members of his congregation how to apply sermon content to their unique life circumstances. Chapter 1 presents the purpose, goals, context, rationale, definitions, and limitation of the project. Chapter 2 discusses the biblical and theological perspectives on developing a sermon application group. This chapter offers Old and New Testament perspectives on the importance of sermon application, as well as, how Jesus used a small group model to teach his disciples how to apply the biblical principles he taught in his sermons. Chapter 3 explores contemporary ideas in sermon application. This chapter delves into the various concepts contemporary pastors have used to help their congregations contextualize biblical principles. Chapter 4 analyzes the three phases of the "Sermon Application Group" project. The chapter includes analysis of the eleven-week preaching series, as well as group leader training. Chapter 5 provides an evaluation of the project's goals, methodology, strengths and weaknesses, as well as considerations for improving the project for future use.