The CPT (Central Proposition of the Text) is more than just a summary. It is a specific statement that includes the context and purpose of the text, as best as we can determine. It also considers both the immediate and larger contexts. It is very pointed.
The story of the paralytic who was lowered through the roof is a fascinating account that shows us an important lesson: Jesus understands our needs and is able to fulfill them. Listen and learn about several important and powerful ideas from this text.
This evidence about Jesus leads to great appreciation of Him and His message. It helps build trust in Him, understanding that He has more in mind than simply trying to "gain followers". He cares not just about our immediate problems, but also our not-so-obvious ones.
You might think that God wants us to avoid sin, and that would be correct, but the saying goes, "Nature hates a vacuum." Spiritual nature hates a vacuum too. If you rid yourself of sin, SOMETHING is going to take its place. That "something" can be spiritually neutral, or...
I didn't realize how much joy I found in food until I discovered that I have diabetes. I occasionally find myself craving large spoons full of my wife's incredible cake icing. (Yes, I've been known to eat it like ice-cream a few times.) So, clearly, I had to make...
The Heart of Mark 1:16-39 is: “Jesus’ leadership, authority, compassion, and focus expressed Deity.” This episode explains how I came to that conclusion. I reveal what questions I asked and what my thinking process looked like in the hope that you can use those to help your own study.
In this episode we look for the Central Proposition of the Text by thinking through a series of 5 basic questions. These are designed to get you thinking about the text from various angles and engages you in the process of exposing the point this text makes.