Preaching, Exegetical

Proclaiming the gospel from Old Testament war narratives

Author
Eli H. Dowell
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to examine how preachers proclaim the Gospel from Old Testament war narratives. The study utilized a basic qualitative design using semi-structured interviews with six Gospel-centered preachers. Four research questions guided the data analysis, addressing challenges presented by culture and theology and what methods preachers use to overcome these challenges. The findings of the study show that Old Testament war narratives are essential components of the meta-narrative of Scripture, culminating in the person and work of Jesus Christ. The study concluded with several examples of Gospel-centered interpretations of select passages from the book of Joshua.

A STUDY OF SERMON APPLICATION ACROSS BIBLICAL GENRES AT FAITH BIBLE CHURCH

Author
Trevor Nunn D.Min.
Abstract
This project developed strategies to sermon application across the biblical genres of poetry, narrative, parables and epistles. The strategies had two goals: (1) enhance the congregants’ biblical understanding of the text while growing them in Christ; (2) improve the quality of sermon applications in the project writer’s preaching. To achieve these goals, this project reviewed hermeneutical topics to create a definition of expository preaching. Based on the definition, a questionnaire evaluated the success of the strategies through a pre/post format of the project writer’s sermons. Conclusions to their success were based upon positive or negative changes within the data.


An Analysis of the Warning Passages of Hebrews with a View to the Development of Text-Driven Sermons

Author
Cecil S Powers
Abstract
Chapter 1 introduces the thesis and plan of development while keeping in mind anticipated theological issues to be addressed along with stated goals of the overall dissertation. Chapters 2 through 6 contain an exegetical and structural analysis of each warning passage followed by hermeneutic and homiletic considerations, a sermon manuscript, and concludes with a summary analysis of the four major interpretive viewpoints of the warning. Chapter 7 provides a summary and conclusion concerning the exegetical and structure analysis of the warning passages in Hebrews as it relates to their conduciveness toward the development of text driven sermons for the purpose of promoting spiritual maturity in a local church.

Do you hear what I hear? Analyzing laity responses

Author
Gary L Hughes
Abstract
Do people hear many different relevant messages from the same text? The author used ethnographic research methods. This included surveys of clergy and taped responses of laity. There were eight lay persons and seven clergy that took part in this study. The author used to text in the gospel of Mark. We examined Mark 1:9-20 and Mark 16: 1-8.I listened to the responses of laity and the clergy. I then analysed each response. After the author reflected on the laity responses. I then preached both texts in two small contexts, the church and the mission in which I work.The author's conclusion is that people hear many different messages from the same text. Mark Allan Powell writes in his book, What shall they Hear? that "in the moment of hearing a the text preached and read the listener has the power to choose what to do with our words." Again, the author's research supports the small study that people take away different meanings based on race, economic status, religious affiliation and gender.

Jesus Sat Down: Preaching Grace as Motivation Toward Redemptive Change

Author
Jon D Wymer
Abstract
Congregations sometimes fall short of making personal change and working for social change within their communities as robustly as their preachers think they should. Preaching grace can lead congregations, even those that may be theologically conservative, to be motivated as individuals and corporately to experience the type of transformation that comes from God which is representative of redemptive change. This work offers a model of preaching as the proclamation of good news that offers divine grace as the source of redemptive change in individuals and the community.

A Study of Contextual Expository Preaching

Author
Joseph Ping Ho
Abstract
This dissertation will demonstrate that contextual expository preaching is the most appropriate preaching method in today's churches. It consists of four components: To research and define various terminologies associated to contextual expository preaching. To research and explain three foundational requirements for contextual expository preachers: knowing the congregation, ability to interpret society, and understanding the relationship between imagination and contextualization. To research and design a step by step guide to prepare a contextual expository sermon. To utilize the guide to prepare a sermon series using the Book of Habakkuk to demonstrate and affirm the efficacy and design of the guide.

Implementing a theme-based approach for text-driven preaching: Matthew's gospel a test case

Author
Gary Henry Everett
Abstract
This dissertation offers a theme-based approach for crafting exegetical studies into a cohesive, text-driven, expository sermon series. Such cohesion enables the preacher to avoid the danger of fragmentation. The gospel of Matthew is chosen as a test case to demonstrate how a theme-based approach to the Scriptures facilitates the identification of a book's literary structure and central ideas of the text. This approach to the biblical text reveals Matthew's theological framework. Because this framework exposes the central ideas of a book's literary structure, it aids in sermon preparation. This approach bridges the gap between exegesis and homiletics.

A biblical methodology for applying Gospel narrative based on 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Author
Clinton D Ellis
Abstract
This dissertation will demonstrate that the quartet of characteristics in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 forms an effective grid for developing applications for biblical preaching. A selection of four passages, one from each of the four Gospels, will serve as test cases for this methodology. This dissertation also outlines the essential hermeneutical and homiletical features for preaching Gospel narrative, as well as discussing the necessary inclusion of application in text-driven preaching.

Politics and the expository sermon: addressing issues while preaching biblically and ethically

Author
Bridget Erickson
Abstract
This thesis-project is designed to determine how ministers can address within their sermons civil and political issues while remaining biblical and ethical in their delivery. Because of the tension that exists between religion and government preachers find it necessary to comment on political issues which affect their congregations. These issues can include things like the actions of a local school board, the enactment of federal laws, and world and international events. This thesis realizes that ministers have great latitude in deciding upon the content of their sermons. Legislative and judicial prohibitions on sermon content are relatively minimal in the United States. However, to preach political sermons in a way that glorifies God and edifies the believer demands prayerful and thoughtful preparation. This project emphasizes that a proper homiletical theology, a solid scriptural foundation, a commitment to Big Idea Preaching, and a thorough exegesis of the local congregation and the larger culture are the ingredients for preaching sermons biblically and ethically.

Using the bigger idea in Philippians to understand the big ideas

Author
William B Dunn
Abstract
Haddon Robinson's Big Idea approach to preaching centers on the meaning of a whole preaching passage. But what is the larger context of the big idea? It is the bigger idea or theme of the book in which the passage is found. This thesis-project provides a preaching series on the book of Philippians. It will be used as a case study to show preachers the value of connecting the ideas of individual passages in a book to the book's bigger idea. Preachers who champion the big idea approach to preaching will find a larger context in which to better understand the big idea.
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