Join us for Pastor Bob Walton’s Sunday School class on Eschatology every week between January and March 2013. Located in the main sanctuary from 9:45am to 10:45am.
No, the world didn’t disintegrate when the Mayan calendar ended on December 21, 2012. But this was only the latest of many attempts over the centuries to predict the end of the world, the Second Coming of Christ, or other events associated with the conclusion of human history. People have always wanted to know the future, and have thus been fascinated with those who claim to be able to foretell it, providing regular employment for a bewildering variety of false prophets (they’ve all been wrong, of course) for thousands of years. One of the greatest sources of speculation about the end of human history is the Bible, which has quite a bit to say on the subject.
In this course we will be looking at what Scripture teaches about the future, but not for purposes of speculation. Instead, we will attempt to apply the Bible’s teaching in the way the authors of Scripture do – as a means of promoting holiness and faith in the daily lives of believers. The course will be divided into two major sections: Individual Eschatology, dealing with questions involving death, the Intermediate State, the resurrection of the body, heaven, and hell, and General Eschatology, considering questions about the end of human history – the Second Coming and the Last Judgment, viewed in the context of the various eschatological schemes devised by Bible scholars and adopted by Christians over the years and the ways in which those schemes have been defended from Scripture. Such a study should be a source of hope and encouragement as we seek to live our lives in the light of eternity and God’s sure and certain promises.