"To preach biblically, preachers have always needed to know how to understand and interpret the Bible. The number of books, articles, theses, and audio cassettes that attempt to meet this need is staggering. What has been missing is the single volume in which principles and techniques of biblical exegesis and of biblical interpretation are brought together specifically for the preacher with a view to incorporating the outcome of that study in a sermon."
"The purpose of this book is to provide just that help. The procedure is to provide a brief definition of biblical preaching, the subject of this first chapter; to lay out the fundamental tasks of biblical exegesis; to set forth some basic principles of interpretation; and to provide a methodology that is simple enough to enable the construction of an authentically biblical sermon. The book then concludes with the exploration of a biblical text illustrating the procedures, principles, and techniques of the book's theoretical material, and some guidelines for interpreting and preaching from a variety of biblical literature." (excerpts from Chapter I)