Foundations of Expository Teaching and Preaching – HOMI 601
CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 01/13/2020
This course explores the biblical foundation for the ministry of teaching and extracts a template for a step-by-step procedure for the practice of pedagogy, whether for pulpit presentation, classroom instructions, or small group discipleship, etc. As a result, the student will be able to add to his instructional skill set and tool kit direction and resources for personal preparation, lesson message presentation (including methods, materials, and differentiated instruction to address learning styles), and comprehensive assessment. (Formerly DSMN 601)
The early church submitted itself to the apostles’ teaching (Acts 2:42), and Paul instructed Timothy to pay attention to his life and his teaching (1 Timothy 4:16). The 21st Century church cannot afford to do less. This course will help prepare teaching ministers for the task before them—educating God’s people in His Word.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Prepare a text analysis of a biblical passage(s) noting the structural relationships of various ideas in the text.
- Integrate a theological interpretation of a biblical passage(s) in which the main textual idea will be identified and based on the main textual idea.
- Demonstrate the ability to write the foundational statements of the sermon and/or lesson.
- Connect the theological interpretation with the sermon development through the combination of rhetorical skills, importation of natural analogies, and the development of illustrations.
- Plan a sermon/lesson manuscript that combines the elements of A, B and C leading to the preaching of the sermon or the teaching of the lesson.
- Construct a curricular plan.
- Discuss the practical, theological, and methodological foundations of Christian education as it relates to communicating theologically.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes
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 Forum
Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. In the first module/week a forum is assigned, the student must create a thread in response to the provided prompt. The thread must be at least 400 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and must be supported with at least 2 citations in current Turabian format.
In the second module/week of the forum, the student must reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words and incorporate at least 1 citation in current Turabian format. Acceptable sources include the textbook, the Bible, and other course materials. (MLO: G)
The student will complete 12 Worksheets throughout the course on the preparation and dissection of a sermon according to the McDill textbook. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)
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. The manuscript will utilize appropriate formatting in order to demonstrate the various elements of the sermon. (MLO: E)
The student will devise a Curricular Plan for the book of Titus. The plan must include the following: a series title, the main idea of the passage, sermon division statements, brief statements of explanation and illustration for each sermon division statement, and a conclusion consisting of a brief paragraph summarizing the lesson and emphasizing the main take away from the lesson and/or sermon. The plan must include a unit of 4 lessons for the book of Titus, a cover page, and 1,700–2,500 words of written content. (MLO: F)
The Midterm Exam will be an exercise that will assess the student’s understanding of the expository sermon preparation method. Materials for the Midterm Exam will be the Linhart text Sections 1–2. It will consist of 2 essay questions and have a 1-hour time limit. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G)
The Final Exam will be an exercise that will assess the student’s understanding of the expository sermon preparation method demonstrated. Materials for the Final Exam will be the Linhart text Sections 3–5. The Final Exam will consist of 3 essay questions and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G)