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The Homiletical Process

Three audiences of the homiletical process:

1. Original Audience

2. Universal (timeless) Audience

3. Contemporary Audience

Exegetical Process:

1. Choose a text that comprises a single unit of thought (pericope).

2. Discover the exegetical outline.

  • Take into account the natural division markers (but, therefore, and, etc.)
  • Mark out the natural divisions (each section should not have many divisions—probably not more than three)
  • Give each division an exegetical heading that summarizes and interprets the division from the viewpoint of the original audience.

3. Discover the exegetical proposition from the viewpoint of the original audience.

  • Subject: What is the passage talking about?
  • Compliment: What does it say about what it is talking about?

Theological Process:

1. Using your exegetical outline, discover the theological outline.

Ask the questions:

1. “What does this mean for all people?”

2. “What does this say about God?”

3. “What does this say about man?”

2. Using your exegetical proposition, discover the theological proposition.

  • Subject: What is the passage talking about?
  • Compliment: What does it say about what it is talking about?

Homiletical Process:

1. From your theological outline, discover the homiletical outline.

2. From the theological proposition, discover the homiletical proposition.

Example: Matt. 18:20

Pericope:____________

Exegetical Proposition:

Theological Proposition:

Homiletical Proposition (Big Idea):

PRINCIPLES IN BIBLICAL TEACHING SIGN-UP SHEET

Genesis Name

25:19-26 __________________

25:27-34 __________________

26:1-11 __________________

26:12-33 __________________

26:34-28:9 __________________

28:10-22 __________________

29:31-30:24 __________________

30:25-43 __________________

32:1-21 __________________

32:22-32 __________________

33:1-20 __________________

34:1-31 __________________

35:1-29 __________________

Proverbs

4:1 __________________

5:15 __________________

11:1 __________________

11:13 __________________

12:18 __________________

14:27 __________________

16:3 __________________

17:9 __________________

Proverbs Name

20:19 __________________

21:31 __________________

25:26 __________________

26:17 __________________

26:20 __________________

28:13 __________________

Mark

1:1-12 __________________

2:1-13 __________________

3:1-12 __________________

4:35-41 __________________

5:1-20 __________________

6:1-6 __________________

7:24-30 __________________

8:1-21 __________________

8:27-38 __________________

9:30-37 __________________

10:17-31 __________________

11:27-33 __________________

12:1-12 __________________

14:22-31 __________________

16:14-18 __________________

Next week: Prepare a 3min (AND WE MEAN 3 MINUTES) introduction to your passage. Remember, you must find the “Big Idea” of the passage in order to introduce it correctly. However you introduce it (personal illustration, general illustration, revelation of a problem, etc.), it must accomplish two things: 1) does it point to the “Big Idea” of the lesson/sermon? and 2) does it create an “itch” to where people want to hear it?

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