Last summer we studied the first half of the last book of the New Testament, Revelation. This summer we will study the last book of the Old Testament, Malachi.
A remnant of Israel had returned to the land after the exile in Babylon. The Temple had been rebuilt, the priesthood and the sacrificial system had been restored, but the Israel’s faith had grown cold—orthodox, but cold. Worship had become routine, divorce was abounding, tithing was ignored, and social justice was neglected.
400 years before the opening of the New Testament, Malachi issued a call to repentance and predicted the coming of both John the Baptist and Jesus who would turn people’s hearts back to God. We need to hear such a message today in preparation for Christ’s Second Coming because although we know that God loves us, we often lack the willingness to love and serve him without reserve. Malachi’s prophecy provides us with a remedy for our spiritual luke-warmness.
Come and join Pastor Dave in his last summer study; Wednesdays, 7-8:15pm:
June 25 “I Have Loved You” 1:1-5
July 2 “Don’t Despise Me” 1:6-14
July 9 “Honor My Name” 2:1-9
July 16 “Don’t Break Your Promises and Don’t Weary Me” 2:10-3:5
July 23 “Don’t Rob Me” 3:6-15
July 30 “They Shall Be Mine” 3:16-4:6
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WARNING!!! This study could give you indigestion. The Revelation of Jesus Christ is one of the strangest books of the Bible because it contains what we call “apocalyptic literature.” The very name of the book is from the Greek apokalypsis, which means revelation or unveiling. The term means the supernatural revealing of truths from God that are unknown to humans and could not be discovered using ordinary means. (Rom. 16:25; Gal. 1:12) Thus the theme of the book is the unveiling of Jesus Christ, His triumph, and His final rescue of the Church.
I (Pastor Dave) believe that the book of Revelation was written in two parts: Part 1, the earthly struggle of the Church persecuted by the world, and its triumph (chapters 1-11); Part 2, the deeper spiritual struggle of the Church persecuted by the Dragon and his helpers, and its triumph (chapters 12-22).
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Pastor Dave taught on a wide variety of interesting sujects. The purpose was not to be divisive or dramatic, but to help us think "Christianly" and not just culturally, about issues that may be very confusing. Certain topics were dealt with because the CF elders produced "pastoral guidance papers" on these issues (Homosexuality, Marriage and Divorce, and The Role of Women and Men in the Church).
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