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Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) is an in-depth, interdenominational Bible study for women of all ages and backgrounds.
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Rev. 20:11-21:8: The Final Judgment and a New Heaven and New Earth - Rev. 20:11-15 John saw a great white throne, and earth and heaven fled from His presence. Those whose names are not in the book of life experience a second death. Rev. 21:1-8 The first heaven and earth pass away and are replaced by a new heaven and earth. The new heaven and earth has no pain, death or mourning. Review: John saw the dead judged and God dwelling with His people in the new earth. God will perfectly renew the world through judgment, removal of sin and dwelling with His people.
Rev. 21:9-22:5: God’s Holy City - Rev. 21:9-10 John was carried away in the Spirit to a vision of the Holy City. Rev. 21:11-21 John sees the glorious richness of the new Jerusalem. Rev. 21:22-27 Only the light of God shines in the city. Rev. 22:1-5 John sees the river of life and garden in the city. Review: An angel reveals to John the magnificence of the new Jerusalem. God’s great purpose for His people is to live with Him in eternal glory.
Heaven: The Believer’s Hope - John 14:1-4; 1 Corinthians 2:9; 13:12; Rev. 21:1-5 The Bible gives us hints of what heaven is like. Romans 8:18-23 Sin brought decay, destruction and death to the world, which longs for redemption. 1 Corinthians 15:42-49; 1 John 3:2; Rev. 22:1-5 God promises eternal riches to those who believe in Him. Matthew 28:19-20; John 13:31-36; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; 1 Peter 1:13-16; 2 Peter 3:10-14; Hebrews 12:28 While the eternal kingdom looms, God calls on His people to act in faith today. Review: God promises a glorious future for those who believe in Jesus Christ. Living with God eternally is the glorious inheritance of every believer.
Rev. 22:6-21: Come, Lord Jesus! - Rev. 22:6-11 The Lord promises His return and blessing to those who keep His Word. Rev. 22:12-16 The Lord promises His imminent return, reward and judgment. Rev. 22:17-21 The Spirit of God offers the free gift of the water of life. Rev. 22: 6-21 The Lord promises He is coming soon. Review: God unveils the consummation of His plan of redemption for His people. Jesus’ people are to live in the light of His return. Only Jesus can satisfy the thirst in every heart.
Our women’s Bible study of Revelation has been really different than I expected! Here are a just a few of my take aways: We are to honor God through ceaseless worship; How important it is to gain wisdom in God's Word in order that we may grow to be disciples of Christ clothed in His righteousness and to be able to identify false teachers/teachings; and that we either love God or we oppose God, there is no middle ground!
There are currently 9 ladies from Holy Trinity attending the Revelation Study, (Sue Bridge, Margareta Claesson, Sarah Cooley, Donna Elliot [of Milton], Ade Monareh, Lois Laurence, Nancy Oman, Sharon Stone, Elinor Young). I encourage you to talk to any one of these ladies and hear what God has taught them through His Word, and how their faith is growing and changing their lives.
Our last class for the Study of Revelation will be Thursday, May 5th. If you would like to register for the 2016-2017 study of ‘John,’ please visit one of our classes before May 5th. We welcome you to join us any Thursday evening at 6:45-8:30pm as a visitor, to see what a BSF class is like. Below is a brief summary of what we’ve learned in March.
God’s Perfect Justice and Mercy - Romans 3:10-20 Humanity is naturally unrighteous. Romans 1:18-32 People follow their natural desires and commit every kind of sin, prompting God’s wrath. Exodus 32-34 God’s perfect character is displayed through His justice and mercy. Romans 5:6-11; 6:23 Jesus Christ died for the ungodly. Review: Only God is able to distribute His justice against sin and His mercy through faith in Him. God acts in perfect justice and powerful mercy for His glory and the good of His people.
Rev. 17: The Woman and the Beast - Rev. 17:1-2 An angel told John he would show the punishment of the great prostitute. Rev. 17:3-6 The prostitute was identified as Babylon the Great. Rev. 17:7-14 An angel described the Lord’s victory. Rev. 17:15-18 The beast and kings destroy the great prostitute. Review: John saw the prostitute Babylon, the beast and Babylon’s destruction. Jesus will defeat all people and systems that oppose Him.
Rev. 18: Babylon’s Destruction and the World’s Response - Rev. 18:1-3 An angel proclaims Babylon’s downfall. Rev. 18:4-8 “Another voice” proclaims judgment against Babylon. Rev. 18:9-20 Kings, merchants and sailors mourn the fall of Babylon. Rev. 18:21-24 The mighty angel described the finality of Babylon’s fall. Review: Babylon’s fall causes many to mourn and God’s people to rejoice. Those who live for anything other than God will lose everything except His judgment.
Rev. 19: Praise for God’s Triumph - Rev. 19:1-5 The great heavenly multitude, elders and creatures sing “Hallelujah” to the Lord. Rev. 19:6-10 John saw and heard preparation for the wedding supper. Rev. 19:11-16 John saw heaven open to an immensely powerful image of the Lord. Rev. 19:17-21 The beast, false prophet and their armies gather to wage war against God. Review: Heaven rejoices in victory over the enemy. Jesus will return to conquer His enemies and claim His people as His bride.
Rev. 20: The Defeat of Satan and the Reign of Christ - Rev. 20:1-3 John saw an angel seize Satan and throw him into the Abyss. Rev. 20:4-6 John told of the reign of Christ with His people. Rev. 20:7-10 Satan will be released for a short time before being thrown into the lake of burning sulfur. Review: John saw the culmination of God’s certain victory over Satan and his forces. John saw Satan defeated and the resurrected who will reign with Christ. Jesus controls the consummation of all history and is the ultimate and final Victor and King.
Rev. 13: Beasts from the Sea and the Earth - Rev. 13:1-6 John saw a beast with power from the dragon. Rev. 13:7-10 John saw everyone worship the beast except those in the Lamb’s book. Rev. 11-18 John saw the second beast, who performed miraculous signs. Rev. 1-18 John saw the vision of an unholy trinity, whose intent was to deceive the world. Review of Rev 13: John saw the dragon and two beasts, who controlled everyone except God’s people. God’s wisdom and power protect His children from evil and deception.
Perseverance in Suffering - Genesis 3; Romans 8:19-22: Suffering has plagued mankind since the days of the Fall. Mark 8:34-38; Philippians 3:10; Acts 5:41: Jesus died to save sinners and renew their eternal relationship with Him. Romans 5:3-4; 8:17, 28-30: While God does not create suffering, He has designed a purpose in it. Psalm 23; 2 Corinthians 12:6-10; Revelation 21:4: God equips His people in their suffering.Review of Bible passages on Perseverance in Suffering: Strength in hard times comes from faith in God’s sovereignty and goodness. Suffering has been an earthly reality since the first sin. God’s people can expect suffering as they are conformed into the image of Jesus Christ. God’s people are sufficiently equipped to endure and grow in their suffering.
Rev. 14: The Lamb’s People and the Harvest of the Earth - Rev. 14:1-5 John saw the Lamb with the 144,000. Rev. 14:6-13 John heard three angels proclaim the gospel and judgment. Angels describe the torment of eternal judgment of unbelievers. Rev. 14:14-20 John saw a harvest for God’s wrath. Review of Rev. 14: John saw the Lamb, the 144,000, proclaiming angels and a wrathful judgment. All who are in Christ are safe from God’s inescapable wrath.
Rev. 15-16: The Bowl Judgments - Rev. 15:1-4 John saw angels of judgment and heard a heavenly song of praise. Rev. 15:5-8 John saw the seven angels receive seven bowls filled with the wrath of God. Rev. 16:1-14 John saw God’s judgment on earth and people’s refusal to repent. Rev. 16:15-21 Jesus foretold His coming as His judgment was completed. Review of Rev. 15-16: John described a victorious song, God’s wrath and Jesus’ promised return. God reveals His praiseworthy character in His powerful judgment.
Rev. 7: The Protection of God’s People - Rev. 7:1-8 John saw four angels holding back the four winds. The angel from the east had the seal of the living God. 144,000 from 12 tribes are sealed. Rev. 7:9-17 John saw a great multitude. Review of Rev. 7: John received visions of God’s protection of His chosen people. God’s people are secure in the Lamb’s salvation and safe from the coming wrath.
Rev. 8-9: The Seventh Seal and the First Six Trumpets - Rev. 8:1-13 The Lamb opens the seventh seal. Four angels sound trumpets, introducing destruction. Rev. 9:1-21 Angels give the fifth and sixth judgments. Review of Rev. 8-9: God’s judgments are global and universal. Angels announce and release devastating judgment against all of creation and unrepentant mankind. The promise of God’s judgment heralds a merciful warning to repent.
Rev. 10-11: A Mighty Angel, Two Witnesses and Christ’s Eternal Reign - Rev. 10: A mighty angel appeared with a little scroll. Rev. 11:1-6 John was told to measure the temple but not the outer court. Rev. 11:7-14 The witnesses were killed and mocked, but God gave them new life. Rev. 11:15-19 The seventh angel sounded his trumpet. Review of Rev. 10-11: A mighty angel, two witnesses and Christ’s eternal reign are revealed. God gives power to stand and speak for Him now as well as new life forever.
Rev. 12: The Woman and the Dragon - Rev. 12:1-6 God gave John a vision of a woman, newborn child and dragon. Rev. 12:7-9 Heavenly forces battle the dragon and his angels. Rev. 12:10-12 A hymn of praise from heaven proclaims victory. Rev. 12:13-17 Hurled to earth, the enraged dragon pursues the woman and wages war against her offspring. Review of Rev. 12: John saw heavenly signs of a woman and the defeated dragon. God defeated Satan and delivers His people from Satan’s destruction.
The People of God - Acts 2:1-21 The Holy Spirit comes at Pentecost. Acts 2:22-47 Peter’s message convicted sinners, who repented and were baptized and filled with Holy Spirit. Romans 11 Paul explains God’s love for the Jews and Gentiles. Ephesians 4 Paul explains the unity and maturity of the believing Church. Review: God’s Word describes the diversity and unity of the Church. Those who truly know God are saved by His Son and transformed by His Spirit.
God’s Kingdom: His Plan for History - Daniel 1: Daniel resolved to remain faithful to the Lord, even in captivity. Daniel 2: God revealed through Daniel the interpretation of the king's dream. Daniel 6: Daniel was saved from death in the lions' den. Daniel 7: God gave Daniel a vision of the final judgment. Review of Daniel 1-2,6-7: God gave Daniel extraordinary vision to see the immediate and distant future. God's rule and reign in history and eternity shall not fail.
Rev. 4: John's Vision of the Throne of God - Rev. 4:1-8 The Lord gave John a visionary entrance into heaven. The heavenly beings surrounded the Lord's throne and declared Him to be holy. Rev. 4:8-9 The holiness of God makes Him distinct from His creation. Rev. 4:9-11 The elders fell down at the feet of the throne in worship of the Lord. Review of Revelation 4: John's vision of heaven was filled with awesome displays of God's majesty and creation's worship. God's rule is eternal and inspires ceaseless worship.
Rev. 5: The Scroll and the Slain Lamb - Rev. 5:1-7 John saw a heavenly scroll with seven seals. Rev. 5:6-10 The heavenly creatures bowed before the One who took the scroll. The heavenly beings sang a new song as they fell in worship before the Lamb. Rev. 5:11-14 Thousands of angels joined in praise. Review of Revelation 5: The One worthy to open the scroll is declared and worshipped. Jesus died for God's people and is uniquely worthy to accomplish God's purposes.
Joel 1:1-3:21; 2 Peter 3: God's Righteous Resolution - the Day of the Lord. Joel 1:1-2:11 Joel prophesied complete destruction because of people's rebellion. Joel 2:13-27 God called on His people to return to Him and be saved from His wrath. Joel 2:28-3:21 Joel prophesied the universal cataclysmic impact of the Lord's return. 2 Peter 3 Peter warns believers to be prepared for the return of the Lord.Review of Joel; 2 Peter 3: The day of the Lord will be a time of ultimate refuge for God's people and judgment of His enemies. God calls His people to live in the reality that he will come as Judge.
Rev. 6: The First Six Seals - Rev. 6:1-4 The Lamb opened the first two seals. Rev. 6:5-8 The Lamb opened the second two seals. Rev. 6:9-11 The opening of the fifth seal revealed martyrs under the altar. Rev. 6:12-17 The opening of the sixth seal revealed cataclysmic catastrophe. Review of Revelation 6: The opening of the first six seals revealed devastation to an extent never seen before. The only refuge from the coming wrath is Jesus Christ!
Rev. 2: Jesus Challenges the Churches - Rev. 2:1-7 Jesus commended the Ephesian church for standing firm in the truth, and admonished them for forsaking their first love. Rev. 2:8-11 Jesus commended the church in Smyrna for their faithful endurance and encouraged the church in Smyrna with the promise of the victor's crown. Rev. 2:1-11 Jesus revealed to the churches that He knows them and calls on them to stand firm in their faith. Review: Jesus knows His people perfectly and directs their lives toward love and perseverance in suffering. Rev. 2:12-17 Jesus commended Pergamum church's faithfulness and challenged followers of false teachers to repent. Rev. 2:18-29 Jesus commended Thyatira church's love and service and challenged the toleration of the church of Thyatira. Review: Jesus calls us to awaken, reject wrong thinking and repent from sin. Rev. 3: Jesus Challenges the Churches - Rev. 3:1-6 Jesus challenged the church at Sardis to awaken and repent. Rev. 3:7-10 The Lord commended the church in Philadelphia for their faith. Rev. 3:11-13 The Lord promised blessings to the faithful upon His return. Rev. 3:14-18 The Lord declares the church in Laodicea is Lukewarm. Rev. 3:14-22 The Lord says He rebukes and disciplines those He loves. Rev. 7-22 Jesus commended Philadelphia, yet rebuked Laodicea, for their faith. Review: Jesus calls His people to stand for biblical truth rather than pursue comfortable lives.
The Bible tells the story of God and mankind from creation to cross to consummation.
God’s Prophecy - 2 Peter 1:19-21 God spoke to His people through His prophets. Hebrews 11:32-40 God gave the prophets the authority of His truth. Isaiah 7:14; 9:6-7; 42:1-4; 53:1-12 God revealed prophecies of the Messiah. Deuteronomy 18:15-19; 34:10; John 5:46 Among all the prophets in the Bible, there is one great Prophet. Review: God spoke the truth through prophets and fulfills His words through Jesus. God has proved reliable to fulfill all prophecy.
Overview of Revelation: The Consummation of All Things - Rev. 1:4-8; 2:9-10; 12:10-17; 13:5-7; 19:6-9, 11-16; 21:1-4; 22:1-7 Revelation reveals God’s plan for His kingdom and His people. Matt. 17:1-8; John 19:26-27; 20:1-10; 21:20-25; Acts 1:1-11; Acts 4:13 God gave John the disciple the inspiration and task of writing Revelation. Rev. 4:8-11; 5:9-12: 22:17 The vivid glory of God is seen as He is worshipped by all heavenly beings. Rev. 1:18 The Lord Jesus Christ, who defeated sin and death, lives forever with His people. Review: God triumphs for His people through Jesus’ redemption and return.
Rev. 1: The Revelation of the Risen Christ & John’s Commissioning - Rev. 1:1-3 The revelation of Jesus Christ to His servants was about to be given to John. Rev. 1:4-8 John expressed what Jesus has done and will do. Rev. 1:9-20 John received a message of the eternal nature of God. John received a vision of “someone like the son of man.” Review: God revealed to John His eternal nature and His plan for His kingdom. Jesus’ indescribable majesty and glory compel reverent worship.