Preparation of the Sermon – HOMI 500

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/01/2024

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)

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


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.

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt. Each thread must demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 classmates’ threads. 

(CLOs: B, E)

Worksheet Assignments (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).

(CLOs: A, B, C, D, E, F)

Sermon Manuscript Assignment

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.

(CLOs: A, D, F)

Quizzes (2)

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

Quiz: Foundations for Writing the Sermon

The textbook material covered on this quiz is McDill: Skills 1 – 6.

Quiz: Finishing the Sermon

The textbook material covered on this quiz is McDill: Skills 7 – 12.

(CLOs: A, B, C, D, E, F)