The Task of Biblical Preaching

Commenting on 1 Corinthians 10:1-22, in his section for preacher and teachers, Richard Hays writes,

"One of our fundamental pastoral tasks is to teach our congregations to find themselves in the stories of Israel and the early church, just as Paul sought to teach the Corinthians to find themselves in Israel's story. Is that difficult? Yes. Possible? Yes. Thinking typologically is a necessary survival skill for adult Christians. Our pedagogy has failed miserably to teach this skill because we have usually tried too hard to make the text 'relevant.' Rather than seeking to make the text relevant, Paul seeks to draw his readers into the text in such a way that its world reshapes the norms and decisions of the community in the present. That is the task of biblical preaching."

-First Corinthians, 173.