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CMIN 301 (Sp '17) T08 - Communicating the Meaning in Our Town
Transcript of CMIN 301 (Sp '17) T08 - Communicating the Meaning in Our Town
(Central Idea of the Text)
(Central Idea of the Sermon)
a) What is the largest question the biblical author
is addressing with this flow of thought?
b) What answer is he giving to that question?
Put a) and b) together for the CIT;
CIT is focused on THEIR TOWN.
Central Idea of a Text (CIT)
God will judge the evil in his own people, Judah, through an invasion by the wicked Babylonians.
(Examples of CIT/CIS adopted from Robinson, Biblical Preaching, ch. 2+4).
Psalm 117:1-2, "Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol him,
all you peoples. For great is his love towards
us, and the faithfulness of the LORD
endures for ever. Praise the LORD."
Why should everyone praise the Lord?
a) The Lord should be praised
His love is strong.
b) The Lord should be praised
His faithfulness is
Everyone should praise the Lord for His strong love and his eternal faithfulness.
Believers and unbelievers should praise the Lord for who He is.
We do not understand a passage until we can state its
How will God punish the evil and injustice rampant in his people Judah?
God will use the wicked Babylonians as his whipping stick.
What is the largest question that is answered here?
Passage (also called text or exegetical) outline:
I. Many accounts, using eyewitness reports, have been
written of the life of Christ.
II. Luke, having carefully investigated everything, has
written an orderly account.
III. His purpose in writing was to assure his readers
that what they have been taught was really true.
What is the answer to this question?
Turn the question into an incomplete sentence like “The reason Luke wrote his orderly account was to . . .,” attach the answer to finish the sentence, and you have the CIT.
The reason Luke wrote his orderly account was to assure his readers that what they have been taught was really true.
The reason Luke wrote his orderly account is to assure all believers that what they have been taught is really true.
At times God even uses wicked people for disciplining his people.