Sermon Application in a Post-Christian Culture (Part 2)
Applying God's truth where biblical authority is questioned.See theme
This is part two in a three-part series. To read part one, which includes introductions for each participant, click here.
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.
PreachingToday.com: One reason we face a sense of greater moral chaos today is we address moral questions, such as entertainment choices, that Scripture does not speak about directly. How do we speak to issues not specifically addressed in Scripture?
John Beukema: I'm not an issues preacher; I start with a text, not with a subject. The issues Scripture doesn't directly address are all possible applications. A common mistake preachers can make is to bring out applications that don't have an honest connection ...