John Piper in The Supremacy of God in Preaching writes in the preface regarding preaching on the holiness of God. He writes:
I gave not one word of application to the lives of the people. Application is essential in the normal course of preaching, but I felt led that day to make a test: Would the passionate portrayal of the greatness of God in and of itself meet the needs of the people?
A few years ago John Piper preached on the sovereignty of God. Jason Meyer highlighted the need to care for orphans and widows in the announcements.
John has never met a woman in my small group who attends Bethlehem. A year before while on home leave with their 8 children (two adopted), her husband died suddenly without warning. Her life was changed in an instant. That Sunday would have been her 23rd wedding anniversary.
And so again, a sermon with little application and an announcement on widows and orphans turned the service into a message directly from the heart of God for this dear saint who sat in my house that Sunday night marveling at God’s goodness to her.
Brothers – consider how the Lord may apply your sermon and announcements in ways you can not even fathom.
Darren Carlson is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International. As President, Darren oversees the general direction of the ministry and serves as an advocate for pastors with little access to formal training and thoughtful cross-cultural theological engagement. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.