Preaching

Description

Dr. Bryan Chapell explores the unifying principle of grace that binds all Scripture together. He outlines and demonstrates the principles and practice of sermon-crafting and delivery to illuminate the message of grace in each passage, and to submit it to God's Spirit for the transformation of lives through preaching.

Dr. Chapell is helped in this course by Zachary W. Eswine, Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program (BSW, Ball State University; MDiv, Covenant Theological Seminary; PhD, Regent University). Dr. Eswine served as senior pastor of Grace Church of the Western Reserve in Hudson, Ohio, for six years before joining Covenant Seminary's faculty in 2001. He has served as a campus minister with the Navigators, as a church youth director, and as a chaplain-evangelist in retirement facilities. Since arriving at the Seminary, Dr. Eswine has also served as interim pastor for Tates Creek Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Kentucky, as advisory pastor for the Chinese Gospel Church of St. Louis, and as interim pastor for Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in St. Louis. He has taught New Testament in Ukraine and served as a short-term missionary in the Caribbean. Dr. Eswine is a gifted preacher and has authored the book Kindled Fire: How the Methods of C. H. Spurgeon Can Help Your Preaching and numerous articles on homiletics. In addition, as an accomplished musician and songwriter, he has recorded three collections of original songs.

Philosophy and Goals of the Course

1. "Prep and Del" is an introduction to the basics of sermon construction and delivery. This is not primarily a course on the theology of preaching, but rather is a practical introduction to the tools, structures, and concepts that help preachers learn to put a sermon together. Wives are always welcome to attend Prep and Del to help husbands now and in the future.

2. Because this course is introductory, certain standards of sermon construction are taught that I hope you will consider "foundational" rather than universal. There is not only one "right way" to preach. However, mastering the methods of this course will help you develop the tools needed for many kinds of future sermons. Students from many backgrounds and preaching traditions have found these tools helpful even as they prepare for other styles in the future. Other methods and styles will be taught and encouraged in future semesters.

3. In Dr. Chapell's seminary class, you would be asked to present some short oral assignments to the class in order to: a) begin integrating the information presented in lectures; b) begin honing your preaching skills; c) and, remove some of the intimidation of your first preaching experience next semester.

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Lectures

Basic Issues

1

The power of God is inherent in the Word. The power of the Word is manifested in Christ and applied in expository preaching.

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In expository preaching, unity is accomplished when the elements of a passage are legitimately shown to support a single major idea that is the theme of a sermon.

Getting Started

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Tools and rules for selecting and interpreting texts.

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The process of constructing a sermon that communicates the meaning of the text as well as its application.

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Outlining provides structure for the truth to be related.

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A proposition is a theme statement covering the content of all the main points and including the introduction as well as an indication of what the rest of the message will be about.

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Harmonizing the propositions and main points helps the listener follow the development of the ideas in your sermon.

Parts of the Sermon

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The first five minutes of your sermon are important for getting people interested enough to listen to the rest.

9

Exposition is shedding some ordinary light on the path that leads to truth in God's Word.

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In order to understand the basic subdivisions of your sermon in expository development, it is important to it is helpful to see what the specific members of your sermon's body looks like in standard development.

12

The conclusion is the high point of the message and requires careful craftsmanship.

13

The three types of sermons are topical, textual, and expositional.

14

"Explanation" is a central component in an exposition sermon. The purpose of "explanation" is to answer the question, "What does this text mean?"

Illustrations

15

Using illustrations can make sermons more effective because they help people remember the main points and are effective motivating people.

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How to create and use illustrations in expository preaching.

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How to create and use illustrations in expository preaching.

Application

18

Without application, meaning is hidden. Application is essential to full exposition.

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Without application, meaning is hidden. Application is essential to full exposition.

Other Issues

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It is helpful to understand how sermon components and listener involvement can be knit together through the use of effective transitions and "pulpit dialogue."

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Duration

1 day 4 hours