Expository preaching is not only a valuable skill for the preacher, but it is a skill sadly employed rather in infrequently in many of today’s churches. Most the great preachers of our world preach expository sermons. This course will introduce you to the value and application of important disciplines like exegesis, hermeneutics, and homiletics. Considering other forms of preaching, you will discover the uniqueness and value of expository preaching. A significant part of expository preaching is the ability to read the biblical texts in context. This will include learning to take cognizance of the historical/social contexts, literary contexts, theological contexts, and canonical contexts, that is, reading scripture through the eyes of Jesus. You will also learn to bridge the gap between the ancient context of the Biblical world and your unique contemporary context. Once you have acquired some knowledge and skill for expository preaching, you will have an opportunity to acquire practical experience.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate familiarity with the appropriate academic disciplines and their application, including exegesis, hermeneutics, and homiletics.
- Demonstrate familiarity with the history of expositional preaching, its strengths, and weaknesses.
- Demonstrate familiarity with the preparation and delivery of sound expositional sermons on both the Old and New Testament and the issues related to these two parts of the Bible.
- Demonstrate skill in bridging the gap between the ancient context of the Biblical world and your unique contemporary context.
- Demonstrate an ability to preach expository sermons.