What to do with the outline? And what I mean is, you have the burden, you have your points, what do you do now?
There should probably be about 4 or 5 things in each point depending on how you look at it. I will just listen the 4, 5, or 6 things and then will break one down over the course of the next few days.
- STATE THE POINT – simply state the point. Even if you have already stated the point in your introduction, still state it again. You might need to use a theological term in your point, if so before I would move into the next parts you might need to define that term.
- PLACE THE POINT – Now I need to show to those that I am preaching to, where in the text I am getting this point from. It can be as small as a word, and as large as the rest of the passage or maybe even bigger. But this is not explaining yet, this is just simply calling their attention to what they need to look at.
- PROVE THE POINT – You make an assertion, now you need to use that word, that phrase that passage and by explanation prove that God’s Word is truly saying what your point says.
- EXPLAIN THE POINT – Now I just said by explanation. This is one of those points that might just be folded into the prove part, or it could be a separate steps. Perhaps you can prove that your point does indeed come from the phrase you pointed out. However, that might still leave what that meant to the author, unspoken. So you might have to do some explanation.
- APPLY THE POINT – Here you are seeking to bring what a text meant and how that text was applied into today, to help people live out the truths there. You might have to explain more even in this step.
- ILLUSTRATE THE POINT – Now like Explanation, illustration is something that might need to be done inside another step or it might need to be on its own. Illustrating can do two things.
- First it can help shed light on the explanation of the passage. So sometimes it is easier to explain a concept with a story, than it is with just a lot of philosophical terms. One example here: Using the story of Lazarus as an illustration of Regeneration or effectual calling.
- Second, illustrations can help place the application in life, so the body can clearly see how living out these truths would, could, should impact their own lives.
Okay, so I will start writing about each one until I am done, then we will move on to introductions and conclusions.