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Mobile Ed: CM153 Preparing and Delivering Christ-Centered Sermons III: Advanced Techniques and Theory (11 hour course)

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In part three of his series on preaching, Dr. Bryan Chapell shares advanced techniques to help you in the pulpit. He starts with his battle-tested methods, explaining how to use voice and gesture and where to add transitions to create a natural flow. You’ll learn a variety of sermon preparation and delivery methods and how to develop your own style.

Dr. Chapell then guides you away from the pulpit and into the pew. He explains the typical mindset of the different generations and common presuppositions that non-Christians and Christians bring with them on Sunday. You’ll discover how to approach sermon application based on who’s sitting in front of you and how to speak biblical truth in a way they will understand.


Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Identify various methods of sermon preparation and delivery
  • Use transitions to create a sermon with a natural flow
  • Use voice and gesture to communicate effectively
  • Cultivate a personal style that is audience appropriate
  • Understand postmodernism’s impact on listeners
  • Articulate how a biblical passage applies to a particular audience

Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: Transitions and the Dialogical Method

  • The Function of Transitions
  • The Nature of Transitions
  • Dialogical Transitions
  • Logical and Numerical Connections
  • Parallel Statements, Illustrative Transitions, and Tiebacks
  • Billboards
  • Verse References
  • The Memory Retention Hierarchy

Unit 2: Methods of Sermon Preparation

  • Manuscript Sermons
  • Outlined Sermons
  • Fully Extemporized Sermons
  • Options for Sermon Notes
  • Evaluating Impromptu Preaching
  • Evaluating Preaching from Outlines
  • Evaluating Manuscript Preaching
  • Converting a Manuscript to an Outline
  • Preaching from Memory

Unit 3: Basic Features of Sermon Delivery

  • The Power of Natural Delivery
  • Transparent Delivery
  • Expression in Delivery
  • Appropriate Volume
  • Variety in Verbal Expressions
  • Intensity of Expression
  • Gesturing and Eye Contact
  • Facial Expressions and Hand Gestures
  • Body Movement
  • Gestures to Avoid

Unit 4: Dress and Style for Sermon Delivery

  • Community and Gospel Considerations
  • Identifying with the People
  • Principles for Appropriate Dress
  • The Power of Dress
  • Cultivating a Personal Style through Vulnerability
  • Cultivating a Personal Style through Language
  • Cultivating a Plain Style

Unit 5: Preparation and Planning for Expository Sermons

  • Spiritual Preparation
  • Intellectual Preparation: Knowing God’s Word
  • Intellectual Preparation: Knowing Our World
  • Preparation of the Attitude
  • Sermon Planning
  • Weekly Sermon Planning
  • Disciplined Sermon Preparation
  • Collecting Material for Sermons
  • Filing Collected Material
  • Planning for Practice and Prayer

Unit 6: The Expositor’s Stance

  • RAMBOPP: Text and Sermon Focus
  • RAMBOPP: Presentation Focus
  • Emphasizing the Priority of God’s Word
  • Reading God’s Word Meaningfully
  • Tips for Reading God’s Word
  • More Tips for Reading God’s Word

Unit 7: Inductive Homiletic Approaches

  • Comparing Deductive and Inductive Approaches
  • The Roots of Inductive Homiletics
  • Starting with Questions
  • Varying the Order of Sermon Components
  • Varying the Time Spent on Sermon Components
  • Preaching via Story: Commented Retelling
  • Preaching via Story: Contemporary Retelling
  • Constructing Homiletical Plots
  • Choosing Appropriate Sermon Approaches and Forms
  • Variations on Problem-Solution Sermons

Unit 8: New Listeners: Inside and Outside the Church

  • Biblical and Doctrinal Knowledge in the Church
  • Generational Differences in the Church
  • Reasons for Attending Church
  • Spiritual State of the Church
  • God, Religion, and Culture for the Unchurched
  • Values of the Unchurched
  • Effective Preaching for New Listeners
  • Providing Clear and Redemptive Direction to Listeners
  • Addressing Objections and Self-Centeredness of Listeners
  • Crafting Language for New Listeners
  • Elements of Evangelistic Preaching
  • Evangelistic Preaching for Different Audiences
  • Evangelistic Preaching for All Audiences
  • Keys to Conversational Preaching

Unit 9: Sermon Applications for New Listeners

  • Principles of Traditional Application
  • Troubling Aspects of Application
  • Specifying Situations for Sermon Application
  • Common Situations for Sermon Application
  • Addressing Motivations in Sermon Applications
  • How Disobedience Affects Relationship with God
  • Enabling Change in Sermon Application
  • Opening the Horizon for Sermon Application
  • Reversing the Train in Sermon Application
  • Loving a Puritan and a Parable: Two-Phased Messages
  • Turning the Radio on: The Applicational Model
  • Selecting an Appropriate Sermon Model


  • Course Summary

Product Details

  • Title: CM153 Preparing and Delivering Christ-Centered Sermons III: Advanced Techniques and Theory
  • Instructor: Bryan Chapell
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 11
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About Bryan Chapell

Dr. Bryan Chapell is the senior pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois and president emeritus at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, where he has served in leadership capacities since 1985. Dr. Chapell is an internationally renowned preacher, teacher, and speaker, and the author of many books, including Christ-Centered Worship, Each for the Other, Holiness by Grace, Praying Backwards, The Hardest Sermons You’ll Ever Have to Preach, and Christ-Centered Preaching, a preaching textbook now in multiple editions and many languages that has established him as one of the nation’s foremost teachers of homiletics. He and his wife, Kathy, have four children.

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This course comes with an Activities resource that functions as a type of “workbook” for the course. This resource includes learning activities such as: places for you to respond to reflection questions, exercises that will challenge and show you how deepen your understanding of this course by using specific Logos tools and resources, tutorial videos on different features of Logos Bible Software, and links to relevant Logos guides and tools. A link to open the Activities resource is conveniently placed at the end of every segment.



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