Preaching 1

In an information-rich context, seeking transformation through communication, not just transfer of information, can be a challenge. Add to that the ancient text we want to share, and the question is: how can we take ancient words into the modern world and have them impact people’s hearts?

This subject gives students practical experience preparing and delivering sermons, but more than that, it gives them the opportunity to learn how to make the Bible come alive to people. In this subject, you will explore the nature and purpose of preaching, the identity and calling of the preacher, theological and pastoral issues in preaching, as well as the methods and techniques of public speaking.

Students will have three to four opportunities to preach and receive feedback from peers as well as from an experienced preacher. They also have the opportunity to ask questions and develop strategies for sermon preparation.

As students learn to be themselves before God and the people they are addressing, they grow in their trust of God, not just in their public speaking skills. This is a vital subject for anyone wanting to learn how to better communicate God’s word.

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Subject Details

Mode Online  On-campus 
Workload  One semester, 12 credit points One semester, 12 credit points
Status  Elective Elective
Subject code PC047 PC047
Prerequisites  48 credit points of foundational subjects 48 credit points of foundational subjects
Teacher Mike Raiter TBC
Reading List (Bibliography)  Online On-campus


Section A: An Introduction to Preaching

  • Preaching as the ministry of the Word; preaching and teaching; preaching and liturgy
  • The aims, forms and context of preaching; consideration of classical models
  • Preaching and the preacher; the person of the preacher; the relationship between preaching and personal spirituality
  • Biblical theology and its impact on the practice of preaching

Section B: Preaching in Practice

  • An introduction to basic principles in exposition
  • The components of a sermon, including introductions and conclusions, outlining, illustrations, applications, transitions, climaxes
  • Methods and techniques of public speaking; contemporary methods in preaching

Section C: Field Work

  • The preparation and delivery of portions of a sermon in class for critique e.g. introduction, illustrations
  • The preparation and delivery of four sermons  – two in a local church, one in the classroom and for on-campus students, one in a Ridley chapel service

Study Expectations
In this subject, you can expect to be guided through a variety of weekly learning activities which are designed to develop your understanding of and skills in the topics covered in the syllabus. For online students, these usually include watching videos, reading, completing set learning tasks and contributing to online seminars and interacting with your peers. Students should allow 10 hours of study time per week for this subject.


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