We have all sat through a sermon, Bible study or Sunday school class and heard someone (perhaps even the preacher or teacher!) make an application from a text that makes us scratch our heads and wonder where in the world that came from.
In our last post we spoke of the different aspects of application. Now we move on to consider the different levels of application. While this topic is more relevant to those who preach and teach or lead Bible studies, there is value in it for every believer.
Today we will discuss what I refer to as the four aspects of application. These aspects should be kept in mind both for our own personal application of Scripture as well as attempting to make application when you are teaching or preaching.
Paul's understanding of koinōnia is relentlessly gospel centered and Christ-focused, to such a degree that he can assert (via a rhetorical question) that believers and unbelievers cannot experience true fellowship.
When reading through the NT, it does not take long to realize that Luke sounds different than John, and Paul different than both of them. So what basis is there for seeing unity in the midst of such diversity?
We live in a culture that often lives for the weekend, or the next vacation. But what would have to happen in our hearts to make us actually look forward to going to work no matter what kind of job situation we are in?