Project Documents

Date of Award

1987

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Eduardo Ocampo

Second Advisor

Miroslav Kis

Third Advisor

Robert M. Johnston

Abstract

Problem

The problem of preaching in the Central Dominican Conference seems to be one of sermon content. Weaknesses in hermeneutical principles as well as rules applied to the biblical sermon can be detected. Even when preachers quote the Bible and try to explain the message, the biblical text is not properly discussed or explained. This situation results in poor sermon content. To correct this anomaly, this study provides a guide on Biblical Preaching to help the minister produce a better sermon to feed the church.

Method

In order to investigate the content of sermons and the principles applied to preaching in the Central Dominican Conference, a request was sent to all ministers to submit a tape-recorded sermon which they had preached during a regular Sabbath service. The sermons were carefully studied and analyzed according to the hermeneutical criteria and homiletical rules which emerged from the review of biblical and current literature.

Results

It was found that the Dominican preachers do not use the rules of interpretation properly to build the content of their sermons, thus reflecting poor biblical sermon content.

Conclusion

The result of this study has created an awareness in the body of ministers of the Central Dominican Conference about the importance of analyzing, explaining, and applying in their sermons what the Bible says. By using the strategy recommended by this study, a follow-up workshop was conducted for the Dominican ministers in which it was found that eighteen of the twenty participants improved the content of their sermons. It can be theorized that the suggested sermonwriting techniques were proven to be helpful in improving the content of Biblical sermons.

Subject Area

Preaching; Bible--Homiletical use; Seventh-day Adventists--Dominican Republic

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