2001-12-03 - Applying the Sermon
1 Corinthians 8:1 Knowledge puffeth up, but love edifies.
We all know, or should know about application in the Christian life, but our need to apply is maybe most true when it comes to hearing God's Word preached on the Lord's day. If we don't apply what we have heard to our lives we have done ourselves little good at best and as the above verse says, we may have even done ourselves harm because knowing only serves to make us arrogant when we fail to apply what we know. It is easy to become self-righteous in our faith but there is only one, Jesus Christ, who can claim self-righteousness. All we can do is rest in His righteousness because our righteousness is as filthy rags, (Isaiah 64:6).
So I would like to offer some suggestions for applying the sermon today, but first I would like to quickly share with you my method for paying attention during the sermon. It can be really hard not to day-dream during a sermon, but I have found a way that works for me and might work for you. I take notes on a 3 X 5 card. Now there is not much space on a 3 X 5 card so I have to pay attention to get the main points and pithy comments of the preacher. I write down at the top of the card who is preaching, the topic, date of the sermon, and then the verse or verses to be focused on. Then I pay close attention to only write down what is important or vital to the sermon. I am only trying to fill one side of the card, but having to focus in this manner has helped me for the last eight years. If I fill two sides I conclude it must have been a great sermon.
On Applying a Sermon
"Conscience is God's spy and man's overseer … Conscience, the domestic chaplain." John Trapp
"The conscience is not to be healed if it be not wounded." William Perkins
Soli Deo Gloria,