Applying Old Testament Narrative at Angel Fire Baptist Church, Angel Fire, New Mexico
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SubjectBible. Old Testament--Sermons
Bible. Old Testament--Homiletical use
APPLYING OLD TESTAMENT NARRATIVE AT ANGEL FIRE BAPTIST CHURCH, ANGEL FIRE, NEW MEXICO Brian Kurt Nystrom, D.Min. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2016 Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Terry J. Betts This project facilitates the members of Angel Fire Baptist Church in Angel Fire, New Mexico, to apply Old Testament narrative properly. The project consisted of three goals: to assist church members to increase their awareness of how they apply Old Testament narrative; to equip project participants using the method of application developed in the project; and to model application of Old Testament narrative through an expository preaching series from Genesis 37-50. The goals of the project were accomplished through the use of questionnaires, training, preaching, and guided sermon reflections. Chapter 1 introduces the project by establishing the project’s purpose and goals in light of the ministry context of Angel Fire Baptist Church. The research methodology for the project is presented within the definitions, limitations and delimitations of the project. Chapter 2 analyzes various existing models of applying Old Testament narrative. The chapter begins by establishing biblical guidelines for application and then analyzes the models in light of these guidelines. The models evaluated were the Theocentric model, the Christological model, and the Redemptive-Historical Christocentric model. The chapter closes by proposing a Text-driven, Gospel-driven model for application of Old Testament narrative based on the Redemptive-Historical Christocentric model. Chapter 3 models the Text-driven, Gospel-driven model through a sermon series preached from the Joseph narrative of Genesis 37-50. The series consisted of twelve sermons; two introductory sermons and ten sermons on the Joseph narrative. For each of the ten sermons, the main point is summarized, handles for application are identified, and questions are asked which move to the gospel in application. Chapter 4 describes the methodology used to complete the project, and provides conclusions concerning the project’s effectiveness in modeling application of Old Testament narrative through expository preaching. Chapter 5 evaluates the project’s effectiveness and offers some reflections and conclusions. Strengths and weaknesses of the project are identified and discussed in terms of their effect on the project’s overall effectiveness. The reflections interact with some established writings on application and conclude that the project is harmonious with the call to apply the Old Testament in the light of the gospel. The Text-driven, Gospel-driven model for the application of Old Testament narrative is an effective tool for helping God’s people mature in their understanding of the Scripture and for applying the Scripture to their lives in the light of the gospel.