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Revelation 15-16 – The Last Judgement

Is there ever a need for judgment? Revelation 15 and 16: The last judgment The image’s source: The Exodus Why does it use that imagery? Exodus and the presence of God Exodus and the power of God How does the exodus image help? Knowing the destination helps the journey Doomsday Preppers: being ready for the end Getting our affairs in order Orienting…

Revelation 12-14 – The Dragon, The Beastie Boys and The Angels

Chapter 12 – Dragon (the gospel retold) A sign in heaven (12:1-6). The dragon is unable to stop God’s saviour coming. The heavenly battle (12:7-12) The significance of Jesus coming – salvation is secure. The dragon’s response (12:13-17) The church is persecuted Chapter 13. – The Beastie Boys (persecution unpacked) The “sea beast” (13:1-10) – human opposition to the gospel The “land…

Revelation 6:1-8:5 – The Seals

… deeply shocking and strongly reassuring. When the seals are opened … conquest, butchering, famine and death. Seals 1-4 … what is happening on earthSeals 5 & 6 … what is happening in heaven. Seal # 1 …a rider on a white horse … given a crown and is sent out as a conqueror bent on conquest. Seal # 2 … a…

Revelation 4-5 – The Throne Room … of God

… approaches to the book of Revelation. Firstly, it would be helpful to read it slowly.Secondly, get an overview of the whole book ( https://thebibleproject.com/ ) So farRevelation … from God the Father to Jesus, to an Angel that gives it to John who then testifies to the church everything he saw. … who God is … write to seven churches.  encouragement…

Managing Wisely

Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom       Proverbs 2:1-5 “Remember your maker” – a call to humility       Proverbs 22:2 What does it mean to be wise with wealth?       Recognizing that wealth itself is not evil       But how adept are we at spotting greed?       Wealth should be stewarded carefully       Righteousness is worth more than wealth…

Generosity

How has the word of God encouraged you? In what ways has it redirected your thinking? Last week Be a regular giver, Be a generous giver, Be deliberate in how you give Think broadly in your giving Macedonian Christians (show picture – center of map).… as much as they were able and even beyond their ability. … people who excelled in the grace…

To Tithe or Not to Tithe?

Where has the idea come from? Old Testament Pattern Gen 4 Gen 14 Gen 28 Duet 14 Proper tithing: giving ‘a tenth’ (… or is it?) New Testament… How does the law continue through Christ? Matthew 23:23 – It continues but extends Support gospel ministry (1 Cor 9) Opportunity for broad generosity (2 Cor 8-9) Some generous suggestions • Be regular •…

Wealth and Poverty

From last week… All that we have belongs to God Everything that belongs to God should be used with regard for him “Give me neither poverty nor riches” (Prov 30:8) How do we respond to the gap between the wealthy and the poor? How do we respond as those who are (by and large) not poor? Is wealth bad? In the OT…