Project Documents

Date of Award

2003

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

R. Clifford Jones

Second Advisor

Walter Douglas

Third Advisor

James J. North, Jr.

Abstract

Problem. There is an ongoing conflict between the members of the Oakwood College Church regarding what constitutes appropriate and meaningful worship. The conflict is most pronounced between the church’s two largest constituencies, college students and senior citizens. The lack of unity on this issue hinders both nurture and outreach efforts on behalf of the church and is a constant source of member dissatisfaction. Initial observations suggest that the problem is traceable, at least in part, to the lack of a clear understanding as to what should be the basis for determining corporate worship practice.

Method. This study presents a review of historic worship practices among Seventh-day Adventists with an interest in building upon them for further development of a biblical theology of worship. It draws on New Testament principles as revealed in the worship practices and counsels relative to the church of the book of Acts and later New Testament churches. It seeks to integrate these principles with those of the Protestant reformers in their attempts to return the church to its biblical roots, drawing principally from the theology of Ulrich Zwingli.

Conclusions. The ultimate goal of this project is to assist the Oakwood College church in the development of worship that is biblically sound and pleasing to God, and to make a contribution to the overall Seventh-day Adventist church in the area of worship theology.

Subject Area

Worship--Biblical teaching, Public worship--Seventh-day Adventists

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