Ed Stetzer comments that in the new culture in which we find ourselves, how we enter into a biblical text of topic must be approached differently than in the past. Formerly, when it was basically recognized that the Bible was authoritative and normative, you could simply state what the Bible said and urge people to do it, because they believed that what the Bible said was worthy of respect and following. He outlined it this way:
- 1. The Bible says this.
- 2. It is important
- 3. You should do it.
He suggests the following outline for beginning:
- 1. Why is this important and how does it relate to me?
- 2. What does the Bible say about it?
- 3. What am I going to do with what the Bible says about it?