Expository Preaching – HOMI 605

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A study in the preparation of expository sermons. Attention is given to the types of expository preaching: paragraph, parable, biographical, etc. A study of the methods of interpretation, the formula of expository sermon outlines, and the preaching of expository sermons. (Formerly HOMI 611)


(HOMI 500 or HOMI 501)


This course provides the advanced homiletics student with the abilities necessary to craft an expository sermon that connects rhetorically with any listener. It is the second class offered in the Liberty University School of Divinity homiletics cognate designed for students who want to focus more attention on expository preaching. This course will enhance the student’s understanding of authentic, biblical exposition and prepare the student for additional studies in both Old Testament and New Testament preaching and preaching on special occasions.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an ability to interact with the assigned reading for the course.
  2. Define the rhetorical elements used in expository preaching.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to develop appropriate illustrations and natural analogies for expository preaching.
  4. Analyze a biblical text to identify how it connects with human experience.
  5. Analyze a biblical text to identify its Christocentric purpose.
  6. Create an expository sermon, incorporating all of the necessary textual and rhetorical elements.

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)

The Discussion Board Forums will cover the Reading & Study material from the course. Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for the 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 1 other classmate’s thread. The reply must be at least 200 words.

Book Critique

The student will write a 6-8-page book critique in this course. The paper must be formal, including the bibliographic entry, author information, content overview for assigned texts, evaluation of the books strengths and weaknesses, and a recommendation of the books value for those in ministry.

Oral Presentation Worksheets (2)

The student will complete Oral Presentation Worksheets on the preparation of expository sermons according to the McDill textbook.

Homiletical Outline

The student will complete a homiletical outline on the book of Philippians. Using the supplied outline and McDill’s categories, the student will identify the series theme, individual sermon titles that relate to the series theme, and the sermon idea for every text.

Sermon Manuscripts (2)

Using the Oral Presentation Worksheets and the guidance of the McDill textbook, each student will write two 15-page sermon manuscripts. These pages include a title page, the Oral Presentation Worksheet on the text, and the sermon written in manuscript form using the supplied template.