In a previous video, I defined sermon application as follows: Application is the process by which the unchanging principles of God’s word are brought into life-changing contact with people who live in an ever-changing world.
In today’s videos we look at how that definition shapes the way we apply the truth in our sermons.
Video 1: Principles of Application (1)
1. Passage: The faithful preacher bases his application not on anecdotes or inspiring stories, but on God’s Word, and on that particular preaching passage.
2. Primary: Preachers must not draw applications from the accidental, incidental, or coincidental parts of a passage, but from its essentials alone
3. Persistent: Although at times it may be appropriate to leave application to the conclusion of a sermon, it is usually best to apply throughout.
4. Prepared: Unprepared application usually means repetitive application.
Video 2: Principles of Application (2)
5. Present: Applications should be up-to-date and relevant.
6. Personal: Hearers must know that they are being addressed personally and even individually.
7. Precise: The general principle must be pointed to specific, concrete, everyday situations by asking “How? Where? When?”
8. Proportionate: Application must be varied and balanced.
Video 3: A Plea for Passionate Christ-centered Application
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