October preaching workshop will focus on use of linguistic tools

FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) -- Speakers at an Advanced Expository Preaching Workshop at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary will illustrate practical ways to use the Greek New Testament in sermon preparation during a one-day conference Oct. 7.

Special speakers at the conference, which will be held at the seminary’s Center for Leadership Development, will include Southwestern Seminary President Paige Patterson; David Allen, dean of the seminary’s theology school; and John Taylor, assistant professor of New Testament at Southwestern. Taylor was formerly a lecturer in Greek New Testament on the faculty of divinity at Cambridge University. 

Allen said attendees could gain practical insights into how to handle the Greek text of the Bible in a unique way. “We will work through a paragraph in the Greek New Testament and determine from linguistic signals, grammar, syntax and word studies what the main points and sub-points are. We will then convert them into a sermon outline for preaching,” Allen said. 

He also said the reason the conference is so important is because “true biblical preaching means preaching sermons that are text-driven.” He added that the seminar would encourage pastors to return to using the Greek text in the preparation of sermons. 

Early bird registration for the conference (before Oct. 1) is $30. Regular registration (after Oct. 1) is $50. Students may attend for $20 if registration takes place before Oct. 1. After Oct. 1, the student rate increases to $40. 

For more information on the Advanced Expository Preaching Workshop, log onto www.swbts.edu or call 1-877-474-4769.

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