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Die Woord van God – toepaslik preek of toepaslik maak? ’n Homiletiese ondersoek

C.J.H. Venter
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 38, No 4 | a445 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v38i4.445 | © 2004 C.J.H. Venter | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 August 2004 | Published: 01 August 2004

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C.J.H. Venter, Vakgroep: Praktiese Teologie, Skool vir Kerkwetenskappe, Potchefstroomkampus, Noordwes-Universiteit, South Africa

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The Word of God – made applicably or preached applicably? A homiletical investigation

In this article the focus is directed to the homiletical element of application as utilised in sermons. In the course of the discussion that specifically highlights the aspect of applying biblical material to everyday experience, basis-theoretical material is developed. By way of illustration applications in sermons are scrutinised from material taken from Romans 12, Ephesians 4:17-6:9 and Hebrews 11, 12 and 13. It is indicated that although a general application does occur in these chapters, the most obvious phenomenon is that this general application is soon directed to practical elements related to the needs and situation of the congregation. If the application is scrutinised closely it is significant that the application organically originates from the explanation and in this way forms a unity. In view of the established basis-theoretical perspectives the applicability and possible implementation of the so-called “big idea”, as developed by Haddon Robinson and others, is investigated as a possible key to “unlock” the application from the text verses on which the sermon focuses.

The “big idea” entails that every pericope (larger thought unit) selected to preach on consists of a subject (theme or topic), and that this subject is supported and motivated more closely by complementary elements. The “big idea” is initially formulat-ed in exegetical terms, but it should also be formulated in homiletical terms while keeping the needs and realities of the congregation in mind. In effect the application begins by formulating the “big idea” concretely. In this way establishing the “big idea” in the relevant text verses chosen to focus the sermon on, is a useful aid in applying the Word concretely.


Concrete Language Usage; Focused Application; Haddon Robinson; To Determine The Big Idea


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