A Simple Way to Develop Application for Your Sermon


Let’s be honest: sermon prep is long, difficult work. When preparing a sermon or lesson, I would typically spend 95% of my time studying the meaning of a passage and the significance of the surrounding context. I’d consult commentaries, track down key terms, and perform in-depth word studies. But even after hours of grueling work, one of the most important steps still remained: application.

The hard task of exegesis often left me with little time to demonstrate practical ways the insights I uncovered connected to people’s lives. But with Logos I can discover how master preachers handled a particular text—and how they applied its message to the lives of their hearers.

In this video, one of our Logos Pros shows you how to incorporate both modern and classic sermons into your Bible study and sermon prep, using one of our most popular sermon collections: the John MacArthur Sermon Archive.

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To get the most out of these features, you need a robust library of sermons. Here are a few resources I recommend:

  • John Piper Sermon Archive: John Piper isn’t only one of today’s most popular preachers, his exegetical preaching style means that all of his outlines and application are closely tied to biblical texts. So, when you’re discovering a particular passage, it’s easy to incorporate Piper’s insights into your own sermon.
  • Tim Keller Sermon Archive: Keller is great at connecting biblical truth to believers and unbelievers alike. With his sermons in your Logos library, you’ll have access to a ton of spot-on illustrations and applications that are tied to specific texts, themes, and topics.
  • Classic Sermon Library Builder:This is a great way to fill your library with sermons from preachers across church history. The author list reads like a preacher’s hall of fame, including John Wesley, George Whitefield, B.B. Warfield, and many others.

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Tyler Smith
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  • Spending so much time on exegesis as to have insufficient time for application or leaving it for the end demonstrates imbalance in one's method of sermon preparation. Looking at others' sermons may give ideas but it's a band-aid. The kind of application that is more likely to be used of the Spirit is the kind that is the fruit of the preacher's own meditation on the text. What one needs is not just ideas/content but personal appropriation and digestion of the spiritual impact of the text. The preacher who has not do that is not ready to preach it. He or she may anyway, but in my view, it would be equivalent to delivering a sermon without having spent time in prayer on it.

  • One very important step in my sermon planning is dropping the Main Idea through an Applicational Grid. It is like straining soup through a filter. One must envision certain persons and what is known about their lives and circumstances and hypothetically attempt to share the main idea with them. If it doesn't touch what they are going through, it needs to be filtered. By going through this mental exercise with 4-5 different people, a theme will begin to emerge, and application can take shape.

  • When I craft a sermon, I do it with one goal: glorify God through life transformation. So, I try my best to formulate sermon points that contain biblical truth through life application. Thus, all the exegesis is made with that intent. The sermons are never developed just to share biblical knowledge, but are made to illustrate biblical truth as it is experienced in real life. For every main sermon point, there is one practical illustration or example.