Project Documents

Date of Award

1988

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Steven P. Vitrano

Second Advisor

Fritz Guy

Third Advisor

Kenneth A. Strand

Abstract

Problem. The function of application in sermons has been recognized as important for effective preaching. Literature on preaching, however, offers little help to the preacher on how application functions in sermons. It was the purpose of this project to study principles of sermonic application in order to better understand their effective use in preaching.

Method. A search of homiletical and related literature was made for the purpose of developing principles of application. Once the principles were developed, twelve randomly selected sermons were analyzed for the purpose of showing how the principles function in sermons.

Results. The examination of the selected sermons revealed that the principles were evident in some of the sermons. Other sermons revealed a less significant awareness of application.

Conclusions. It is evident that greater attention to application must be given by preachers. Application is not an option, but needs to be part of every sermon. The preacher who uses principles of application will also help the preacher to construct and deliver sermons which are effective for busy people by avoiding aimless preaching.

Subject Area

Seventh-day Adventist preaching

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