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                            Connecting Daily Christian Living With Adventist Doctrines Through Christocentric Preaching at the Kingsboro Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church
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LIST OF TABLES
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INTRODUCTION
Statement of Problem
Statement of Purpose
Justification
Expectations
Limitations
Method
THEOLOGICAL FOUNDATION FOR CHRISTOCENTRIC DOCTRINES, THEIR ROLE IN THE LIFE OF THE BELIEVER, AND THEIR PREACHING
Introduction
The Christocentric Nature of Biblical Doctrines
	Defining the Term Doctrine
		Doctrine in the Old Testament
		Doctrine in the New Testament
		Ellen White on the Concept of Doctrine
	Christ is the Center of Biblical Doctrines
		Christ is the Center of Doctrines in the Old Testament
		Christ the Creator and Redeemer
		Christ the Seed
		Christ the Messiah
		Christ the Angel of the Lord
		Christ the Branch
		Christ the High Priest and in the order of Melchizedek
		Christ the Antitype for the sacrificial system
		Christ’s Ministry as antitype for the biblical festivals
		Christ is the Center of Doctrines in the New Testament
		Christ the Creator and Redeemer
		Christ the High Priest and Lamb (of God)
		Christ the Son of God
		Christ the Shepherd
		Christ the Bread From Heaven
		Christ the Cornerstone
		“In Christ”
		The Gospel of Christ
		Ellen White on Christocentric Doctrines
The Role of Doctrines in the Life of the Believer:  Hear, Believe, Do
	Old Testament on the Role of Doctrines in the Life of the Believer
	New Testament on the Role of Doctrines in the Life of the Believer
	Ellen White on the Role of Doctrines in the Life of the Believer
Christocentric Doctrinal Preaching
	Christocentric Doctrinal Preaching in the Old Testament
	Christocentric Doctrinal Preaching in the New Testament
	Ellen White on Christocentric Doctrinal Preaching
Conclusion
LITERTURE CONTRIBUTING UNDERSTANDING ON CHRISTOCENTRIC DOCTRINes, THEIR RELAVANCE IN THE ADVENTIST CHURCH, AND  THEIR PREACHING
Introduction
The Necessity of Christocentric Doctrines in the Church
	Defining Church
		Church in the Old and New Testaments
		Christ is the Center of the Church
	Defining Doctrine
		Doctrine in the Old and New Testaments
		Christ as the Center of all Doctrine
Relevancy and Role of Doctrines in the Church and the Life of the Believer
	The Question of Doctrinal Relevancy
	Factors Affecting the Relevancy of Doctrines in the Adventist Church
		Nineteenth Century: Fundamental Beliefs in Early Adventism
		Twentieth to Twenty-First Centuries: Doctrinal Relevancy Crisis
	The Role of Doctrines in the Church and the Life of the Believer
	The Role of Doctrines in the Adventist Church
Principles and Strategies for Preaching Doctrinal Sermons
	The Need for Christocentric Doctrinal Preaching
		Principles of Preaching
		Preaching Should be Biblically Based
		Preaching Should be Christocentric
		Preaching Should be Geared to the Audience
		Preaching Should Offer Real Spiritual Food
		Preaching Should Challenge the Audience
Strategies for Preparing Sermons
	Planning: Congregation Needs Assessment, Preaching Calendar, and Sermon Series
	Writing: Clear Points and Outlines
	Preaching: Clarity and Delivery
Conclusion
An Approach for Developing an Appreciation for Adventist Doctrines through Christo-Centric Doctrinal Preaching in Kingsboro  Temple SDA Church
Introduction
Profile of Kingsboro Temple SDA Church
	A Brief History of Kingsboro Temple SDA Church
	Current Demographics of the Congregation
	The Spiritual Life of the Church and its Ministries
Planning of the Approach for Developing an Appreciation for Adventist Doctrines
	Leadership Planning of Doctrinal Sermon Series
	Preparing for the Doctrinal Sermon Series
	Design a Weekly Summary of Fundamental Beliefs
Implementation of the Approach for Developing an Appreciations for Adventist Doctrines
	Preaching the Sermon Series
		Introduction: “Let’s Go Shopping”
		Salvation: “God: The Biggest Loser”
		Sabbath: “What’s So Scared About the Sabbath?”
		Spirit of Prophecy: “The Message, the Method, and the Messenger”
		Stewardship: “Paycheck”
		State of the Dead: “Dead or Alive?”
		Sanctuary: “God’s Laundry Room”
		Second Coming: “Hold That Fast”
	Bulletin Inserts on the Fundamental Beliefs
	Engaging the Kingsboro Temple SDA Church in Doctrinal Dialogue
		Weekly Bible Class
		Pre- and Post- Survey
		Participated in Different Sabbath School Classes
		Implement and Conduct a Five Minute “Discover My Foundation” Segment Each Sabbath
		Informal Feedback on the Doctrinal Sermon Series
Conclusion
Outcomes and Evaluation of Pre- and Post- Surveys of Kingsboro Temple Members
Introduction
Survey Research and Design
Survey Administration and Participation
Survey Findings and Analysis
	Questions on the Fundamental Beliefs
	Questions on the Sabbath
	Questions on the Authority of the Bible and Ellen White
	Questions on Christ’s Ministry in the Heavenly Sanctuary
	Questions on the Second Coming of Christ
	Questions on Stewardship
	Questions on the State of the Dead
	Questions on the Church and Remnant and its Mission
Conclusion
Summary, Recommentdations, and Conclusions
Summary
Observations and Recommendations
	Observations
	Future Recommendations
Conclusions
SERMON OUTLINES
Sermon 1
Sermon 2
Sermon 3
Sermon 4
Sermon 5
Sermon 6
Sermon 7
REFERENCE LIST
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Dissertation Projects DMin Graduate Research

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Connecting Daily Christian Living With Adventist Doctrines Connecting Daily Christian Living With Adventist Doctrines

Through Christocentric Preaching at the Kingsboro Temple Through Christocentric Preaching at the Kingsboro Temple

Seventh-day Adventist Church Seventh-day Adventist Church

Donnett Mia Blake
Andrews University

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ABSTRACT

CONNECTING DAILY CHRISTIAN LIVING WITH ADVENTIST
DOCTRINES THROUGH CHRISTOCENTRIC PREACHING

AT THE KINGSBORO TEMPLE SEVENTH-DAY
ADVENTIST CHURCH

by


Donnett Mia Blake

Adviser: Kenley Hall

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Figure 1. Kingsboro Temple of Seventh-day Adventists



The Spiritual Life of the Church and its Ministries

Kingsboro Temple is a unique congregation in terms of its worship style.

Since its inception the church has fostered a strong charismatic and celebration-type

worship service. Music is the key attraction to Kingsboro. There are five praise teams,

officially known as “Temple Praise,” and three very active and professionally organized

choirs. The nontraditional approach to worship greatly impacts the weekly attendance

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positively, resulting in membership increase, largely among the young adults. While the

church has seen a consistent increase in its membership through the years, it has also seen

minimal significant practical lifestyle changes that align with the distinct fundamental

teachings of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. A large number of the membership has

grown increasingly dependent on music to create spiritual transformation in their lives.

Many view the distinct doctrines of Seventh-day Adventism as irrelevant to their

Christian experience and daily lifestyle choices and have increasingly adopted a

nonchalant attitude to the distinctiveness of Christian living. This resulted in declined

spirituality within the church. Consequently, the church does not have a strong sense of

its mission and purpose.

While Kingsboro Temple does not have a consistent outreach ministry that

impacts the surrounding community, it has a great in-reach ministry. The church is very

active catering to the needs of the members through various enrichment programs and

retreats. To foster unity and collaboration and eliminate duplicate programs and activities

there are five core areas of ministries: Mission Ministry, Operations Ministry,

Relationship Enhancement, Sacred Ministry, and Spiritual Formation. Each core area

consists of several ministries working together to plan, implement, and execute various

programs and activities.

Although the church is increasing in membership, there is need for the members

to deepen their understanding of and have greater appreciation for the distinct truths of

Adventism. There is need for Christ-centered doctrinal messages that will impact the

spiritual growth and daily lives of members and foster both corporate and personal

evangelism.

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Name: Donnett Mia Blake

Education:

1996–1998 Bachelor of Science in Social Work, Andrews University

1999–2001 Masters of Divinity, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Andrews
University

2008–Present Completing Doctor of Ministry in Preaching at Andrews University

Experience:

2011-Present Pastor: Shelter Rock S.D.A. Church

2007-2011 Assistant Pastor: Kingsboro Temple S.D.A.

2002-2007 Chaplain/Counselor: Northeastern Conference of S.D.A.

1992-1996 Administrative Assistant: CNR Automotive

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