“While I’m a firm believer that all Scripture is equally inspired, observation tells me that all Scripture is not equally applicable. Consequently, preaching for life change requires that we emphasize some texts over others (Communicating for a Change, page 96).”
I’m a firm believer that every sermon ought to motivate listeners to significant life change, but I don’t know if we need to whittle down the Bible to accomplish that. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 doesn’t just say that God breathed all scripture; it goes on to affirm that all scripture is “useful” to equip the listener “for every good work.”
I’ll never forget listening to Ken Needham motivate a crowd of college students to lives of compassion by preaching through the “begats” of Matthew 1. I guess I preach more often from Ephesians 4 than I do Matthew 1:1-17, but I look forward to transforming lives through Matthew 1 from time to time as well.