Discipleship on the Edge: An Expository Journey Through the Book of Revelation
Revelation is probably the most read, but least understood book of the Bible. History is replete with examples of how not to interpret it, and books featuring end-of-world prophecy claims based on Revelation consistently top the bestseller lists. But how can the message of such an enigmatic book be applied to our lives today?
In Discipleship on the Edge, Darrell W. Johnson drives home the challenging and practical message of Revelation in thirty carefully crafted sermons. Paying careful attention to the original context of Revelation and the circumstances surrounding its composition, Johnson shows that the book is not a "crystal ball" but rather a "discipleship manual." Thoroughly researched and yet accessible, this collection of sermons is a helpful resource for pastors and small group leaders who are looking for models to help them preach and teach the message of Revelation in a time when there is much confusion about the end times. Darrell W. Johnson serves as Scholar-in-Residence at The Way Church and Canadian Church Leaders Network in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. A popular conference and retreat speaker, he has also served as the preaching pastor for a number of congregations in North America and the Philippines, as well as serving as Adjunct Professor of Preaching for the Doctor of Ministry program at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and a Teaching Fellow at Regent College. His other books include Experiencing the Trinity and Fifty-Seven Words That Change The World.
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While this book attempts to make the subject of Christ's revelation to John, it fails in two major ways: 1) I saw onlyhalf the book as being related to discipleship. The other half is more of an overview of the author's amillenial views of Revelation. 2) Related to the first point, the author attributes so much of the book to mere symbolism that I was left with more questions than answers. There is very little reference to the specifics in Daniel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Micah, etc, that use the exact wording found in the book of Revelation. Therefore, I believe the author missed a great opportunity to teach the book from the whole of scripture, instead of from arbitrary symbolic meanings which are, in fact, extra-biblical.
I wish this was better, but I am afraid this book would lead the unwary Christian down the wrong path.
Revelations is perhaps the most misread and misunderstood book within the canon of Holy Scripture and thus, the book that we, as the church, need holistic teaching on. Darrell helps "unveil" the complexities of this apocalyptic book by bringing into focus the historical and cultural context that influenced the minds of the original hearers and readers of Revelation. Moreover, this book serves to helpfully rescue us from the esoteric realm that Revelation of Jesus Christ is often pigeon holed into and exhorts us to discover it as a radical call to discipleship in the present, bearing in mind God's salvific plan demonstrated throughout human history, and keeping our eyes on the true hope of future redemption - the lamb upon the throne.
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Look A Throne 4
Look A Lamb 5
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