30 Four Tools, Motives, And The Big Idea

[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]In this episode you’ll hear several questions to ask to find the Purpose Bridge. The Purpose Bridge bridges the gap between Bible study and application. Your motives are highlited here, and a purpose is discovered.

The purpose for the lesson reveals itself based upon the audience and the intentions of the writer of the passage.

The next step after the Purpose Bridge is to discover the CPS (Central Proposition of the Sermon). Creativity is vital to this step because you are attempting to take the purpose discovered in the Purpose Bridge and find ways to address it to a specific audience with specific, valuable content.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”grey” align=”align_center” style=”” border_width=”” el_width=””][vc_single_image image=”472″ style=”vc_box_rounded” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”medium”][vc_separator color=”grey” align=”align_center” style=”” border_width=”” el_width=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]In the previous episode I revealed the Central Proposition of the Text for James 1:1-11.

James 1:1-11 reveals the path to joy in face of a labyrinth of trials.

I’ve changed my thinking a bit, modified it to fit the points a little better. Instead of seeing the passage as a series of steps, I realized that one does not necessarily need to lead to the other. For example, James said, “If anyone lacks wisdom, let him ask of God…” If you already have the wisdom needed to navigate your particular trial, there is not much need to seek wisdom. Your time might be better spent solving the problem instead of searching for solutions that you already know.

I also realzed that the “steps” could be done simultaneously and/or in different orders than what was revealed.

As with any Bible study, we adjust our explanation as we learn more.

Now I see the four points as tools to help build a happy life. As a reminder, here are the four tools that James revealed.

  1. Recognize the value of the situation.
  2. Decide to endure the trial and remain faithful no matter what.
  3. Pray for/seek wisdom.
  4. Glory in what is right.

Finding Purpose

Three important questions to ask related to finding purpose:

  1. For what? (Why am I going to present this lesson? What am I trying to accomplish?)
  2. So what? (Why would anyone care to listen to my lesson? What’s in it for them?)
  3. Now what? (Based on the information, what do I want to see the audience to do or believe?) The more specific the answers to this question the more powerful and relevant your message will become.


Once you determine your goals and purpose for the lesson, you need to design the main point to match both the purpose and the audience. The purpose you devised is an extremely helpful guide, so use it and trust the process. You won’t be disappointed!

You owe it to your audience to spend time in this section of preparation so that you can deliver something of value to them. After all, the Gospel is meant to change lives, and the way it changes people is through their application of the text. So tell them how to apply it, to the best of your ability.

The CPS I developed for James is based on an audience that is more “generic” but I decided upon it to help illustrate what a good CPS might look like.

With these four tools James provided, you can build a life of undefeatable happiness.

How would it change for a specific audience?

The generic nature of that CPS reflects the general audience I had in mind, but any audience you address will affect the approach you take.

For example, if you address a group of alcoholics who asked you to encourage them in their sobriety, does James 1:1-11 apply to them? Of course it does! You would consider their needs and how the four tools can be specifically applied to their situation. The CPS might read the same, but the expression of the CPS in the design and presentation of the lesson will be dramatically changed by considering that audience.

You might even just explain one or two of the tools to be sure they grasp their meaning and power.

You approach would also differ dramatically if you addressed a group of Boy Scouts. It’s the same text, the same message, but a drastically different approach in presentation.

This is one of the most powerful parts of lesson preparation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”1/1″]

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