We can’t go to church…
Ecclesiology , Soteriology / August 11, 2013

What?  You can’t go to church?  Why not? Well, because we ARE the church.  Church, or the Greek word “ekklesia,” refers to a group of people, not a building.  In the New American Standard Bible translation (my preferred one because that is the way I speak and is easiest to read for me, among other reasons), there are 79 uses of the word “church.”  Every single one of those refer to the gathering of people…

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Revelation 2 and 3 Introduction
Ecclesiology , Eschatology / July 30, 2013

Welcome back to our study in the book of Revelation! The next section of the book encompasses chapters 2 and 3, and before we begin looking at them in detail, I want to cover off some things that are important in the study of the Bible in general. The first of these things is that there is a very contentious debate about an event that John terms “harpazo,” or the Rapture, a calling out of…

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Revelation 1 – Verse-by-verse Analysis
Christology , Ecclesiology , Eschatology / July 30, 2013

Revelation 1 Key verse 3: Read, Hear, Heed 1-3 The Revelation of Jesus Christ 4-8 A Message to the Churches from God the Son 9-17 A Vision of Jesus Christ As this study of the book of Revelation begins, I want to point out a few things to keep in mind. This is what I see in the Scriptures and not necessarily the “right” belief. I want to encourage you to do your own study…

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Revelation 2:1-7 – The Letter to Ephesus
Ecclesiology , Eschatology / July 30, 2013

As we begin, I want to expand on something I said in the introduction to this section of the study.  In our reading of scripture, the Holy Spirit leads us to understand that there is often more than one level of focus than just the words of the text.  In every one of the letters, we will see that there is a local message to the named church that deals with the need that church…

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Live and let live…a definition
Christology , Ecclesiology , Eschatology / July 16, 2013

Revelation 22:11 – “Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and the one who is filthy, still be filthy; and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness; and the one who is holy, still keep himself holy.” There is almost a “live and let live” attitude expressed here. People are going to do what they are going to do, because you cannot legislate righteousness. Frankly it isn’t our department – it’s…

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