Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

Fall 12-7-2016

School

School of Divinity

Major

Religion: Pastoral Ministries

Keywords

preaching, narrative, hermeneutics, storytelling

Disciplines

Biblical Studies | Christianity

Abstract

This thesis serves as an overview of preaching narrative passages of Scripture. The stories in the Bible are powerful and impacting when preached properly. Expositional preaching is the most effective model from which to preach narrative because exposition respects the nature and form of narrative as a genre of literature. The interpretation of narratives must be approached in a unique way to accommodate the literary elements and plot development of each story. Once the big idea of a biblical story has been discovered, the preacher must present the passage in narrative form, contrasting a traditional sermon outline of several points. Every narrative sermon should ultimately be identified in the context of the great story of redemption, lifting up the Lord as the Author and Hero of every story in the Bible.

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