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Mobile Ed: CM101 Basic Elements of Preaching: An Introduction to Homiletics (4 hour course)

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Dr. Gary Carr provides a brief survey of the basic elements of sermon preparation and delivery. The course delineates the basic parts of a sermon, defines the terms involved in preaching, and describes several different types of sermons. Carr discusses other issues related to preaching, like the preacher’s character, humor, logic, mannerisms, and speech.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Define and discuss the basic terms involved in homiletics
  • Analyze the sermons of others and self with regard to their effect on the congregation
  • Identify and describe the basic parts of a sermon
  • Identify different types of sermons
  • Recognize the importance of good sermon illustrations
  • Delineate the steps in preparing a sermon
  • Discuss the importance of the preacher’s character, speech, and mannerisms

Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and Course
  • The Definition of Homiletics
  • The Outcomes of a Sermon

Unit 1: The Analysis of Sermon Style

  • Effect, Message-Centered, and Rhetorical Sermon Analysis
  • Mimetic Sermon Analysis

Unit 2: The Preparation of a Sermon

  • The Preparation of the Preacher
  • Steps in Preparing a Sermon
  • Using the Compare Pericopes Feature to Aid Sermon Structuring
  • Preparing to Proclaim a Text
  • Using the Preaching the WordCommentary Series in Sermon Preparation

Unit 3: The Introduction and Illustration of a Sermon

  • Sermon Introductions
  • Sermon Illustrations
  • Finding Illustrations in the Sermon Starter Guide and Topic Guide
  • Sources of Sermon Illustrations (Part 1)
  • Creating a Personal Book of Illustrations
  • Sources of Sermon Illustrations (Part 2)
  • Making a Point
  • Cultural Cues
  • Storytelling as Illustration
  • Preaching Parables

Unit 4: The Reasoning in a Sermon

  • Patterns of Thinking: Deductive Reasoning
  • Patterns of Thinking: Inductive Reasoning

Unit 5: The Conclusion of a Sermon

  • Sermon Conclusions

Unit 6: The Structure of a Sermon

  • Humor in the Pulpit
  • Types of Sermon Structure
  • Finding Sermons in Logos
  • The Lowry Loop
  • The Fireworks of a Sermon
  • The Use of Logic in Sermons

Unit 7: The Delivery of a Sermon

  • Pace and Posture in Sermons
  • Two Resources to Help Your Sermon Delivery
  • Voice in Sermons

Unit 8: The Types of a Sermon

  • Introducing Types of Preaching and Expository Preaching
  • Topical Preaching
  • Using the Sermon Starter Guide for Topical and Expository Sermons
  • Doctrinal, Narrative, and Pastoral Preaching

Unit 9: The Elements of a Sermon

  • Sermon Hooks
  • Verbs in Preaching
  • Idioms, Jargon, and Transitions in Preaching
  • Hand Gestures in Preaching
  • Series Preaching
  • Resources for Planning a Sermon Calendar
  • Making Mistakes in Preaching
  • Evangelism and Preaching
  • Homilies
  • A David Buttrick Sermon

Unit 10: The Preacher of a Sermon

  • The Preacher’s Authority and Resources
  • The Preacher’s Readiness
  • Using Prayer Lists, Daily Devotionals, and Bible Reading Plans
  • The Preacher’s Power
  • Notes for Sermon Ideas
  • Using Logos Notes for Sermon Preparation
  • Polarity in Preaching


  • Summary of the Course

Product Details

  • Title: CM101 Basic Elements of Preaching: An Introduction to Homiletics
  • Instructor: Gary Carr
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 4
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About Gary Carr

Dr. Gary Carr is vice president for adult and graduate studies at Southern Wesleyan University, overseeing administration operations and providing leadership for faculty services, student services, and chaplains’ services. He served as vice president for translations for the International Bible Society and as division chaplain, 2nd Marine Division and 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. In addition, Dr. Carr has served as command chaplain aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk and Battle Force Seventh Fleet. He is an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church and served as pastor for the Diamond Springs Wesleyan Church in Michigan.

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  1. Matt DeVore

    Matt DeVore


  2. Henrik Wågbrant-Bina
  3. Jim Gribnitz

    Jim Gribnitz


  4. Tim Kuhn

    Tim Kuhn


    There was some really good information in this course, and some I won't be using. Overall it was good, although at times I had a hard time listening to it. The instructor seemed to stumble over his own words often, which is ironic since this is a course on speaking. I found the first half of the course to be the most useful. The second half has good information for people who are not used to public speaking - posture, hand gestures, looking at people in the eye. Glad I went through it, it reminded me of things I learned early in my walk.
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