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Expository Preaching

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 02/06/2020

Course Description

A study in the preparation of expository sermons. Attention is given to the types of expository preaching: paragraph, parable, biographical, etc. A study of the methods of interpretation, the formula of expository sermon outlines, and the preaching of expository sermons. (Formerly HOMI 611)



(HOMI 500 or HOMI 501)


This course provides the advanced homiletics student with the abilities necessary to craft an expository sermon that connects rhetorically with any listener. It is the second class offered in the Liberty University School of Divinity homiletics cognate designed for students who want to focus more attention on expository preaching. This course will enhance the student’s understanding of authentic, biblical exposition and prepare the student for additional studies in both Old Testament and New Testament preaching and preaching on special occasions.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an ability to interact with the assigned reading for the course.
  2. Define the rhetorical elements used in expository preaching.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to develop appropriate illustrations and natural analogies for expository preaching.
  4. Analyze a biblical text to identify how it connects with human experience.
  5. Analyze a biblical text to identify its Christocentric purpose.
  6. Create an expository sermon, incorporating all of the necessary textual and rhetorical elements.

Course Resources

Required Resources

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

Akin, Daniel L., Bill Curtis, and Stephen Rummage. Engaging Exposition. Nashville: B & H Publishing Group, 2011.

Anders, Max E. Holman New Testament Commentary - Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians. Nashville: B & H Publishing Group, 1999.

Blackwood, Rick. The Power of Multisensory Preaching and Teaching. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 2008.

Fee, Gordon D. Philippians. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2010.

Preaching Library for Mystudy. 2nd ed. Nashville: Lifeway Church Resources, 2013.

MacArthur, John F. Philippians. Chicago: Moody Press, 2001.

McDill, Wayne. 12 Essential Skills for Great Preaching. 2nd ed. Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 2008.

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:

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

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 Forums (2)

The Discussion Board Forums will cover the Reading & Study material from the course. Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for the forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 1 other classmate’s thread. The reply must be at least 200 words.

Book Critique

The student will write a 6-8-page book critique in this course. The paper must be formal, including the bibliographic entry, author information, content overview for assigned texts, evaluation of the books strengths and weaknesses, and a recommendation of the books value for those in ministry.

Oral Presentation Worksheets (2)

The student will complete Oral Presentation Worksheets on the preparation of expository sermons according to the McDill textbook.

Homiletical Outline

The student will complete a homiletical outline on the book of Philippians. Using the supplied outline and McDill’s categories, the student will identify the series theme, individual sermon titles that relate to the series theme, and the sermon idea for every text.

Sermon Manuscripts (2)

Using the Oral Presentation Worksheets and the guidance of the McDill textbook, each student will write two 15-page sermon manuscripts. These pages include a title page, the Oral Presentation Worksheet on the text, and the sermon written in manuscript form using the supplied template.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussion Board Forums (2 at 100 pts ea)


Book Critique


Oral Presentation Worksheets (2 at 125 pts ea)


Homiletical Outline


Sermon Manuscripts (2 at 150 pts ea)





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 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


HOMI 605

Textbooks: Akin et al., Engaging Exposition (2011).

Anders, Holman New Testament Commentary (1999).

Blackwood, The Power of Multi-Sensory Preaching and Teaching (2008).

Fee, Philippians (2010).

MacArthur, Philippians (2001).

McDill, 12 Essential Skills for Great Preaching (2007).


Reading & Study




Fee: pp. 11–128

3 presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1





Fee: pp. 128–197

2 presentations

Book Critique



Akin et al.: chs. 21–25

1 presentation

Oral Presentation Worksheet 1



Akin et al.: chs. 26–30

1 presentation

Homiletical Outline



Akin et al.: chs. 11–15

1 presentation

Oral Presentation Worksheet 2



Blackwood: chs. 1–6

1 presentation

Sermon Manuscript 1



Blackwood: chs. 7–12

1 presentation

Sermon Manuscript 2



Selected Reading

1 presentation

DB Forum 2




DB = Discussion Board

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