Eschatology

Overview of Eschatology - Andrew S

A future and a hope secured, 1 Cor 2:9

Eschatology can be controversial. It creates division as the study of end times is not perfectly knowable. The scriptures tell us a lot but there are still gaps that require thinking about the whole arc of God's redemptive plan in order to make sense of matters. In some churches and denominations there may never be a sermon on end times but at a church in the US you could hear sermons on end times all the time.

You may have heard too much or not enough. The risk is we can become too convinced that we see things clearly so that we can become judgemental and flippant about someone else’s enquiry on the subject that the answers should be obvious.

If we don’t talk about it then we miss large sections of God’s word that deals with it. A minimum of 50 chapters of the bible dealing with end times. Did God waste His time giving us this? If we ignore it we are not being faithful stewards of the Word. It is important that we take a healthy, informed middle ground. The aim is to hold these matters with an open hand and not be too dogmatic on topics that are not central and not as obvious as some people think they are.

Eschatology is not just a creating a timeline of history with people and scriptures plugged into the plan. These are a part of it but eschatology is actually the climax, the unification, the weaving together of EVERYTHING of devine revelation both in the old and the natural world. Everything that God has done, is doing and will do in His creation. Eschatology is every passage in scripture. The big picture of God’s entire plan.

Four major views that the Church has adopted and also dominated the history of the church.
Amillenialism
Pre-millenialism, (dispensational, historic)
Post-millenialism

Four views attempt to piece together things that will happen in the future and create a framework. Each view is, as-well, an interpretive approach to scripture.

Andrew takes us on a very quick tour through each of the positions and concludes with encouragement that our aim is not to stop at Rev 20 but to see the beauty and wonder of Rev 21 - Rev 22 where we will be forever in the beauty of God’s presence.

 

Humility - 1 Cor 4 : Geoffrey S

A life of Discipleship requires a life of Servanthoodwhich requires a life of Humility.

Ways to develop and attitude of humility

1 You are aware of your need for God’s grace and ask Him for humility
Heb 4:14-16
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need

2 You ask God to think ‘show me where I’m wrong rather than “I’m right and I’ll prove it”
James 4:10
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you

3 Have an attitude of Teach me, not I know all I need to know. Proud people are not teachable
Ps 119:33-34
Give me understanding, that I may keep your law
and observe it with my whole heart.
 Lead me in the path of your commandments,
for I delight in it

4 Think first of others feelings and needs
Philippians 2:3,4
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,

5 Give God the credit for your achievements
The humble man boasts in what the Lord has done
Jer 9:23-24
Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord

6 Worship God sincerely and don’t just go through the motions
Luke 18:10-14
“Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus:‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get. ’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner! ’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted

7 Be willing to suffer humiliation and embarrassment for Jesus sake
1 Peter 4:15-16
If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name