Sermon preparation

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.

Sensitizing the Preacher for a Multi-Religious Context in the Diocese of Palayamkottai in India

Author
Anto Peterraj D.Min.
Abstract
The multi-religious context in which India preaching has to adorn herself with the garb of sensitivity is the backdrop of this thesis. Against this backdrop the author proposes that a preacher can be trained to appeal to the cognitive, emotive, spiritual, and psychological aspects of the listeners for a transformed life interpreting Christian Scripture and Tradition in the multi-religious pastoral context of India in general and of the Diocese of Palayamkottai in particular. The thesis is divided into five chapters.

Chapter One, after spelling out the background, the need, the process, and the scope of the study, sets the context of the Diocese of Palayamkottai with a special reference to religious pluralism in India in general and in Palayamkottai in particular.

In Chapter Two, after briefly analyzing the homiletical understanding before Pope Francis in the light of General Introduction of the Roman Missal and Verbum Domini, we meet the two dialogue partners of our study from the viewpoint of effective proclamation of the Gospel and embracing different traditions with respect, viz., Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium, and Bede Griffiths’ Sannyasa.

Chapter Three divides into three sections: In section one, the challenges that a preacher, a preaching, and a listener face in a multi-religious context are presented; section two proposes models (participatory, narrative sermon reflected in the life of the preacher) for a better preaching in multi-religious background, while section three will try to resolve the challenges in the light of the proposed model.

In Chapter Four a sampling study is done by picking up seven preachers.

Chapter Five is a practical guide that will serve as a manual for a preacher offering different models of preaching.

Enhancing the Project Director's Collaborative Preaching Skills to Improve Sermon Planning at Christview Christian Church, Southaven, Mississippi

Author
Victor Ray Lyons
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to enhance the project director's collaborative preaching skills in order to improve sermon planning at Christview Christian Church in Southaven, Mississippi. The project director used the Preaching Skills Enhancement Model to design the project. He began by researching the current trends in collaborative preaching and sermon preparation. Based on this research, he developed a process for sermon preparation that included collaborative skills. The director studied the effectiveness of this process by developing six sermons with a sermon-planning team of selected elders and lay leaders from Christview Christian Church. The six sermons and their preparation were evaluated by the sermon-planning team in order to determine the effectiveness of collaborative preaching skills on sermon planning.

Homily preparation for evangelization : the contributions of ethos and storytelling

Author
Yeonwoo Jeong
Abstract
This thesis-project examines the contribution of ethos and storytelling to homily preparation for evangelization employing the model and method developed by James and Evelyn Whitehead in Methods in ministry for theological reflection. The preacher's interest in ethos enables the preacher to prepare the homily through the eyes and ears of the assembly. In addition, storytelling can encourage the assembly to listen to God's Word in their lives because life is easily understood in a narrative mode. Thus, this thesis-project states that ethos and storytelling assist in preparing a dialogic homily.

Increasing the Transformational Quality of a Sermon by Soliciting Input from the Congregation during the Sermon Preparation Process

Author
Michael C Merriner
Abstract
Does soliciting input from others when preparing a sermon increase the transformational quality of that sermon? Six sermons preached at Clear Wather Church in Anchorage, Alaska were prepared with the help of a feed-forward group and compared to six sermons prepared without input. Listeners assessed the transformational quality of each sermon by completing a listener survey. There was no statistically significant difference in how the listeners assessed either set of sermons. The results of this quantitative study call into question the theory that soliciting input when preparing sermons increases their transformational quality.

A Comparative Analysis of the Christ-Centered Preaching Methods of Sidney Greidanus and Bryan Chapell and Their Effectiveness for Preaching

Author
Todd P Gray
Abstract
The Dissertation applies the Christ-centered preaching methods of Sidney Greidanus and Bryan Chapell to four separate message units from the book of Hosea and then analyzes those methods for clarity, effectiveness, and practicality for use in preaching. Two analytical techniques are used. One is a personal analysis. The second technique provides a third-party evaluation from a eight person pastor focus group. After analyzing both methods and comparing the focus group data, the results showed that either method was effective in producing Christ centered sermons. While Greidenus had the slight edge oven chapell for clarity and effectiveness, chapell had the slight edge in practicality. This writer would recommend either method.

Enhancing the project director's preaching skills in sermon application at Oak Park Baptist Church, Algiers Louisiana

Author
Robert A Stults
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to enhance the expository preaching skills of the project director with attention given to sermon applications presented in sermons preached at Oak Park Baptist Church, Algiers, Louisiana. Following the Ministry Skills Enhancement Model, the project director enhanced his development and communication of sermon applications related to biblical truths proclaimed within each sermon. The project focus was to ensure members and attendees of Oak Park Baptist Church, Algiers, Louisiana, understand the biblical text and how it applies to their walk with Christ. The project will: (1) research the subject of the sermon application; (2) develop a series of expository sermons applying the knowledge gathered; (3) preach a sermon series to those attending Oak Park Baptist Church, Algiers, Louisiana; and (4) evaluate the effectiveness of the sermon application by using a sermon evaluation team. Selected experts within the field of preaching will review and evaluate progress.

Enhancing doctrinal preaching skills to increase congregational understanding of Baptist doctrines at Lockmar Baptist Church, Palm Bay, Florida

Author
Matthew Blaine Heard
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to enhance the project director's doctrinal preaching skill at Lockmar Baptist Church, Palm Bay, Florida, in order to increase congregational understanding of Baptist doctrines. This project will follow the ministry skills enhancement model. The project director will begin by researching the field of doctrinal preaching and create a list of elements necessary for the design and delivery of doctrinal sermons. The project director will develop a series of doctrinal sermons incorporating the elements necessary to increase congregational understanding of Baptist sermons and preach the sermons to Lockmar Baptist Church.

Enhancing the project director's skill in crafting end delivering sermon conclusions at FishHawk Fellowship Church, Lithia, Florida

Author
David A Whitten
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to enhance the project director's skill in crafting and delivering sermon conclusions at FishHawk Fellowship Church in Lithia, Florida. The projector director researched and identified the common elements of effective conclusions in sermons and public speeches. Once identified, the project director developed and preached a six-part sermon series incorporating the common elements of effective conclusions. To ensure skill enhancement, the project director solicited feedback from a selected group of members of FishHawk Fellowship Church via a sermon feedback form. Two experts in the field of preaching also evaluated the sermon series.

Preaching miracle stories of the gospels in Chinese-Indonesian context

Author
Andri Kosasih
Abstract
This thesis-project addresses how to prepare and preach the miracle stories of the gospels. The end product of this project is a manual that can be used by seminary students, by pastors wishing to enhance their preaching proficiency, and by teachers of homiletics who want to teach the skills needed to prepare relevant miracle stories sermons, especially in Chinese-Indonesian context. The second section of this thesis-project addresses the theological framework of miracle stories of the gospels. The third section addresses the literature reviews. The fourth section of the thesis-project is the manual itself, which addresses the practical concerns of how to prepare and deliver miracle stories of the gospels sermons. The manual found in section four is based on the principles of expository preaching developed by Haddon W. Robinson in his book Biblical preaching. His work is combined with other works in biblical and homiletical studies.
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