"In the final analysis, effective application does not rely on techniques. It is more a stance than a method. Life changing preaching does not talk to people about the Bible. Instead, it talks to the people about themselves—their questions, their hurts, fears, and struggles—from the Bible. When we approach the sermon with that philosophy, flint strikes steel. The flint of someone's problems strikes the steel of the Word of God, and a spark emerges that can set that person on fire for God."
Haddon W. Robinson, Making a Difference in Preaching (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1999), 94.