Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Enhancing the skill of Christ-centered preaching from Old Testament narrative utilizing Eugene Lowry's model of sermon form
by Blackburn, Jeffrey S., D.Min., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2016, 166; 10245345
Abstract (Summary)

The project director has a deficiency in Christ-centered preaching from the Old Testament, lack of skills as to how the biblical genre guides the sermon structure, and misunderstanding of sermon delivery following the contours of Old Testament narrative. The lack of skills were supported by review of previous sermons preached from Old Testament narrative revealing logical sermon forms, moralistic application, and gospel presentations rather than Christocentric content emanating from the text. Additionally, the ministry location for the project implementation has experienced an absence of expositional sermons from the Old Testament over the past twenty years.

The purpose of this project was to enhance the skills of Christ-centered preaching from the Old Testament utilizing Eugene Lowry’s homiletical sermon form. The project director preached a series of six sermons from Exodus 1–20 applying Lowry’s five-stage sermon form. Expertise in sermon development and delivery was enhanced by exposure to scholarly work in the fields of Old Testament theology, exegesis, Christ-centered hermeneutics, and Lowry’s sermon form. An expert panel guided the project implementation and the sermon evaluation panel provided data on each of the six sermons from Exodus.

Upon review of data received from the sermon evaluation team, the project director displayed increased proficiency building and delivering Christocentric sermons from the Old Testament. Data from the evaluation team revealed positive results concerning sermon clarity and structure indicating Lowry’s homiletical sermon model as an effective form.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Milioni, Dwayne E.
Commitee: Cockrell, B. Tate, Purcell, Larry J.
School: Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Department: Department of Graduate Studies
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: DAI-A 78/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Clerical studies, Biblical studies
Keywords: Christ-centered, Lowry, Eugene, Narrative genre, Old Testament, Preaching
Publication Number: 10245345
ISBN: 9781369390407