Ben Wallick (Peoria, IL assembly):
The core message of the Bible is about how mankind has forfeited immortality, which was originally supplied by God through the Tree of Life, and how mankind may once again overcome death and live perpetually. The pure message has been largely lost due to Christianity's syncretism with Greek philosophy. Related teaching:
Tim Warner (Hickory Tavern, SC assembly):
The book of Revelation ties together themes found in several Old Testament prophets, particularly Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and Zechariah. The symbolism in Revelation cannot be understood correctly in a vacuum, but must be understood based on how the symbols were used by the prophets to portray events that occurred long ago. Revelation constantly drawns on the prophets, Jesus, and the teaching of the Apostles to paint an abstract portrait of the last days. It is filled with warnings and encouragement for Christians in the coming tribulation.
Steven Noseworthy (Tampa, FL assembly):
James 4:8 tells us, "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." But what does that actually mean? How is it accomplished? What are the consequences of failing to do so? And what are the benefits? This series explores some of the spiritual disciplines that bring us closer to God.