(A 12-hour Local Preachers’ Course)
The focus of this course is the practical task of preparing a sermon. The preparation of a sermon needs the basic skill of studying the Bible passage, discovering and analyzing the exegetical idea, shaping those ideas into a homiletical theme, developing an outline and then turning it into a sermon-proper. This course will help the participant grasp the fundamentals of preaching and the process involved in the making of a sermon. In addition, the participant will explore the ingredients for effective preaching and learn to restore its centrality to worship in the church by holding to a balanced view of Wesleyan preaching.
By the end of this course, you will:-
- Be ready to prepare expository sermons, beginning with the process of choosing the passage to bringing it to a full-fledged sermon.
- Be ready to deliver the sermon more effectively.
- Be more aware and discerning of the ingredients for a good sermon.
- Be aware of the key components of the communication process and its usefulness to the preacher.
You are required to read any TWO of the following books:
Chapell, Bryan, Christ-Centered Preaching (Baker Books, 1994)
Killinger, John, Fundamentals of Preaching (Fortress Press, 1985)
Lloyd-Jones, Martin, Preaching and Preachers (Zondervan, 1971)
Robinson, Haddon W. Expository Preaching (IVP, 1986)
Stott, John, I Believe in Preaching (Hodder, 1982)
The Pastor’s Guide to Effective Preaching (Beacon Hill Press, 2003)
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26th - 27th Feb 2022
Bishop Dr. T. Jeyakumar
Outline of LPL Module on Understanding the New Testament
This LPL Module is intended to provide an introduction to:
- The context of the New Testament: the historical and the socio-religious background of the New Testament (the Context of the NT);
- The text of the new Testament; and
- The basic principles of interpreting the New Testament texts.
It is assumed that students are conversant with the content of all the New Testament books (and have read through the New Testament more than one time).
It is expected that students will study the three basic textbooks listed below, preferably before attending the course.
The passing of the module is based on course attendance and the submission of (a) book reviews and (b) a paper of about 2,000 words.
- David Wenham and Steve Walton, Exploring the New Testament (Volume 1): The Gospel and Acts
- Howard Marshall, Stephen Travis and Ian Paul, Exploring the New Testament (Volume 2): The Letters and Revelation
- Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth (only the Chapters on interpreting the NT, viz. 1,,2,3,4,6,7,8, & 13)
28th - 29th May 2022
Rev. Yong Wai Yin
This is a tutored course in Methodist doctrine and polity designed specifically for those seeking a Licence to Preach in the TRAC. Those who wish to take this course as audit are also welcome. This course includes a chronological summary of John Wesley’s life and ministry, study on key aspects of Methodist doctrine, the history of Methodism in Malaysia, and the Methodist Discipline.
- The Scripture Way of Salvation, Kenneth J. Collins. Nashville, Abingdon, 1997.
- Wesley and the People Called Methodists, Richard P. Heitzenrater. Nashville, Abingdon Press, 1995.
- “Christianity in Malaysia”:A denominational history, Robert Hunt et. al. (ed.), Petaling Jaya, Pelanduk Publications 1992 (On Methodist History only)
- Methodist Book of Discipline 2016
20th - 21st August 2022
Rev. Dr. Andrew Tan
This is a tutored course designed specifically for those enrolled in the Lay Preachers’ License Program of TRAC. The lectures will deal with some of the key beliefs in the Christian faith, including biblical revelation, the doctrine of God, the nature of Christ’s incarnation, the meaning of his death, the meaning of his teachings, the work of the Holy Spirit in the church today.
It would not be possible to cover all the material in detail. Please come equipped by starting your readings now.
The LPL candidate must attend all the lectures, on both days. Anyone who does not fully attend both days of lectures will be considered as not having fulfilled the course requirements required for passing this module. Attendance will be taken on both days.
- Required reading:
- To read BEFORE course:
Philip Yancey, The Jesus I Never Knew (Grand Rapids: Zondervan & Manila: OMF, 1995).
- AFTER lectures:
Bruce Milne, Know the Truth—A Handbook of Christian Belief, 3rd ed., (Nottingham & Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press, 2009).
James I Packer, Knowing God (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1993).
- To use for daily devotion for 2019/20:
John Stott, Through the Bible Through the Year (Abingdon: Lion, 2006).
- Written Assignments
FUll Details Course Descirption & Requirements
29th-30th October 2022
Bishop Emeritus Hwa Yung