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The Word of God
with Phil Pratt
The Book of Revelation is perhaps the most misunderstood and misinterpreted book in all of Scripture!
Many people look around at the violence, disrespect for life, materialism, and rejection of God that plague our modern world and wonder - are we seeing the End Times foretold by Christ, disturbingly described in Paul's Second Letter to the Thessalonians, and specifically detailed in the Revelation of John? Perhaps we should better understand these passages of Scripture!
- The theme of marriage is central to Revelation; and reflects the central theme of John's Gospel as well. How does marriage provide a framework for understanding Revelation?
- Revelation is writting using an apocryphal style; are the end times all doom and gloom?
- Revelation must be understood within the historical setting of 1st century Israel
- Revelation must be understood as describing a great but largely unseen battle that takes place, not in the heavenly realm, but here on earth
- Understanding the elaborate and powerful symbolism is difficult without an understanding of the Old Testament
- Numbers are significant! Seven figures, seven bowls of wrath, seven seals, 666, thousand year reign, etc.
But most of all, Revelation must be interpreted in accord with the heart and mind of the Church!
The Beginning of the Story of Salvation History
with Sue Athey
Holy Scripture is God's way of introducing Himself to us, letting us know who He is, and telling us of His boundless love!
In this course, you will learn about the early days of God's love story with all humanity - from Creation through King Solomon. Along the way, you will meet some of the most intriguing people who ever lived (Adam, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, David, and more)
Have you ever wondered...
- Does Genesis present a scientific explanation of Creation? What is really happening in the story of Adam and Eve?
- If the earth was reborn after the flood, how did the sin of Adam and Eve enter into Noah's world? What does this say about our world today?
- How did Abraham live up to God's calling? How did he fall short? And how does Abraham's story look forward to Christ and the redemption of man?
- How did Abraham's lack of trust in God's promises lead to today's middle-eastern conflict?
- How did the chosen people, the Hebrews, come to be known as the Nation of Israel? Why do we, today, refer to them as Jews?
- What is the deep significance of God telling Moses His name?
- At Sinai, was Moses the only one God spoke to?
- Anticipating that the Hebrews would demand a king, what limitations did Moses place on kingly power? Which king of Israel violate these limitations? And how should we apply Moses' teaching when considering today's world?
But most of all, how do the stories presented in the Old Testament show us God's love, God's patience, and God's mercy?