This is a response to Nick Norelli’s Preach the Word, in which he says, “The average believer that I’ve encountered just wants to know what the Bible says and find ways to apply it to life.” This comes after Nick says that Bible study shouldn’t be turned into miniature seminary lectures and “People who want seminary lectures should by all means attend seminary.”
Nick’s own position:
“Preach the text and let all the theology flow from it. Don’t spend too much time speculating.”
But what does Nick mean by “Preach the text and let all the theology flow from it?” Is he advocating a run-on commentary and then highlight theological truths as you go?
My own position: the preacher should first establish the theology of the text, support it with the surrounding material, and then apply it to the listeners.
And it is worth keeping in mind that every text of Scripture, to which we turn for our sermons, is first shaped by its own theology. It is our task as students of the Word to first discover what that theology is.
However, I do agree with Nick that we should not be spending too much time speculating.