Application in Preaching

“Application” is important in sermons.  But too often in our day and age this part or aspect of the sermon is treated as a to-do list.  The puritans called this part of the sermon the “Use.”  In other words what use is this doctrine to the hearers?  I think calling it the “Use” gets more to the heart of the purpose of preaching.  Usually the way biblical doctrines need to be applied to the hearers is not in a laundry list of “things to do” in response to a certain teaching, but in what ways does this passage comfort, encourage, warn, and rebuke?  It’s not just about what we do for God.  It’s mainly about who we are: our faith, assurance, love, our rebellion, our hatred, etc.  Considering who God is and what He has done has implications for all of these aspects of our inner lives.  This should be what application in preaching is mainly about.

1 Corinthians 14:3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

–Pastor Riley

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  1. alcoramdeo

    This same, excellent principle governs all of the disciple’s life. Our Lord does not invest His words in us to establish mental libraries, but that we should put the information to use in worship, praise, thanksgiving, supplication, and the various ministries of service that honor, glorify, satisfy, and please Him, encouraging His saints, edifying His Church, and evangelizing the world. Knowledge, accumulated but unemployed, exists as but empty theory.

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