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Mobile Ed: CM151 Preparing and Delivering Christ-Centered Sermons I: Foundations and Structures (15 hour course - audio)

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Preparing and Delivering Christ-Centered Sermons I: Foundations and Structures (CM151) explains how to structure and deliver an expository sermon. It includes guidance on how to select a text and how to produce and format a sermon outline, with particular focus on the use of illustrations and methods for application.

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Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: Word and Witness

  • Power of God in His Word: Introduction
  • Power of God: Inherent in His Word
  • Power of God: Manifested in the Logos
  • Power of the Word: Applied in Expository Preaching
  • Creating a Passage List for “Word of God”
  • Effectiveness of the Word: Promoted by Testimony
  • Path of the Gospel and Path of the Listener
  • Ethos Implications
  • Performing a Greek Lemma Word Study

Unit 2: The Big Idea

  • Sermonic Unity: The Need for It
  • Sermonic Unity: Its Nature
  • Sermonic Unity: Identifying a Theme or Subtheme
  • Sermonic Unity: Stating Its Proposition
  • Purpose: Introducing the Fallen Condition Focus
  • Purpose: Identifying the Fallen Condition Focus and Its Implications
  • Purpose: Explaining the Fallen Condition Focus
  • Application: Its Necessity
  • Application: Consequences of Nonapplication

Unit 3: Text Selection and Interpretation

  • Study Tools
  • Building Digital Concordances
  • Selecting a Text: Rules
  • Selecting a Text: Cautions
  • Investigating Textual Differences
  • Selecting a Text: Conditions
  • Interpreting a Text: Standards
  • Interpreting a Text: Understanding the Language
  • Interpreting a Text: Genre, Text Features, and Context
  • Examining Specific Genres
  • Selecting a Text: Conclusions

Unit 4: The Road from Text to Sermon

  • Introduction to Moving from Text to Sermon
  • 1. What Does the Text Mean?
  • Studying Parallel Accounts
  • 2. How Do I Know What the Text Means?
  • Discovering Greek Grammatical Constructions
  • 3. What Concerns Caused the Text to Be Written? (Part 1)
  • 3. What Concerns Caused the Text to Be Written? (Part 2)
  • 4. What Do We Share in Common with the Author and Audience?
  • 5. How Should We Respond to the Truths of the Text?
  • 6. Communicating the Content and Application (Part 1)
  • 6. Communicating the Content and Application (Part 2)

Unit 5: Outlining and Arrangement

  • Introduction to Outlining and Arrangement
  • Purposes of an Outline
  • Qualities of Good Homiletical Outlines
  • Types of Homiletical Outlines
  • Building Logical and Sequential Outlines
  • Contents of Good Homiletical Outlines
  • Developmental Principles for Homiletical Outlines
  • Pulpit Outlines: Consistent Visual Markers and Cautions

Unit 6: Proposition and Main Points

  • What Is a Proposition?
  • Marks of a Good Proposition
  • Marks of Good “Formal” Main Points
  • Marks of Good “Conversational” Proposition and Main Points
  • Propositions and Main Points: Some Helpful Hints
  • Propositions and Main Points: Harmonizing Them
  • Propositions and Main Points: More Helpful Hints

Unit 7: Sermon Divisions and Development

  • Guidelines for Main Point Divisions
  • Guidelines for Subpoint Divisions (Part 1)
  • Guidelines for Subpoint Divisions (Part 2)
  • Three Basic Types of Subpoints
  • Standard Progression of Explanation within a Main Point

Unit 8: Classification of Messages

  • Classifications: Introduction
  • Topical Sermons
  • Building a Topical Sermon
  • Textual Sermons
  • Expository Sermons: Features and Advantages
  • Building an Expositional Sermon
  • Expository Sermons: Potential Problems

Unit 9: Exposition: Components and Proportions

  • Exposition: Introduction
  • Exposition: Three Essential Elements
  • Exposition and Illustrative Material
  • Collecting Media Illustrations
  • Application: Instructional and Situational Specificity
  • Application: Motivation and Enablement
  • The Shape of Exposition
  • Exposition: Summary

Unit 10: Illustrations That Empower Exposition

  • Illustrations: Introduction
  • Illustrations: Their Power
  • Illustration: Wrong Reasons for Doing It
  • Illustration: Right Reasons for Doing It
  • Illustrations: Providing Vicarious Learning Experiences
  • Illustrations: Isolating and Associating
  • Illustrations: Narrating
  • Illustrations: Introducing Them
  • Illustrations: Using Concreteness and Detail
  • Illustrations: Relating and Applying to Your Point
  • Illustrations: Expositional Rain (Part 1)
  • Illustrations: Expositional Rain (Part 2)
  • Illustrations: Sources
  • Illustrations: A Balanced View
  • Illustrations: Cautions (Part 1)
  • Illustrations: Cautions (Part 2)

Unit 11: Application

  • Application: Essential to Full Exposition
  • Finding Points of Application
  • What Is Application?
  • Application: Giving Reason, Focus, and Clarity to Exposition
  • Application: Required in Scripture
  • Components of Application: What?
  • Components of Application: Where?
  • Components of Application: Why? and How?
  • What Makes Application Difficult?

Unit 12: Overcoming the Application Breaking Point

  • Disarming Hostility
  • Making Sensible Proposals and Fitting the Tone to the Task
  • Providing Sufficient Guidance for Making Decisions
  • Other Recommendations
  • Application: Cautions and Attitude
  • Proper Attitudes for Making Applications

Unit 13: Sermon Introductions

  • Sermon Introductions: An Example
  • Sermon Introductions: Their Purpose
  • Sermon Introductions: Opening Words and Opening Moments
  • Sermon Introductions: Types (Part 1)
  • Sermon Introductions: Types (Part 2)
  • Marks of Poor Sermon Introductions
  • Marks of Good Sermon Introductions
  • Scripture Introductions: Their Separate Purpose
  • The Introduction Chain

Unit 14: Sermon Conclusions

  • Guiding Principles for Conclusions
  • Components of Conclusions
  • Effective Conclusions: Marks and Cautions
  • Cautions and Hints for Effective Conclusions


  • Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Product Details

  • Title: CM151 Preparing and Delivering Christ-Centered Sermons I: Foundations and Structures
  • Instructor: Bryan Chapell
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Audio
  • Length: 15 hours
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Bryan Chapell

Dr. Bryan Chapell is the senior pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois and president emeritus at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, where he has served in leadership capacities since 1985. Dr. Chapell is an internationally renowned preacher, teacher, and speaker, and the author of many books, including Christ-Centered WorshipEach for the OtherHoliness by GracePraying BackwardsThe Hardest Sermons You’ll Ever Have to Preach, and Christ-Centered Preaching, a preaching textbook now in multiple editions and many languages that has established him as one of the nation’s foremost teachers of homiletics. He and his wife, Kathy, have four children.


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