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  © Fall 2006, Bryan Chapell & Covenant Theological Seminary.  Lecture 2 What's the Big Idea   [This lecture corresponds to assigned Reading # 2: Christ-centered Preaching , pp. 43-57.] For mid-term review: Who or what alone has power to change hearts? What aspect of preaching is most persuasive (ethos, pathos, or logos)? Define each. Goal of this lesson: To understand the essential components of a well constructed sermon.   Introduction: Every sermon must have: 1. 2. 3. I. Unity Key Concept: How many things is a sermon about? A. The Need for Sermonic Unity. B. The Nature of Sermonic Unity: The Big Idea! 1. In Expository Preaching the meaning of the ________________ is the _______________ of the _________________. 2. The meaning of the passage that becomes the message of the sermon is the _________________ (or, the unifying concept) for the sermon. Definition: In expository preaching, Unity occurs when the elements of a passage (or expository unit ) are legitimately shown to support a single major idea that is the theme of a sermon. Robinson says the Big Idea of a sermon is a subject and its __________________. C. What is the Process by Which Unity is Obtained?  © Fall 2006, Bryan Chapell & Covenant Theological Seminary.   1. Read and digest the passage to determine: a. b. 2. Melt down the supporting ideas into . . . D. The Mark of Success: The _______ a.m. Test E. Unity Strives for . . . <> TMT/ITK/TMT/TMT II. Purpose: the Fallen Condition Focus  A. Introducing the F. C. F.  I Tim. 3:16, 17 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for doctrine reproof correction and instruction in righteousness that the man of God may be perfect (artios=complete) thoroughly furnished unto all good works.    Our fallen nature requires Scripture's completion, and all Scripture has this purpose of completing us; thus, every passage has a Fallen Condition Focus.  Rm. 15:4 Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures, we might have hope. <> Everything written in Scripture has the purpose of giving us hope in our fallen condition. B. Implications of the F.C.F.  © Fall 2006, Bryan Chapell & Covenant Theological Seminary.   C. How to Determine the F.C.F. 3-Step Process: (Ask these things ...) 1. 2. 3. D. Examples of the F. C. F. E. The Import of the F.C.F. III. Application: The So What of all preaching  A. The Need of Application 1. Biblical Instruction a. II Tim. 3:16f. b. Titus 2:1ff. c. The pattern of the Epistles: 2. Preaching Implications  © Fall 2006, Bryan Chapell & Covenant Theological Seminary.   B. Consequences of Non-application 1. A message is _____________ until its ideas and components are applied to an F.C.F. Pre-sermon —> Applied to an F.C.F. = SERMON God is good fear loving anger kind doubt patient wrong idea re. God 2. Pre-sermons Only ______________ the Text; Sermons _____________ the Text to an F.C.F. Assignment for next class: Reading #3: Christ-centered Preaching , pp. 58-81, scan pp. 363-371; and read J. I. Packer article (at end of notes for Lecture #3).
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