Aiming for the Heart

Preachers are constantly evaluating their goals in preaching. Am I attempting to communicate truth? Am I attempting to touch on the emotions? What sort of response am I seeking?

When Paul gave his aim, he said that he aimed for the heart. “The goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith” (1 Timothy 1:5). Paul wanted his hearers to love with purity. He wanted his hearers to have a conscience which doesn’t condemn. And he wanted a faith that was sincere.

Paul mentioned the desires of his opponents. They aimed for the head. They spend their time “[paying] attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation” (1 Timothy 1:4). Paul’s opponents were seeking to stir the imaginations of the people away from simple truth that could easily be applied to speculations that were interesting to think about. But, they ended up in little application.

What should a preacher aim for? The heart.

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