Equipping the Members of First Baptist Church Calvert City, Kentucky to Develop the Practice of Personal Devotions.,
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.ABSTRACT EQUIPPING THE MEMBERS OF FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, CALVERT CITY, KENTUCKY TO DEVELOP THE PRACTICE OF PERSONAL DEVOTIONS James William Ewing, D.Min. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2016 Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Joseph C. Harrod The purpose of this project was to equip members of First Baptist Church (FBC), Calvert City, Kentucky, to develop a daily practice of personal devotions. Chapter 1 provides the goals, context, rationale, and definitions for this ministry project. It also describes the research methodology and discusses key limitations of the study. Chapter 2 provides biblical and theological support for of daily personal devotions as a spiritual discipline and then introduces the biblical practices of reading, meditating, and praying over the Word of God. Chapter 3 examines in detail the practices of devotional reading, meditation, and prayer and then provides an introductory format to help develop and maintain devotions as a daily discipline. Chapter 4 describes the execution of the ministry project as well and includes statistical and qualitative results. Chapter 5 offers an assessment of the project purpose, goals, strengths and weaknesses of the project, and concludes with theological and personal reflections.