Teaching a Biblical Theology of the Church at Hanover Fellowship Church, Hanover, Pennsylvania
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Church members were taught a biblical theology of the church, with the aim that their commitment to the church would increase. Chapter 1 presents the purpose, goals, context, rationale, definitions, and limitations of the project. Chapter 2 discusses the biblical theology of the church. This chapter develops the identity, nature, and mission of the church from a biblical-theological perspective. Chapter 3 surveys alternative models for increasing commitment to the church. A discussion of how some models may compromise biblical ecclesiology is included. Chapter 4 outlines the sermons and discipleship lessons used in the project. This chapter also includes preliminary results from the instruments used to measure change. Chapter 5 provides an evaluation of the project goals, along with its strengths and weaknesses. This project contends that a valid method for increasing commitment in a church is to teach members a biblical perspective regarding their identity and roles.