Date of Award
Major Applied Project
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Scripture References in this Resource
Revelation 2:7a; 1 Corinthians 2:2; 1 Corinthians 1:23; Isaiah 55:11; 1 Corinthians 1:22-24; Deuteronomy 21:23; Isaiah 64:6; 1 Corinthians 15:2-4; Romans 3:23; Romans 10:17; 1 Corinthians 12:3; Luke 1:34-36; Acts 2:36-38; 1 Corinthians 3:9; Isaiah 55:10-11; Romans 10:17; 1 Peter 2:5, 9; Revelation 1:13; Genesis 3:22-24; 1 John 5:4
The purpose of the project was to answer the question: Can preachers influence how a hearer listens to a sermon? To answer that question, 70 pastors of the Southern Illinois District, Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod were asked if they every used a pre-sermon Bible study to help the hearer listen to the sermon. A seven week pre-sermon Bible study was developed and taught based on four filters of hearing. Those filters were Logos, Ethos, Pathos, and community. A post sermon survey was given and separated into two categories, those who attended the pre-sermon Bible study and those who did not. The results were fairly conclusive that those who attended the pre-sermon Bible study had a greater connection to both the sermon and the preacher. Summaries, conclusions and recommendations are included for pastors, congregations, and laity.
Nehrt, Jeffery D., "How a Hearer Listens to a Sermon: Setting the Presuppositions of the "Second Text"" (2009). Doctor of Ministry Major Applied Project. 156.
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