Just for a change, I’d like to offer a list of posts relating to this subject. I think it is so important that we preach to the heart and not just fill the mind or press the will. So here are some past posts on the subject:
10 Biggest Big Ideas of the Bible made much of the central role of the heart, both God’s and ours. Here are the links – God, Creation, Sin, Grace, Faith, Redemption, Community, Spreading Goodness, Hope, Christ.
Our View of the Bible is critical in respect to the heart. This post on the clarity of Scripture pointed to the issue of the heart. We don’t need to add force, we need to feel the force of what is there.
How often do we hear the terminology of the Bible being overqualified. Here’s a post from a while back on confusing the heart and the head.
Preaching from the heart? Here’s a post. Depends on your motive. What about when the preacher is passionless? What if there were a thermal imaging camera? When should the message touch the preacher’s heart? One thing I’ve said more than once is that we shouldn’t de-affect the text.
Preaching to touch the heart? Images matter, especially biblical ones. And so does vivid description. How will you touch the heart? Beware of manipulation though, or troublingly distant preaching, and one more. Mentoring is critical to truly marking hearts.