God teaches us

Assumed audience: Theologically-orthodox Christians, or folks interested in things that theologically-orthodox Christians think.

In these texts, God teaches us, gives us knowledge — of himself, of ourselves, and of his ways with us. Preaching is not any sort of public Christian discourse; it is the Church saying something about the words of this text, on the basis of the words of this text, under this text’s authority, direction and judgment.

 — Confronted by Grace: Meditations of a Theologian, John Webster, p. XI