Training the Members for Intergenerational Unity at Bethany Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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SubjectBethany Baptist Church (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Intergenerational relations--Religious aspects--Christianity
This project centered on the development of biblical Christ-centered unity at Bethany Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale. The first chapter describes the purpose, goals, context, rationale, and definitions of the project. Chapter 2 considers the theological and biblical foundations of biblical Christ-centered unity for an intergenerational unity at BBCF. This chapter zoomed in on the source of believers’ calling (Eph 1:3-10), cultivation of a worthy walk in Christ ( Eph 5:15-21, Gal 5:16-26), a walk in unity with the triune God (Eph 2:1-22), an earnest work to maintain unity in the body of Christ (Eph 4:1-6), and a demonstration of an imitable biblical spiritual life transformation (Eph 5:1-8) . Chapter 3 exposes the theoretical and practical aspects of biblical Christ-centered unity. This chapter demonstrates that a church with a healthy ecclesiology trains its members to foster biblical Christ-centered unity through the experience of God’s power, strengthening believers’ faith through mutual love and service, and the living experience of God’s power in all facets of believers’ lives. Chapter 4 depicts the implementation process of the project. The execution of the project consisted of the teaching of five sermon series and twelve lessons that covered the practical aspect of a biblical Christ-centered unity in the local church. Participants experienced this practical aspect of the project through interactive lessons and two case studies. Chapter 5 presents the results of the project through a succinct evaluation of the purpose and goals of the project. It also analyzes the project’s strengths and weaknesses, followed by personal and theological reflections on the “bien-fondé” of the project for an intergenerational unity in the local church.