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.

Course Outline

  • Unit 1: The Value and Application of Key Disciplines (Exegesis, Hermeneutics, and Homiletics)
  • Unit 2: The Uniqueness and Value of Expository Preaching Among Other Forms of Preaching
  • Unit 3: Reading Texts in Context (Historical/Social Contexts, Literary Contexts, Theological Contexts, Canonical Contexts: Reading Scripture Through the Eyes of Jesus)
  • Unit 4: Exploration of The Ideas of Horizons and Worlds
  • Unit 5: Practical Experience of Expository Preaching

Required Reading
Adam P 1996. Speaking God’s Words: A Practical Theology of Preaching. Leicester: InterVarsity Press.
Buttrick D 1987. Homiletics: Moves and Structures. Philadelphia: Fortress Press.
Chapell B 2018. Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon (3 rd ed.). Grand Rapids: Baker Academic.
Domeris B 2014. Hermeneutics. In A Student’s A-Z of Theology, by B Domeris and K Smith, 177-190. Johannesburg: SATS Press.
Goldsworthy G 2000. Preaching the whole Bible as Scripture: The application of Biblical Theology to Expository Preaching. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
Helm D 2014. Expositional Preaching: How We Speak God’s Words Today. Wheaton: Crossway.
Jensen PD, Grimmond P 2010. The Archer and the Arrow: Preaching the Very Words of God. Matthias Media.
Millar G, Campbell P 2013. Saving Eutychus: How to Preach God’s Word and Keep People Awake. Matthias Media.
Peppler C 2014. Homiletics. In A Student’s A-Z of Theology, by Smith, K Domeris, 207-216. Johannesburg: SATS Press.
Robinson H 2014. Biblical Preaching (rev. 3 rd ed.). Grand Rapids: Baker Academic.
Stott JRW 1982. Between Two Worlds. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
Thistleton AC 2009. Hermeneutics: An Introduction. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
Nhiwatiwa EK 2016. Why We Preach: Preaching in the African Context. Grand Avenue: Discipleship Resources International.
Nhiwatiwa EK 2016. How We Preach: Preaching in the African Context. Grand Avenue: Discipleship Resources International.
Biwul JKT 2018. Preaching the Scriptures. Grand Rapids: Hippo Books (Zondervan).