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"Crafting a Sermon" Online Course

Crafting a Sermon- The Process of Prayer, Hermeneutics, and Homiletics

Have you ever wanted to preach but had no idea where to start? Then this online course is for you! Crafting a Sermon moves you through the process of prayer, hermeneutics (Bible interpretation), and homiletics (sermon preparation and delivery). The course unites  5 units of study in hermeneutics and 7 units of study in homiletics into one course and uses a variety of communication tools in presenting the content. These include PowerPoint slides, audio lectures, and written files. There is no time limit for completion of the course and registration is open to all. See the Course Syllabus below.

That being said, there are several requirements for the course. First, as an online learner, you must be a self-starter and able to learn with a minimum of supervision.  Secondly, in this course, you will be asked to communicate with me on a regular basis. This will primarily be done via the Written Assignment Submission Form in every unit. Also, included in this course are regularly scheduled times of personal mentoring if you so desire. Zoom is my preferred means for doing this.  Zoom is easy to use, free to sign up for and is a great video conferencing tool. You will see the link for getting Zoom below.  I look forward to walking with you as you become an able preacher of God's word.



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Course Syllabus

The Course Syllabus for Each Section

  

COURSE SYLLABUS

HERMENEUTICS

Rev. J. Patrick Bowman, Th.M

I. COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course Hermeneutics will cover a variety of principles related to Bible interpretation and application. It is designed to provide tools for studying the Scriptures. The focus of the course is developing proper Bible interpretation in Christian leaders. 

II. METHOD OF INSTRUCTION

The materials in this course will be reading assignments and written responses.  The course is set up with 5 units; each unit covering a specific topic in the course. Each unit will have reading assignments, individual worksheets, and discussion with Rev. Bowman via Written Assignment Form and/or Zoom mentoring meetings. Length of units will vary with topic. 

III. COURSE OBJECTIVES

1. Develop a culture of Biblical discovery in your thinking and actions.

2. Learn basic principles of Bible interpretation.

3. Begin to experimentally apply these principles in your Bible study.

4. Show an ability to communicate what you have learned with others. 

5. Develop an ongoing plan for further study and development in hermeneutics.

IV. COURSE UNITS

1. The Holy Spirit Facet

2. The Grammatical Facet

3. The Literary Facet

4. The Historical Facet

5. The Theological Facet


  

COURSE SYLLABUS

HOMILETICS

Rev. J. Patrick Bowman, Th.M

I. COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course Homiletics will cover a variety of principles related to sermon preparation and delivery. It is designed to provide tools for equipping leaders to preach effectively. The focus of the course is developing effective Bible preachers and communicators. 

II. METHOD OF INSTRUCTION

The materials in this course will be reading assignments and written responses.  The course is set up with 7 units; each unit covering a specific topic in the course. Each unit will have reading assignments, individual worksheets, and discussion with Rev. Bowman via Written Assignment Form and/or Zoom mentoring meetings. Length of units will vary with topic. 

III. COURSE OBJECTIVES

1. Develop a culture of Biblical discovery in your thinking and actions.

2. Learn basic principles of sermon preparation and delivery.

3. Begin to experimentally apply these principles as you develop a personal style.

4. Show an ability to communicate what you have learned with others. 

5. Develop an ongoing plan for further study and development in homiletics.

IV. COURSE UNITS

1. The Profitability of Scripture

2. Types of Sermons

3. The Starting Place

4. The Big Picture

5. Narrowing the Focus

6. Snapping the Shutter

7. Framing Our Masterpiece

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