Implications or Applications?: Preaching Biblical Narratives

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Some preachers produce abundant applications (or, implications?) for their congregations from biblical narratives, whether they are Old Testament historical narratives like Judges 4 or New Testament Gospel narratives like Mark 3. Other preachers insist they should offer only theological and practical implications. Still others refuse to recognize any implications or applications from Scripture narratives. They declare, “Biblical narrative is only descriptive, not prescriptive.” Which practice is best? Which practice is legitimate and in keeping with sound biblical interpretation?

New Testament Teaching

No matter what the topic, one should always begin with the Scriptures themselves. What does the Word of God teach?… Continue reading

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An Example of Application

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GenesisHave you ever been reading through the Old Testament and stopped to ask, how does this affect me? Yeah, me too so recently I took the opportunity to consider a pronouncement Israel made to his sons while on his deathbed recorded in Genesis 49. What I would like to do for you today is provide some background material related to the verses 8-12 and then turn very quickly to a couple of ways you might apply the information to your own walk. In other words we are going to be talking about application of the Bible to your life!

Turning focus specifically to Genesis 49:8-12, addressing Judah, the first observation: this section turns toward the future.Continue reading

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