Biblical Preaching with Haddon Robinson - Haddon W. Robinson Center for Preaching

Masterclass Overview

Dr. Haddon Robinson

(1931 – 2017)
Internationally recognized preacher, professor, and author, former president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and one of the world’s foremost experts in biblical preaching

The Haddon Robinson Center for Preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary is delighted to introduce the Biblical Preaching with Haddon Robinson Masterclass. This class consists of ten, 45-60 minute lessons. The class content is based on Dr. Robinson’s book, Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages as well as his class lectures. Each lesson includes written material, lecture, a sample sermon, and suggested reading for further development. As students work through the class they develop a sermon using the principles in each lesson.

The class is designed for lay-preachers and teachers of the Bible as well as pastors who preach regularly and would like to improve their sermons. All who take the class will benefit from the interesting lectures, clear structure, and step-by-step instruction.

All participants who complete the class will receive a certificate of completion from the Gordon-Conwell Institute.

Biblical Preaching with Haddon Robinson

Online Lessons

1. Introduction: What is Expository Preaching?

This lesson will demonstrate the need for expository preaching and walk you through the components of Haddon Robinson’s definition of expository preaching.

2. What's the big idea?

In this lesson, you will discover the importance of communicating a big idea in your preaching, and you’ll learn how to develop a subject, complement, and exegetical idea.

3. Selecting your passage & finding the exegetical idea

You’ll select a passage on which to preach in this course, study it, and come up with its exegetical idea.

4. Do you have anything to preach?

Here you will learn how to analyze your exegetical idea with the help of three developmental questions.

5. Developing a Homiletical idea

This lesson will cover how to transform your exegetical idea into a homiletical idea – a one-sentence sermon applicable to your audience.

6. Determining the purpose of your sermon

Here you’ll explore how to come up with a purpose and expected measurable results for your sermon, based on your sermon’s big idea.

7. The shapes sermons take

Learn about various methods for structuring your sermon here and practice developing your structural outline.

8. Outlining your sermon

It’s time to create a homiletical outline. You’ll learn here how to fill in your sermon outline with supporting materials to use when preaching.

9. Staring and ending your sermon

This lesson will show you how to develop effective introductions and conclusions.

10. Writing your manuscript and preparing to preach

Here you’ll learn about effective style and delivery, review final points to be aware of when preaching, and write your manuscript.

Masterclass modalities

You may register to work through the Masterclass independently or register to receive personalized feedback from the Center for Preaching Instructors as you work through the class. You can also gather some friends and sign up as a group. Either way, you can be assured that you will receive valuable content and step-by-step instructions to help you become an effective and interesting biblical preacher.


Description & Cost

Get access to the full class with recordings of Haddon Robinson and clear guidance on developing an interesting and effective expository sermon. The basic course is independent – instructor feedback is not included, and there are no assignments to submit. The introductory price for the basic course is $125.

Basic + Instructor Feedback

Description & Cost

This track includes everything in the basic course as well as individualized interaction with course facilitators as you work through the material. You will submit your work as you progress through the class and your instructor will give you feedback. You will also record your final sermon and hear from your professor on what you did well and some suggestions for improvement. The introductory price for the course with instructor feedback is $200.


Description & Cost

If you have one or more friends you would like to take the Masterclass with, you can sign up as a group. Groups will have the opportunity to interact with each other as well as a Center for Preaching Professor, receiving individualized feedback as you progress through the class. Once your group is set, contact the Center for Preaching using the link below and a custom registration link will be sent to you so that each member of your group can sign up individually. The introductory price for each member of the group to take the class is $200.

I have been fascinated with preaching since I was in my early teens. As a boy I began a series of diaries that recorded the tedious events of a fairly humdrum life. Years later when cleaning out my father’s apartment, I came across one of those diaries. Apparently on a Thursday evening I had gone to a service at the First Baptist Church in New York City to hear Dr. Harry Ironside preach. Ironside was the pastor of the Moody Church in Chicago. I can’t imagine what attracted me to a religious gathering on a Thursday evening. At the time I was sure that God kept office hours on Sunday morning. Yet I wrote in my diary, “Some preachers preach for an hour and it seems like thirty minutes; others preach for thirty minutes and it seems like an hour. I wonder what the difference is?” I have spent my life trying to answer that question.

Dr. Haddon Robinson

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will the Masterclass take to complete?

There are ten lessons that take 45-60 minutes each to complete. Additionally, you will be developing your own sermon step-by-step which will take an additional 15-20 hours. The class could be completed in a week or two if you have the time or could be spread out over several months to more fully absorb the material.

Are the lessons live or recorded?

The lessons are all pre-recorded and you take them at your own pace, whenever your schedule allows. You will have unique access to video and audio from Haddon Robinson in the classroom, conferences, and pulpit.

What kind of interaction can I expect from the Center for Preaching staff?

All students will be assigned a class facilitator when they register for the course. Those who register for the Basic + Instructor Feedback track will receive written guidance and feedback on each step of their sermon preparation as well as feedback on their sermon video. Students who sign up for the Basic class will not receive feedback on their work but they can email the Center for Preaching with any questions. We are here to help!

I have never preached before. Is this Masterclass appropriate for me?

We’ve designed the Masterclass to be accessible for someone without preaching experience or seminary training. Some of the lessons will stretch and challenge you but if you have some experience teaching the Bible, we are confident you will benefit from the class.

I went to seminary and preach regularly. Will I gain anything from this Masterclass?

Included in this Masterclass are exclusive lectures and sermons that will be beneficial to everyone. If you have heard Haddon Robinson preach or teach before, then you are familiar with his ability to captivate a congregation and communicate effectively. This class will help you to refine your preaching skills as well as give you a helpful review of the entire preaching process.

Have Other Questions?

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team with any questions you have about this exciting opportunity through Gordon-Conwell Institute.

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