Course Type:

Applied Courses  (Level 2)  - MP20605 - 1.5 Credits

Using two texts by Rev. Dr. Henry Mitchell and by Rev. Dr. Martha Simmons, participants will go through the components of a sermon as they prepare to write two sermons. The components include: the behavioral purpose, lectionary preaching, genres, holistic encounters, sermon outlines, introductions, celebrations, and title.

Learning Objectives

 In addition to the objectives the learners identify for themselves, participants who successfully completes this course will be able to:

  • Illustrate ways the Holy Spirit works through us as we preach, pray, live the scripture.
  • Demonstrate a time when a sermon changed a person or yourself.
  • Demonstrate through preaching how the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament are relevant to our lives today.
  • Exhibit ways to bring life to sacred stories and traditions of Christianity.
  • Develop a sermon outline that addresses issues of injustice and oppression.
  • Identify and be able to relate to the local context where your sermon is delivered.

Required Texts

  • Simmons, Martha J. Doing the Deed: The Mechanics of 21st Century Preaching, The African American Pulpit, Inc., 2012.
  • Mitchell, Henry H., Celebration & Experience in Preaching: Revised Edition, Abingdon Press, 2008.

Additional Books and Resources:

  • Blount, Brian K., General Editor. True to Our Native Land: An African American New Testament Commentary. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2007.
  • Feasting on the Word, Lectionary Commentary Series, Westminster John Knox, 2000’s.
  • Abingdon New Testament Commentaries, Abingdon Press, 2000’s.
  • Fortress Commentary on the Bible, Fortress Press, 2000’s.
  • The New Interpreter’s Bible, A Commentary in Twelve Volumes, Abingdon Press, 1996 Edition.
  • Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching, 17 volume series, Westminster John Knox Press, 1990’s to present.
  • The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries, Yale University Press, 1990’s.





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