As we continue to work our way through Matthew 24 on Sunday mornings, I would like to address a question that often arises in our discussions of the end times: Does God have a special plan for the salvation of Israel in the last days? There are differing viewpoints on the question. Strict dispensationalists contend that Israel and the Church are always separate in God’s eyes and that God has one specific plan for the final salvation of the Church and another specific plan for the salvation of Israel (though both plans are based on the atoning work of Christ). Those who strictly adhere to the perspective of covenant theology contend that there is no separation between (more…)
On March 17th, we will conduct our annual Community Missions Service Day where we will have the privilege of serving our own community and, Lord willing, opening many doors for true gospel witness. The event will last from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm (several teams may go shorter). Child care will be provided for nursery age children and those in grade school will have (more…)
In last week’s family article, I shared with you the four different approaches for interpreting the apocalyptic texts of Scripture: The Historicist, Preterist, Futurist, and Spiritualist (or Idealist) approaches. As I promised, I would now like to set before you the four major views of Christ’s second coming. These differing views are named for their particular perspectives of the millennium, or the thousand year reign of Christ on earth which is set forth by Scripture in Revelation 20:1-6.
Before I begin explaining the differing views, I would like to note what all the views have in common. First, all of the views believe that Christ will most certainly return to earth in His second coming. Second, all of the views believe in a rapture of the church. Third, all of the views believe that some form of tribulation will take place when the return of Christ is immediately imminent. Fourth, all of the views believe that Christ will reign on earth in some form during (more…)