Preaching That Connects

Do you desire to preach “the whole counsel of God” from the entire Bible? Preachers often develop the habit of falling into predictable ruts, preaching from the same set of texts for years. This course teaches you not only how to exegete the various literary types in the Bible, but also provides helpful suggestions regarding how to preach those texts in fresh ways that engage your audience.

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Course Description

This course in preaching (homiletics) builds upon the introductory-level course “The Building Blocks of Preaching.” Ideally that first course should be completed prior to starting this course.

Preaching That Connects is grounded upon three critical preaching values:

  1. The form of the text should influence the form of the sermon
  2. The sermon should both do and say what the text does and says
  3. The sermon should achieve what the text itself achieved rhetorically.


In order to accomplish these values, this course begins to work more in-depth on tying the two critical phases of preaching together: exegesis and proclamation, or “the Bible study and preaching elements” of the homiletical task. The aim of this course is to help you to develop an inductive Bible study approach to the three major types of biblical literature: narrative, poetry and discourse. In each case this course goes into detail regarding each of these literary types, showing how they function rhetorically and also giving suggestions for how to preach creatively these various literary types encountered within the pages of Scripture.

What are the requirements?

• You should be interested in furthering your preaching skills and getting to grips with how to preach the widely-varied biblical literature.
• This course is offered in English. If you would like to do this and English is not your first language, please contact us and indicate the language in which you would require this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

• A solid grounding in an inductive approach to the various literary types, genres and forms of biblical literature.
• Increasing skill in interpreting each biblical literary type in terms of its unique rhetorical functions.
• Helpful suggestions in order to begin to preach these various literary types such that your sermons begin to do and say what the text itself does and says, and achieves what the text achieved rhetorically.
• 19 easy-to-follow individual lessons of narrated PowerPoint slide shows together with helpful reading material, quizzes and activities throughout the course.

What is the target audience?

• This course is designed for practicing preachers and homiletics students aspiring to preach from the whole Bible in all its diverse literary types.
• Those with a desire to increase their skills in biblical studies in order to understand the Bible in terms of its varied literature, as well as the rhetorical functions of various literary types and genres.
• Those preachers who seek to preach “the whole counsel of God” from the complete Bible, rather than simply preaching regularly from sections of Scripture with which they may feel more comfortable.

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Course Curriculum

A. Introduction
1. Introduction to Preaching That Connects Details 00:00:00
2. Preaching in a Post-modern World Details 00:00:00
3. A Values-based Approach to Preaching Details 00:00:00
4. Purposes and Values of Preaching Details 00:00:00
Section A Core Reading Details 00:00:00
B. Biblical Sermon Forms
5. Exploring Sermon Forms 1 Details 00:00:00
6. Exploring Sermon Forms 2 Details 00:00:00
Section B Core Reading Details 00:00:00
C. Inductive Bible Study
7. Inductive Bible Study Methods 1 Details 00:00:00
8. Inductive Bible Study Methods 2 Details 00:00:00
9. Inductive Bible Study Methods 3 Details 00:00:00
Section C Core Reading Details 00:00:00
D. Narrative Texts
10. Introducing Narrative Exegesis Details 00:00:00
11. Preaching Narrative Texts Details 00:00:00
Section D Core Reading Details 00:00:00
E. Poetry
12. Interpreting Biblical Poetry 1 Details 00:00:00
13. Interpreting Biblical Poetry 2 Details 00:00:00
14. Preaching Biblical Poetry Details 00:00:00
Section E Core Reading Details 00:00:00
F. Discourse
15. Interpreting Biblical Discourse 1 Details 00:00:00
16. Interpreting Biblical Discourse 2 Details 00:00:00
17. Preaching Biblical Discourse Details 00:00:00
Section F Core Reading Details 00:00:00
G. Doing Preaching
18. Moving From Text to Sermon 1 Details 00:00:00
19. Moving From Text to Sermon 2 Details 00:00:00
Section G Core Reading Details 00:00:00

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