EPW provides training, demonstration of expository preaching

FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Participants in Southwestern’s seventh annual Expository Preaching Workshop learned techniques for text-driven preaching and listened to some of Southern Baptists’ best expositors, Feb. 28 - March 1. Guest speakers Jerry Vines, Stephen Rummage and Adam Dooley joined Southwestern preaching faculty to give plenary and breakout sessions during the two-day workshop.
 
Adam Dooley, pastor of Dauphin Way Baptist Church in Mobile, Ala., opened the workshop with an exposition of Jonah 3. Obedience to the word of God serves as a catalyst for revival, he said.
 
Dooley co-wrote a chapter in Text-Driven Preaching with Jerry Vines on sermon delivery. In a breakout session, he discussed effective application in a sermon, noting that applying the text includes using the emotive structure of the biblical text to motivate obedience to God.
 
“Our pathos when we preach should correspond to the emotive mood and design of the author. Just as you try to discern what the text says, you should also try to discern the way in which the text says it, and then you should try to say it in the same way.”
 
Stephen Rummage, pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon, Fla., gave an exposition of Mark 14:32-42 on Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. He emphasized Christ’s example of praying through pain.
 
“When we pray, we are looking for answers, but God is looking for surrender,” Rummage said.
 
Rummage, author of Planning Your Preaching and Praying with Purpose, also led a breakout session on organizing a preaching plan. He gave pastors practical advice on filing sermons and setting up a preaching calendar.
 
First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., outlined how he preached through the book of Judges in one session and then demonstrated one of the sermons in chapel, preaching on Judges 17:6-13.
 
Along with these guest preachers, Southwestern president Paige Patterson and dean of theology David Allen led plenary sessions. Patterson preached on Matthew 14:22-33, and Allen walked through John 2:15-17, explaining how the grammatical structure of the text dictates how one should preach it. Professors Matthew McKellar and Steven Smith led breakout sessions on using illustrations in sermons and preaching to students, respectively.
 
This year’s workshop also included an added late-night feature. First Baptist Church in Euless, Texas, sponsored a Q-and-A panel discussion Monday evening with Rummage, Dooley, Smith, and First Euless pastor John Meador. The four answered questions from the audience regarding preaching and pastoral concerns.
 
To listen to audio from past Expository Preaching Workshops, visit www.swbts.edu/conferenceaudio.

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