Project Documents

Date of Award

1990

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Norman K. Miles

Second Advisor

Jonathan K. Paulien

Third Advisor

Douglas R. Kilcher

Abstract

Problem

As the literature shows, every preacher needs to develop his own guidelines for presentation of theological constructs (preaching). The literature also shows the importance of the letter to the Galatians for the church, especially during and since the Reformation. Thus, this study attempts to compare audience perceptions of theological constructs (derived from my study of Galatians) presented expositorily with those presented topically when the same guidelines are used.

Method

This study was undertaken to: (1) develop guidelines for exegesis, that would be useful for preaching, starting with the Greek text, (2) develop guidelines for audience and community analysis, (3) develop guidelines for presentation of theological constructs as expository and topical sermons, and (4) apply these guidelines to the letter to the Galatians, (5) preach fourteen sermons as models, and (6), have an independent person distribute a questionnaire after each sermon to the respondents (who were unknown to the speaker). The first three and the last three of the sermons would be before and after the series and not be based on constructs derived from Galatians. The eight sermons of the series would be delivered in pairs based on the same text, but each pair would include an expository sermon and a topical sermon.

Results

There was no clear preference for either topical or expository preaching.

Conclusions

Due to the small sample population and to ambiguity with certain questions in the questionnaire, my conclusion is that the results are invalid. However, as I stated in chapter 7, this study was of great personal benefit.

Subject Area

Preaching; Bible--Homiletical use

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