Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


W. Ryan Steenburg


Bible Study, Sermon, Transformation, Spiritual Growth, Sermon-Aligned Bible Study, Bloom's Taxonomy


Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


What would occur if the biblical text that was preached in a weekend sermon was not relegated to a singular communication of information? What would change if the life of the sermon was extended through the practice of daily, scriptural study? What growth could we expect from an individual who is involved in daily Scripture that is not only integrated in the community of faith, but also aligned with the weekend sermon? It is precisely from questions such as these, that this thesis was formed. The purpose of this project was to study the implementation and effects of Sermon-Aligned Daily Bible Study on an individual’s level of spiritual growth. Combining the spheres of Biblical academia and educational assessment methodologies, this research establishes the validity of utilizing Bloom’s Taxonomy as a means to measure spiritual growth experienced by an individual involved in Sermon-Aligned Daily Bible Study. Simply stated, if individuals engage in daily biblical studies that are aligned with the upcoming weekend’s sermon, then there will be a sustained increase in spiritual growth (as it can be stratified using Bloom’s Taxonomy).