The Heart is the Target Paperback

Preaching Practical Application from Every Text

by Murray Capill

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The Heart is the Target

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"The Heart is the Target" presents a model for developing varied and penetrating application in expository sermons. It helps preachers explore the rich applicatory potential of the biblical text and then drive the applications home to people’s hearts.

With biblical balance and pastoral wisdom, Dr. Murray Capill’s Living Application addresses the preacher’s vital task of serving the heart-transforming purposes for which God has given his Word. Experienced preachers are well aware of the pitfalls that pervade the terrain of application in preaching: moralism that imposes duty and guilt without grounding Christian living in the grace of the gospel; in reaction to such moralism, avoiding any application that calls listeners to repent and resist sin; fixation on behavioral change instead of piercing into the heart’s motives and affections; and speaking in vague generalities that float above our listeners’ concrete spiritual struggle, rather than following Scripture’s lead in bringing specific realistic, and diverse exhortations.

Living Application not only provides biblical and theological correctives to such errors and imbalances, but also offers practical guidance in the preparation processes that yield sermons that serve the transformative purposes for which God has given the Bible.

The Heart is the Target by Murray Capill was published by P & R Publishing in July 2014 and is our 54844th best seller. The ISBN for The Heart is the Target is 9781596388413.

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Introduction: What’s Preaching All About?

    A Beginner’s Guide To Application

Part 1: The Living Application Preaching Process
    The Living Word: It Has Work To Do
    The Life of the Preacher: A Full Reservoir
    The Lives of our Hearers: The Heart is the Target
    The Lives of our Hearers: One Size Doesn’t Fit All
    Applications that Live: Shooting Sharp Arrows

Part 2: Putting Living Application into Practice
    Preaching the Kingdom
    Engaging with Stories
    Preaching the “ives”
    Preparing Holistically

Concluding Thoughts
Appendix: Living Application Tools

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Details for The Heart is the Target

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherP & R Publishing (July 2014)
Number of Pages272
Thickness20 mm
Height226 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4261339
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