Great Sermon! This is not the rapture of the church. Jesus does not send out angels to gather his church. We know his voice, he will call us to me him in the air. No angels anywhere in 1 Thess 4:13-18
Great Sermon! Everyone has to understand Dr. Stewart's presuppositions. If I am wrong he can correct me, Dr. Stewart is an amillenialist. A pre-trib rapture just doesn't fit their eschatology. Reformers take the Roman Catholic Church's view of eschatology. The reformers i.e. Calvin, Luther change their soteriology, but kept the RCC view of eschatology. I am pre-trib, pre-mil, Calvinist and add some dispensation theology in there. I have no problem reconciling all those positions.
Great Sermon! Question? The 144,000 (first fruits of the redeemed of Israel) are sealed and protected. The 2 witnesses are protected by God for a time. It seems to me that the body of Christ, His Church and His Bride should be sealed and protected by God. I know the Church is sealed with the Holy Spirit in Ephesians 1:13. What say you. Are they sealed? If so what verse? Have they been rapture already (Rev 4)? And therefore do not need a seal of protection?
Great Sermon! I didnt mean to imply that no one was saved or didnt believe the scripture during this time period. You probably know more about this subject than I do. The only point I was trying to make is the RCC had a lot of influence over the interpretation of the scripture and who read and owned a Bible. Everyone I believe who was a truly born again Christian believes in inerrancy of scripture. That time period was dominated so much by the RCC, it is hard to determine who they were. Besides, God always have a believing remnant, AMEN.
T4TG Concerning your discussions about the inerrancy and infallibility of scripture between post-apostolic and the reformers. I would first look at who control the scripture during that time. I believe it was the RCC. Very few people had a copy of the bible and most were illiterate. They pretty much were depended on and believe what the Church of Rome told them. There were a few exceptions Wycliffe and Hus, and we know what happen to them.
Great Sermon! I really enjoy your sermon. Christians need hear more sermons like this. Most have no ideal who and what they really are. On works, I read the James 3:14-20 and used to worry about if I was doing enough good works. But I read Ephesians 2:10, I read it , thought about it. I found a sermon from C.H, Spurgeon called, The Singular Origin of a Christian Man. What a blessing, great sermon.
Great Sermon! This is my list, not much difference in yours, except Roms 8 and Ephesians 1 &2 as 1 chpter. 1. Rom 8 2.John 1 3.Gen 1 4.Gen 3 5.Isaiah 53 6.1 Cor 15 7.Matt 28 8. Dan 9 9.Ephesians 1&2 10. 2 Tim 3. The reason I added Rom 8 and Ephesians 1&2, After the Gospel and Jesus Christ, to me the church/body of Christ(a mystery hidden in God before the creation of the world) is the most important theme in the New Test. You have to ask yourself what was his purpose for going to the cross,to redeem the church/body of Christ. Except for Acts 2 on your list, the church is not mention.
John Piper/John MacArthur I have only been a Christian for four yrs . I have constantly reading, studying God's word, prayer and meditation. I don't know much about the gifts. I haven't really thought about them that much. I believe God has given me a gift of discernment. But, what I don't understand is what does speaking in tongues, miracle healing have to do with coming to a saving faith in the Lord Jesus. I believe Mr. Piper does believe in continuation.
Great Sermon! Rev 12:17 is referring to Jewish remnant who keep the Law and Trib-Saints and/or 144,000 Jewish evangelist who have the testimony of Christ. Also, REV 13:7 saints also refers tribulation saints, I believe. Also you will notice VS 9 if any man have an ear, let him hear. Church is not mention, all the other times it is "what the Spirit says to the church". The church is not here.