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Homiletics - The Art of Preaching - Lesson 06

by Dr. Ray Self



Key Point Review

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Course Scripture - Romans 10:14 - How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?

Homiletics is the science and art of preaching.

Greek word for homiletics is homilia which means mutual talk, conversation or set discourse.

Preaching is the proclamation of the good news of the Gospel through man to man.

Each one of us is created uniquely by the Father. There is no other personality that can deliver your message as effectively as you can. That is why the Lord gave it to you.

Good motivations to Preach

  • Love of God and love for His people
  • Concern for the lost
  • Concern for the immature
  • Desire to serve
  • Desire to build the kingdom of God
  • Desire to give

The Four Main Types of Sermons
  • Topical Sermons
  • Textual Sermons
  • Expository Sermons
  • Types and Shadows Sermons

Sermon Preparation

Preparation means spending time with the author of the message.

Know the context of the chapter, the book, the testament, and the Bible.

Sources for Interpretation
  • The text itself
  • The context of the text
  • Parallel passages
  • Resources other than the text — Look at what others say about the text (i.e. commentaries, etc.).

Defining a Good Sermon
  • "A good sermon is a sermon I can follow."
  • "A good sermon is rooted in the Bible."
  • "A good sermon changes me."
  • A good sermon brings the Bible to life and makes it apply to the listener.
  • A good sermon will be easily understood.
  • A good sermon exalts the person of Jesus Christ.

Know when to stop. No one will complain about a sermon that is too short.

Know when to change directions by being sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Critiquing a Sermon

Is there a definite message that is important to the listener?

Was the message clear?

Was the message biblically grounded?

Did the message touch the heart or just the intellect?

Was the message inspired by the Holy Spirit?

Study Questions:

  1. Why is homiletics defined as a science and an art of preaching?
  2. What is the primary message that Lord has given it to you? Please discuss.
  3. What touched your heart the most from this course?
  4. Discuss a good sermon that you have heard and what caused it to impact you.

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