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How do we look at Scripture and see a redemptive message everywhere we turn? The goal is to understand how to interpret Scripture so as to communicate the Christ who is there. Our messages must proclaim that all is a result of God's grace, both salvation and sanctification.
The Hands of a Christ-centered Message
2. How do we develop messages that proclain that all is a result of God's grace, both salvation and sanctification?
a. It is up to every generation to rediscover grace
b. Begin with a "fallen condition focus"
1. What does the text say?
2. What is the context?
3. What do we share in common with the person by whom the text is written or to whom the text is written?
c. Elements of a "fallen condition focus" that all people share
3. What does not characterize correct redemptive interpretation of the Bible?
a. Antinomian messages
b. Allegorical messages
4. What does characterize correct redemptive interpretation of the Bible?
a. Recognition of all of Scripture as one coherent history of God's redeeming work
b. All persons and events relate to this one history
5. How do I discover the specific elements of redemptive truth that there are?
a. Topical approaches
b. Expository approach
1. What does this passage demonstrate about God's nature or attributes that provide the work of Christ?
2. What does this passage demonstrate about God's nature or attributes that require the work of Christ?
6. What redemptive messages sound like
a. Grace despite our sin
b. Grace destroying the guilt of sin
c. Grace defeating the power of sin
d. Grace compelling holiness
e. Loving service