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Preaching the Word Today

Pastoral Studies

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Course Description

This course contains an emphasis on the basic principles of preaching and teaching the Word of God, emphasizing homiletical preaching styles, message preparation, communication methods, and treatment of contemporary issues.

  • CIMS Credit: 2
  • Length: 8 weeks
  • Effort: 3-4 hours per week
  • Subject: Pastoral
  • Venues: DVD, Internet, Distance Learning
  • Language: English

Charles Spurgeon earned the right to be called the prince of preachers. His passion for preaching is reflected in a statement found in his autobiography:

We want again Luthers, Calvins, Bunyans, Whitefields, men fit to mark eras, whose names breathe terror in our foemen’s earns. We have dire need of such. Whence will they come to us? They are the fits of Jesus Christ to the Church, and will come in due time. He has power to give us back again a golden age of preachers, a time as fertile of great divines and mighty ministers as was the Puritan age, and when the good old truth is once more preached by men whose lips are touched as with a live coal from off the altar, this shall be the instrument in the hand of the Spirit for bringing about a great and thorough revival of religion in the land.

I do not look for any other means of coverting men beyond the simple preaching of the gospel and the opening of men’s ears to hear it. The moment the Church of God shall despise the pulpit, God will despise her. It has been through the ministry that the Lord has always been pleased to revive and bless His Churches.

Course Objectives:

After completing this course, students will be able to…

  1. Prepare an expository sermon.
  2. Analyze a Scripture passage, analyze the content and structure of a book of the Bible, and trace a theme through a book of the Bible.
  3. Describe the building blocks of therapeutic preaching.
  4. Utilize modern technology while preparing sermons as well as during the delivery of the sermon.
  5. Select the type of sermon needed for any particular audience, prepare and deliver it using the best methods for the occasion.
  1. Characteristics of the Expository Sermon
  2. Reasons for Preaching the Word
  3. Making Transitions in Expository Preaching
  4. Advantages of Preaching the Expository Sermon
  5. How to Analyze a Scripture Passage: Part 1
  6. How to Analyze a Scripture Passage: Part 2
  7. Tracing a Theme Through a Book
  8. How to Analyze Content and Structure
  9. Analysis of the Book of John: Part 1
  10. Analysis of the Book of John: Part 2
  11. Introduction to Therapeutic Preaching
  12. Building Blocks of Therapeutic Preaching: Part 1
  13. Building Blocks of Therapeutic Preaching: Part 2
  14. Building Blocks of Therapeutic Preaching: Part 3
  15. Building Blocks of Therapeutic Preaching: Part 4
  16. Building Blocks of Therapeutic Preaching: Part 5
  17. Building Blocks of Therapeutic Preaching: Part 6
  18. Building Blocks of Therapeutic Preaching: Part 7
  19. Building Blocks of Therapeutic Preaching: Part 8
  20. Preaching the Word in a High-Tech World: Confronting the Challenge
  21. Preaching the Word in a High-Tech World: Clarifying the Call
  22. Preaching the Word in a High-Tech World: Communicating
  23. Preaching the Word in a High-Tech World: Communicating Like Christ
  24. Preaching the Word in a High-Tech World: Utilizing Technology
  25. Preaching the Word in a High-Tech World: Evangelistic Preaching
  26. Preaching the Word in a High-Tech World: The Urgency of Evangelism
  27. Preaching the Word in a High-Tech World: Calling for Commitment
  28. Preaching the Word in a High-Tech World: Follow Me

Video Lesson 1: Characteristics of the Expository Sermon

Your Instructors

Dr. Raymond F. Culpepper

Dr. F. J. May

Dr. Mark Williams

What We Will Cover

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Frequently Asked Questions

The total cost for the online program comes out to $2,814. The breakdown of cost is below:

Enrollment and Admission Fee:  $25 (nonrefundable)
Tuition:  $60 per CIMS credit
Study Guides:  Free PDF downloads with online enrollment
Textbooks:  $12 for 1 credit / $20 for 2 credit / $30 for 3 credit
Internet Fee:  $10 per CIMS credit

Generally, students complete within three years. However, there is not a hard restriction when you must complete all courses.

In short, yes. In our online courses, you are able to retest as many times as it takes to achieve a passing score.

Business hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST.

Yes. Grants are available only to credentialed Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) ministers and persons in the credentialing process.

Our courses are used in the licensing process, but completing our courses alone will not make you a licensed minister in the Church of God.  Please visit cogdoe.org/ministerial-licensure for more information.

At the option of Church of God institutions of higher education, CIMS credit may be converted to credit by that institution when the student meets the entrance requirements, is accepted, and enrolls.

If you are a School of Ministry student, please be aware that when a course access is purchased, you will be given 365 days access to that course. Should you need more time, please contact us. If you have not yet applied to the School of Ministry, please click here to begin that process. Once you have filled out the necessary paper work you will be given a link on where to purchase access to the courses.

Please send us any issues by completing the form on the Contact page.

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