Series 1

Volume III, Issue 1

Fall 1982

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  1. A Living Liturgy for Contemporary Christians

    By Dr. Kenneth O. Gangel — Pages 5-9

    This article sets forth the biblical meaning of liturgy as described in Romans 11:33-12:2. The author presents a biblical view of public worship, showing that it begins with recognizing God's sovereignty, continues in living a life of sacrificial service, and peaks in becoming transformed and living a life separated from the world's pattern.

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  2. The Traditional Sunday School

    By Sherman Williams — Pages 10-15

    This article was originally presented as an address given at the first National Christian Education Study Seminary held December 2-4, 1975 in Itasca, Illinois. The seminar was designed to assemble leading Christian educators from across the United States and Canada to focus on the role and purpose of the Sunday School. It was decided to present three viewpoints that are representative of considerable numbers of evangelical churches. The terms "traditional," "renewal," and "aggressive" were selected to describe the three different viewpoints. Pastor Sherman Williams, Dr. Gene Getz, and Dr. Elmer Towns were selected to represent each of these three approaches. All three addresses are contained in this issue. In this article, Sherman Williams describes the traditional Sunday School.

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  3. The Renewal Sunday School

    By Gene Getz — Pages 16-22

    This article was originally presented as an address given at the first National Christian Education Study Seminary held December 2-4, 1975 in Itasca, Illinois. The seminar was designed to assemble leading Christian educators from across the United States and Canada to focus on the role and purpose of the Sunday School. It was decided to present three viewpoints that are representative of considerable numbers of evangelical churches. The terms "traditional," "renewal," and "aggressive" were selected to describe the three different viewpoints. Pastor Sherman Williams, Dr. Gene Getz, and Dr. Elmer Towns were selected to represent each of these three approaches. All three addresses are contained in this issue. In this article, Gene Getz describes the renewal Sunday School.

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  4. The Aggressive Sunday School

    By Elmer Towns — Pages 23-36

    This article was originally presented as an address given at the first National Christian Education Study Seminary held December 2-4, 1975 in Itasca, Illinois. The seminar was designed to assemble leading Christian educators from across the United States and Canada to focus on the role and purpose of the Sunday School. It was decided to present three viewpoints that are representative of considerable numbers of evangelical churches. The terms "traditional," "renewal," and "aggressive" were selected to describe the three different viewpoints. Pastor Sherman Williams, Dr. Gene Getz, and Dr. Elmer Towns were selected to represent each of these three approaches. All three addresses are contained in this issue. In this article, Elmer Towns describes the aggressive Sunday School.

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  5. Developing Effective Teacher Training Programs

    By Peter N Reoch — Pages 37-40

    Since one function of the local church is to teach the Word of God, it is vitally important that teachers be trained to teach effectively. This article offers guidelines in how to develop an effective teacher training program for volunteers in the local church.

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  6. Evaluating Your Curriculum

    By Ronald W Leigh — Pages 41-46

    This article begins by illustrating one-factor analysis of curriculum materials and the dangers of such analysis. Then several key suggestions are given for the proper evaluation of curriculum materials. Finally, an evaluation form is supplied.

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  7. Personal Interaction: The Missing Ingredient in Christian Education

    By Phillip L Kirsch — Pages 47-50

    Although no hard evidence is available, a recent Gallup Poll and a brief study by the author give indication that educational programs in evangelical churches are ineffective in teaching Bible content and in influencing the behavior of students. Fads in Christian education are indication that church leaders sense this ineffectiveness. Secular studies in sociology reveal the importance of interpersonal influence on both content acquisition and behavior in individuals. It is suggested that the ineffectiveness of church educational programs lies in a failure to understand and respond to the dynamics of interpersonal influence.

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  8. Is Your Church an Honest Ally or a Friendly Foe of the Aged?

    By David O Moberg — Pages 51-64

    This article examines the church's relationship with older adults. The author begins by presenting the biblical basis for treating older adults with honor, respect, reverence, and love. He briefly recounts the church's role in promoting respectful attitudes toward the aging. Then he focuses on how the church has unintentionally violated the biblical ideals for relationships with the elderly and why the elderly have been discriminated against. Finally, some action steps are listed for churches that want to have a vital ministry with, for, and by older adults. Following the article is a checklist for churches to use in assessing their adult ministries.

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  9. Church Programs for Senior Adults

    By Grace Sasscer — Pages 65-71

    A church can and ought to have an effective educational program for senior adults which benefits both the senior adult and the church. The first step in establishing the right attitude to senior adults, realizing their potential and need to be involved in the church. Next, their specific financial, social, physical, psychological, and spiritual needs must be recognized and fulfilled. Finally, we should utilize their wisdom, talents, and abilities by allowing them to become involved with the work of the church in every area possible.

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  10. Book Reviews

    By — Pages 73-78

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