The Bible is a book about God
Haddon Robinson's book Biblical Preaching is a classic text on homiletics. It's one of those books that seems fresh and relevant every time I read it. This summer, I was surprised to rediscover a section in which Haddon talks about God-centered preaching:
God reveals Himself in the Scriptures. The Bible, therefore, isn't a textbook about ethics or a manual on how to solve personal problems. The Bible is a book about God. When you study a biblical text, therefore, you should ask, "What is the vision of God in this passage?" God is always there. Look for Him…
To apply a passage, "you need to see what your passage reveals about God and the way people responded and lived before God. Look for the same factors in contemporary life."