Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Jerry F. Knoblet
Expository Preaching and Teaching
Christianity | Practical Theology | Religion
Jacques, Ernst, "Preaching and Teaching: An Integrative Evaluative Approach to Christian Practices at Fil-Am SDA Church" (2020). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2730.
In this thesis, biblical expository preaching is defined as the exegetical method that brings out the theological nuances of a narrative biblical passage in relation to content and context. Biblical expository preaching in the USA is facing a significant theological challenge as churches are becoming culturally diverse. Research has shown that theological understanding plays a great role in Christian spiritual formation; it has also shown that believers are generally more receptive to sermons that are contextualized. This thesis project aims to determine how biblical expository preaching can make sense to believers and spur them on to spiritual maturity in a diverse context. Building on existing works by homiletic experts, it asks: to what extent does biblical expository preaching affect Christian spiritual formation in a multi-ethnic diverse Christian community? The researcher selected ten participants based on their racial and ethnic backgrounds and interviewed them via Zoom. Analysis of their responses demonstrated that the participants associated biblical expository preaching with connectivity, meaning, and relevance of the Word of God to the lives of believers. These results indicate that biblical expository preaching has great significance in the life of a church. On this basis, this thesis project recommends further studies that use incarnational theology as a key factor to understand biblical expository preaching in multi-ethnic communities.