The Essential Outline: Less Basic Not Unnecessary

Read the first two installments of “The Essential Outline:” (1) The Main Points, (2) The Bottom Line.

After exploring its main points and considering what those mean to us, we acknowledge that Romans 1:2-4 is still a bare outline. If it weren’t, Paul would not have needed to write further. But thanks be to God we have the whole book of Romans!

We should remember that an outline is just that, an outline. A summary touches the high points, but doesn’t include all that needs to be said. Comparing this summary with that of 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, we discover to our shock that Paul has different talking points in these two. That’s because each summary is conditioned to the moment. Continue reading “The Essential Outline: Less Basic Not Unnecessary”

The Essential Outline: The Main Points

“Give it to me in a 100 words or less.” Considering the sound-bite post-modern that he was, I suppose it could have been worse. But how to reduce the gospel to a paragraph?

Now that I think of it, the gospel writers did it all the time. The New Testament is laced with summaries, compact statements of the gospel message. Like Paul’s in Romans 1:2-4. Continue reading “The Essential Outline: The Main Points”