Sermon Construction and Presentation
Sermon Construction and Presentation (4 credits)
Instructors: Dr. Bruce Ballast and Dr. Gabriela Tijerina-Pike
CLA Student Volunteer Teacher Assistant: Ed Becher (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Communication analysts—Andrew Bryant and Karen Friedman.
Articles, Blogs, Outlines—Eric McKiddie, Daniel Akin, and John Broadus.
Preachers—George Whitefield, Dwight L. Moody, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Voddie Baucham, Billy Graham, David Feddes, Bob Bouwer, Steve Elzinga, Henry Reyenga, Max Lucado, Crawford Loritts, Bruce Ballast, John Piper, Francis Chan, and John Ortberg.
Note: Before this class, it is recommended (not required) to take COM 101 - Introduction to Communication and BIB 420 - Hermeneutics and Exegesis (3 credits).
Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! (1 Corinthians 9:16)
We do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord. (2 Corinthians 4:5)
Devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. (1 Timothy 4:13)
Preach the Word. (2 Timothy 4:2)
Overview: This course builds upon the basics of communication, explores various elements of preparing and preaching sermons, discusses various models of preaching, and presents a wide-ranging sample of preachers for learning and critical evaluation.
- Pursue preaching as a Scripture-based, Christ-centered proclamation of God’s message for people today.
- Grasp and apply elements of preparation and crafting of sermon content.
- Grasp and apply elements of nonverbal communication in preaching.
- Sample a variety of preachers from the past and present.
- Develop an individual preaching style that fits one’s own personality and abilities.
Disclaimer: The CL Ministries Statement of Faith guides our teaching and practice in our courses. This course will include some perspectives that do not necessarily reflect our Statement of Faith. You will see how different leaders construct and deliver the message. Some of the preachers you study will promote their style as the "biblical" style. You will prayerfully come to your own conclusions with help from your mentor. We also use some material from the web that is not from pastors or church leaders, but we include such material because we deem it helpful to advance your communication style and effectiveness.
- Quizzes: You will complete nine quizzes worth 15 points each. You will have 45 minutes to answer 15 multiple-choice questions for each quiz. Once a quiz starts, you must finish it and can't retake it. So be ready ahead of time. Each quiz covers readings and video lectures for that unit. While taking the quiz, you may use your notes and refer to articles and other materials. Tip: First, answer all the questions you know. Then try to look up answers to questions you don't know. When you have entered an answer for every question, submit the quiz for grading before the 45-minute limit.
- Sermons: Students will construct two sermons that they will present to their mentor or someone in your church for evaluation or comment. The first sermon will be two pages single-spaced (1,100-1,300 words; worth 40 points). The second sermon will be four pages single-spaced (2,200-2,500 words) worth 75 points.
- Final paper: Your final paper will highlight the important things you learned in this class. Don't just hastily write this paper during unit 12. Instead, make a few notes for each unit of things that impressed you in your studies in that unit that will strengthen your preaching. In unit 12, take all your notes from the first 11 units, select the most valuable ones, and put together a paper summarizing key lessons you've learned and action steps you plan to take. (800-1,000). The paper is worth 50 points.
*The course has a total of 300 points: 135 points for the nine quizzes and 165 points for the two sermons and the final paper.
A 95-100% A- 90-94% B+ 87-89% B 83-86% B- 80-82% C+ 77-79% C 73-76% C- 70-72% D+ 67-69% D 63-66% D- 60-62% F 0-59%
Your average for the course must be at least 60%. Otherwise, you will fail the class and will receive no credit.
Deadline: You have 180 days to finish the course. Complete all assignments before the final deadline, or you will be automatically unenrolled, and all coursework will be removed. You will have to start over and take the class again to receive credit.
Course Forum: Each course forum is at the beginning of the course, right before the first-course content section, and has comments and questions from other students in the class. The forum is a great way to post a question or comment for other students who are currently enrolled in the course to see. Additionally, you can search the forum to see if anyone in the past has addressed or discussed the issue, question, or comment you wanted to post about.
Preaching Blog: We recently launched a preaching blog by Bruce Ballast. You may find those articles and videos helpful as an extra resource during this course and after you finish the course. CLICK HERE to visit the preaching blog.
Day 1 - 10
Unit 1: What is Preaching? An Introduction To Expository Preaching
Day 11 - 20
Unit 2: The Beginning of a Sermon
Day 21 - 30
Unit 3: Studying and Putting Together the Content of An Effective Sermon
Day 31 - 40
Unit 4: Write Your First Sermon of this Course
Day 41 - 50
Unit 5: Effective Introductions
Day 51 - 60
Unit 6: Effective Body Language
Day 61 - 70
Unit 7: Effective Illustrations in Preaching
Day 71 - 80
Unit 8: The Body of the Sermon
Day 81 - 90
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Unit 9: The Conclusion of a Sermon
Day 91 - 100
Unit 10: Choosing Topics and Using Technology in Preaching
Day 101 - 110
Unit 11: Your Final Sermon
Day 111 - 120
Unit 12: Your Final Paper on Sermon Construction and Presentation
Day 121 - 150
Read the inspiring testimony of this fellow Christian Leaders Institute Student:
Her dream is to share Jesus with the broken and hopeless!
CLI student Tammy Gonzales
"I always knew the importance of what Christ did and that I needed to get to heaven, but when I became a mom myself, it became much more important. I was now responsible for the lives of my amazing children. I wanted to make sure they made it to heaven, but I had no relationship with God, nor did I know how to start one. The bible was scary to me, I felt unworthy. So, I spent many years taking my kids to church to ensure their salvation, checking the box for salvation and all the while not knowing Christ himself. In 2003, we moved to Louisiana and attended a church where I finally started to understand who God truly is. For some time, I felt freer and more loved, but I was still trying to do it myself, figure everything out on my own. I had to be in control. After years of abuse as a child, I was NOT going to allow anyone to control me. Anyway, I slowly slid back into the old me.
Time moved on and our children grew up. My oldest son Michael graduated from high school in 2014 and in July of that summer, he was in a car accident and went to heaven. We were so broken. Our kids were broken. Our lives became a fog of pain and longing to have him back. I refused to blame God for his death, but I had so many questions and no answers. My world stood still...
The only thing that kept me alive, sane, married, was Jesus. Satan had me so focused on me and my pain that I lost sight of who Jesus was. That’s the strategy the devil often uses. If he can make us feel unworthy, shameful, useless, dirty, etc., then our focus remains on us, not the God who loves us. I allowed that for so long, but God! Although I was in a bad place, God met me there. Ever so gently, he showed me who he Is and the relationship I so badly needed was formed.
For the rest of my life, I want to share Jesus with the broken and the hopeless. I want to share Gods healing power and grace with every person I meet. But more than that, I want to share how important the relationship with Him is to us. Most of us know the importance of salvation, but we struggle moving past that and having a true relationship with the God who loved and saved us. Christian leaders institute is a much-needed steppingstone to get me there. While searching for the proper school, I shared with God my financial struggle. He knew my need and I came across CLI. I am very grateful for the schooling that is provided here, and I will try everyday to use what I learn to further the Kingdom. Isaiah 52:6 talks about His people knowing His name AND what is means. Knowing what it means, means having a true relationship with Him. That’s what I’m after! A true relationship with HIM!"
Please keep Tammy in your prayers! If you are a Vision Partner, thank you for making this training possible for students like Tammy!
Day 151 - 180
The course has ended. Please make sure:
- All assignments have been completed and submitted for grading.
- All quizzes have been completed.
If your work is incomplete, it is considered a drop, and you will have to take the class again in order to receive credit.
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