Teaching the Storyline of Scripture at Rich Pond Baptist Church, Bowling Green, Kentucky
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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.