The “First Resurrection” in Revelation 20

Of primary concern in the exegesis of Revelation 20, and in the millennial debate that surrounds it, is interpretation of the “first resurrection” portrayed in verses 4-6. While premillennialists understand this to refer to the first stage of the general bodily resurrection, most amillennialists see this as representing believers who have died and have entered the intermediate state in heaven while they await the final consummation. This paper aims to show that the amillennial understanding of the “first resurrection” has strong support from both the immediate and the broader context of Revelation 20.   

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Reading for November 2017

Redeeming Philosophy: A God-Centered Approach to the Big Questions by Vern Poythress
Conscience: What it Is, How to Train It, and Loving Those Who Differ by Andrew Naselli & J.D. Crowley
Leadership as Identity: The Four Traits of Those Who Wield Lasting Influence by Crawford Loritts
More Than Conquerors: An Interpretation of the Book of Revelation by William Hendriksen
Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers
Clouds of Witness by Dorothy Sayers

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Soli Deo Gloria: Glory to God Alone

Ephesians 1-2
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“God has designed the Gospel so that he alone receives glory—and that really is good news.”

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Reading for October 2017

Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books by Michael Kruger
Theology of My Life: A Theological and Apologetic Memoir by John Frame
Good Mood, Bad Mood: Help and Hope for Depression and Bipolar Disorder by Charles D. Hodges
Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther by Roland Bainton
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

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Sola Fide: Faith Alone

Romans 4:1-16
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“God declares sinners to be righteous by grace through faith.”

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Reading for September 2017

Descriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses and Medications by Michael Emlet
The Pastor’s Justification: Applying the Work of Christ in Your Life and Ministry by Jared Wilson
The Beginner’s Guide to the Gift of Prophecy by Jack Deere
The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in its Proper Place by Andy Crouch
Untammable God: Encountering the One Who is Bigger, Better, and More Dangerous Than You Could Possibly Imagine by Stephen Altrogge
The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva

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Reading for August 2017

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
Yawning at Tigers: You Can’t Tame God, So Stop Trying by Drew Dyck
Church Elders: How to Shepherd God’s People Like Jesus by Jeramie Rinne
The Black Widow by Daniel Silva
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

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Beholding & Becoming Like God Through His Word

Psalm 119:9-18
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“God changes us through his Word as we see, savor, & encounter him.”

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Reading for July 2017

12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke
A Quest for More: Living for Something Bigger Thank You by Paul David Tripp
This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years by Jaquelle Crowe
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

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Reading for June 2017

Reading the Bible Supernaturally: Seeing and Savoring the Glory of God in Scripture by John Piper
Broken-Down House: Living Productively in a World Gone Bad by Paul David Tripp
The Pastor and Counseling: The Basics of Shepherding Members in Need by Jeremy Pierre & Deepak Reju
Pray for the Flock : Ministering God’s Grace Through Intercession by Brian Croft & Ryan Fullerton
Do We Not Bleed? A Jon Mote Mystery by Daniel Taylor

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