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Homiletics

Homiletics

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Homiletics refers to the art and science that guide the creation and delivery of sermons. It is the “science in which the art of preaching resides and the sermon is the end result” ( Perry, 1973). The word likely derives from a talk called a “homily.” Some people believe that the word “homos” is a mix of the terms “illa,” a firm, and “homos,” a phrase. Science is defined as organised knowledge, whereas art is the use and application of that information.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this lecture, the students should be able to

  • Define Homiletics
  • State what a sermon is
  • State the processes involved in sermon formation
  • Differentiate between preaching and teaching
  • Identify historical background of biblical preaching

INTRODUCTION

Homiletics refers to the art and science that guide the creation and delivery of sermons. It is the “science in which the art of preaching resides and the sermon is the end result” ( Perry, 1973). The word likely derives from a talk called a “homily.” Some people believe that the word “homos” is a mix of the terms “illa,” a firm, and “homos,” a phrase. Science is defined as organised knowledge, whereas art is the use and application of that information.

The study of homiletics includes, among other things, a consideration of the fundamental requirements for a preacher, the pressing need for preaching, the significance of carefully selecting and organising the sermon’s readings, and the best ways to ensure that the message is effectively delivered and received.

Preaching is the verbal transmission of divine truth with the intention of persuading. Homiletics has also been characterised as rhetoric used in holy speech. Teaching transmits information, however preaching aims to go beyond that by attempting to change lives, according to Henry Ward Beecher, who distinguishes teaching from preaching.

CERTIFICATION

At the end of this course, the student will be entitled to a certification issued from Anchor University, Lagos.

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