Kendra Haloviak Valentine @
the One project, San Diego 2017 -
Jesus, Revelation and Apocalyptic Literature
22:30 - 23:15: I'm sick of playing games with this radical, final book of the
Christian scriptures - scaring people into wondering if they will be saved, of
fixating on our personal individual salvation and leaving it at that.
Revelation calls us to be asured of our salvation and to be prophetic. God
rescued the universe with a slain lamb. He's able to break the seals and open
the book that's packed full of names. Of course you are saved. All of heaven
rejoices at this fact from the beginning of the book and all the way through.
You are saved.
24:17-25:57: Revelation contains symbols that should
remain symbols that we don't minimize their wonder. Because such symbols spark
the imagination: a throne with a rainbow around it, a sealed book, a slain lamb,
a great multitude, a defeated dragon, a new Jerusalem. Revelation is not a code
requiering dechiffering or a puzzle to be pieced together. It is a poem vision
that gives us hope - a song to be sung. Poetry resided or sung challenges power
but it must remain poetry.
Last november I attended a scolarly conference
where a paper was given on The Brick Bible. Have you ever heard of the brick
Bible? It's a Bible told in a form of - and I'm not making this up - Legos. The
Bible told through Legos. What is done with the Book of Revelation is
frightening - taking the poetry of apocalyptic and reducing it to Lego blocks. I
fear that this is our temptation when reading Revelation: reducing the poetic
words of prophecy to pictures that we can see - into blocks we can manage and
manipulate. We have the best of intensions. I know that. We desire to
understand. But in our sincerity we actually shrink the vision till it is
pathetic and laughable, easy to dismiss. Keep the poetry of Revelation and let
it inspire us in this new time and place as it has so many who has gone before
Alex Bryan @
the One project, San Diego 2017 -
Dragons, Babylons, Beasts and Grace
2:30-5:35: Story: Everybody Talking - Noone listening
5:35-7:00: I would
like to turn to the meat of the Book of Revelation - chapters 12, 13 and 14 -
where John lays out a series of monsters that oppose God and ruin the lifes of
people. Dragon and beast and a second beast and Babylon and images to the beast.
But I'd like to look at them not as impersonal monsters, or some political beast
of some kind but rather as human beings - as the very children of God - for that
is what they are. The dragon Lucifer: a child of God. Those represented by the
first and second beast: children of God. Babylon and those who created images to
the beast: all the precious offspring of our heavenly Father.
going on inside of these precious children of God. What causes them to act in
this way. Perhaps we could do a little psychoanalysis by considering the
monsters, perhaps, in the mind and in the heart of John. After all he has lived
through some 10 - 12 caesars of imperial Rome.
7:00-11:25: Story: Caesar
11:25-12:45: Story: The Road Trip
12:45-18:45: You see:
Insecurity is exhaustive. Constantly trying to justify yourself and your worth
to the person sitting next to you - it will wear you out. Constantly trying to
justify your worth, your sense of being, a valuable human being to God in heaven
- that will destroy your life. Constantly trying to justify yourself to the
person you look at in the mirror in the morning, trying to find rationale for
why you should even be alive - that will destroy you. Insecurity is exhaustive.
Talk, talk, talk, talk. Trying to convince yourself and everyone who will listen
that you matter, that you are OK. Exhaustive.
I told you before the American
comedian Brian Regan has a name for people who try to dominate every
conversation. He calls the me-monsters. Me-monsters. Behold the me-monsters of
revelation. Dragon and beast and second beast and Babylon and those who create
images to the beast. Me-monsters. The 19th-century theologican Ellen White says
that at the core of the third angel's message, at the very heart of the third
angel's message, the grand climacs of this passage - one word - justification.
Justification. You see you remember the dragon - Lucifer - trying to justify his
worth to the other angels and to God and probably to himself. Those people
represented by the first beast - bragging and boastful - trying to prove that
they are children of God, they are sons of enlightment, they know better. Second
beast and Babylon and images to the beast - justification. Trying to justify
your worth, your smarts, your beauty. Trying to justify yourself to everyone all
around, including God, including the one you look at in the morning.
what is the result of all of this? Verse 11: There is no rest day or night for
those who worship that beast. No kidding. Legalism is exhaustive. Moralism will
wear you out. Constantly trying to prove to other people, to the person sitting
next to you, that you matter, that you've done good things with your life - it
will destroy you. Trying to get God to admit that He actually likes you - please
God, if I've don enough - it will end you. And in the darkness of the night in
the conversations that you have with yourself in your head, wondering - Am i OK?
It will ruin your life. It's exhaustive.
I don't know about you, but I've got
to give my testimony this morning- my confession - the monsters lurk close at
hand. Dragons and beasts and Babylon and images to the beast. The monsters are
close at hand. There's a little bit of caesar Augustus inside me wondering if
I'm smart enough, I've built big enough whatever, I've done enough good works,
where di I rank compared to my collegaues, compared to my friends. Where do I
stand in the scheme of it all.
The monsters lurk. And when come and pay a
visit, it causes you to want to talk as much as you possibly can about your
perspectives, about your politics, about how you are enlightened in every
conceivable way - trying to convince everybody else and yourself and God that
you are OK. And it destroys table conversation, doesn't it. It ruins the dinner
fellowship of our lives, from our families all the way up to global community.
It ruins us. Justification by works, by the works of our lifes. It's bad
business my friends. It will wear you out.
But there is an alternative - to
see life as gift, to appreciate this existence that we have been given by God as
pure grace. Just two verses we read: Blessed are those who die in Christ. Happy
are those who rest in Jesus. It's beautiful. You see, all this talk about Jesus
is not just Christological playground material. It's not time to think some new
thought about Christ in this way or that, or become rich biblical scholars in a
way that will impress somebody else. No, to speak of resting in Jesus, and to
speak of His grace goes to the very heart of personal security which lead to
rich community. Life is gift. All is grace. And that changes everything.
18:50-23:40: Story: The First Class Airtrip
comparision: Leonard Sweet: The Greatest
story never told, p 52: The Messiah was killed and ministries today are
still being murdered by monsters of righteousness.]
Sam Leonor @
the One project, San Diego 2017 - The
Revelation of Jesus Christ
0:50-4:00: Story: John on Patmos
5:00-6:05: Revelation tells us what
is going in the church, what Jesus is doing in the church. Yes, it tells us
about the coming events in the world's history. It tells us about the return of
Jesus. But it's all about Jesus, and it must be understood that way. And it's
hard to keep this focus when there are so many distracting and fascinating
things happenings in the Book of Revelation. Beasts and all kinds of un things
that distract our attention from it, but we cannot, we cannot, we have to keep
it centered on Jesus. We cannot distract from them.
Michael Gorman [metodist]
puts it this way: It is the only way to read Revelation sanely with Jesus at
it's center. It is the only way all of scripture can be read, and should be
read. Without the controlling centered Jesus, the Bible is merely a encyclopedia
of religion. Without the center, we end up with problems when we read the Book
8:10-8:25: Eugene Peterson
says: We run the risk of using Revelation as a roszak ... more than a religious
text, reading more into the ink, than reading out of it.
11:30 Story: His dad
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