Expository Preaching and Teaching and the Old Testament – HOMI 820

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

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students to preach from the Old Testament. Special attention will be given to genres and theological themes that arise from the Old Testament text.

Prerequisites

DMIN 810 and HOMI 810

Rationale

Believers in all walks of life need the ability to interpret God’s Word correctly. Pastors, teachers, and other leaders need these abilities to develop expository sermons and lessons. Every believer could benefit from the ability to integrate biblical truths with the principles and theories of others. Every believer needs hermeneutical skills to identify and defend against errors in doctrine and to grow in Christian faith. Believers also need to recognize that there may be more than one plausible interpretation of a biblical passage and be willing to show respect when others interpret Scripture differently than they do. As a result, we must “hold our theories tentatively” so that we are willing to change our opinions when new biblical data would warrant doing so.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate Old Testament texts both exegetically and homiletically.
  2. Explain the diverse approaches of interpretation of Old Testament Scriptures.
  3. Defend an overarching Christological approach to preaching of the Old Testament Scripture.
  4. Create a preaching plan for preaching the Old Testament.

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.

Grand Narrative of the Bible Worksheet

The student will complete a worksheet that describes a biblical theology of the Old Testament and discerns the themes of kingdom and covenant found throughout the Scriptures.

Book Critiques (2)

The student will write 2 book critiques for this course. Each will be 5–7 pages and follow current Turabian format. The first will cover The Homiletical Plot, and the second will cover Preaching Christ from the Old Testament. Each book critique must include a summary of the main idea and content of the book as well as a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the book.

Exegetical Paper

The student will write a 12–15-page exegetical paper based on 1 Samuel 15. This paper will include an historical, contextual, analytical, and theological analysis of the chapter. This paper must be written in current Turabian format and must include at least 25 footnotes using the course textbooks and other resources.

Sermon Outline

The student will complete a homiletical sermon outline for 1 Samuel 15 using the worksheet provided.

Sermon Manuscript

The student will write a 12–15-page sermon manuscript from 1 Samuel 15 using the template provided. The manuscript will be written as if it will be used during a preaching event and will follow current Turabian format. The sermon will include: Title Page, Introduction, Divisions, and Conclusion.