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What to Know When You Are the Guest Preacher

When I was a seminary student I loved going to chapel and listening to the godly men and women who preached each day. Except for one thing.

Guest Preaching Itinerant

Most speakers assumed the audience was made up of 25-year-old young adults who were single or newly married with limited life and ministry experience.

This assumption came through in their illustrations, application points and general statements.

As a career-changing married man in his late 30’s with four children, I often felt left out and overlooked! Continue Reading…

10 Ideas for Dynamic Sermon Application That You Can Start This Week

Now that we have understood Paul’s message, let’s talk about application. How can this passage make a difference in our lives this week?

These are some of the most important words in your sermon.

Sermon Application

But what comes next?

Do you know how to craft a compelling push to apply God’s Word, or do you stay in safe, generic waters?

“Pray more.”

“Trust God.”

“Read the Bible.”

While these are certainly important – just as the biblical author had a specific agenda for his ancient audience, so we must apply the text to the specific men, women and children before us each Sunday.

The problem is that many of us have not been given the tools to think more creatively about application. Here are some tips I have picked up over the years. I pray you will find them useful – even for your sermon this Sunday! Continue Reading…