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Mobile Ed: CM210 Preaching Biblical Narrative (8 hour course)

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In this course Dr. J. Kent Edwards helps you make the stories of the Bible come alive for your congregation. Most of the Bible is comprised of narrative—of stories about God working in and through people. These stories can be confusing and can be a challenge to communicate to a congregation from the pulpit. This course begins by explaining why it’s important to preach through the biblical narratives. Dr. Edwards then provides guidance in understanding the individual stories by pointing to the big idea of the biblical story, and he walks you through the steps of crafting a narrative sermon.


For more from Edwards, see the Kent Edwards Preaching Bundle.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Identify several challenges to biblical preaching
  • Summarize the theological, historical, pragmatic, and personal reasons for preaching
  • Describe the marks of a biblical sermon
  • Discuss the differences between topical preaching and preaching through the Bible

Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1:Why We Should Preach Biblical Narratives

  • Why Preach Narrative Sermons?
  • Narrative Sermons Reflect God’s Communication Preference
  • Narrative Sermons Reach More People
  • Narrative Sermons Help Adults Learn God’s Word
  • Narrative Sermons Help Listeners to Remember God’s Word
  • Narrative Sermons Help You Lead and Apply God’s Word to Listeners
  • Culture Shift: How Our Changing World Touches Our Pulpits
  • The Electronic Culture: The Triumph of Television
  • Our Electronic Culture and Its Stories
  • Challenges of Narrative Preaching

Unit 2:Understanding Biblical Narratives

  • Preaching the Stories of Scripture: An Overview
  • Elements of a Story: Conflict
  • Elements of a Story: Experienced by People
  • Elements of a Story: Revealed over Time and Ultimately Resolved
  • Elements of a Story: Often with a Backstory
  • Biblical Stories Are More than History
  • Biblical Stories Have a Point
  • Biblical Stories Are Great Literature
  • Preaching Biblical Stories Is Often Frustrating but Very Rewarding
  • The Anatomy of a Story
  • Putting Flesh on the Bones
  • The Big Idea
  • The Story of the Bible: Introduction
  • The Story of the Bible: Summer, Fall Begins, and Characters
  • The Backstory of the Bible: Satan’s Fall
  • The Backstory of the Bible: Satan’s Revenge
  • The Story of the Bible: Fall Continues—Part One
  • The Story of the Bible: Fall Continues—Part Two
  • The Story of the Bible: Winter—Part One
  • The Story of the Bible: Winter—Part Two
  • The Story of the Bible: An Unexpected Twist
  • The Story of the Bible: Spring and a Second Summer
  • The Big Idea of the Bible

Unit 3:Exegeting Biblical Narratives

  • Understand the Larger Context
  • Examine the Scenes
  • Determine Where the Story Begins and Ends
  • Trust the Narrator
  • Examine the Characters
  • Discover the Setting
  • Write the Exegetical Idea
  • Write the Homiletical Idea and Double-Check Your Big Idea
  • Practical Application of the Text
  • Exegeting Mark 6:7–13 (Scene One)
  • Exegeting Mark 6:14–29 (Scene Two)
  • Exegeting Mark 6:30–44 (Scene Three)
  • Exegeting Mark 6:7–44 (The Big Idea)
  • Exegeting Luke 18:35–43 (A One-Scene Story)
  • Exegeting Luke 19:1–10 (The Big Idea)
  • Exegeting Jonah: Introduction
  • Exegeting Jonah 1:1–5 (Scene One)
  • Exegeting Jonah 1:6–16 (Scene Two)
  • Exegeting Jonah 1:17–3:2 (Scene Three)
  • Exegeting Jonah 3:3–4:3 (Scene Four)
  • Exegeting Jonah 4:4–11 (The Big Idea)
  • Exegeting Luke 8:40–49 (First Two of Three Scenes)
  • Exegeting Luke 8:50–56 (Scene Three and the Big Idea)
  • Exegeting the Same Stories in Different Gospels
  • Exegeting Stories with Two Mono-Mythic Cycles

Unit 4:Preaching Biblical Narratives

  • How the Holy Spirit Can Help Your Narrative Preaching
  • What Is a Narrative Sermon?
  • Story-Shaping Sermons—Part One: Choosing Similar Conflicts from Life
  • Story-Shaping Sermons—Part Two: Build Identification between Protagonist and Listeners
  • Story-Shaping Sermons—Part Three: The Protagonist’s Decision
  • First-Person Sermons—Part One: Reverse Engineering
  • First-Person Sermons—Part Two: Choosing the Principal Characters
  • First-Person Sermons—Part Three: Avoiding Plot Errors
  • First-Person Sermons—Part Four: Preach without a Manuscript
  • First-Person Sermons—Part Five: Introducing the Sermon
  • Other Types of Narrative Sermons

Product Details

  • Title: CM210 Preaching Biblical Narrative
  • Instructor: J. Kent Edwards
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 8
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About the Instructor

Dr. J. Kent Edwards' ambition is to change people’s lives with the Word of God and equip others to do the same. Dr. Edwards is known for his passion for preaching, and brings over 30 years of Christian leadership experience, both as a senior pastor and a church planter. He is a popular conference and seminar speaker and regularly lectures nationally and internationally.

Getting the most out of Mobile Ed

Logos Mobile Education is a highly effective cross-platform learning environment that integrates world class teaching with the powerful study tools and theological libraries available in Logos Bible Software. Every course provides links to additional resources and suggested readings that supplement the lecture material at the end of every transcript segment.

This course comes with an Activities resource that functions as a type of “workbook” for the course. This resource includes learning activities such as: places for you to respond to reflection questions, exercises that will challenge and show you how deepen your understanding of this course by using specific Logos tools and resources, tutorial videos on different features of Logos Bible Software, and links to relevant Logos guides and tools. A link to open the Activities resource is conveniently placed at the end of every segment.



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  1. Guy Smith

    Guy Smith


    The skill of telling biblical stories from the pulpit is terribly underrated. Stories are how we live and how we communicate. I could preach for 45 minutes and include one very short story. Guess what everyone wants to talk about at the door? The story. I see this in myself all the time. When I listen to a sermon it's the stories that stick the most. So why not learn to tell the stories God has already told in a better way? Some people will say, "Give Me More Meat!" But what most listeners actually need is more stories. Stories perk up their ears and then God opens their hearts. This course is important.
  2. Henrik Wågbrant-Bina
    Kent Edwards talks about the importance of preaching from biblical narratives and not only from the epistles. Since narrative is the most common genre in the Bible, we have to learn how to preach from narratives. Otherwise we're not respecting God's Word. Another important reason to preach narratives today is to reach our story-oriented culture. Our culture today revolves around stories (movies, TV-shows books etc.) and Hollywood has managed to change people's opinion about certain things simply by influencing people with its stories. Biblical narratives contain truth displayed, and to see truth displayed in a story is often more powerful and life-changing than simply hearing the "fact". Edwards talks about this and much more, and offers a lot of advice on how to preach biblical narratives effectively! I recommend this course if you're planning to preach from biblical narratives and want some guidelines, or if you have preached for several years and want some suggestions on how to improve or broaden your preaching style.
  3. Pastor Mark Stevenson


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