How will the story end? How will God bring history to a close? When will God finally bring justice to the world? When will Christ return? How will God make all things new? Questions like these have intrigued God’s people since sin came into the world. End times questions involve matters that Christians love to think about, talk about, and debate about. Unfortunately these questions involve matters that some Christians like to fight about.
Oftentimes the discussion about eschatology (end times studies) degenerates into fruitless speculation and foolish quarrels about non-essential details, yet we are told to be ready for the return of our Lord, and we are told to take serious what God has revealed about the consummation of human history. After all the Apostle John introduces the book of Revelation with these words: “Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near” (Rev. 1:3).
Starting this Sunday, August 16th at 9:30 am, during Adult Bible Study, we will be embarking on an unique study of Revelation that will, Lord willing, broaden our understanding of and love for what the Bible has to say about the “end of the story.” The study is entitled Four Views of the End Times and was written by Timothy Paul Jones from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Here is a description of the study provided by the publisher:
Although you will gain much knowledge about the end times, the primary purpose of this study is not to raise your eschatological I.Q. This study focuses first and foremost on Jesus the Messiah, the One through whom God the Father will make all things new. Woven through this study of Jesus in Revelation, you will find straightforward, Scripture-centered examinations of four viewpoints that Christians throughout history have embraced as they looked toward the end of time.
We invite you to come along this journey with us starting this Sunday, August 16th at 9:30 am. You can watch a trailer for the course here.