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APPL 619

Introduction to Preaching and Worship

The aim of this course is the preparation of expository preachers to become agents of Christ’s address to the church and the world by means of: (a) the power of the Spirit; (b) the careful exegesis of both text and contemporary culture.  They will thusly be able to equip the whole people of God for spiritual maturity, effective ministry and participation in God’s work in the world (Ephesians 4:11-16).

Four primary convictions will shape this course:
  1. The church of Jesus Christ is as alive and transformative as its preaching.
  2. If the words of the preacher are to become the words of Christ to his church in a participatory way, preaching must be the fruit of careful exegesis and inhabiting of the text of Scripture being preached.
  3. Preaching is an act of worship among other acts of worship and is most effective when allied closely with the sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist. Therefore, this course will also explore some of the fundamental dynamics of corporate worship as a whole.
  4. Since Christ is the primary subject of Scripture, preaching will therefore be the proclamation of Him and His Gospel.  Preaching must always be grounded in good news (the indicative), prior to good advice (the imperative).
In the lectures the professor will: (a) make a case for expository preaching; (b) develop a basic but flexible form for expository sermons; (c) show how various genres of Scripture nuance this basic form; (d) speak to issues raised by students as they work on their sermons; (e) explore the “mystery” that is preaching.  Lectures on worship as a whole, and music as a component of worship will also be given.
Credit Hours:
3
Prerequisites:
(or co-requisites) BIBL 501, BIBL 502, BIBL 503

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