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Homiletics I. - V.
and
How To Prepare Sermons

 

 

In this course you will learn what are the various types of sermons and the mechanics of how to prepare a sermon of each type.  You will then go on to study preparation of a homily in general, including what to do and what not to do.  And, finally, you will learn how to prepare yourself for your endeavors in this field. You will use several textbooks and the course will be in multiple parts.
1. The Homiletics I. textbook is "Introduction to Homiletics" by Shawn Abigail with additional notes by Dr. T.E. VanBuskirk.
2. The How to Prepare Sermons textbook is "How to Prepare Sermons" by William Evans
3.
The Homiletics II textbook is "The Theory of Preaching" by Austin Phelps, D.D.
4. The Homiletics III textbook is "Men and Books or Studies In Homiletics" by Austin Phelps, D.D.
5. The Homiletics IV textbook is "Homiletics" by W.G.T. Shedd.
6. The Homiletics V textbook is "Rhetoric, Its Theory and Practice - 'English Style In Public Discourse" by Austin Phelps, D.D. 

Homiletics I will give you the absolute basics and will be followed by How to Prepare Sermons which will expand the knowledge learned in the first course by introducing new details of how to do it.  Homiletics II will then take you into an in-depth study of the subject, in fact, it will be quite an intense study of it, including what to do and the pitfalls to avoid; and Homiletics III. will teach you how to examine, prepare, and expand your ability in this field. Homiletics IV will introduce a concise summary of the subject and Homiletics V will examine homiletical theory and practice and apply it to the "English Style In Public Discourse."

 This entire series will take you from the simple mechanics of sermon preparation to the in-depth study of the subject in progressive degrees and stages that will, together, offer you a sound and thorough knowledge of the subject and furnish you with the means for preparation to exert yourself in this field.


Required courses:  All of the courses in this series, Homiletics I, How to Prepare Sermons, Homiletics II, and Homiletics III, are required for all students.  Homiletics IV and V are only required for some courses of study but are open to all students who want to take them.

“The greatest proof that the Bible is inspired is that it has
withstood so much bad preaching.” – A.T. Robertson

Prerequisites:  You must successfully complete the "Public Speaking" course, the "Calvinism I." course, and the First Year course, "The Bible," before you are allowed to take these courses for credit.  Also, you must successfully complete Homiletics I, How to Prepare Sermons, Homiletics II, Homiletics III, Homiletics IV, and Homiletics V in that order.  Each one is a prerequisite course for the next one in the series.


        ATTENDANCE/STUDY/TESTING REQUIREMENTS

  • STUDY:  Study only one section of each textbook at a time.  Look up every scripture referenced in the text, including those scriptures that are partially or wholly quoted, in your King James Bible unless you are specifically instructed otherwise for certain references.  Then, after meeting the 1 week per section/lesson attendance requirement, take the test at the end of each section on or after the 7th day of the week of attendance.  You may not proceed to the next section until you pass the test for the current section and have looked up the correct answers in your textbook and/or the King James Bible, whichever is appropriate, for every question answered incorrectly on the test.  This must be done for every test, pass or fail.  Your attendance requirement for the next section begins the day after you pass the test for the current section and carried out the correct answer lookup procedure for all missed questions on the current test.

  • SIGN IN:  If you have not already signed in to Begin this course, then do so now.  Click HERE to go to the sign in form and sign in for each section individually as you become eligible to take them.  Sign in for only one section at a time.  Do not sign in for the next section until you have successfully completed the previous section Final Test and followed the correct answer look up procedure for it.

  • ATTENDANCE:
    - Each section/lesson in each of the Homiletics and the How to Prepare Sermons courses, requires a minimum of one week attendance.  You can submit your lesson test on or after the 7th day of required attendance for that lesson and you may begin your attendance for the next lesson of the textbook the day after you have passed the test for the current lesson and followed the correct answer look up procedure for it.
        There is no maximum attendance requirement in these courses.  You may take as long as necessary to thoroughly study the material.  Some lessons may take more than 1 week to complete; that is the reason for the lack of a maximum attendance requirement per lesson and no maximum attendance for the course overall.  This allows completion of each course without penalty for going over the minimum attendance requirements.
    - Minimum attendance for the complete Homiletics I. course is 9 weeks.
        The Homiletics I. course is worth 1 credit.  You will be eligible to submit the Finish Sign In form and the Closed Book Test Contract form the last day of the 9th week to receive the password; and you may take the Final Test on or after the 1st day of the 10th week after your Begin Sign In date for the course.  You must keep a record of the date of your Begin Sign In for this and all other courses because you will be required to enter that date on your Finish Sign In form when you complete the course.  You will also need it on the Closed Book Test Contract form which you must submit in order to receive the Password for the Final Test.
    - Minimum attendance for the complete How to Prepare Sermons course is 18 weeks.
       The How to Prepare Sermons course is worth 2.5 credits.  You will be eligible to submit the Finish Sign In form and the Closed Book Test Contract form the last day of the 18th week to receive the password; and you may take the Final Test on or after the 1st day of the 19th week after your Begin Sign In date for the course.  You must keep a record of the date of your Begin Sign In for this and all other courses because you will be required to enter that date on your Finish Sign In form when you complete the course.  You will also need it on the Closed Book Test Contract form which you must submit in order to retreive the Password for the Final Test.
    - Minimum attendance for the complete Homiletics II. course is 42 weeks.
        The Homiletics II. course is worth 5 credits.  You will be eligible to submit the Finish Sign In form and the Closed Book Test Contract form the last day of the 42nd week to receive the password; and you may take the Final Test on or after the 1st day of the 43rd week after your Begin Sign In date for the course.   You must keep a record of the date of your Begin Sign In for this and all other courses because you will be required to enter that date on your Finish Sign In form when you complete the course.  You will also need it on the Closed Book Test Contract form which you must submit in order to retrieve the Password for the Final Test.

    - Minimum attendance for the complete Homiletics III. course is 24 weeks.
        The Homiletics III. course is worth 3 credits.  You will be eligible to submit the Finish Sign In form and the Closed book Test Contract form on the last day of the 24th week to receive the password; and you may take the Final Test on or after the 1st day of the 25th week after your Begin Sign In date for the course.  You must keep a record of the date of your Begin Sign In for this and all other courses because you will be required to enter that date on your Finish Sign In form when you complete the course.  You will also need it on the Password Retrieval form or the Closed Book Test Contract form, whichever is required for a particular course, which you must submit in order to retrieve the Password for the Final Test.
    - Minimum attendance for the Homiletics IV and Homiletics V courses will be announced when those courses are available for study.
        Homiletics IV and V are not required for all students.
        They are only required for some courses of study but are open to all students who may want to take them.

  • Course Record Form: Click HERE to go to a printable page, a Course Record Form, that you will use to record all necessary information about each of these courses.  Keep records for each one on its own individual copy.  You will need the information later.  If you use this form then you will have all of the required information in one place handy for use.  This form will also allow you to keep track of which lesson tests you have already successfully completed, which will serve to help you keep track of which lesson in the course you are currently studying.

  • TESTING:  Make sure you read and submit the Testing Instructions Agreement if you have not already done so.  The section tests can be taken on or after the 7th day of the minimum required week of study per lesson/section.  If tests are submitted before that time then they will be disallowed and you will have to retake them when the lesson attendance requirements have been met.  Links to the Lesson Tests are on this page.  You will return to this page to access the lesson tests and you will need to leave the lesson window open because all Lesson Tests are "open book" and you will need your textbook open in order to take your test.  Your attendance for the next lesson will begin the day after you pass the previous lesson test and have looked up all of the correct answers in your textbook or Bible, whichever is appropriate, for all question missed on the test whether you receive a passing score or not.
    ATTENTION:
      If you fail a test, you MAY NOT attempt that test again on the same day.  You must restudy that section in the textbook or the Bible, whichever is appropriate, and find all of the correct answers to the questions missed and then retake the test no sooner than the next day.


  • PLAGIARISM WARNING:  Read this warning before proceeding.  To access page, click HERE


  • HOMILETICS I.
    - Minimum attendance for the complete Homiletics I. course is 9 weeks.
    - Minimum attendance for each lesson in the Homiletics I. course is 1 week.

    - Prerequisites: 
    You must successfully complete the "Public Speaking" course, the "Calvinism I." course, and the First Year course, "The Bible," before begining your study of this course.

    Course is worth 1 credit.
    This course is required for all students.

    If you have not already done so, please submit a Begin Sign In Form to officially start your attendance for this course.

    Homiletics I. textbook link: 
    Introduction to Homiletics
       
    You will need Adobe Reader to open this file.  If you don't have it, then goto http://www.adobe.com and click on the little red and white rectangle entitled "Get ADOBE READER" and that will give you the latest version for free.
       This is a basic course.  Therefore, the tendency on the part of some students will be to rush through it.  This is a mistake.  Do not rush- do not simply read the material, rather you need to study it and use it.  Practice it!

    Homiletics I. test links:  Test One   Test Two   Test Three   Test Four   Test Five
                                             Test Six   Test Seven   Test Eight   Test Nine


        After finishing all sections of the textbook and receiving a passing grade on each of the section tests and finding all of the correct answers in the textbook for any questions missed on the tests, pass or fail, then you may proceed with the following.

  • Submit your 3 required outlines before submitting your Finish Sign In form.  Use this link to access the outline form: Outline Submission link.
        Each of the 3 outlines must be submitted on a separate form and you may not submit your Finish Sign In form and your Closed Book Test Contract form to retrieve your password and proceed to your Final Test until all 3 outlines have been accepted by SLBC.  You will be notified of their acceptance.  Please indicate on each outline form a "Yes" for "Does the course require that notification be sent to you of acceptance of this outline?"

  • Please submit a Finish Sign In form for the Homiletics I. course after you have been notified that your outlines have been accepted by SLBC.  You will NOT receive the password by submitting this form.  It is ONLY for purposes of attendance requirements.

 

  • FINAL TEST
    Once you have completed all sections of the textbook and passed all of the corresponding review tests, and found the correct answers to any questions missed on any test, then you may Retrieve the Password and, upon receiving the Password, take the Final Test for the course.  There is a 15 minute time limit on the test.  You will see a time-remaining clock in the upper right hand corner of the test.  Time doesn't start until your first question comes up on the screen.
    Once you pass the final test do not take it again.
    If you fail the final test then you need to restudy both the textbook and all of the section review tests and then retake the final test on or after the day following your previous attempt. Repeat this process until you pass the Final Test.
       You
    MAY NOT take the final test, or any other test, more than once on any one day but must wait until the next day to repeat the test.
    If you miss any questions on the Final Test, even though you received a passing score, then you need to review the textbook and all of the section tests and find the correct answers to the questions you missed.

This Final Test is "closed book."
Please click this link, Closed Book Test Contract form,
before proceeding to the Final test.  This form MUST
be submitted before you take the test in order
for you to receive the password and for
your score to be added to your file.

There is a 15 minute time limit on the test.

Homiletics I.

FINAL TEST

This test is "closed book," which means that it must be
taken from memory alone.  No study materials may
be used nor can you receive assistance from
anyone while taking the test.


  • HOW TO PREPARE SERMONS

    - Minimum attendance for the complete How to Prepare Sermons course is 18 weeks.
    - Minimum attendance for each lesson in the How to Prepare Sermons course is 1 week.

       This course is worth 2.5 credits.
    - Prerequisites:  You must successfully complete the "Public Speaking" course, the "Calvinism I.
    " course, and the First Year course, "The Bible," before taking this course.  You must also complete the "Homiletics I." course before taking this course.
    - Course is worth 2.5 credits.
    - This course is required for all students.
    - If you have not already done so, please submit a Begin Sign In Form to officially start your attendance for this course.

    - Required outlines and critical analyses:
       
    Submit your required outlines and critical analyses as instructed and when instructed in the textbook.
    The Rough Outline, when required, along with the Critical Analysis will use a Critical Analysis and Rough Outline Form.
    Use the following link to access the outline form for the final outline itself without the critical analysis: Outline Submission link.
        Each of the outlines and any required Rough Outline and Critical Analysis forms must be submitted on separate and appropriate forms and must be submitted when instructed; most must be submitted before taking the test for the Lesson in which they are assigned.
        A blank Critical Analysis/Rough Outline form, which you will need for Lesson 13, can be accessed by clicking HERE.

        You may not submit your Finish Sign In form and your Closed Book Test Contract form to retrieve your password and proceed to your Final Test until all outlines have been accepted by SLBC.  You will be notified of their acceptance or rejection.  If an outline is rejected, you will be required to rectify the indicated parts and resubmit it.  This process must be repeated until you are notified that the submission has been accepted.  Please indicate on each Outline form a "Yes" for "Does the course require that notification be sent to you of acceptance of this outline?"

  • TEXTBOOK LESSONS  You will access the lessons one at a time through the following links.
    After finishing each lesson, return to this page to take the test associated with that lesson.

     

  • TESTS   All of these tests are "open book".

     

  • After finishing all sections of the textbook and receiving a passing grade on each of the section tests and finding all of the correct answers in the textbook for any questions missed on the tests, pass or fail, and submitting your outlines and having them accepted by the college, then you may proceed with the following.

  • Please submit a Finish Sign In form for the How to Prepare Sermons course after you have been notified that your outlines have been accepted by SLBC.  You will not receive the Password for the Final Test by submitting this form.  The Finish Sign In form is only used to indicate the finish of your attendance for the course.  To receive the password, you will need to submit the Closed Book Test Contract form.  The link to that form can be found above the Final Test link further down in these instructions.

  • FINAL TEST
    Once you have completed all sections of the textbook and passed all of the corresponding review tests, and found the correct answers to any questions missed on any test, then you may Retrieve the Password and, upon receiving the Password, take the Final Test for the course.  There is a 1 hour time limit on the test.  You will see a time-remaining clock in the upper right hand corner of the test.  Time doesn't start until your first question comes up on the screen.
    Once you pass the final test do not take it again.
    If you fail the final test then you need to restudy both the textbook and all of the section review tests and then retake the final test on or after the day following your previous attempt. Repeat this process until you pass the Final Test.
      
    You MAY NOT take the final test, or any other test, more than once on any one day but must wait until the next day to repeat the test.
    If you miss any questions on the Final Test, even though you received a passing score, then you need to review the textbook and all of the section tests and find the correct answers to the questions you missed.

    This Final Test is "closed book."
    Please click this link, Closed Book Test Contract form,
    before proceeding to the Final test.  This form MUST
    be submitted before you take the test in order
    for you to receive the password and for
    your score to be added to your file.

    There is a 20 minute time limit on the test.

    Ho
    w to Prepare Sermons

    FINAL TEST

    This test is "closed book," which means that it must be
    taken from memory alone.  No study materials may
    be used nor can you receive assistance from
    anyone while taking the test.


  • Do not proceed past this point until you have finished all assignments and had them accepted by the college.

  • Once you have passed all of the lesson tests, 1-41, and looked up the answers to every question missed, whether you passed or failed the test, and have completed your assignments and had all of them accepted by the college, including the final copy of your Cumulative Summary and the final copy of your Outline, then, when you have completed all of those, you may continue on and submit a Finish Sign In form for the Homiletics II. course before retrieving the password and taking the Final Test.

  • You will NOT receive the password through submission of the Finish Sign In form.  That form is only for the purpose of validating the end date of your official attendance for the course.

  • To receive the password you will need to submit the Closed Book Test Contract form.

 

This Final Test is "closed book."
Please click this link, Closed Book Test Contract form,
before proceeding to the Final test.  This form MUST
be submitted before you take the test in order
for you to receive the password and for
your score to be added to your file.

There is a 30 minute time limit on the test.

Homiletics II.
FINAL TEST

This test is "closed book," which means that it must be
taken from memory alone.  No study materials may
be used nor can you receive assistance from
anyone while taking the test.

LINK


  • Please submit a Finish Sign In form for the Homiletics III. course before taking the Final Test.

 

This Final Test is "closed book."
Please click this link, Closed Book Test Contract form,
before proceeding to the Final test.  This form MUST
be submitted before you take the test in order
for you to receive the password and for
your score to be added to your file.

There is a 15 minute time limit on the test.

Homiletics III.
FINAL TEST

This test is "closed book," which means that it must be
taken from memory alone.  No study materials may
be used nor can you receive assistance from
anyone while taking the test.


  • HOMILETICS IV.
    NEW COURSE, NOT YET AVAILABLE
    - Minimum attendance for the complete Homiletics IV. course will be announced when the course is made available for study.
    - Minimum attendance for each lesson in the Homiletics IV. course will be announced when the course is made available for study.
    - One hour of study, minimum per lesson.  (You will be asked on the tests if you spent a minimum of one hour studying each lesson.)
    - Prerequisites: 
    You must successfully complete the First Year "Public Speaking" course, the "Calvinism I." course, and the First Year course, "The Bible."  You must also complete the Homiletics I through III and the How To Prepare Sermons courses before taking this course.

    The Homiletics IV textbook is "Homiletics" by W.G.T. Shedd.

    Course is worth 2 credits.
    This course is not required for all students.
    It is
    only required for some courses of study but it is open to all students who want to take it.

  • If you have not already done so, please submit a Begin Sign In Form to officially start your attendance for this course.

This Final Test is "closed book."
Please click this link, Closed Book Test Contract form,
before proceeding to the Final test.  This form MUST
be submitted before you take the test in order
for you to receive the password and for
your score to be added to your file.

There is a 15 minute time limit on the test.

Homiletics IV.
FINAL TEST

This test is "closed book," which means that it must be
taken from memory alone.  No study materials may
be used nor can you receive assistance from
anyone while taking the test.


  • HOMILETICS V.
    NEW COURSE, NOT YET AVAILABLE
    - Minimum attendance for the complete Homiletics V course will be announced when the course is made available for study.
    - Minimum attendance for each lesson in the Homiletics V course is 1 week.  One hour of study, minimum per lesson.
          (You will be asked on the tests if you spent a minimum of one hour studying each lesson.)
    - Prerequisites: 
    You must successfully complete the First Year course,"Public Speaking" course, the "Calvinism I." course, and the First Year course, "The Bible," and theHomiletics I through IV and How To Prepare Sermons courses before taking this course.

    The Homiletics IV textbook is "
    Rhetoric, Its Theory and Practice - 'English Style In Public Discourse' " by Austin Phelps, D.D. 

    Course is worth 3 credits.
    This course is not required for all students.
    It is
    only required for some courses of study but are open to all students who want to take them.

  • If you have not already done so, please submit a Begin Sign In Form to officially start your attendance for this course.

    Homiletics IV. textbook links:
    Lesson 1 - Lesson 2 - Lesson 3 - Lesson 4 - Lesson 5 - Lesson 6 - Lesson 7 - Lesson 8 - Lesson 9
    Lesson 10 -  Lesson 11 - Lesson 12 - Lesson 13 - Lesson 14 - Lesson 15 - Lesson 16 - Lesson 17 - Lesson 18
    Lesson 19 - Lesson 20 - Lesson 21 - Lesson 22 - Lesson 23
     

    Homiletics IV. test links:

     Test 1 - Test 2 - Test 3 - Test 4 - Test 5 - Test 6 - Test 7 - Test 8 - Test 9 - Test 10
    Test 11 - Test 12 - Test 13 - Test 14 - Test 15 - Test 16 - Test 17 - Test 18 - Test 19 - Test 20
    Test 21 - Test 22 - Test 23

  • Please submit a Finish Sign In form for the Homiletics V. course before taking the Final Test.

 

This Final Test is "closed book."
Please click this link, Closed Book Test Contract form,
before proceeding to the Final test.  This form MUST
be submitted before you take the test in order
for you to receive the password and for
your score to be added to your file.

There is a 15 minute time limit on the test.

Homiletics V.
FINAL TEST

This test is "closed book," which means that it must be
taken from memory alone.  No study materials may
be used nor can you receive assistance from
anyone while taking the test.