One of your jobs as a preacher is to teach your listeners how to live out the truths you preach from Scripture. If your goal is simply to educate or inform your audience so they can be more knowledgeable, then stop preaching. Preaching, of necessity, requires application. We’re preaching for life-change. We’re preaching to make the written Word become the living Word in people’s daily lives.
But the application part of the sermon is often the most difficult to execute well. I once listened to a sermon where the preacher concluded with a list of thirteen ways to apply the message. Thirteen ways! Most people struggle to remember thirteen different truths from one sermon, much less apply them. He was well meaning, but the buckshot approach just doesn’t work.
With that said, drilling down on just one application seems too narrow. You have a varied audience with varied needs. The text has one meaning, and hopefully your message can be summed up in one big idea, but the ways the text can be applied to someone’s life are innumerable. You can’t list every possible way it could be applied, but you want to get your…Continue Reading