Sermon Application in a Post-Christian Culture (Part 3)
Applying God's truth where biblical authority is questioned.See theme
This is part three in a three-part series. To read previous installments, click part one, part two.
We preach in a culture where biblical authority is not assumed, but questioned. In this environment, the task of applying God's truth can be increasingly difficult. To help with this challenge, PreachingToday.com gathered a group of experienced preachers into a recording studio in Carol Stream, Illinois, to discuss their approach to application in a post-Christian society.
Second Corinthians 7:1 and Philippians 4:8 are examples of passages that open the door wide for application. Second Corinthians 7:1 calls us to cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit. What does defile body and spirit? It doesn't tell us here. What sort of application would you make on such passages?
John Koessler: Neither of those passages is entirely open-ended. In for example, Paul's talking about how the promise that God will one day claim us as his own should affect our allegiance in the here and now. ...