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Mobile Ed: CM102 Invitation to Biblical Preaching I: Theological, Historical, and Pragmatic Reasons for Preaching (4 hour course)

By / Lexham Press / 2014–2016

Runs on Windows, Mac, and mobile.




Preaching is one of the highest callings; it is also one of the most challenging. In this foundational course, Dr. J. Kent Edwards answers the question “Why preach?” He discusses what a biblical sermon looks like, what challenges you'll face, and what you can do to overcome them.

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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: The Challenge of Preaching

  • Challenges to Biblical Preaching, Part 1
  • Challenges to Biblical Preaching, Part 2

Unit 2: Theological Reasons to Preach

  • God Exists and He Is Not Silent
  • Finding the “Fear of the Lord” and “Knowledge” with Proximity Searching
  • The Nature of God’s Word
  • The Value of God’s Word, Part 1
  • The Value of God’s Word, Part 2
  • Using Cross-References to Find Related Passages
  • The Power of God’s Word
  • Using the Clause Search to Find Where Scripture Was Fulfilled
  • The Examples in Scripture and a Command

Unit 3: Other Reasons to Preach

  • Historical Reasons to Preach
  • Using the Timeline to Find Historical Reasons to Preach
  • Pragmatic Reasons to Preach
  • Personal Reasons to Preach
  • Using the Bible Sense Lexicon to Find Biblical Predatory Animals

Unit 4: Marks of a Biblical Sermon

  • A Biblical Sermon Begins with Attitude
  • Researching the Antiochene and Alexandrian Hermeneutical Methods
  • The Role of the Human Authors
  • Using to Build Custom Collections
  • One Meaning, Many Applications
  • Introducing the Preaching the Word Commentary Series
  • True to the Bible in Content
  • Using Structural Outlines in Logos to Trace a Text’s Development
  • True to the Bible in Development and Purpose
  • True to the Bible in Form
  • Using Genre Coding to Identify the Genre of the Text
  • True to the Bible in Balance of Emphasis and Mood

Unit 5: What to Preach

  • Two Options for Preaching
  • Three Reasons for Preaching through Books
  • Four More Reasons for Preaching through Books

Product Details

  • Title: CM102 Invitation to Biblical Preaching I: Theological, Historical, and Pragmatic Reasons for Preaching
  • Instructor: J. Kent Edwards
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 4

About J. Kent Edwards

Dr. J. Kent Edwards (MDiv, DMin, PhD) is the tenured professor of preaching and leadership at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University; the founding pastor of Oasis Community Church in Yorba Linda, California; and the founder and president of CrossTalk Global. 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 speaker, the founder of The Journal of Christian Ministry, and the author of the award-winning books Effective First-Person Biblical Preaching and Deep Preaching.

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 was produced with screencast videos. These videos provide tutorials showing you how to use Logos Bible Software in ways that are tied directly into the content of the course. We are now producing Activities resources as a replacement for screencast videos. We plan on updating this course to include this additional Activities resource in the future for no extra charge.