Arrive at an awareness of a need among your audience (which consists of Westmont students, faculty, and staff, including you) that you can characterize as 'soteriological' and that you can address through preaching (or, with my approval, some other response). Take the following steps:
Part I: Research
Develop your understanding of that need through our course materials.
Articulate your understanding of that need in theological language.
Prayerfully consider biblical texts that seem promising for supplying that need. Develop a short list of 3-4 such texts. Include observations for your own use on how each one seems to hold promise.
Through our course materials, materials from other courses, biblical and theological reference works, and other resources, develop your understanding of both the need you have sensed and the texts you have chosen. At this stage, things may change – perhaps your list of texts, or perhaps your sense of the need you are addressing.
When your grasp of these things is well developed, write and submit a brief 'proposal' stating what you intend to do in your sermon and send it to me. You will develop and deliver your sermon after it is reviewed.
Part II: Preaching
Preach it! Write either an outline or a formal text for delivery. Then deliver it at the time and place we arrange. Your written outline or text will be submitted when you turn in your reflection, below.
Part III: Reflection
You may revise your project and sermon after the fact, and you will submit a theological reflection on the process to hand in with it. Answer this question:
Hermeneutical competence, sound 'theological judgment', and ecclesial engagement are three outcomes that the Religious Studies department has chosen for our major. (We even have a rubric for gauging them.) Describe the role any one or more of these played in your preaching project. Don't just pull that term out of thin air; use the insights of our course texts to help inform your appreciation of its (or their) significance.
Remember, as always, I want to see proper style, clear writing, a thorough answer to the question, and explicit citations of course materials.
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