Wednesday, January 25, 2012
"Revelation Bible Study" comes to Tinney Chapel...again!
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Revelation Bible Study Returns To Tinney Chapel
After an absence of seven years
Our church's new Wednesday evening Bible Study text is Revelation And The End Times, subtitled "Unraveling God's Message Of Hope," by Ben Witherington III.
According to notes on the back cover of the book, author Ben Witherington III has sold close to a half million books, and is the Amos Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky.
A summary of this 112-page book also appears on the back cover and says, in part:
"The Bible contains passages of great beauty and comfort and some that may strike you as bizarre, bewildering, or even frightening. The book of Revelation is filled with this rich and perplexing symbolism, yet its message is one of hope for all Christians...Ben Witherington will guide you into a deeper understanding of the truths found within Revelation's often mysterious text, so that you can feel more secure in your faith."
This book, published by Abingdon Press, Nashville, (c) 2010, is expected to require at least five weeks to complete. Table of contents include:
1. THE CHARACTER OF BIBLICAL PROPHECY
A. The Nature of Prophecy
B. The Nature of the Apocalyptic
C. And So?
2. THE RETURN OF THE KING
A. A Royal Visitation and a Royal Welcome
B. Timing is Not Everything
C. Snapshot---What Happens When Christ Returns
D. And So?
3. THE OTHER WORLD--HEAVEN AND HELL
A. Jesus on Heaven and Hell
B. Paul on Heaven and Hell
C. Satan and His Minions
D. Revelation--The Book of Martyrs
E. And So?
4. RAISING THE DEAD
A. Resurrection Is Not Reincarnation, Going to Heaven, or Immortality of the Soul
B. Jesus on the Resurrection
C. Paul's Views on Resurrection
D. And So?
5. THE AFTERLIFE--THE RAPTURE, THE MILLENNIUM, AND THE NEW HEAVEN AND THE NEW EARTH
A. The Origin of the Specious--The Rapture Notion
B. The Book of Daniel as Background
C. Paul on the Afterlife
D. The Millennium
E. The New Heaven and the New Earth
F. Multivalent Symbols
G. The Gematria Game and How Numbers Count
H. And So?
You can still join this class even though Lesson One was completed today, Wednesday, January 25. Students will read a chapter of the book each week, and the class format is a short video followed by group discussion, facilitated by questions and guidance from Rev. Sue Gross, Pastor of Tinney Chapel UMC.
FYI: Tinney Chapel UMC also conducted a 22-week study of the book of Revelation during 2004-2005, facilitated by David Stanton and Joe Dan Boyd, based on the massive, 1,000-page work, Revelation Today, by Claude W. Gifford. Each of those classes ran for 90 minutes.