Over the last two years, there seems to have been a heightened interest in certain circles in discussion of the ‘end times’—and there is no doubt that this will continue. Many Christians don’t know how to respond to or engage with this, and without a better understanding of what the New Testament says, unhelpful and misleading ideas can easily take hold.
During the week, we will be covering the obvious questions, but also looking more carefully at what the New Testament actually teaches—and discovering that this issue is even more important than we realised! We will be looking at:
- the language of ‘this age and the age to come’ and ‘the last days’ in the New Testament;
- the critical passages of Mark 13 and Matthew 24 and what they are all about;
- controversial issues that are now prominent, including the ‘rapture’, the ‘tribulation’ and the ‘antichrist’—whether they are in the Bible, and what they really mean;
- a brief introduction to how we should read the Book of Revelation, including working out the number of the beast (!);
- exploring why a correct understanding of ‘living in the end times’ is actually important for making sense of prayer, healing, the sovereignty of God, and what it means to be a follower of Jesus.
For background on these questions, you might be interested in my Grove booklet, Kingdom, Hope and the End of the World.
Lee Abbey is a beautiful place for a teaching retreat, and in fact the teaching sessions will only take up part of the day. There are beautiful places to walk; Lee Abbey has its own beach; and there will be the opportunity to engage in other activities laid on during the week.
We have had a long association with the community, including taking our children there regularly when they were younger. If you have not been, you really should visit—or you are missing out! It really is a wonderful place.
Come and join me for a stimulating, enlightening, and refreshing week in May!
(The picture above is an evening view from the house down to the beach and coast at Lee Bay.)