Leading Cultural Change in the Established Church Through Preaching: Select Discourses from the Teaching Ministry of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke
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This thesis argues that pastors can reshape an established church’s evangelistic culture by utilizing the teaching methods of Jesus. Chapter 1 provides an overview of organizational culture and how cultures are shaped and reshaped. Chapter 2 exegetes Luke 11:1-13, examining how Jesus used direct instruction to reshape the established religious culture and showing how this method can be used to reshape evangelistic culture in the church. Chapter 3 describes how Jesus used confrontation to reshape established religious understandings about the law of God and examines how confrontation can be used to reshape evangelistic culture in the church. Chapter 4 examines how Jesus set high expectations for his followers to help them advance the mission of God and makes application for how pastors can do the same. Finally, chapter 5 offers broader implications for the church and demonstrates the need for further research.