The Chronology of Passion Week

The Impor­tance
1. Due to the release of the Mel Gibson?s movie, The Pas­sion of The Christ,?under­stand­ing the events sur­round­ing the death of Christ is of supreme?importance to believ­ers who endeav­or to under­stand a fuller mean­ing of?Christ’s death and to share that mean­ing with unbe­liev­ers.

2. Under­stand­ing the chrono­log­i­cal ele­ments of Christ’s death enables us to?stand in awe as we see how His death per­fect­ly ful­filled the typol­o­gy and?prophecy of the Old Tes­ta­ment.

3. A prop­er under­stand­ing of the events of Pas­sion Week leads us to wor­ship our Lord who alone is wor­thy of our wor­ship.

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Angels

I. Intro­duc­tion
Angel­ic beings have been a major (we mean major!) sub­ject of art, architecture,?music and lit­er­a­ture in West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion, espe­cial­ly dur­ing the Medieval and?Renaissance peri­ods. Cur­rent­ly, angels are mak­ing a come­back.

A. The Cur­rent Pop­u­lar­i­ty of Angels

  1. Accord­ing to Time Mag­a­zine (12\27\93) 69% of Amer­i­cans believe in?angels. 46% believe in per­son­al guardian angels. 32% say they have?experienced the pres­ence of angels. 76% of teenagers believe in angels.
  2. ?Angels may be expe­ri­enc­ing their great­est pop­u­lar­i­ty since Medieval times.

Many books on angels have been and are on best­seller lists. Some of these?books are: The Book of Angels, and Angel Let­ters, by Sophy Burn­ham;?Do You Have a Guardian Angel?, by John Ron­ner; Ask Your Angel, by?Alma Daniel, et al. (the most occul­tic); Mes­sen­gers of Light, Guardians of?Hope, by Ter­ry Tay­lor; and Where Angels Walk, by Joan Anderson.?Many nation­al tele­vi­sion spe­cials have been aired with more scheduled.?There are sem­i­nars on how to get in touch with your angel, nation­al angel?newsletters, and boom­ing com­mer­cial sales of angel prod­ucts.

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The Gift of Tongues

INTRODUCTION
In a list of the Evan­gel­i­cal church’s great­est con­tro­ver­sies of the 20th Cen­tu­ry, the gift of tongues would have to be near the top. This con­flict abat­ed some­what dur­ing the mid-eight­ies when some lead­ers of the charis­mat­ic move­ment down­played the impor­tance of the gift.

The con­tro­ver­sy arose over three main ques­tions: Was it a sign of the bap­tism of the Holy Spir­it? Was it essen­tial for spir­i­tu­al­i­ty, and was it a gift to be exer­cised in today’s church?

There many oth­er dif­fi­cult ques­tions about the nature of this gift and we do not labor under the illu­sion that we are going to defin­i­tive­ly answer ques­tions that have been debat­ed for decades. Rather, the goal of this brief­ing is to clar­i­fy the issues: Of what can we be sure, and what areas require fur­ther debate and study

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The Preterist View of New Testament Prophecy

INTRODUCTION
A. Inter­est in Bib­li­cal prophe­cy inten­si­fies as we near the end of the mil­len­ni­um. (If Christ was born in the spring of 4 B.C. it is already 2002!). Along with an increase in sen­sa­tion­al­ism we are also wit­ness­ing a revival of a view of Bib­li­cal prophe­cy that was pop­u­lar in pre­vi­ous cen­turies but almost unheard of in this one. Now its revival is chron­i­cled by the appear­ance of books, tapes, many web­sites, and a grow­ing num­ber of adher­ents. The pre­vail­ing view for most of this cen­tu­ry is that near­ly all the great NT prophet­ic pas­sages point to some future ful­fill­ment. This view is gen­er­al­ly known as the futur­ist (FT) view of prophe­cy.

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Miracles

I. Intro­duc­tion
A. The mirac­u­lous assump­tions of Chris­tian­i­ty are a major stum­bling block to its crit­ics. This anti-super­nat­ur­al view was pret­ty well sum­ma­rized by the philoso­pher, Spin­oza in the 17th cen­tu­ry:

Mir­a­cles are vio­la­tions of nat­ur­al laws.
Nat­ur­al laws are immutable.
It is impos­si­ble for immutable laws to be vio­lat­ed.
There­fore, mir­a­cles are impos­si­ble.

B. Sev­en Major Ques­tions
1. What is a mir­a­cle?

2. How can a mir­a­cle be rec­og­nized or doc­u­ment­ed?

3. Does God per­form mir­a­cles today?

4. Can Satan per­form mir­a­cles?

5. Can a per­son be a good sci­en­tist and believe in mir­a­cles?

6. What is the pur­pose of mir­a­cles?

7. What is the nature of the nat­ur­al?

 

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Fascism

Intro­duc­tion
A. When most peo­ple think of fas­cism today they think of an ego­ma­ni­a­cal fuehrer, or pos­si­bly an ide­ol­o­gy that was defeat­ed in WWII and more recent­ly espoused by une­d­u­cat­ed skin­heads. The most com­mon, but large­ly false and sim­plis­tic answer giv­en to the ques­tion, What is fas­cism? is:?The extreme right wing of the polit­i­cal spec­trum, or, The polar oppo­site of marx­ism.

Fas­cism is dif­fi­cult to rec­og­nize because it is so poor­ly under­stood and because its nature is masked behind col­lec­tive denial. MODERN FASCISM, by Gene Edward Vei­th, Jr., p.25.

B. Much to the con­ster­na­tion of WWII sur­vivors, fas­cism remains alive and well and could be poised for a dan­ger­ous re-awak­en­ing. Gene Edward Vei­th, Jr. says:

The defeat of Hitler and the Axis pow­ers in World War II meant the mil­i­tary defeat of fas­cism, but an ide­ol­o­gy can­not be defeat­ed by mil­i­tary pow­er alone. Ideas linger. They are reborn when the time is right again, or they come out of hid­ing in strange new shapes. The major scan­dal of con­tem­po­rary thought is that, despite World War and Holo­caust, the intel­lec­tu­al her­itage of fas­cism has nev­er been repu­di­at­ed. (MODERN?FASCISM, p.16.).

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