Introduction: Preliminary Considerations
A. A Succinct Overview of UNITS I-IV
UNIT I-The call of the man of God to the pastoral Office
UNIT II- The life of the man of God in the pastoral office
UNIT III-The preaching ministry of the man of God – The Sermon-It’s content and form #1.
UNIT IV- The preaching ministry of the Man of God – The Sermon-It’s content and form #2
B. The Foundational or Central Axiom: the ultimate end which all the elements of preaching must serve is the glory of God and the good of men in their salvation and edification
1. Biblical basis of the axiom demonstrated
a. Vertical Dimension: the glory of God
1 Cor. 10:31
1 Pet. 4:10-11
2 Cor. 1:18-20
b. Horizontal Dimension: the good of men in their salvation and edification
1 Cor. 9:22
1 Cor. 14:1-5, 1 Cor. 14:12, 15-19, 1 Cor.14: 26f
1 Tim. 4:15-16
2. Practical effects of the axiom applied
a. It should immunize us against false guilt connected with conscious efforts to cultivate an effective and winsome delivery.
b. It should slay a sinful complacency and a paralyzing fatalism which would hinder conscious efforts at cultivating an effective and winsome delivery.
Robert L. Dabney, Sacred Rhetoric, (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1979), p. 260.
2 Cor. 2:15