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Foundations of Expository Teaching and Preaching
HOMI-601

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

This course explores the biblical foundation for the ministry of teaching and extracts a template for a step-by-step procedure for the practice of pedagogy, whether for pulpit presentation, classroom instructions, or small group discipleship, etc. As a result, the student will be able to add to his instructional skill set and tool kit direction and resources for personal preparation, lesson message presentation (including methods, materials, and differentiated instruction to address learning styles), and comprehensive assessment. (Formerly DSMN 601)

Requisites

Prerequisite

NBST 610

Rationale

The early church submitted itself to the apostles’ teaching (Acts 2:42), and Paul instructed Timothy to pay attention to his life and his teaching (1 Timothy 4:16). The 21st Century church cannot afford to do less. This course will help prepare teaching ministers for the task before them—educating God’s people in His Word.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Prepare a text analysis of a biblical passage(s) noting the structural relationships of various ideas in the text.
  2. Integrate a theological interpretation of a biblical passage(s) in which the main textual idea will be identified and based on the main textual idea.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to write the foundational statements of the sermon and/or lesson.
  4. Connect the theological interpretation with the sermon development through the combination of rhetorical skills, importation of natural analogies, and the development of illustrations.
  5. Plan a sermon/lesson manuscript that combines the elements of A, B and C leading to the preaching of the sermon or the teaching of the lesson.
  6. Construct a curricular plan.
  7. Discuss the practical, theological, and methodological foundations of Christian education as it relates to communicating theologically.

Course Resources

Required Resources

The resources below are provided in the course at no cost to the student.

Linhart, Terry, ed. Teaching the Next Generations. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016.

McDill, Wayne. 12 Essential Skills for Great Preaching. 2nd ed. Nashville: B & H Academic, 2006.

Richards, Lawrence O., and Gary J. Bredfeldt. Creative Bible Teaching. Rev. ed. Chicago: Moody Press, 1998.

Stein, Robert H. A Basic Guide to Interpreting the Bible. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011.

Towns, Elmer, and Forrest, Benjamin K., eds. Legacy of Religious Educators. Lynchburg: LU Press, 2017.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Word
    5. School of Divinity Writing Guide: https://www.liberty.edu/divinity/index.cfm?PID=28160

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forum

Thread

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. In the first module/week a forum is assigned, the student must create a thread in response to the provided prompt. The thread must be at least 400 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and must be supported with at least 2 citations in current Turabian format.

Replies

In the second module/week of the forum, the student must reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words and incorporate at least 1 citation in current Turabian format. Acceptable sources include the textbook, the Bible, and other course materials. (MLO: G)

Worksheets (12)

The student will complete 12 Worksheets throughout the course on the preparation and dissection of a sermon according to the McDill textbook. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Sermon Manuscript

Using the worksheets completed from the McDill textbook as a guide, the student will write a 15-page sermon manuscript on Philippians 1:12–18. The manuscript will utilize appropriate formatting in order to demonstrate the various elements of the sermon. (MLO: E)

Curricular Plan

The student will devise a Curricular Plan for the book of Titus. The plan must include the following: a series title, the main idea of the passage, sermon division statements, brief statements of explanation and illustration for each sermon division statement, and a conclusion consisting of a brief paragraph summarizing the lesson and emphasizing the main take away from the lesson and/or sermon. The plan must include a unit of 4 lessons for the book of Titus, a cover page, and 1,700–2,500 words of written content. (MLO: F)

Midterm Exam

The Midterm Exam will be an exercise that will assess the student’s understanding of the expository sermon preparation method. Materials for the Midterm Exam will be the Linhart text Sections 1–2. It will consist of 2 essay questions and have a 1-hour time limit. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G)

Final Exam

The Final Exam will be an exercise that will assess the student’s understanding of the expository sermon preparation method demonstrated. Materials for the Final Exam will be the Linhart text Sections 3–5. The Final Exam will consist of 3 essay questions and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G)

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forum

Thread

50

Replies

50

Worksheets (12 at 50 pts ea)

600

Sermon Manuscript

100

Curricular Plan

100

Midterm Exam

50

Final Exam

50

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

HOMI 601

Textbooks: Linhart, Teaching the Next Generations (2016).

McDill, 12 Essential Skills for Great Preaching (2006).

Richards & Bredfeldt, Creative Bible Teaching (1998).

Stein, A Basic Guide to Interpreting the Bible (2011).

Towns & Forrest, Legacy of Religious Educators (2017).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Linhart: chs. 1–6

McDill: Skills 1–2

Richards & Bredfeldt: chs. 1–5

Stein: chs. 1–4

3 presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

Structural Diagram Worksheet

Immediate Observations Worksheet

10

0

50

50

2

McDill: Skills 3–4

Stein: ch. 14

Towns & Forrest: ch. 1 and 2 choice chapters from Part II

1 presentation

Research Questions Worksheet

Naming the Text Idea Worksheet

50

50

3

Linhart: chs. 7–11

McDill: Skills 5–6

Towns & Forrest: 2 choice chapters from Part I

1 presentation

Bridging Text to Sermon Worksheet

Division Statements Worksheet

50

50

4

McDill: Skill 7

Richards & Bredfeldt: chs. 6–8

4 presentations

Persuasive Elements Worksheet

Midterm Exam

50

50

5

McDill: Skills 8–10

Richards & Bredfeldt: chs. 9–11

5 presentations

Natural Analogies Worksheet

Scenes and Stories Worksheet

Human Experience Worksheet

50

50

50

6

McDill: Skills 11–12

Linhart: chs. 12, 19–22

Richards & Bredfeldt: chs. 13–18

Towns & Forrest: 2 choice chapters from Part III or IV

2 presentations

DB Forum – Thread

Preaching for Faith Worksheet

Oral Presentation Worksheet

50

50

50

7

Linhart: chs 13–18

Richards & Bredfeldt: chs. 19–20

Towns & Forrest: 1 choice chapter from Part V

2 presentations

DB Forum – Replies

Sermon Manuscript

50

100

8

Linhart: chs. 24–26

Towns & Forrest: 2 choice chapters from Part IV

2 presentations

Curricular Plan

Final Exam

100

50

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

 

NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.