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Truth Applied: Application in Preaching. the Jay Adams Library Paperback – October, 1990

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Product Details

  • Series: Jay Adams library
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Ministry Resources Library (October 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310510317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310510314
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,481,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jay Adams shows an awareness for the authority of the preacher, and yet that his priority is not to preach himself: 'In the pulpit the herald represents God, not himself. He will always be tempted to abuse rather than use his authority, and he must carefully guard against doing so. But in spite of the temptation, he may not shirk his responsibility to use authority properly.' p 28 Before a word may be spoken on our Sovereign's behalf, the minister is cautioned: 'The preacher must be sure he does not contribute to this weakening of church authority by assuming some position lower than that of the herald. We will never restore biblical care and discipline to Christ's church until we establish respect for preaching.' pp. 29-30 This establishes preaching as an act of God, according to hard-won Reformation principles gained against both prelacy and private interpretation.

The Puritan James Durham's definition still stands: 'Application is the life of preaching, and there is no less study, skill, wisdom, authority and plainness necessary in the applying of a point to the conscience of hearers, and in the pressing of it home, than is it required in the opening of some profound truth.'

Adams imparts more can be done toward applying the truths of the gospel to the hearts and lives of people under the preacher's care, especially as the gospel proclamation becomes more focused on the cross as the applicatory framework: 'Application brings Christ into the center of a message as the One who makes the difference in life.' p 41 Dr Adams enlists the aid of the analogy of dressing a wound: 'Everything in the sermon contributes to a unified purpose, so that, like pressure applied to a wound, the sermon makes forceful contact that achieves its purpose...
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In Truth Applied, Dr. Jay E. Adams takes the reader through the principles outlined in Scripture for applying truth to life. The author contends that too often preaching has become dry and useless to the listener, and gives the impression that the Bible has no place in daily living. Here Dr. Adams takes the preacher to Biblical principles for applying the Scriptures to the hearts and lives of believers in the Church. If your preaching has become dry or application is a struggle for you as you preach, this book needs to be a part of your library.
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