About 8 months ago I ordered a set of books containing many sermons by Charles Spurgeon. I was so excited about what I was going to read, expecting him to be an expository genius, but I found something unusual about his sermons, and I am seeking some guidance on this issue. Spurgeon, who I do not doubt was a great preacher, preached sermons usually from a single text! I have actually read sermons, were it seemed like he was taking a text from the OT, removing it from its context, and then creating an elaborate sermon out of it, using it as a spring-board for his own thoughts. I know he does not do this as heavily as other people I have seen, especially some of the WoF teachers who are populr, but honestly, it seemed like poor exposition. So, as I was thinking about Spurgeon's method of preaching, I began to examine more of my own Bible study, and sadly, I find that I do what he does! When I read the OT, so many times I draw parralels between OT Israel and then personalize them for my life, is this bad? Today I was studying John 12. Instead of focusing on the main text, I selected a single verse and went off on a tangent, and somehow ended up over in 1 Corinthians studying Total Depravity. I've done this at other times. Now, for preaching, I see this all of the time! So many times in the pulpit, I will hear someone draw from an OT text and use it to push along the point of their sermon, but it will NOT be talking about that in the original context. Other times it was just a portion of Israel's history and the Pastor uses this story for a platform, and then dives off into how that text applies to us. To clarify : Is it ok to over spiritualize texts, either in sermons or in personal Bible study? Example : Paul Washer preaching on Song of Solomon. He refers to the text where Solomon is speaking of his Shulamite bride and he says something along the lines of , "with one look from her eyes my heart beats faster" and something else, and he ends up by saying, 'Every time we pray, God's heart beats faster'. Now, would that be an example of over spiritualizing texts?