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”
Read the first installment, “The Essential Outline: The Main Points.”
If Barclay is right that Romans 1:2-4 is a “most essential outline” of the gospel, what do these main points have to say to us?
1. God is unwavering in his plan of salvation. And when he says something, be sure he will do it. Don’t tell us he might change his mind at the end. That’s human thinking, it’s what people do, not God. The holy Scriptures are the touchstone for saints, the guiding star for disciples, the open door into the heart and presence of God. Discerning believers praise it as the word of God. Continue reading “The Essential Outline: The Bottom Line”
“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”