This excellent and timely series was preached by Pastor Pieter Pienaar in response to the Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa's decision in October 2015 to approve same-sex unions and the ordination of homosexual ministers without the requirement of celibacy. Accompanying each sermon is a short video introduction providing some context and intended to be watched first.
Many thanks once again to all who made the Revelation Seminar possible. As promised, here's our speakers recommended reading list arranged according to difficulty. If you're just starting out, remember: Revelation, like the rest of Scripture, is all about Christ!
JUST STARTING OUT:
The ESV Study Bible by Crossway
Includes a 10 page introduction to Revelation and verse by verse commentary. A great resource for the whole Bible.
How to Read the Bible For All its Worth by Gordon Fee & Douglas Stuart
This is very readable and a good introduction to the basic principles for understanding Revelation. If you've never read Revelation or other books dealing with Revelation, start here.
The Returning King by Vern Poythress
This book is an easy introduction to the book of Revelation, written in a simple, even humorous style. Best of all: it is available for FREE on his website: http://www.frame-poythress.org/ebooks/the-returning-king/
The Message of Revelation by Michael Wilcock (BST Series)
Wilcock gives us a very accessible commentary on the whole of Revelation which deals openly and honestly with the difficulties and differences. This is a good guide to anyone who is attempting Revelation seriously for the first time.
Revelation: the Spirit speaks to the churches by James Hamilton
A slightly thicker volume compared to Wilcock, but it is very accessible and helpful. Each chapter focusses on a new section of Revelation and is written in the form of a sermon - which might frustrate some more serious readers, but will help those starting out.
The Book of Revelation (NIGTC Series) by G.K. Beale
Beale's commentary on Revelation is grounded in the Old Testament and will challenge and inform. It is a larger and more detailed volume that will probably interest students and pastors more.
The Theology of the Book of Revelation by Richard Bauckham
The Theology of the book of Revelation is a goldmine of insights into the book . Readers are richly rewarded with insights on how the original listeners of the Revelation letter would have been impacted by the book. This is not a commentary.
Revelation: Four Views by Steve Gregg
A Parallel Commentary covers the traditional views in an even-handed fashion. Four parallel columns present the information you need on these key views, and inform you about outstanding commentators on the book of Revelation. No other book gives such extensive coverage of how the church has understood Revelation over the centuries.
Reading Revelation Responsibly by Michael Gorman
Gorman writes with a very informal style, which makes the book an easy read. What makes the book useful is Gorman insistence that the book be taken for what it is: a Revelation of Jesus Christ which should have a profound impact on how we live. Not recommend as a first read, but to those preaching through Revelation it might just help to keep the main thing the main thing: the Lamb who was slain.
The Book of Revelation (NICNT series) by Robert H Mounce
Clear and very comprehensive commentary. He interacts with the traditional interpretations very well, so that the reader gets acquainted with the landscape of diversity in interpretation.
For those who were challenged by Bradley Trout's Greek insights, have a look at 'Basics of Biblical Greek' by William Mounce.
Courses available online at: https://www.teknia.com/classes
Though the book of Revelation appears last in our Bibles, it is sadly first in being the most abused book in that divine library. It is often loved for all the wrong reasons, with readers divided between those who never bother to venture into the book and those who never care to get out of it. Yet it remains a very important book for the church today and God has placed it in our personal Bibles in order to be read, understood and obeyed.
YOU ARE INVITED TO OUR SATURDAY SEMINAR, open for anyone who wants to get to grips with the meaning of this book given to the church in the first century. The format will include both individual presentations and discussion. Speakers: Dr Paul Hartwig (host) with Bradley Trout (pastor), Dr Gideon Beukes (lecturer) and Pieter Pienaar (pastor).
WHEN / WHERE:
31st Jan 2015 at Strand Baptist, 121 Church Street Strand, 09:30am-16:30pm.
RSVP Heather firstname.lastname@example.org by the 28th Jan.
R30 for light lunch provided.
PROGRAM FOR THE DAY:
Hope you can join us!
We are pleased to announce that PIETER PIENAAR will be inducted as the new Pastor of Strand Baptist Church this Sunday (5th October 2014 @ 9:30 am). Tea / coffee and treats will be served afterwards.
The following Saturday (11th October) between 1:00 and 3:00pm, we will be gathering together in the church hall for a light lunch to welcome Pastor Pienaar and family to SBC.
Please diarise these days and times. All welcome to attend.
Grateful to the Lord for His provision!