What Resources Do You Use For Application?

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Randall Runion | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, May 25 2019 12:41 PM

I have found Logos to very helpful in interpreting Scripture. But I need more help in discovering ideas for Application. Which resources do you find are the most help in writing the Application portion of your sermons? 

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Randall

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NB.Mick | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, May 25 2019 2:29 PM

Randall Runion:
I have found Logos to very helpful in interpreting Scripture. But I need more help in discovering ideas for Application. Which resources do you find are the most help in writing the Application portion of your sermons? 

Not being a preacher myself, I have no firsthand experience. But some five years ago, Logos user Dave Moser shared his way of tackling the application portion in a Blogpost you'll find here - I hope it gives you some ideas. I seem to remember it got very popular back then and maybe there are some forum discussions you'll find that elaborate more on that and give other users' perspective.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, May 25 2019 5:01 PM

Randall Runion:
But I need more help in discovering ideas for Application.

One idea is searching an Application collection for topical articles: e.g. conflict, counsel

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Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.

C. S. Lewis

 Marshall Shelley, Helping Those Who Don’t Want Help, vol. 7, The Leadership Library (Carol Stream, IL; Waco, TX: Christianity Today, Inc.; Word Books, 1986), 89.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, May 26 2019 1:03 AM

Randall Runion:
I have found Logos to very helpful in interpreting Scripture. But I need more help in discovering ideas for Application. Which resources do you find are the most help in writing the Application portion of your sermons? 

Prayer. Yes, I'm serious.

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Hamilton Ramos | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, May 26 2019 8:19 AM

Interesting question:

Some times maybe is a good idea to refer to topical resources and obtain Bible verses applicable to the topic. Then you can search other collections for the different Bible verses reference to get ideas.

https://www.logos.com/product/16107/dictionary-of-bible-themes

https://www.logos.com/product/43273/what-does-god-say-about-that

https://www.logos.com/product/2274/what-does-the-bible-say-about

https://www.logos.com/product/16944/the-handbook-of-bible-application

https://www.logos.com/product/43263/the-a-to-z-guide-to-finding-it-in-the-bible

https://www.logos.com/product/2255/every-teaching-of-jesus-in-the-bible

https://www.logos.com/product/54016/coursons-application-commentary

https://www.logos.com/product/164340/the-thematic-bible-topical-analysis

https://www.logos.com/product/2348/the-macarthur-topical-bible

https://www.logos.com/product/391/topical-analysis-of-the-bible

https://www.logos.com/product/320/new-naves-topical-bible-20

https://www.logos.com/product/26980/torreys-new-topical-textbook

https://www.logos.com/product/1210/nelsons-topical-bible-index

https://www.logos.com/product/45638/lexham-theological-wordbook

https://www.logos.com/product/46349/lexham-glossary-of-theology

https://www.logos.com/product/27277/new-dictionary-of-biblical-theology

https://ebooks.faithlife.com/products/127823/find-it-fast-in-the-bible-a-quick-topical-reference

https://ebooks.faithlife.com/products/33868/explore-your-bible-199-bible-topics-with-references

https://ebooks.faithlife.com/products/55621/the-biblical-counseling-reference-guide-over-580-real-life-topics-more-than-11000-relevant-verses

https://ebooks.faithlife.com/products/39006/how-to-handle-your-emotions-anger-depression-fear-grief-rejection-self-worth

https://ebooks.faithlife.com/products/23290/zondervan-all-in-one-bible-reference-guide

https://blog.logos.com/2012/09/logos-4-collins-thesaurus-of-the-bible/

https://blog.logos.com/2014/07/logos-5-combine-clause-passage-list-and-ln-numbers-for-a-unique-search/

There are resources that are from different traditions. Some ideas may not be bad at all: virtues, moral theology, social doctrine, etc. can yield concepts, terms, phrases that can be used to search commentaries, etc.

https://www.logos.com/product/37717/catholic-topical-index

https://ebooks.faithlife.com/products/39266/sermon-treks-trailways-to-creative-preaching

So in recap: you may have some rough idea of what could be the different applications: bear fruit in Spiritual, Mental, Emotional, or Physical (stewardship), etc. 

You may want to look in some of the resources like the Bible themes or NDBT, to see what passages apply. You can then search the resources for that  verse, look up in "quoted by", etc. to get ideas, then craft the applications that you want to suggest.

Hope this helps.

Some more interesting resources:

https://www.logos.com/product/33135/preachers-homiletic-commentary-proverbs

https://www.logos.com/product/18468/proverbs-everyday-wisdom-for-everyone

And if you habla:

https://www.logos.com/product/55132/notas-de-la-biblia-de-referencia-thompson

LOL.

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Jerome Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, May 27 2019 9:23 AM

Another resource to consider regularly is The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge. In many places verses (cross references) given for a particular verse will suggest ideas for practical application.

I have placed an extensive note at Psalm 9:10 that will lead to many practical application themes throughout the whole Bible.

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Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, May 27 2019 9:59 AM

Well, you can be given a fish or be taught how to fish. But may I suggest that unless you are able to see for yourself the application of a passage, you are not ready to preach it? If I may suggest one approach, after you are done with your exegesis, you can reflect on application through such questions:

1. What was the originally intended application of the passage (as far as we can determine it)? What purpose(s)? What underlying issues?

2. What has changed (context, covenant, etc)? What is still relevant?

3. What does this passage teach YOU and challenge YOU to?

4. How does this intersect with larger current societal issues and the specific needs of your congregation?

Not saying that one could not benefit from finding applications elsewhere, but it is crucial for all Christians and even more so for preachers and teachers to learn how to apply the Bible themselves. Yes, even the most arcane passages.

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, May 27 2019 1:09 PM

I am blessed. Our congregation has an extended time of discussion after the sermon (about 10 minutes), during which the application of what was preached gets fleshed out, so even if I don't have a very clear Application section of my sermon, I can trust the congregation to bring to it their life experiences and wisdom and relate the Scripture to the challenges of everyday living in the 21st century.

That said, I often find the NIV Application Commentary has some useful pointers.

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MWW | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, May 27 2019 3:04 PM

Randall Runion:
Which resources do you find are the most help in writing the Application portion of your sermons? 
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Devotionals. I find using the Cited By tool to be very helpful. If I type in the scripture passage I am working from into the lookup box I can then find devotionals or illustrations that reference that passage. Quite often there is great applicational treasures to be discovered there. 

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Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, May 28 2019 12:40 AM

Would it be helpful to start a faithlife discussion group to share and discuss principles of application and use specific examples for practice? 

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Myke Harbuck | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, May 28 2019 5:41 AM

Rosie Perera:

That said, I often find the NIV Application Commentary has some useful pointers.

Agreed. As does Jon Courson's Application Commentary. It's probably my favorite. I read it for devotional readings.

Rosie Perera:

Our congregation has an extended time of discussion after the sermon (about 10 minutes), during which the application of what was preached gets fleshed out, so even if I don't have a very clear Application section of my sermon, I can trust the congregation to bring to it their life experiences and wisdom and relate the Scripture to the challenges of everyday living in the 21st century.

Love this idea! Thanks for sharing.

Myke Harbuck
Lead Pastor, www.ByronCity.Church
Adjunct Professor, Georgia Military College
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PL | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, May 28 2019 6:21 AM

In addition to the NIV Application Commentary, I also use...

  • Preacher's Commentary 
  • Preaching the Word 
  • Warren Wiersbe's Be Series 
  • Life Application Commen 
  • Boice  commentaries
  • Reformed Exposition Commentary 
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