Steven Smith

Dr. Steven Smith is Vice President for Student Services and Professor of Communication
at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Titus 2:1-10

Determine the Text 2:1-10 begins with a conjunction, de, signifying in this case a division of thought flow. Identify the Genre Macro: Epistolary Micro: Hortatory There is an explicit command (imperative) in v. 1 to teach. The encouragement to show, parecho, y... Read More »

Titus 1:10-16

Identify the Text 1:10-16 represents the final pericope in chapter one. Identify the Genre Macro: Epistolary Micro: Both Procedural and Hortatory since there is a command in v. 11 and v. 13 Determine the Structure of the Passage The main idea comes in the midd... Read More »

Titus 1:4-9

Locate the Passage This is the first semantic unit after the introduction. Identify the Genre Macro level genre: Epistolary Micro level genre: Procedural Determine the Structure of the Passage 1:4-9 represent three sentences. The passage begins with an implied... Read More »

Titus 1:1-4

Locate the Passage 1:1-4 is the introduction to the letter Identify the Genre The Macro level genre is epistolary, the micro level is expository. Determine the Structure of the Passage This is a traditional introduction of Paul were he establishes his apostoli... Read More »

Preaching the Gospel Narratives

The sermon wasn’t going well, and I could feel it. If I could feel it, I think the audience could feel it as well. The reason? I did not have a firm grip on the main idea of the text. My text was Luke 16:19-31, the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. Origin... Read More »

Preaching Christ from Ruth

Dr. Steven Smith’s Preaching Christ from Ruth lecture at the 2016 Advanced Expository Preaching Workshop – Preaching the Book of Ruth. Read More »

Preaching Prophecy

If the prophets are the leftovers of preaching, the Minor prophets are the vegetables—the really, really, last resort in text selection. With the exception of Jonah, rarely is a Minor prophet a go-to text. Why is it that these major chunks of the Old Testame... Read More »

Preaching Interview: The Explanation and Application of a Text-Driven Sermon

Dr. Steven Smith, Vice President for Student Services and Professor of Communication at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, sits down with Dr. Barry McCarty for an interview to discuss the Explanation and Application of a Text-Driven Sermon. Read More »

Preaching Wisdom Literature

The structure of the text should be the structure of the sermon. This axiom is easy enough to follow when preaching a New Testament Epistle where you can follow the clear paragraph structure of the text, using rhetorical clues to divide the text such as verbs ... Read More »

Titus Sermon Starter

Dr. Steven Smith, Vice President for Student Services and Professor of Communications at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary continues the Sermon Starter series with the book of Titus. Read More »