Homiletics and the Church Research Paper by Nicky

Homiletics and the Church
A history of homiletics in the Christian church.
# 128000 | 4,815 words | 5 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 22, 2010 in History (Religion) , Religion and Theology (Christianity)

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This paper traces the role and history of homiletics, or preaching, in the Christian church. Both the Catholic and Protestant approaches to Christianity are considered in light of the role of sermons in their services. The paper also shows how the style of sermons changed over time and how distinct styles emerged. These styles are described over several paragraphs. The paper also gives attention to Martin Luther and how he dealt with homiletics in light of the changes and challenges he made to the Catholic Church. Various other thinkers' views and impact on homiletics over time are also presented, such as those of Sir Walter Scott and Rick Warren. The paper concludes with a discussion of great leaders and how they are not born but made, pointing out that this is also true of great preachers.

Church Growth Research
Early history
Preaching as an Important Factor
Preaching in Relation to Worship and Culture
Preaching and Novelization
Warren's Main Points
'Preaching' Without a Pastor

From the Paper:

"Over the centuries three distinct styles of preaching have developed. These are: the use of the lectionary, the expository sermon, and topical preaching. Grout notes (1999) that the "lectionaries were created to help lead a preacher or reader through a well-rounded approach to the Bible" (p. 12). The expository sermon became popular as a result of the Protestant Reformation. The expository sermon is a method in which people take the "...text, explain what it means, [and} tie it to the other scriptures so people can see the whole a little better, and apply it to life so it bites and heals, instructs and edifies (Carson, 1996, p. 87). The topical sermon was introduced by Harry Emerson Fosdick (Miller, 1985). This method is described as starting with a problem or general topic and examining how the Christian Scriptures address the issue."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Curry, Erin. (25 September, 2002). Rick Warren book calls Christians to seek a 'Purpose Driven Life'. Baptist Press News.
  • Halsall, Paul. (1998). Modern History Sourcebook. Fordham University. http://www.fordham .edu/halsall/mod/carlyle-scott.html.
  • Rick Warren: 'most influential evangelist you've never heard of,' USA Today says. (23 July 2003). Baptist Press News.
  • Von Sternberg, Bob. (11 November, 2003). Purpose of life? Millions buy book; A pastor's simple question creates a movement. Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN): C4.
  • Warren, Rick. (2003). A Philosophy of Leadership. Pastors.com. http://www.pastors.com/arti cle.asp?ArtID=3178.

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