PR509: EVANGELISTIC PREACHING (Two Units). Chris Tweitmann.
DESCRIPTION: Evangelism begins with a message—that message is the Gospel. The proclamation of this
message, of this Gospel is the defining characteristic of every disciple and every church of Jesus Christ.
This course will explore and encourage experimentation with both proven and innovative approaches in
this foundational calling through the preparation, delivery and reflection of gospel-centered sermons.
The objective in this course is not the perfection of individual sermons. It is to afford students insights,
skills and guidance in the practice of this demanding and yet fruitful task.
SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: The spoken word is GodŐs means of creation, redemption
and transformation. As image bearers of this God, as members of the Body of Christ, the speech act
remains our primary means of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The effective and faithful delivery of
this good news is the is the starting point, the catalyst, of the witness and work of the Body of Christ out
in the local neighborhood and in the broader world. In many churches and traditions, Gospel-centered, evangelistic preaching has been eclipsed by self-help or virtue-based preaching. In this course, students will be challenged to preach to a wider audience—to realize that while non-believers need the Gospel, Christians need to move deeper into that Gospel as well.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon successfully completing this course, students will have demonstrated:
1. An understanding of the importance of having Jesus Christ as their foundation for preaching as well as understanding the importance of the Holy Spirit in preaching and preparation.
2. An appreciation of the relationship between preaching and the churchŐs evangelistic mandate as well as reflecting upon the cultural contexts in which such preaching occurs.
3. The understanding that more and more Christians as well as non-believers need the Gospel too.
4. Growth in character development as they learn to engage the text as they prepare their sermons, receive honest feedback from the instructor and classmates as they preach in class.
COURSE FORMAT: The class will be limited to a maximum of 9 students. The class will meet over the
course of three weekends (Friday evening, Saturday mornings) for a total of 20 hours. It will follow a
lecture/preaching/discussion format, incorporating material from required texts, the professor's
experience, and student interaction. Each student will preach twice during the course.
Plantinga, Cornelius, Jr. Not The Way It's Supposed To Be: A Breviary of Sin. Eerdmans, 1995. $22.00; ISBN 9780802842183 [216 pp]
Kalas, J. Ellsworth Preaching From The Soul: Insistent Observations on the Sacred Art. Abingdon Press, 2003. $19.00; ISBN 0687066301 [156 pp]
Keller, Timothy Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters. Dutton Adult, 2009. $19.95. ISBN 0525951369 [240 pp]
Students will also do exegetical and theological reading relating to the texts, passages or themes to be preached upon. References consulted are to be listed at the bottom of the exegetical notes for each sermon. The exegetical notes should be given to the instructor prior to preaching the sermon. Students are expected to be familiar with texts assigned in PR500, or with equivalent standard works on preaching.
ASSIGNMENTS AND ASSESSMENT:
1. Two evangelistic sermons preached during the course, based on texts of the studentŐs choosing, with outlines and indication of the commentaries and other sources consulted submitted in writing. Sermons should be written in manuscript form and preached from either a manuscript or an outline. A copy of the manuscript should be given to the professor prior to giving the sermon.
2. Regular class attendance, preparation for class, and participation in discussions are required. Any absences must be excused and will require some additional work. Students will complete a self-assessment for each of their sermons.
PLEASE NOTE: Sermons are to be original work not previously presented for credit in homiletics or other speech and preaching classes. All sermons will be recorded.
RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Meets MDiv core requirement in Preaching and Communication