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Sermon-Style Essay - Simon East

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Simon East 
(Student HBC060094)MN-201 Homiletics, Semester 2 2010Sermon-Style Essay Word Limit: 800 Actual Words: 870
SSAY 
Q
UESTION 
 
For the same biblical passage of your choice present a sermon outline for two of the sermoncategories. Give your opinion as to which outline is more biblical and effective for ministry and provide evidence why.
PASSAGE: Proverbs 31:10-31
This passage outlines some of the features of a godly woman, or a wife of noble character.
SERMON OUTLINE 1: EXPOSITORY-DEDUCTIVE
y
 
I
ntro
o
 
S
tory/illustration about a person catching your eye as you walk past. Whatattributes catch your attention? What attributes
SHOULD
catch our attention inanother person?
y
 
B
ig
I
dea: A woman of character gains attention and influence
y
 
B
ackground:
o
 
B
rief overview of how Proverbs is structured and interpreted
o
 
I
dentity of King
L
emuel (31:1)  important note that his mother taught himthese things
y
 
Passage: Proverbs 31:10-31
o
 
S
tructure of these 22 verses being an acrostic, one verse for each letter of 
H
ebrewalphabet
o
 
R
ead passage in full
y
 
Key Points (Explain/
I
llustrate)
o
 
A woman with godly character is incredibly valuable
o
 
A proactive worker reaps a reward
o
 
B
eauty can be enjoyed, but true beauty flows from deep inside
o
 
Woman need praise and recognition
y
 
Personal Application
 
2
SERMON OUTLINE 2: TOPICAL-INDUCTIVE
Audience: a group of young adults, mostly singles and unmarried couples
y
 
I
ntro (
B
uilding the Need)
o
 
C
onfusion over gender roles in modern western society  perhaps some funnyanecdotes about blurring of males/female roles
o
 
H
ow do we settle that confusion?
o
 
What should men look for in a woman?
o
 
H
ow can a woman be the kind a man would desire?
y
 
Passage: Proverbs 31:10-31
y
 
The Qualities of a Woman with Godly-
C
haracter: (explain and illustrate each one)
o
 
Trustworthy
o
 
Proactive
o
 
O
rganised
o
 
R
esourceful
o
 
S
trong and confident
o
 
A sense of humour
o
 
Positive about the future
o
 
S
peaks with wisdom and kindness
y
 
B
ig
I
dea: A woman of character gains attention and influence
o
 
Explain and illustrate some of the results and benefits from these qualities
y
 
Personal Application
o
 
Women: be encouraged, none of those things mention physical beauty (theattributes hardest to change), but theyre all aspects of 
character 
that can begrown and developed.
I
dentify weaknesses in your own life and ask God to growthat quality in you.
o
 
S
ingle Men: what kind of women are catching your attention? A certain bodyshape, or latest clothes? Those things will all fade. When they do, will the womancontinue to add value to your life? Judge not by outward appearance, but by thequality of her heart.
o
 
Married Men: which of these things can you identify in your wife? Make sure youpraise and recognise every little gem inside her.
S
ee more than her fadingoutward appearance, and affirm the qualities of her heart.
 
3
Evaluation:
Wh
ic 
h
is more biblical and effective for ministry? 
 
This question depends entirely on how you define the terms.
D
oes expository mean merely letting the text speak for itself, that is, researching andidentifying the intended meaning of the original author?
O
r does it describe both the basis of authority
and 
the overall structure of a sermon  that of progressing through a passage verse byverse?
I
f the first definition is used, then a sermon may be both topical and expository, and
I
 would argue that this is the best way to preach (for the most part).
B
iblical needs defining also, because sermons can be biblically-focused and/or biblically-imitated. A sermon so consumed with the
B
ible may neglect its audience, actually missing theintent and motivation of the passages author (eg. the
L
atin sermons in
C
atholic mass during theMiddle Ages, intent on honouring the
B
ible, but completely neglecting most of their audience).Vice versa, the apostles demonstrated sermons that quoted no specific passages, but merely toldof what they had seen and heard (eg. Peter in Acts 10, Paul in Acts 14).As explained below, all the various preaching structures have their strengths and weaknesses.

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