Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Kevin King


Preaching Teams, Expository Preaching, Christ-Centered Preaching, Gospel-Driven Preaching


Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


The purpose of this thesis project is to propose an effective strategy for preparing Christ-Centered, Gospel-Driven, Expository Sermons (CGES) by developing an effective methodology for redemptive sermon preparation. Many contemporary churches today often have multiple preaching pastors and preaching teams, many of which have little to no seminary training in homiletics, yet even those that do, recognize that a seminary education does not necessarily mean that competency in preaching exists merely due to the education or degree earned. Due to talented and gifted pastors with multiple approaches to sermon preparation, it is imperative that preachers have a proper homiletical process, to avoid the pitfall of preparing non-redemptive sermons. Theoretical and biblical research was conducted on sermon preparation and the potential benefits of committing to the CGES approach through relevant literature and articles on homiletics. Based on surveys sent to current preaching pastors, the present situation of sermon preparation and homiletics was assessed. To prove the benefits and possible applications of CGES, several biblical and homiletical discourses were analyzed, and homiletic applications were presented from the results of analyzing discourse structures. Findings in this study were integrated to develop an appropriate process intended to aid pastors in utilizing the CGES for preparing sermons.