Monday, 15 September 2014
Revelation 17 &18. Babylon, the beast and the prostitute
We also asked the questions: why did God call John to see this revelation of what must happen (4:1) and what should we do now that we too have seen it? We considered the nature of who and what was “Babylon” in AD 90-95 when the Revelation to John was circulated to the churches in the region. “Babylon” a metaphor and code for Roman and the power of its empire. We looked at the components of “Babylon” and asked what is “Babylon” in today’s world and how do we respond to the call of God to Come out my people”. We raised the missiological question of listening and discussing with others about what is happening in today’s world and calling for a response. JTH.
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Monday, 8 September 2014
Revelation 16. The anger of God and his judgment. This theme requires us to ask why God is angry and what he does with this anger. The request at the beginning of this talk by Jane Thorington-Hassell was that we put on our seat belts as we were about to start a spiritual, mental and emotional roller coaster. Why doesn’t God do something about evil in the world? Jane suggested that God had done something and also will do something. As well as expecting a Final judgement she also argued that we are currently experiencing the consequences of our actions and that the judgement of God is woven into our daily lives. We also asked the question: why did God call John to see this revelation of what must happen (4:1) and what should we do now that we too have seen it? JTH.
Thursday, 4 September 2014
Revelation 12: 7 – 12 and 1 John 1: 5-10. Overcoming evil. In part 2 of this theme Jane Thorington-Hassell reiterates the reality of Evil in the world and also the part it plays in our lives. The aim of the talk is a practical one of personally overcoming evil and particularly through the supporting of one another in the Christian community by giving testimony, telling the stories of what God has done and so encouraging one another to a more selfless way of living. The speaker suggests that contemporary society is increasingly self-absorbed which is simply playing into the hands of a greater evil.
Revelation 12: 7 -12. Overcoming evil. Understanding Revelation should inform and modify the way we look at and live in the world according to Jane Thorington-Hassell. It enables us to face both the reality of evil and our part in overcoming it. The writer John argues that there are 3 components to overcoming. The writer uses Christian shorthand which is unpacked in this talk. (This is just part 1 of an ongoing theme).
Monday, 21 July 2014
Geoff is our speaker today speaking from John 5:1-18 and looking at the third of seven signs record in John as part of the “ Jesus and the prophets” series. Entitled “Tipping point” it looks at the switch from hesitation to outright opposition and persecution of Jesus and why that was. It ends with some questions to ponder on
(i) What are the basis of our belief that gives us the courage to be different?
(ii) Jesus did not apparently discriminate between the deserving and the undeserving. Should we do the same?
Saturday, 19 July 2014
Revelation 14:14 – 15:8. The Harvest at the end of the world and preparing
Seeing the Revelation should enable us to look at the earth in a very different light. Julia Ward Howe’s amazingly awful prophetic hymn My eyes have seen the light of the coming of the Lord, he is trampling…is based on this passage. John sees like her the harvesting at the end of the world and the plagues of judgement – like ancient plagues of Egypt. 2 angels are seen ,one uses a sickle for the “general harvest” and another who uses a sickle to harvest the symbolic grapes which are thrown into God’s winepress. Jane sought to show that Jesus our substitute who took Gods wrath instead of us – endured the press of Gethsemane and was crucified outside the city wall for us. As the plagues are prepared an amazing choir is heard to sing The Song of Moses and the Lamb – which declares that God acts justly and so is to be honoured.
Notes will usually be available on the downloads section of the lwebsite
Revelation 14: 1- 13. The Lamb and God’s people (+ Judgement).
The prevailing threat of John’s day was the Roman Empire and then challenge to God’s people is to be faithful and to endure. Another refreshing interlude with a vision of the Lamb is seen – this time standing on Mount Zion – Jesus in final triumph. (Reminiscent of the prophetic Psalm 2: 6) An amazing voice is heard from heaven. From the throne come 3 messengers of Grace, Doom and Warning. Judgement is a necessary part of the Gospel – the Good News. The “wine of God’s fury” is spoken of. An outcome for those who have identified with the Beast of Babylon. But the Voice affirms: blessed are those who die in the service of the Lord.
Notes will usually be available on the downloads section of the website .