The Passion-Driven Sermon: The Passion-Driven Sermon: Practical Theology for Pastoral Preaching (Jim Shaddix).
- Preaching from a Biblical Perspective
- The Message of Preaching
- The Shepherd’s Stewardship in Preaching
- The Shepherd’s Power in Preaching
- The Shepherd’s Relevance in Preaching
The Shepherd’s Relevance: Application of Incarnation?
Haddon Robinson is quoted as saying, “More heresy is preached in application than in Bible exegesis.”
1. Reforming Application from the Outside In: we must look at the basic nature of God and the passage before we jump in to personal application.
Reclaiming the Relevance: application is not primarily about addressing perceived needs with practical advice but addressing real needs and restoring right relationships.
Redefining the Meaning: as we visit a doctor, we are prescribed medication, which we must apply in order to get better.
- Specific Application – involves linking truth with a current situation in the listener’s life.
- Stored Application – involves truth that is being deposited and kept for life situations that the listener has not yet fathomed.
- Subliminal Application – involves application made below the conscious level. Much of the Spirit is not understood but is truth that is stored below our consciousness.
Redeeming the Focus: what approach to application provides the preacher with the best chance of connecting eternal truth with the most number of listeners? The funnel of relevance narrows at each point.
- Theological Application is first – what does the text teach us about God and His relationship with people?
- Universal Application – timeless truth in any given passage that is applicable to all people of all time.
- Generational Application – which is for all people living on the planet at the time the message is preached.
- Cultural Application – which is germane to all people within a particular culture.
- Communal Application – involves the connection of truth with those persons whose lives are bound by some type of relationship.
- Individual Application – when the preacher seeks to identify and address the needs of individual listeners or selected groups.
2. Transforming Lives from the Inside Out: Christ is to be formed in the believers (Philippians 3:10, 21; Colossians 1:27)
Preaching for Christ’s Character: the target of incarnational preaching is the character of Christ within the believers. The concentric circles are:
- Christ in You.
- Conscience (mind, will and emotions).
Preaching for Christ’s Conscience: you are what you eat. A man is what he thinks (Proverbs 23:7). Conscience is general and broad and may influence many different situations. It is more effective than to just change a person’s conduct. Let this mind be in you (Philippians 2:5).
Preaching for Christ’s Conduct: the purpose of preaching ought to see faith expressed in the conduct as a result of character formation and conscience alteration.
Preaching for Christ’s Community: loss of community is one of the most overlooked realities of contemporary church growth. Fundamental questions for the faith community has always been, “Who are we and what do we do?” Many churches are trying to convince a listening audience that we are all on the same page (same language, same problems, on the same journey). Some avoid the language of the church to use the language of the culture. The terms will lose their meanings; terms that help define the community of faith. People are growing in biblical illiteracy.