Preparation of the Sermon – HOMI 500

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/06/2020

Course Description

A basic study of the principles of sermon construction which includes selecting and interpreting the text, forming sermon objectives, and structuring sermons for content and style. (Formerly HOMI 501)




The purpose of the course is to provide the student with a toolbox of skills that will enable him/her to preach effective biblical sermons in a sustained pastoral ministry. The student will study the priority of character, the history of preaching, and the mechanics of sermon planning, preparation, and delivery. Mastering the discipline of preaching is absolutely critical in order to maintain an effective pastoral ministry.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of sound hermeneutic principles.
  2. Provide a sound working definition of expositional preaching.
  3. Identify the sources for the development of sermon ideas.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to write the foundational statements of the sermon.
  5. Discuss both the ingredients and the process of constructing biblical sermons.
  6. Identify the key elements of an expositional sermon.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words.

Worksheets (12)

The student will complete 12 worksheets throughout the course on the preparation and dissection of a sermon according to the McDill textbook (found within the WORDsearch Preaching Library).

Sermon Manuscript

Using the worksheets completed from the McDill textbook as a guide, the student will write a 15-page sermon manuscript on Philippians 1:12–18. This manuscript will utilize appropriate formatting in order to demonstrate the various elements of the sermon.

Exams (2)

The exams contain 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions, are open-book/open-notes, and must be completed in 1 hour and 30 minutes.


The student will take the Midterm Exam on McDill skills 1–6.


The student will take the Final Exam on McDill: Skills 7–12.