The Heart Is the Target: Preaching Practical Application from Every Text
“Well written, well researched, and comes across with real conviction. Extremely well informed on its chosen theme, and the argument is persuasively supported at all points. Murray Capill has obviously thought deeply and long about sermon application and clearly has a passion for it—one that is highly appealing to the reader. There is a sensitive awareness of the situation of the ‘average preacher.’ ... I wish I had had this text in my hands when I began preaching over fifty years ago.”See All
traveling preacher and teacher of pastoral leaders; Former Pastor, First Baptist Church, Vancouver
“Experienced preachers are well aware of the pitfalls that pervade the terrain of application in preaching. . . . The Heart Is the Target not only provides biblical and theological correctives to such errors and imbalances, but also offers practical guidance in preparing sermons that serve the transformative purposes of the Bible.”See All
Dennis E. Johnson (M.Div.
Th.M., Westminster Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary), Professor of Practical Theology, Director of Field Education, Westminster Seminary California
“Preaching the Word of God is more than an explanation of a portion of Scripture. It necessarily includes application, for by it God still speaks to his people. Capill shows so clearly and cogently how exegesis of all the data of the text in its canonical context, coupled with eisegesis of the human heart in the light of Christian truth, dissolves the pressure to be ‘relevant’ that so often bedevils preacher' minds and cripples an authoritative ‘Thus says the Lord.’”See All
Hywel Jones (M.A.
University of Cambridge; Ph.D., Greenwich University School of Theology, UK), Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Seminary California
“This is an important book on a vital area of preaching for today. Preaching that does not land in people’s lives is a great frustration. God wants to sanctify us by the truth, so biblical preaching should result in transformation. Not all people who are especially gifted by God are able to teach others what they do when they use their gifts. Murray Capill is a exception this general rule! He is a gifted preacher with a special gift in effective application. In this book he explains what he does, and how he does it, in a way that makes it helpful and profitable for all who preach. I have benefited deeply from Murray’s sermons and from his teaching on application.... This book will help beginners and experienced preachers alike.”See All
Itinerant Preacher; author; Former Principal, Ridley Melbourne Mission and Ministry College
God’s Word is powerful, and when preached clearly and applied pertinently it can change lives. Yet preaching does not always have this impact. When it is concerned merely with teaching information, it can leave congregations unmoved, and when it sacrifices substance for relevance, it shortchanges the power of the text.
For preaching to truly change lives, biblical faithfulness and insightful application must work together—a powerful combination.
Murray Capill helps preachers to shape sermons that impact lives with lasting application. He takes preachers through the “living application” preaching process—moving the Word of God, via the life of the preacher, to the lives of the hearers. His model avoids the pitfalls of tacked–on application and enables preachers to aim at the heart from start to finish, and he outlines how they can do so in some specific preaching challenges.
Here are the tools to systematically explore the application potential of any text, in any situation.