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A CHURCH WITHOUT WALLS

The History of the first 30 Years of the Christian Church and our Return to What Worked!

Like so many things in life we need to return to the basics – our roots – in order to move forward. The Christian Church over the years has taken on many traditions and rituals. As important as they may be, they were not part of the early Christian church, a Church without walls, a Church that had explosive growth through Service of Mercy and Compassion to those who were in need – and a fever to tell others about Jesus! Come and explore over this 30 week course that history and explore how we can return that that Mission of the Church!

Apocalypsis Jesu Christus Print E-mail

The Book of Revelation

Of all the books of the Bible, none has fired the Western imagination more than John's Apocalypse. The Book of Revelation, however, is a revelation of Jesus Christ. It shows the totality of Jesus Christ: his mission and ministry, his death and resurrection, his living lordship, and his coming again. It is an explanation and proclamation of the gospel, a portrayal of the church and instruction in Christian discipleship.

Readers of the Book of Revelation are either mesmerized or mystified by it. The mesmerized come up with such startling interpretations that the mystified often conclude that sober- minded Christians should leave the book well alone.

From the very beginning cranks and crackpots have attempted to use Revelation to advocate some new twist on the Chicken Little Doctrine: The Sky Is Falling! But Revelation teaches instead that Christians will overcome all opposition through the work of Jesus Christ.

In Apocalypsis Jesu Christus, we will discover:
  • Revelation is the most "Biblical" book in the Bible.
Of the over four hundred verses in the book of Revelation, more than two-thirds allude to passages in the Old Testament, often with subtle allusions to little-known religious rituals of the Hebrew people. This course will explain this extensive Biblical background, commenting on the numerous portions of Scripture that shed light on St. John's prophecy.
  • Revelation has a system of symbolism.
Almost everyone recognizes that St. John wrote his message in symbols. But the meaning of those symbols is not up for grabs. There is a systematic structure in Biblical symbolism. In order to understand Revelation properly, we must become familiar with the "language" in which it is written. Among other goals, this course seeks to bring the student at least a few steps closer to a truly Biblical Theology of Revelation.
  • Revelation is a prophecy about imminent events - events that were about to break loose on the world of the first century.
Revelation is not about nuclear warfare, space travel, or the end of the world. Again and again it specifically warns that "the time is near!" St. John wrote his book as a prophecy of the approaching destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, showing that Jesus Christ had brought the New Covenant and the New Creation. Revelation cannot be understood unless this fundamental fact is taken seriously.
  • Revelation is a worship service.
St. John did not write a textbook on prophecy. Instead, he recorded a heavenly worship service in progress. One of his major concerns, in fact, is that the worship of God is central to everything in life. It is the most important thing we do. This course will show the liturgical aspects of Revelation and their implications for our worship services today.
  • Revelation is a book about dominion.
Revelation is not a book about how terrible the Antichrist is, or how powerful the devil is. It is, as the very first verse says, The Revelation of Jesus Christ. It tells us about His lordship over all; it tells us about our salvation and victory in the New Covenant, God's "wonderful plan for our life" and how He and His people shall reign forever and ever.

The Need

Dr. Paul Maier, Professor of Ancient History, Western Michigan University states:
"Throughout the history of the church, wrongheaded teachings have appeared that temporarily attracted a large following, only to become fading fads once the light of proper biblical interpretation illuminated their error. A current example is dispensational pretribulational rapture theology promoted by such prophecy pundits as Hal Lindsey, Tim LaHaye, John Hagee and others. For years now, I've been wondering what might convince such prophecy specialists to recognize that the eschatology they are foisting on the world is simply embarrassing to the church, and so prompt them to back out of their dispensational cul-de-sac."

In WORD Bible Classes you will receive

  • Instruction and downloadable hand-outs which lead you through the Bible;
  • Secure access onto the Lutheran Church Charities Web Site, where you can:
    • Interact with students across the country and around the world by posting questions and prayer requests and participating in discussions;
    • Access video and audio archives of all previous classes;
    • Access hundreds of pages of additional class handouts and resources prepared by Tim Hetzner, course instructor.

WORD Requires

  • Advance Registration
  • A $65 annual individual registration fee
    • $80 per couple
    • Scholarships available
  • A commitment to personal study of the text

Length

Each class will last 90 minutes. The full year of this course is 30 sessions.

Our Textbook

Our textbook for the course is The Bible. We use the Bible - an ancient text, a living text - and we try to enter it, not only to decipher it, but to penetrate it, to become part of it, similar to the way every student becomes part of a teacher's texture. We approach the Bible with fervor and passion as each page is unique. We see history in it. We see revealed truth in it. We see in it human folly as much as Divine Inspiration. Wherever you open it, any page, you know that you are in the presence of something that exists nowhere else.

Times

Classes will begin the Mid-September 2008 with additional new classes starting throughout the year. All classes at a given location will cover the same lesson materials. This gives you the flexibility each week to go to the class that best fits your schedule. Classes will also be available over the internet. You can watch online at any time through our archives (full video or audio-only stream).

Who May Attend

Everyone, regardless of church (or lack of) affiliation.

Instructor

Tim Hetzner. Tim is President of Lutheran Church Charities. Tim has served in parish ministry for over 25 years and has led over 4500 adult students through the Bible. He has lead over 28 study tours to the Middle East: Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria.

WORD Pledge to Students

  • Your registration information will NOT be shared with anyone else or distributed to any other organization or ministry.
  • If you are non-Christian or not a member of a church - you WILL NOT be approached by the Host Church to join or be put on any mailing list for them UNLESS you request such. WORD host sites are safe environments to learn!
  • If you are a member of another Christian Church, you CANNOT join the Host site church while in a WORD Bible study - we DO NOT BELIEVE in "Sheep Stealing".
  • The focus of WORD Bible Studies are to guide, assist and help Adults grow in their understanding of the Bible and the God contained there in - or to put it another way - to understand the Mind, Method, Manner and Ministry of Jesus Christ.
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 June 2012 18:04