Revelation 5:2-7 · Sun Jan 24 2016
This short paragraph gives 1) a profound Christology and 2) an apologetic against Judaism. Jesus alone can be invested with regal authority because Jesus alone fulfills all the Messianic prophecies.
Revelation 5:1 · Sun Jan 17 2016
This sermon works through the controversies related to the identity of the scroll of Revelation 5. It uses clues imbedded in the text to rule out various theories and to identify the scroll as the Old Testament canon and shows how this relates to the doctrine of the imminently closing canon that is developed in the rest of the book of Revelation. The implications of this are huge - the Old Testament is the foundation upon which Christ's kingdom is built. Jesus takes the canon in His hands, but He does not throw away the Old Testament. He opens it, explains it, and fulfills it.
Revelation 4:9-11 · Sun Jan 10 2016
This cameo picture of what the worship of heaven looks like gives us several principles that should guide our worship services.
Revelation 4:6b-8 · Sun Jan 03 2016
This sermon wrestles with the controversies surrounding chapter 4:6-8 and comes to the conclusion that these living creatures are the cherubim of Ezekiel 1 and 10. The sermon applies Calvin's understanding of how Cherubim angels carry out many of God's providences and play a vital role in helping the church militant advance Christ's kingdom.
Revelation 4:1-5 · Sun Dec 20 2015
This passage sets the tone for the rest of the book by showing how heaven rules earth. The throne room of heaven is God's command central.
Revelation 3:14-22 · Sun Dec 13 2015
The Laodicean church had succumbed to the status quo rather than aggressively advancing the kingdom of heaven on earth. What does it mean to seek those things which are above? How should a proper approach to that subject be transformational of everything we do on earth? This sermon wrestles with the issues of the new creation versus the old creation and in what ways the new heavens and new earth are already here and in what sense they are still future. In the process it shows the unique approach of postmillennialism to the "already/not yet" paradigm found in the Scripture. This sermon is both challenging and encouraging.
Revelation 1:2c · Sun Jun 14 2015
This sermon shows the different ways that Premillennialism, Amillennialism, and Postmillennnialism handle the "already/not yet" paradigm. Almost everyone now believes in some sort of inaugurated kingdom where we are already in the kingdom in some sense but not yet experiencing all kingdom realities. But Postmillennialism has the most helpful approach to resolving the tensions in this paradigm.