• Revelation Book Club: Eighth Class Resource
    August 27, 2019 |     No Comments

    Revelation 11:9-15:4   Introduction Part 1: Context in the Bible In our previous studies of Revelation, we have stepped into the topic of God’s judgment and wrath. In our study this month, we will be doing more than walking on the shore of these waters. From chapters 14 to 20, we will be swimming in the seas of God’s j…

  • Revelation Book Club: Seventh Class Resource
    August 12, 2019 |     No Comments

    Revelation 8:6-11:18: The Seven Trumpets   Introduction Part 1 Biblical Context of the Seven Trumpets In the death and resurrection of Christ, evil was defeated. After the resurrection, Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and earth was given to me” (Matthew 28:18) and a new creation was born.   Then, after Christ…

  • Revelation Book Club: Sixth Class Resource
    June 5, 2019 |     No Comments

    Revelation 6 – 8:5 – The Seven Seals   Introduction Most people’s knowledge of the Book of Revelation is limited to a few phrases and a general impression. Two familiar phrases are: “The Seven Seals” and “the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.” The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are released when the first four of the Seven…

  • Revelation Book Club: Fifth Class Resource
    April 24, 2019 |     No Comments

    Revelation 3 – 5   At the conclusion of this study, we have included three sidebars. Please feel free to read them, or not. begin We won’t be discussing them in our group. I post them in case you are interested. The topics are: Sidebar 1: One Example of Rome’s Relationship with God’s Nonhuman Creation Sidebar 2: Romans…

  • Revelation Book Club: Fourth Class Resource
    March 27, 2019 |     No Comments

    Resource 4 – Revelation 2:8-29   Our focus in this resource is Christ’s directives to seven churches in the Roman province of Asia. All of these churches are literally surrounded by the worship of the deified emperors and the many gods of the Greco-Roman world. As we have seen, the imperial cult and the worship of paga…

  • Revelation Book Club: Third Class Resource
    January 31, 2019 |     No Comments

    Revelation Book Club, Class 3 Reading Resource   The Flow of Revelation In our second meeting, we saw John’s vision of the glorified Christ. The people in the churches John was addressing knew the stories about Christ’s birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension from the Gospels and the Book of Acts. And they certa…

  • Revelation Book Club: Second Class Resource
    January 2, 2019 |     No Comments

    Revelation Book Club, Class 2 Reading Resource   Why we need to understand Revelation today: This amazing book, so misunderstood because its genre is unfamiliar, is exactly what the church in every generation and in every country so desperately needs. We need Christ’s perspective on the political, economic, and social/…

  • Revelation Book Club: First Class Resource
    November 8, 2018 |     No Comments

    Introduction Welcome to our Revelation Book Club! Great to have you! As you know, our first gathering is at Dolly and Cliff Mastrangelo’s (email David for the address) on Wednesday November 28th from 7-8:30PM. Before the class, you’ll want to read this study guide and Revelation 1:1-8. If you have questions or comments, pos…

  • Welcome
    October 30, 2018 |     No Comments

    St. Thomas is pleased to introduce our new blog – The Bible Book Club. Here, folks from our congregation can meet in virtual space to study and converse about the book of the Bible we are currently studying. The blog is moderated by The Rev. Dr. David Smith, husband of our rector The Rev. Fran Gardner-Smith. We’ll begin our…

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