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“The test of a preacher is that his congregation goes away saying, not, 'What a lovely sermon!' but 'I will do something.'” — St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622)

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Thanks to television and the radio, as of 2002, Billy Graham had preached the gospel to over 2 billion people.

Biblical Preaching: A Pastor’s Look at Homiletics

Course Number: ML506


Rector Emeritus of All Souls Church in London, England Deceased 2011

Course Description:

Biblical preaching is a divinely ordained way of calling people to repentance and for edifying the people of God. It is communicating God’s Word to His people—standing between the world of Scripture and the world of people and speaking the truth of God. Some wonder whether preaching is an out-of-date form of communication and not of value to current church needs. Dr. Stott gives a clear presentation of the importance of the preaching ministry today. This course will enable pastors, teachers, and church leaders to understand the importance and power of preaching, to develop an awareness of true biblical preaching, and to receive practical guidance for preparing and delivering biblical messages.

Course Objectives:

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

  1. Define the nature and purpose of biblical preaching and describe its key characteristics.
  2. Defend preaching as a permanently valid and vital means of communicating God’s Word to humanity both for salvation and edification.
  3. Answer objections to the value of preaching in today’s churches.
  4. View expository preaching as the preferred approach to communicating God’s Word.
  5. Articulate a high view of the authority of Scripture and how that view should impact preaching.
  6. Apply key principles of biblical interpretation.
  7. Gain experienced insight on sermon preparation and delivery.
  8. Develop sermons from single verses, paragraphs, chapters, and whole books.
  9. Appreciate the great heritage of Christian preachers in the Church.
  10. Value the awesome privilege and responsibility of the call to preach the Gospel.

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