The Question of Application in Preaching: The Sermon on the Mount as a Test Case Bruce W. Alvord  May 15, 2013 Some pastors preach the Word as if their sole responsibility is to explain the original meaning of the text. However, if you examine the greatest sermon Jesus ever preached, the Sermon on the Mount, you will see that He considered application to be a critical component. If you outline the sermon, you can observe how He valued it so highly that He included application not only in every one of His points, but also in each sub-point. To follow His example, we should not only explain the text well, but also help our listeners understand the present-day implications of that truth. Read the full article.