Date

5-2016

Department

School of Divinity

Degree

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Chair

Dr. Charlie Davidson, Dr. David W. Hirschman

Keywords

Holy Spirit, Homiletics, Intercessory Prayer, Preaching, Spiritual Warfare, Theology

Disciplines

Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Liturgy and Worship | Other Religion | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Abstract

The focus of this thesis is exploring the influence of intercessory prayer; from the standpoint of spiritual warfare preaching. Present day homiletics concentrates on the method of sermons by applying information within the message to a great story and powerful scriptural passages which is imperative to make the sermon thought provoking and applicable to contemporary congregations. However, there is another element to preaching the gospel, which has gotten considerably less attention in modern day study. How the evaluations of Divine powers of intercessory prayer operate behind the discourse, and spiritual powers of darkness that endeavor to obstruct the reception of the sermon? This thesis will examine the authority of the Holy Spirit in preaching, and ways in which spiritual powers of wickedness attempt to hinder the reception of the Gospel, and examine the role of intercession in the life of the minister and its relationship to preaching.