Expository Preaching – HOMI 605

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

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)

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

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

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (2)

The Discussions will cover the Reading & Study material from the course. Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided topic for the discussion. 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. (MLOs: A, B)

Book Critique Assignment

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 book's strengths and weaknesses, and a recommendation of the book's value for those in ministry. (MLOs: A, B)

Oral Presentation Worksheet Assignments (2)

The student will complete two Oral Presentation Worksheets on the preparation of expository sermons according to the McDill textbook. (MLOs: C, D, E, F)

Homiletical Outline Assignment

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. (MLO: E)

Sermon Manuscript Assignments (2)

Using the Oral Presentation Worksheet and the guidance of the McDill textbook, the 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. (MLOs: C, D, E, F)