God’s Word, God’s People, a Pastor’s Joy


Tomorrow is the 1st of July. 10 months ago our church began studying the book of Galatians and this week we close the book.

We have a tradition at Crystal Park Baptist Church that on the Sunday an epistle is completed we read the book, from verse 1 through to the final verse with a short homily delivered at the natural breaks.

The idea is that over 10 months we unpacked the author’s original intent to his original audience – having considered in detail culture, language, geography, grammar, history, politics and many other nuances – so now we get to hear the book read, as it was intended to be consumed.

It’s a really exciting event for me. I love God, love His Word and love His People and when those three things come together in worship, fellowship and teaching He is exulted and glorified.

The three images below is the book outline which I’ve used to co-ordinate the preaching schedule and which I will use to drive the main points of the text home tomorrow. You can click them to enlarge them and notice that each sermon minor point trickles up to a major point the author is trying to make which I’ve tried to convey by using differing colors.

I am also excited because I started prepping towards Colossians a month ago and in the next few weeks we will begin a new journey, on a new book, discovering afresh the glory of our God and King.

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Galatians 1 - 2, outline, chart, irving jensen, pericope, Galatians, Paul, Baptist
Galatians 1 - 2, outline, chart, irving jensen, pericope, Galatians, Paul, Baptist

From Passage to Pulpit – Diagramming for Pastors


Irving Jensen wrote a book called Inductive Bible Study in which he promoted a diagramming technique. It’s a methodological process to assist a student of God’s Word to interact with the text on a very systematic level.

I love God’s Word and have found this process very rewarding over the years. I put this booklet together in order to transfer the skill in a limited time to group of students who have already had some exposure to homiletics and hermeneutics but not necessarily diagraming, outlining or arcing. I have sat down with one group so far and the time was productive.

It’s Jensen’s technique but modified somewhat and simplified a lot in order to transfer the skill in a limited timeframe.

the pics below show the progression of the chart for Galatians 6:6 – 10 as one works towards a sermon.

The eBook can be downloaded here.