“An expository sermon rises and falls on exegesis. Exegesis involves a thorough, analytical study of a biblical passage in order to develop a useful interpretation of the passage. Before we can preach any passage, we need to thoroughly understand it; exegesis is the process by which we determine the meaning.”
Paul D. Wegner, Using Old Testament Hebrew in Preaching: A Guide for Students and Pastors (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2009), 68-69.
Absolutely right. I wish more would preach the text and tell less stories that have no bearing on the message of the scriptures. Study the scriptures, then make applications and illustrations. Do not start with an illustration or an application and then try to find a scripture to fit it.