The Image of the Beast and the Glory of the Church

The Bible predicts the end-time figure known as “The Beast” or the Antichrist will make an image of himself.  The image is described as having supernatural power and being deeply associated with the Antichrist. This image is a much bigger deal than we imagine (Revelation 13:14, 15; 14:9, 11; 15:2; 16:2; 19:20;

Addressing the Issue of Racial Tension

Though it is often overlooked, racial tension is present throughout the book of Acts and had serious implications for the development of the church. This message introduces the issue of racial tension by examining the history of racial tension in the first century church and how it applies in our generation.

Church, Ministry, Missions, and Wine Skins

Jesus’s saying about “new wineskins” is one of His best known sayings: And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.” (Mark 2:22 ESV) Over

The Apostolic Pattern of Acts 13 (2017)

Luke’s description of the church in Antioch in Acts 13 presents Antioch as the prototype church in the nations and Paul and Barnabas’ sending from Antioch as the biblical pattern for formation and sending in the church. This chapter is foundational for our understanding of church, formation, and sending.

The Priestly Call of the Church

Jesus died so that humanity could recover her priestly calling (Revelation 5:9-10). The New Testament church is not a people without priests; it is a community of priests endlessly fascinated by the revelation of the beauty of God. God is not just forming individuals in this age, He is also

The Great Cloud of Witnesses

Hebrews 11 lists some of the giants of the faith who surrendered much and suffered much for the promises of God. However, we are also told something shocking: though they endured tests, trials, and torments they did not receive the very things they suffered for.

Building the Church According to the Biblical Pattern

There is a sense in which Revelation 4:1 is written over the doorpost of every church. In the same way that John was taken up to show him the things that must soon take place, the church is meant to be a place on the earth where people can enter and encounter the things to come.

Heaven and Earth Will Come Together

The end of the Bible predicts heaven coming to earth as the heavenly city descends to earth. This means earth will ultimately reflect what heaven now is in many ways. Ephesians 1 tells us how this is going to happen – Jesus is going to unite things in heaven and earth.

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