Message Efficiency vs. Message Expansion

The Bible in its entirety is the most complete telling of the Gospel. That’s one reason why most Christians prioritize the ministry of Bible distribution. 

But it’s not practical to share the entire Bible every time we share the Gospel.

Even Bible writers who wrote books that we call “the Gospel of __________ (fill in the blank with Matthew, etc.)” had to make choices of what Old Testament content to include or exclude.  

The choices we make of what content to include or exclude from Gospel presentations can be plotted on a continuum of message efficiency vs. message expansion. Message efficiency refers to choosing to include less content; message expansion choosing to include more.

The Bible includes examples of both message efficiency and message expansion. Verses such as John 3:16, Romans 10:9, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, and Philippians 2:5-11 show message efficiency. By contrast, in addition to Bible content in its entirety, individual books such as the Gospel of John or the Book of Romans show message expansion. 

In the Gospel Story-arc Basic course, which I hope to release in October, I reveal 10-12 contrasts between message efficiency vs. message expansion. Both approaches have their strengths, and both have their limitations. But, as you will see in future posts, and eventually in the basic course, the Gospel Story-arc approach favors message expansion. And for some very good reasons.

So stay tuned...






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Randal Gilmore