This course is designed to study the theological foundations of preaching with an emphasis on Biblical integrity, guidance of the Holy Spirit, sermon preparation and structural soundness. This course will focus on effective communication of God’s Word while maintaining textual credibility and accounting for the context of the listener. By the end of this course, the student will be able to incorporate essential principles of Homiletics into their preaching and teaching ministry.
At the end of the course, students will be able to gain:
Student will learn Biblical foundation of preaching and its importance in the ministry – Student will learn various models of preaching and their purpose in the ministry – Student will learn effective sermon outlining and delivery that fits the context of their ministry
– Student will learn to prepare a sermon draft that is theologically relevant and structurally coherent in communicating the message to the audience
– Student will be able to use effective research tools in preparation for their sermon
– Student must approach this course with a humble attitude recognizing that we all have space for improvement in the field of Homiletics
– Student should be open to adopting new models of preaching based on their ministry context and setting
– Student should be open to constructive feedback on their sermon outline and assignments
(ATA recommends that an MDiv student should read at least 750 pages during the study of each subject)
Kuruvilla, Abraham. A Manual for Preaching: The Journey from Text to Sermon, Baker Publishing Group, 2019
Stott, John. The Challenge of Preaching, Wm B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2015
Braga, James, How to Prepare Bible Messages, Portland: Multnomah, 1969
Chapell, Bryan. Using Illustrations to Preach with Power, Revised ed., Wheaton: Crossway, 2001
Bartholomew, Craig and Goheen, Michael. The drama of Scripture: Finding our place in the biblical story, Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004
Eswine, Zack. Preaching to a post-everything world: Crafting biblical sermons that connect with our culture, Grand Rapids: Baker, 2008
Gibson, Scott, editor. Preaching to a shifting culture: 12 perspectives on communicating that connects, Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004
Hughes, Ray. Pentecostal Preaching, Pathway Press, 2004
Johnston, Graham. Preaching to a postmodern world: A guide to reaching 21st century listeners, Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001
Lloyd-Jones D. Martin, Preaching & Preachers, Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1971
Martin, Lee Roy. Pentecostal Hermeneutics: A Reader, BRILL, 2013
Martin, Lee Roy. Toward a Pentecostal theology of Preaching, Cleveland, Tennessee: CPT Press, 2015
MacArthur, John Jr., Rediscovering Expository Preaching, Dallas: Word Publishing, 1992 Miller, Calvin. Preaching: The art of narrative exposition, Grand Rapids: Baker, 2006
Piper, John, The Supremacy of God in Preaching, Revised Edition, Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 2004
Ragoonath, Aldwin. Preach the Word: A Pentecostal Approach, Winnipeg: Agape Teaching Ministry, 2004 (PdF copy available in the Class folder)
Richard, Ramesh. Preparing Expository Sermons: A Seven-Step Method for Biblical Preaching. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001
Robinson, Haddon and Larson Craig, general editors. The art and craft of biblical preaching: A comprehensive resource for today’s communicators, Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005
Robinson, Haddon W., Biblical Preaching, Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1980
Spurgeon, Charles. Lectures to My Students Practical and Spiritual Guidance for Preachers, Vol. 3, Aneko Press, 2021
Sinner, Craig, The Teaching Ministry of the Pulpit, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1982
Stott, John R.W. Between Two Worlds: The Art of Preaching in the Twentieth Century, Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 1982
Further reading lists at the end of most of the day topics or sections. It provides a basis for further study in greater depth on particular issues within each section of the book, and you can access books that are generally available in Perlego
ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING
(ATA recommends that an MDiv student should write a minimum of 2500 words during the study of a subject)
- Discussion Forum: 20% weightage (due every week)
Every Wednesday a weekly discussion question will become visible. Each student will read through the question and take time to formulate a response. The aim for responses is to display a thorough understanding of daily video lessons, reading material, or even a selected multimedia content and relate it practically to life and ministry situations. The initial response should be 200 words to answer the questions and then each student should respond (100 words) to the submitted response of other students posted on the Discussion board. To maximize the benefit of this element of the course, the student should post his/her initial response by 11:59 pm on Wednesday of the week and then spend the remainder of that week interacting with their colleagues in the class until Saturday at 11:59 pm.
- Weekly Quiz: 20% weightage (due every Friday)
A self-assessment quiz that consists of multiple-choice, true/false questions, short answers, text with feedback. Note that quizzes are used for self-assessment and not formal exams. These quizzes are based on video lectures, reading assignments, multimedia content, etc.
- Short Essay: 20% weightage 500-800 words (due by the end of third week) (15 Marks)
Students shall practice active listening and submit a one-to-two-page evaluation of a sermon that they listened to in their Church.
When writing, focus on:
- the perceived faithfulness to the text
- the clarity of the message
- the engagement of the listeners and
- the apparent intended outcome in their lives
- You must prepare two sermon outlines. The outlines should be detailed (include the text, major points, sub-points, illustrations and conclusion), and it should incorporate the sermon structure learned in the course. The total length of the two sermons should not exceed 5 pages.
- You must choose one of the two sermon outlines which you have prepared, and then upload a video of you preaching that sermon. The recorded video should be no longer than 20-25mins in length. The emphasis of the video should be on the Content, Appearance and Delivery of the sermon, and not on the technical aspects of the video (such as recording quality, editing etc). You should preach in the video as though you were preaching in front of a congregation
- Sermon Outlines and Recorded Sermon: 40% weightage (due by the end of the course/week six) (20 Marks)
As part of the final assignment:
Half of the grade for this assignment will come from the two sermon outlines that you submit, and the other half will be based on the uploaded video preaching.
GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR THE SUBMISSION OF WRITTEN WORK
Papers to be submitted electronically in .doc or .docx format by Global Classroom– Assignment Upload
Late Submission Penalties
- Weekly Responses and Primary Source Analysis Paper will NOT be accepted as late. 2. Late submission of all other assignments, with a genuine reason, will be penalized 1% (1 point) per day. The student needs to get the prior written permission of the instructor, copying the same to the Registrar. A maximum of three days would be permitted by the instructor, for a late submission.
In all assigned work, proper style guidelines must be used and followed exactly; failure to do so will render the submitted assignment unacceptable.
For proper citation style, consult the FBC Style Guide or the full edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers: Seventh Edition, especially chapters 5 and 6 for the arrangement of entries through in-text citations and Works Cited.
Integrity in academic work is required of all our students. Academic dishonesty is any breach of this integrity and includes such practices as cheating (the use of unauthorized material on tests and examinations), submitting the same work for different classes without permission of the instructors; using false information (including false references to secondary sources) in an assignment; improper or unacknowledged collaboration with other students, and plagiarism. FBC takes seriously its responsibility to uphold academic integrity and to penalize academic dishonesty.