A difficult issue for any preacher is how to deal with application in your sermons. Sometimes it can be difficult to tell when God’s word ends and your own application begins. There has to be a middle ground between dumping a truckload of data on your people, and giving them application that is not grounded in biblical truth. In his sermon last week John Piper has a pretty interesting aside that revealed how he deals with this issue.
It seems as though Piper is saying that applicaiton is necessary for those who do not really “get the text.” To eloborate in my own words, application should be used to help better explain the text (i.e. how you can apply the given text to your life). Application is not the greater good that we are building towards in our preaching. Rather, application is a tool that is to be implemented to help listeners understand the text.