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Understanding the Principles of Outlining

  • The Bible was not separated into chapters and verses when these works were first introduced.
  • The Bible was first separated into chapters in 1228 AD.
  • Then the Old Testament was separated further into verses in 1448 AD.
  • Finally, the New Testament was separated into verses in 1551 AD.
  • These separations are only for the purpose of identifying different parts of the Bible with distinct addresses.
  • In the English language, the basic unit of thought is the paragraph.
  • When we are examining the Bible, we look to see where the paragraphs begin and end.
  • In some translations, the texts are given in paragraphs.
  • In other translations, the publishers use a bold number on the verse when the new paragraph begins. 

Outlining Scripture

  • The purpose of an outline is to begin examining the text very carefully.
  • There are several different ways to outline a text.
  • The purpose of outlining is to break the text into distinct ideas.
  • We must isolate each idea the text presents in order to understand it more clearly.
  • We will mainly study two simple outline forms.
  • We must remember that outlines are an observation tool
  • The purpose of an outline is to observe:
  • # Distinct ideas # The focus of the text

# Keeping to the author’s original reason for writing.

1. Thought for Thought Outline

  • These outlines simply follow the basic flow of the text separating the text by the changes in thought.
  • Thought for thought outlines are used primarily for story forms as well as the poetic, parable, prophetic, revelation forms.

Assignment # 6

Outline Acts 1

I. Acts 1:1-3 Introduction

II. Acts 1:4-8 Jesus commands them to not depart but wait

III. Acts 1:9-11 The Ascension of Jesus

IV. Acts 1:12-14 Waiting on the promise

V. Acts 1:15- 17 Peter’s address

VI. Acts 1:18-20 Judas’ death

VII. Acts 1:21-26 The selection of Matthias

Assignment # 7

2. Epistle Outline

Almost all the epistles follow a common format for outline.

· Most epistles contain an introduction that is easily identified although they may vary quite a bit in length.

· These introductions may contain a greeting as well as some sort of thanksgiving which can be identified as separate items in        the outline.

· A statement of purpose will usually follow the introduction.

· This is the author’s original reason for writing the letter.

· The statement of purpose is in many cases brief, but right to the point.

· The body or teachings will then follow.

· The body will contain several teachings or subject.

· These separate teachings may require sub topics to be identified in order not to make the individual elements of the outline           extremely long.

· Finally, the epistle will have a closing statement by the author.

· This closing statement is usually identified as the place where the author stops teaching and makes his final salutation.

· Certain epistles, such as 1 John and Hebrews, will not contain these specific elements as the style of writing is different from the more common epistle form.

Assignment # 8

Read Titus and make an outline

I. Titus 1:1-4 Introduction

II. Titus 1:5 Statement of Purpose

III. Titus 1:6-3:14 Main Teachings

A. Titus 1:6-16 Elders qualifications and work

B. Titus 2: 1-3:11 Christian duties in the church and sound doctrine

C. Titus 3;12-14 Personal concerns

IV. Titus 3:15 Closing

Assignment # 9

Outline Jude – Power Point