"We preach biblically. Why, of course; how else could we preach? Charles Simeon and Charles Spurgeon are our heroes. We are determined like them to expound the Scriptures, and to derive all our teaching from God's Word. But if I were to draw a diagram of the gulf between the two worlds, and then plot our sermons on the diagram, I would have to draw a straight line which begins in the biblical world, and then goes up in the air on a straight trajectory, but never lands on the other side. For our preaching is seldom if ever earthed. It fails to build a bridge into the modern world. It is biblical, but not contemporary. And if we are called to account for our practice of exposition without application, we piously reply that our trust is in the Holy Spirit to apply his Word to the realities of human life."
"Four chief characteristics of his preaching may be mentioned. First, he was biblical. Not only did he preach systematically through several books, but his sermons are full of biblical quotations and allusions. Secondly, his interpretation of the Scriptures was simple and straightforward. He followed the Antiochene school of 'literal' exegesis, in contrast to fanciful Alexandrian allegorizations. Thirdly, his moral applications were down to earth. Reading his sermons today, one can imagine without difficulty the pomp of the imperial court, the luxuries of the aristocracy, the wild races of the hippodrome, in fact the whole life of an oriental city at the end of the fourth century. Fourthly, he was fearless in his condemnations. In fact, 'he was a martyr of the pulpit, for it was chiefly his faithful preaching that cased his exile'."
“God long ago gave trustworthy promises to Abraham, promising to bless all nations. God gave the Law to Israel as an intermediary measure until the time when the promises were to be fulfilled. In the fullness of time, God sent his Son to rescue human beings from slavery and sin, through his faithful death. God raised Jesus from the dead. God calls and justifies Jews and Gentiles alike, who join together in a new reconciled community, the church, where God is at work. God supplies the Spirit to the members of this community, empowering them to walk in newness of life. God will ultimately judge the world and reveal his eschatological glory.”
Richard Hays, “The God of Mercy Who Rescues Us from the Present Evil Age,” 139