Here is my guiding principle for reading the Gospels: The point is Jesus. Every saying, every story -- Jesus. If the main point you're getting out of the story doesn't center squarely on Jesus, I respectfully suggest your aim is off.
Example: Lots of people look at the story of Jesus throwing the moneychangers out of the temple and think this is about how it's wrong to sell stuff at church....the point of that story is not "commerce and temple don't mix," because up until that point, commerce and temple had to mix for the temple system to work. No, the point of that story is that Jesus replaces the temple system.Elsewhere Caleb Kolstad has read the Christianity Today article, Young, restless and reformed... He observes the positive influence of John Piper in promoting Reformed theology, but thinks that a return to expository preaching is even more significant - because it leads us to carefully consider key texts like Romans 9 and Ephesians 1. And when you look at them carefully, they, like the gospels, are all about exalting Jesus!
Example: The point of the parable of the man who built his house on the sand is not "be prepared" or "have a solid foundation" or "think ahead." The point is that building your life on anything but Jesus is making rubbish of your life.