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Prominent or Preeminent? (BIBS Series #3 Handout)

August 26th, 2015

When Christ is prominent in a person’s life, others might notice. Maybe there’s a Scripture verse hanging on the wall of his office, or maybe there’s a Christian fish on the back of her car.

Those are okay, but incomplete.

When Christ is preeminent in a person’s life, it is unmistakable.

Pastor preached from Colossians last Sunday about Christ not merely being prominent—visible and up front—but being preeminent—being everything to you as a Christian.

Your relationship to Christ can only be cultivated by a deepening relationship with the Word.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Christ exists in His Word, and you draw closer to God by becoming intimately closer to His Word.

The Christian with only a Prominent Christ might miss a day or two (or week, or month…) of Bible reading, and it might not bother him.

The Christian with a Preeminent Christ cannot miss a day of Bible reading. To this Christian, a day away from his Bible is an entire 24 hours apart from his Christ—his Friend, Father, Companion, Comforter, and his Everything.

The Christian with only a Prominent Christ might read the Scriptures out of duty. He might read with only a surface understanding. He might be glad he completed his day’s assigned reading. He might understand less than 10% of what he read, yet does not seem to care. He feels that he has faithfully read, therefore he must be okay.

The Christian with a Preeminent Christ has to know the Christ of the Scriptures. He reads not merely to read about, but to know God. He reads to find God’s thoughts. He reads to understand. He reads to change. He reads to grow. He must know what God said, so that he can then know what God is saying still today. Since Christ is everything to him, it is not enough to know a few things about him (i.e. the details of the virgin birth, his blood atonement, the parables he taught, etc.), but to know Him.

Which view of Christ do you have?   -Bro. Ryan



BIBS: Big Idea Bible Study | Interpretation


The Big Idea Bible Study begins with the assumption that you believe that the Bible is God’s Word, and that reading your Bible is how you come to know God more. The BIBS approach gets you into Scripture by first understanding the big picture—the birds-eye view (or, the “Larry’s-eye” view). Last week, we called this Observation, which included studying a text’s genre, author, date, culture and more. Anyone can “observe” with simple tools like study Bibles, books, online resources and other more. MEANING: Anyone (you!) can study and understand Scripture.

Once you have done a little background research (we might call it “getting the gist” of a passage), you can start to boil your study down to the basics.

If you watch a movie or read a book and someone asks you, “What was it about?” you can usually tell them in a sentence or two. In a sense, you can boil the whole plotline—all the characters, scenes, and ideas—into a summary, or a Big Idea.

Can you do that with Scripture? You should. We do it everywhere else in life, why not the Scripture?

We call the Big Idea (or meaning) of a text its I______________. (Interpretation)


First Steps

Simply, here are a few steps to summarize a Scripture’s Big Idea. After choosing a text:


  1. R___________ (Read)
  2. R___________ (Reread)
  3. F__________ W___________ (Flag Words)


The Trunk

If the Big Idea of the text is a tree, let’s start with the trunk. The whole tree rests on this question: What am I________________? (Subject) (What am I talking about?)

  1. W__________ (Word)
  2. P___________ (Phrase)
  3. S___________ (Sentence)


The Branches

The branches are the biggest and most beautiful part of the tree. They are the details and substance of our “tree-text.”

The question we ask to find the branches is:


What am I _______________________________? (Complement) (What am I saying about what I’m talking about?)


  1. Q___________ (Question)
  2. A___________ (Answer)


The Big Idea (the Tree)

  1. C___________ (Combine)


So far, we have looked at Observation and Interpretation. Once you discover what God said and what He is saying in His Word, you can then determine what God is saying to you. This is Application, and we will conclude our series next week talking about it.

In addition, about 30 donated BIBS books will be available for free next Wednesday after the evening service.


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