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Truth Applied (Ministry Monographs for Modern Times) [Paperback]

By Jay Edward Adams (Author)
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Timeless Texts introduces a monograph series for ministry. The General categories introducing the series are Church, Counseling, Preaching and Theology. Other categories will be added in the future. The books are topical writings by contemporary authors addressed to those who are involved in ministry in today's church. That would include Pastors, Elders, Deacons, Counselors and active laymen.

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Studio: Timeless Texts
Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.56" Width: 5.44" Height: 0.31"
Weight:   0.39 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2004
Publisher   Timeless Texts
Series  Ministry Monographs For Modern T  
ISBN  1889032328  
ISBN13  9781889032320  

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More About Jay Edward Adams

Jay Edward Adams For over 40 years Dr. Jay Adams has been a modern day prophet calling God's people back from their dalliance with unbiblical psychological theory to a renewed confidence in the power of the Holy Spirit and the sufficiency of God's Word to equip the man of God to help his people with problems of living and relationship. Happily, many have heeded his call and over the years a movement, both deep and wide, has developed, consisting of pastors and other Christian workers who have been trained in and are practicing the kind of truly biblical counseling God intended for His people to receive.

Jay Edward Adams was born in Baltimore on January 30, 1929 and was born again about 15 years later in response to the reading of a New Testament that was given to him by a friend. He received his formal training at Reformed Episcopal Seminary (B.D.), Johns Hopkins University (A.B.), Pittsburgh-Xenia Seminary, Temple University School of Theology (M.ST.), and the University of Missouri (Ph.D.). He pastored churches in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, served as a denominational official, a professor at Westminster Theological Seminary, the director of the Doctoral program at Westminster Theological Seminary in California, and then as a church planting pastor in South Carolina. He was also the the founder of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation in Philadelphia, the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors, and Timeless Texts which now publishes his books.

In 1999 Dr. Adams retired from the pastorate of the church he had planted in South Carolina and has devoted his time to writing and lecturing. In the fall of 2001 the Redeemer Biblical Counseling Training Institute (RBCTI) was established at the Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Moore, SC to provide a vehicle by which Dr. Adams could continue teaching.

When word got out that Dr. Adams was lecturing regularly again we began to get requests for tapes and inquiries about studying by extension. While many of the lectures Dr. Adams has given over the years are available from a variety of sources we have concluded that it would be a blessing to God's people if we could make a quality, structured, video taped course of study available for those who desire to be better equipped to minister the Word of God. Thus INS was born.

While health problems have restricted Dr. Adams' travel schedule, requiring him to slow down physically, he is still anxious to have an ongoing ministry, especially to pastors. He continues to write and though he has to sit behind a desk when he teaches, his lectures are still energetic, lively, and challenging. Those who have been enrolled at RBCTI this past year have given the Institute high marks and report it has been a great blessing in their lives and ministries.

Jay Edward Adams was born in 1929.

Jay Edward Adams has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Christian Counselor's Commentary
  2. Christian Counselor's Commentary
  3. Curso de Formacion Ministerial: Consejeria
  4. Ministry Monographs for Modern Times

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The Profit In Words  Feb 2, 2010
It was AW Tozer who directed us to the poisoned chalice: 'The great American evangelist, Charles Finney, went so far as to declare bluntly that it is sinful to teach the Bible without moral application.' In a provocative title designed to convey condemnation, I Call It Heresy! Tozer aligned himself with Finney, and in unfeigned annoyance admitted as much: 'There is not a single Bible portion that God wants us to study just to get a cranium full of knowledge or learning.' pp. 137-138. But the saintly B B Warfield had warned of this anti-intellectualism: 'It is in such practices that a Pelagian system naturally expresses itself if it seeks to become aggressively evangelistic.' Works 8:2:34

Jay Adams attempts to steer clear of the historical difficulties, though by mere association is placed at an immediate disadvantage. The strength of his position is evident from the outset, as when pleading to return preaching to its rightful place in proclamation. The preacher as kerux has confidence in the exousia delegated to him by Christ: 'He must have a special appointment and authority to preach; that unique role alone qualifies him to preach.' p 25 Dr Adams enlists the aid of the image of dressing a wound: 'Everything in the sermon contributes to a unified purpose, so that, like pressure applied to a wound, the sermon makes forceful contact that achieves its purpose...the truths of a passage are not merely expounded; they are so expounded (applied) as to effect change in the listener.' p 42 Before a word may be spoken on our Sovereign's behalf, however, the minister is reigned in further: 'In the pulpit the herald represents God, not himself. He will always be tempted to abuse rather than use his authority, and he must carefully guard against doing so. But in spite of the temptation, he may not shirk his responsibility to use authority properly.' p 28 Adams continues to parry and thrust to great effect, 'The preacher must be sure he does not contribute to this weakening of church authority by assuming some position lower than that of the herald. We will never restore biblical care and discipline to Christ's church until we establish respect for preaching.' pp. 29-30 This establishes the 'calling'; the necessity of seminary training; and the ordaining of such to rightly divide the Word of Truth, according to hard-won Reformation principles gained against both prelacy and private interpretation.

The moot issue of application re-enforces Dr Adam's intention that gospel proclamation be focused on the cross as the applicatory framework: 'Application brings Christ into the center of a message as the One who makes the difference in life.' p 41 That being said, Adams imparts more can be done toward applying the truths of the gospel to the hearts and lives of people under the preacher's care. The Word-prominence of the Reformation is required to tune-in to local congregations and modern times, resulting in preachers who so 'apply truth to the congregation that the people can no longer be the same for having heard it. They will change - for good or for ill as God's Word accomplishes the sovereign purposes for which it went forth (2 Cor 2:15-16).' p 43

Just how the Holy Spirit is active in proclamation, Adams helpfully enlightens: 'The Bible indiscriminately attributes the same acts to the Holy Spirit, the Scriptures, and the minister of the Word in such a way that the only conclusion one can reach is that the Holy Spirit enables the preacher to perform those acts by means of the Scripture.' p 57, n 1 This brings the preacher face-to-face with the enormity of the task set upon him: 'He [the Holy Spirit] continues to work today through that Word as it is preached (see, e.g. 1 Cor 2:4-16; 1 Thess 1:6; Heb 3:7; James 1:21; 1 Pet 1:11-12, 23, 25; 3:18-19; 2 Pet 2:5).' p 57 After making many equally important considerations, uncovered with biblical care, Adams identifies the need for mature preachers who are able to extend their knowledge in two directions: 'He must learn all he can about the original recipients of the message and the occasion that gave rise to the message. He must know as fully as possible the congregation (the contemporary recipients) to which he preaches.' p 133

Helpfully surveying the full field of homiletical applicatory formats, introductions, outlines, conclusions and the more, he then provides the how-to of the deductive applicatory sermon and the inductive applicatory sermon, which exhibits his wide knowledge considerably. Even though the debate continues, here Jay Adams presents a biblical view, one weaned from his usual dramatization, and found to have more than its fair share of conviction.

'This application forms the life and interest of preaching, and (what is more important) is the grand instrument of conviction. Each carried away by the arrow fastened in his heart, considering himself to be the person addressed, and having neither time, thought, not inclination to apply it to others.' Charles Bridges, The Christian Ministry pp. 269-270
From the back of the book  Oct 16, 2009
"Many a preacher, having been given little or no warning that the way of application runs through rough terrain, has stubbed his toes on the rock of application."

Too often, a sermon flounders on a preacher's failure to make a good connection between a message originally delivered to God's people a millennia ago and the congregation here and now.

Jay Adams has always had a heart for the art and science and passion of preaching. In this book he offers a cogent, biblical philosophy of application, together with practical suggestions about how the busy preacher can readily implement it.

Truth Applied explains what "application" means, why it is necessary, how it is derived from Scripture, and how the Holy Spirit influences it. The book is liberally sprinkled with examples. It is guaranteed to make you reconsider your present theory and practice of application.

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