Great Sermon! I would like to know your view on ecclesiology. I agree that the church began at Pentecost. But what about the old testament saints? Do you think that the deceased o.t. saints in heaven were added to the universal church at Pentecost? At the Spirit's baptism? As a historic premillennialist I believe in one redemptive plan of God and one people of God.
Great Series! I certainly enjoyed listening to this series of eschatology from a historic premillenial point of view. Sad this series has now ended. Something that I don't recall you teaching is how do you view the series of judgments in the book of Revelation. I'm referring to the seals,trumpets and bowls judgments. Do they occur in linear fashion or do you view them as recapitulating? Also, have you thought of studying the book of Revelation now that this series has ended?
Tithing? In response to the previous question, I believe grace giving has replaced tithing, and is a heightening of giving compared to the Old Covenant. For example, the motive is heightened to "God's inexpressible gift." Grace giving is one element of New Covenant worship, which is a heightening of Old Covenant worship. The essence of New Covenant worship is the presentation of our bodies as living, holy sacrifices. Such worship is again motivated by "the mercies of God" (Rom 12:1).
Recommended reading In response to the previous question, historical premillennialism is ably taught and defended in Wayne Grudem's, "Systematic Theology." It is also taught in George Eldon Ladd's Revelation commentary, "A Commentary on the Revelation of John." The "already" and "not yet" aspects of the kingdom are taught well in Thomas Schreiner's, "New Testament Theology," part 1, "The Fulfillment of God's Saving Promises: The Already-Not Yet." A briefer but excellent treatment is the chapter on the Kingdom of God in John Frame's, "Systematic Theology." For the relationship between Israel and the church, I recommend the section on Romans 11 in John Murray's commentary, "The Epistle of the Romans."
The role of an evangelist In response to the previous question, the term "evangelist" is used several times in the NT. Philip was an "evangelist" (Acts 21:8). Eph 4:11 lists "evangelists" with apostles, prophets, shepherds, & teachers as people given to the church for the equipping of the saints for ministry. Paul told Timothy in 2 Tim 4:5 to do the work of an "evangelist." A biblical evangelist is someone like Philip who is specially gifted and active in proclaiming the gospel to unbelievers. This does not deny that every Christian is called to evangelize. When people are saved under the ministry of an evangelist, the evangelist has a responsibility to lead them to become incorporated into a local church.
Great Series! I'm following this series on eschatology. Can you recommend me some books or website defending Historic Premillennialism, the already and not yet kingdom of Christ, and Israel and the church?
Great Sermon! A good message about missions and church planting. Can you tell me what exactly is the role of an evangelist? In some churches the "evangelist" basically goes from church to church to preach to Christians, hoping to bring revival to that local church. Is that biblical?
Great Sermon! Another excellent study on the return of Christ. Two good commentaries on the book of Revelation from a historic premil perspective is:
1. Revelation by Grant R. Osborne
2. Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches by James M. Hamilton Jr.
Great Sermon! Thank you for this message on the signs of the Second Coming. I have also struggled to see a literal temple in 2 Thess. 2:4. It is referred to as the temple OF GOD. We know that animal sacrifices ended at the cross. So any return to animal sacrifices and temple worship would be adding to the cross. So my question to dispensationalists would be in what sense can the tribulational temple be called the temple OF God?
I know you will be discussing the rapture and the millennium in future weeks. My question to you is who will populate the millennium in mortal bodies if the rapture occurs at the second coming and the wicked are destroyed? I have given it some thoughts and have a possible answer without including the wicked entering the millennium.
Great Sermon! I enjoyed listening to your message on Israel and the church. I'm not a dispensationalist neither do I hold to a replacement theology. I believe that Israel will have a future restoration and that the NT church was started at Pentecost. But I also believe that Israel and the Church will become one people of God in the eternal state.
Great Sermon! I am enjoying this series of messages on eschatology. But I do have a few questions for you.
1.Do you believe that the great tribulation is a past or future event? I ask because it appears that this event was not discussed as of yet in this series.
2. You said that Jesus is already ruling from David's throne. Are you then an amillennial or progressive dispensationalist?
3. Will the rapture of the church be discussed with the resurrection of believers?
Thopught Provoking Sermon! This sermon gets at one of the most important topics in our life -- time, and what and how do we do with it. This message gives us a checklist that makes us wonder about what we're doing with our most precious commodity time.
We only have a limited amount and once used we cannot redeem it for better use.
There are so many ways we waste it, that this message will give us a grasp of the many uses available that we don't realize. Great questions and answers as we go through life.
Counter cultural I found this sermon to be well rounded and the right Spirit. By first emphasizing God's hatred for this sin by taking the hearers to the Law. Then developing the right attitude for Believers in that we should be a people known for our Love and Compassion!