Welcome students and prospective students to the 8-week online course at Erskine Theological Seminary on Homiletics I: The Preparation of Expository Biblical Sermons. This is an exciting opportunity to prepare for a life of preaching the inerrant and infallible Word of the living God. This course begins at, well, the beginning. Like learning how to draw, paint, play an instrument, or run a company, we focus on the fundamentals. Throughout the course, you will learn about the priority of preaching, Paul’s admonition to (what has in years past been called) sacred elocution, and a guided tour through the 8 essential movements of an expository biblical sermon. Dr. Michael A. Milton designed and leads this course. Dr. Milton is the Distinguished Professor of Missions and Evangelism at Erskine. Having served the Church as a seminary president-chancellor, tenured professor, senior pastor, church planter and revitalizer, an Army Chaplain (Colonel), author, and artist, Dr. Milton brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the fields of homiletics and pastoral ministry.
Below is a welcome letter from Dr. Milton that provides an overview of the course, its learning objectives, and his expectations for the students:
Welcome to Homiletics I! This 8-week online course at Erskine Theological Seminary will provide an exploration into the topics of homiletics and the preparation of expository biblical sermons. Through lectures, readings, assignments, and discussions, you will gain an understanding of homiletics and its importance in Christian worship, as well as learn how to prepare an expository sermon. My expectations for you are that you come to each class prepared through prayer, reading, study, and an hunger to learn and actively participate in the discussions. When you complete this course, you will possess an essential ministry resourcethat will serve you the rest of your ministry. I am looking forward to being with you for a spirit-nourishing, and mindfully enriching course! I pray that each student is so filled with the presence and power of Christ Jesus, and so grounded in the fundamentals of expository preaching, that you are catapulted into a life of ministry eager to preach the Gospel of God with fidelity and prayerful confidence.
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Our course on Homiletics I provides an invaluable opportunity for students to learn the essentials of preparing expository biblical sermons. Through this 8-week online course at Erskine Theological Seminary, students will be equipped for a life of Gospel ministry through preaching. We invite you to get started on this exciting journey! If you have any questions or concerns about registering for the course, please do not hesitate to contact our admissions counselor, Crystal Tolbert: [email protected].
Students can access Dr. Milton’s contact points at LinkTree: https://linktr.ee/mmilton.
Almighty God, who has given us your only-begotten Son to take upon himself the form of a servant, and to be obedient even unto death: Mercifully grant that we, following the example of our blessed Lord, and his holy apostles, may preach your Gospel to all nations, and patiently endure the hardness of this life, until we may with joy behold your salvation in the face of Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
(Book of Common Prayer 2019, Collect for The Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany)
This prayer expresses a deep longing for God’s mercy and guidance in preaching the Gospel. It acknowledges the example of Jesus and his apostles, and asks for strength to endure the challenges of life and ministry. It also affirms the ultimate goal of preaching the Gospel: to bring salvation to all who repent and believer through the grace of Jesus Christ. As preachers, we can find comfort and inspiration in this prayer as we seek to faithfully communicate God’s Word to the world.