The Heart Is the Target: Preaching Practical Application from Every Text

The Heart Is the Target: Preaching Practical Application from Every Text

by Murray Capill




God’s Word is powerful, and when preached clearly and applied pertinently it can change lives. Yet preaching does not always have this impact; preachers concerned merely with teaching information can leave congregations unmoved, and those who sacrifice substance for relevance skimp on the power of the text. To truly change those who hear it, preaching must blend biblical faithfulness and insightful application together.

Murray Capill helps all preachers who want to change lives to make their preaching wholly applicable, avoiding the pitfalls of tacked-on application. He takes preachers through the living application preaching process—moving the Word of God, via the life of the preacher, to the lives of the hearers—and gives them the tools to systematically explore the application potential of any text. He himself applies this teaching to any preacher’s situation by showing how it works out in some of the specific challenges and situations of preaching.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596388413
Publisher: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing
Publication date: 04/22/2014
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Murray Capill (D.Min,, Westminster Theological Seminary, California) has pastored churches in New Zealand and Australia and is principal of the Reformed Theological College in Geelong, Australia, where he lectures in preaching and pastoral ministry.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 11

Introduction: What's Preaching All About? 13

1 A Beginner's Guide to Application 29

Part 1 The Living Application Preaching Process 53

2 The Living Word: It Has Work to Do 57

3 The Life of the Preacher: A Full Reservoir 81

4 The Lives of Our Hearers: The Heart Is the Target 97

5 The Lives of Our Hearers: One Size Doesn't Fit All 129

6 Applications That Live: Shooting Sharp Arrows 151

Part 2 Putting Living Application into Practice 173

7 Preaching the Kingdom 175

8 Engaging with Stories 191

9 Preaching the "ives" 215

10 Preparing Holistically 237

Concluding Thoughts 257

Appendix: Living Application Tools 259

Bibliography 267

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