Project Documents

Date of Award

1978

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Arnold A. Kurtz

Second Advisor

Steven P. Vitrano

Third Advisor

Walter B. T. Douglas

Abstract

Problem.

Some of the Seventh-day Adventist sermons preached in Mexico appear to offer limited biblical content. It has been observed that overtaxed ministers often present material that does not correspond to some of the members' expectations. Since the word of God is central in the praise and adoration of God and constitutes the message to be proclaimed, it is important for preachers to understand better ways to preach the Good News.

Method

The purpose of this project was to explore current Seventh- day Adventist preaching in Mexico with respect-to sermon content. The theology of God's proclamation places great responsibility upon preachers of His Good News, and it is essential that all clearly perceive this God given duty. A request for recorded sermons was sent to ministers who had studied homiletics at Montemorelos University. The first twenty tape recorded sermons that arrived were analyzed using three criteria based on an examination of the origins of biblical preaching and of the contemporary literature on the subject. Data concerning the biblical content and delivery of the sermons, the preachers, and the sermon settings were considered in the analysis.

Recommendations

The project suggests the need for a well defined theology of preaching available to preachers as a basis for guiding them in biblical preaching, for ministers to study the Scriptures to better proclaim the gospel, and for in-service education for Mexican preachers.

Subject Area

Seventh-day Adventists--Sermons; Preaching

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