This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy. — 1 Corinthians 4:12
Outlining the Bible helps prepare someone to teach the precepts of Scriptures systematically and in context. The Preacher’s Outline & Sermon Bible® is designed for the pastor, Bible study leader, or minister to help them examine a text and absorb the complete message of that text.
Outlining the Bible is an invaluable tool for sermon preparation, but it’s a time-consuming approach. Our team of authors has done that work for you, placing verse-by-verse outlines alongside Scripture and compiling in-depth research and commentary. Each passage of Scripture receives almost 200 hours of research work to complete the accompanying commentary. No wonder each volume of The Preacher’s Outline & Sermon Bible® contains a year’s worth of sermon material!
Renowned evangelical Protestant scholar Dr. Donald A. Carson is widely credited with the statement that “a text without a context is a pretext for proof text.” This means that when someone interprets anything without examining the context in which it is written, one can easily (or even intentionally) misappropriate, misapply, or misrepresent a text to support a position that it in fact does not support. Outlining a passage is the first step to a thorough study discipline called “exegesis.”
Exegesis helps the student of God’s Word stay true to the original context and enables preachers and ministers of the Word to preach and apply it carefully. When a thorough exegesis of scripture is done it prevents someone from adding their own prejudices and ideas into the mix and compromising what God is actually saying. Outline Bible Resources are designed to help you ponder, examine, and expound on God’s Word – not to add in what is not there.