Principles of Expository Preaching

Brent A. Belford

Spring 2020

Thursdays 9:30a–12:45p

Principles of Expository Preaching incorporates both the principles and practicum elements of training in expository preaching. This class has as its end goal the refining of the MDiv student’s understanding of preaching for the context of the local church pulpit. Paul’s admonition to Timothy serves as the backdrop: “I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction” (2Tim 4:1-2 NASB). D. Martyn Lloyd Jones concurs: “You are not simply imparting information, you are dealing with souls, you are dealing with pilgrims on the way to eternity, you are dealing with matters not only of life and death in this world, but with eternal destiny. Nothing can be so terribly urgent” (Preachers and Preaching, 91). Designed to be taken towards the end of the MDiv curriculum, Principles of Preaching will draw on the exegetical skills, language knowledge, and systematic theology that the student has amassed. Special areas of focus will be the calling of preaching, the character of the preacher, the crafting of homiletical material, understanding the congregation to whom he preaches, and the concern of preaching to men’s hearts for God’s glory

As a result of taking this course, the student will be able to demonstrate (through evaluation and application) a coherent transition from technical exegesis to popular exposition, to communicate the narratives and strengths of exemplary preachers from different generations, and possess a working knowledge of current homiletical literature.

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Course Textbooks

*The textbooks listed below were required when this class was offered in 2018. The required textbooks for the upcoming 2020 offering will be posted soon. 


Course Requirements

  • 20% - Textbook Reading (1000 pages)
  • 20% - Sermon Manuscript
  • 20% - Biographical Research Project
  • 20% - Class Attendance/Participation
  • 20% - Sermon Evaluations (5)