The study of ancient culture can be very enlightening and beneficial for students of the Bible. We can define the cultural hermeneutic as the use of ancient culture to help in our understanding and interpreting of Scripture. While the tool of culture is helpful and valuable, it can be used in a negative and destructive way.
I am currently preaching a series in the book of Ruth, and have had the opportunity to put Block’s commentary through the paces, as a homiletic aid. After doing so, I must admit that I am more than a smidge impressed. In terms of its value to someone who is preparing to teach or preach, this commentary ranks highly.
The making of resolutions and the practice of gospel proclamation are a suitable pairing. In large measure, this is because the preaching of God’s Word ought to be characterized by careful deliberation and rigor, rather than undertaken in a haphazard manner.
Broadus insisted that the preacher ought to base his sermons on exacting exegesis. This was his unbending devotion. He may have attempted to honor the text, but without a grace orientation (which comes from the context of redemption) the sermons went sideways.
The main homiletical idea is the central point derived from exegeting the text. This main idea is what ties the sermon together. Whitefield’s employment of this principle is exemplified in a sermon he preaches on Genesis 3:15, where he announces to his hearers that he is going to tell them “good news” and show them how their first parents “came to stand in need of this promise, and what is the extent of the meaning.” In this and his other sermons, Whitefield was careful to make the main idea clear.