Proclaiming the Faith

Class Dates: Aug 03, 2021 - Sep 28, 2021
Day/time: Tuesdays 6-8 PM (Pacific)
Length: 8 WEEKS / 16 HOURS
Instructor: Rev. Bo Baumeister

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Course Description


The purpose of this course is to assist the student in understanding and applying the principles of Gospel communication and proclamation through preaching. This is, therefore, a marriage of theory and practice. The theory involves understanding Biblical and historical theology and practices of preaching (often called homiletics). The practice involves writing and preaching law/Gospel missional sermons.

8 weeks / 16 hours

Goals and Objectives

Being Objectives (Spiritual Formation): The student will

  1. understand the impact of missional preaching as the declarative proclamation of the Word of God delivered from the responsibility of the pastoral office;
  2. grow in faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior;
  3. exemplify a life lived under the Gospel of the forgiveness of sins;
  4. increase reliance upon the Means of Grace for ministry;
  5. strengthen commitment to the Scriptural truth that God desires all to be saved and to come to knowledge of truth;
  6. be faithful to the pastoral office and recognized as a man of faith and integrity;
  7. engage in personal study and application of the Scriptures, the Lutheran Confessions, and other theological devotional writings in personal and public life;
  8. exhibit a teachable spirit.

Knowing Objectives (Cognitive Formation): The student will

  1. learn the components of a well-designed Lutheran sermon;
  2. learn appropriate delivery techniques of sermonic material;
  3. learn how to use media to support the delivery of sermon material.

Doing Objectives (Conative Formation): The student will

  1. demonstrate effective pastoral leadership based on the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions, emphasizing outreach to the lost;
  2. properly interpret the Scriptures, rightly dividing Law and Gospel;
  3. prepare, deliver, and evaluate expository, topical, and narrative sermons.

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