Preparing Expository Sermons: A Seven-Step Method for Biblical Preaching

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I am now made to look as though I took it from them. How else can one explain the superb homiletical writings or the pulpit energy of a host of contemporary pastors and preachers? Again, I am the loser.

Life is unfair. Airing my grievances to you my reader already provides relief! But it will not absolve me from responsibility in the following pages. When we add the journals and articles that are dedicated to the dynamics and mechanics of preaching, the total exceeds one thousand productions of recent history B. I have examined most of them and know this book is not an unaffected contribution to the homiletical enterprise.

It may actually begin the regressive dice roll of homiletical theory and practice. Since life is unfair and unjust to all, however, the masters have to put up with my little sayings on the matter. The philosophy and praxis of this patchwork of plagiarisms [2] is being fashioned out of a twenty-five-year chronology of personal imperfections. The book really began in teenage open-air preaching experiences in the market streets of Madras, South India.

At this formative time of life, I was exposed to the effective preaching of my pastor, Samuel Kamaleson, at the Emmanuel Methodist Church. The encouragement of teenage peers as we preached on sand beaches and electric trains counted toward this book. The consistent lifestyle of my father, John Richard—who loves Christ, the ministry, and books—gave me an advantageous heritage. At Dallas Seminary I was forced to enhance the gift of preaching. Gracious professors legislated and affirmed my preaching experiences. He said, Mr. Richard, I had no burning desire to listen to you!

Was this possibly a stimulus to improve my preparation and preaching? The responses of my congregation to the pulpit-oriented pastorate of Delhi Bible Fellowship, North India, reinforced the calling to exalt preaching as the central weekly event of church life. One family who had to move to Bombay wrote: Bombay is milder climate-wise, denser population-wise and more orderly bus-wise. But I will be missing the fellowship and the weekly living sermons.

I have attended a couple of church services here, but if you will allow me to say so, the preaching here is like taking a beer after a good scotch whiskey. Sorry to use a comparison you do not have the benefit of having experienced. The ministry blossomed, and the burgeoning need for Bible study leaders forced me to teach the preaching process to budding young men every week.

Some of these have developed into excellent pulpiteers. Extensive international preaching opportunities exposed me to large audiences of pastors and church leaders who have to minister weekly and often to multiple congregations. These have had little or no formal training in preaching but must preach. They are called, gifted, and appointed to the task.

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Was there any way I could take the process to them? Was there a simplified and cross-culturally adaptable sermon-preparation process applicable across literary genres and literacy levels that could be imparted to them? Dallas Seminary gives me another opportunity. As a homiletically inclined institution, it provides me a laboratory where I can keep the issues defined and applied with upcoming pastors and preachers. Ramesh Richard Evangelism and Church Helps RREACH International provides the resources to equip pastors, preachers, and thinkers in economically deprived regions with pulpit skills, study tools, and ministry resources.

On this organizationally symbiotic platform, I have put together a seven-step sermon-shaping process for pastors and leaders in needy countries. Since it has been forged out of the foibles of hundreds of seminary students and thousands of pastors at Scripture Sculpture seminars all over the world, I know what must not be done with the text or in the pulpit! Hopefully, I have converted personal imperfections and student shortcomings into a positive format. I have been gratified by the response of preachers in varied cultures who think they have received a process that may be consistently used for their pulpit ministry week after week.

What is also gratifying is the response of fourth-year seminary students who feel that in this format three years of excellent homiletical preparation are summarized and unified for weekly ministry. The work is divided into three parts. The introduction presents the motivation for expository preaching as well as a definition and an overview of the expository preaching process.


The Scripture Sculpture process is delineated in seven steps. They can stand alone as a do-it-yourself manual on expository preaching. These chapters also suggest action steps for you to take. For best comprehension of the proposed method, it is necessary to actually and quickly pursue the action steps. Keep your pencil handy.

Preparing Expository Sermons: A Seven-Step Method for Biblical Preaching

Read slowly and intentionally. Make notes in the margins of this manual or in a notebook designated for this study. The third part of this book, the appendices, deals with specific introductory and technical issues and may be consulted as you see a need for them while working through steps 1 through 7. Version Bible. English Standard Version. Non-English Translations Bible.


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Sermons are what we make with what God has made. His method, explained in this book, has been field-tested in training seminars for thousands of pastors and preachers around the world, and it will be invaluable to you as well. Preparing Expository Sermons is a simple do-it-yourself resource for developing and preaching expository sermons.

It guides you through a seven-step process, with many practical suggestions and illustrative charts along the way. In addition, there are thirteen appendixes that include information on: o how to choose a text o preaching narratives o understanding your audience o elements of a competent sermon outline o forms of sermon introduction A comprehensive sermon evaluation questionnaire is included.

Ramesh Richard, Th. Previously published as Scripture Sculpture.