Teaching the Members of Twelve Oaks Baptist Church in Paducah, Kentucky to Depend on the Holy Spirit Through Prayer for Effective Evangelism
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ABSTRACT Chapter 1 Chapter 1 proposes the goals, the context, and the rationale of the project. It explains the thee goals which are to assess the need for the teaching of the project. Second is to develop a sermon series to teach dependence on the Holy Spirit through prayer for effective evangelism. The third is to preach the series and reassessing the knowledge or the members concerning the material. Chapter 2 Chapter 2 explains the biblical and theological basis for the project. This chapter explored five different biblical texts that relate to the issue of the Holy Spirit’s role in evangelism and the need for the evangelist to pray for the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to be effective. It also explores the need for prayer on behalf of the one evangelized for the Holy Spirit to apply the gospel and bring the spiritual heart to life. Chapter 3 Chapter 3 deals with the theoretical and practical basis for the project. This chapter deals with the foundational principle of the New Covenant and how God now interacts through the evangelist and in the heart of the one being evangelized to bring about spiritual life. Through research of evangelistic materials this chapter shows the need for the work of the Holy Spirit in all aspects of evangelism and why the evangelist must engage the Spirit in prayer if the evangelism is to be effective. This chapter also explains the different biblical illustrations for sin and shows why each is supernatural, and therefore, must be dealt with on a supernatural level through the power of the Holy Spirit. Chapter 4 Chapter 4 explains how the process of the completing the project. As a sermon series, the project is designed to assess the participants on the front end of the project. The sermon series will then be prepared and taught over the course of eight weeks. After the series the participants will again be assessed as to their knowledge of the subject material to determine the effectiveness of the series. Chapter 5 Chapter 5 will show the evaluation of the project. It will assess the effectiveness of the projects including all strengths and weaknesses as well as things that worked and things that would have made the project more effective. It will also include a personal assessment of I have personally learned about myself in the course of the project.