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In Redeemer Ministry School this week I'm teaching on the Book of Revelation in our Bible Study Methods class. Our students are working on exegetical papers on texts they have chosen from Revelation. In the Winter Trimester they will teach their chosen Revelation-text, and then preach 20-miute sermons on their text.
Our class textbook is Grasping God's Word: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible. This is an excellent intermediate-level text on how to study the Bible.
Here's a nice quote on the main idea in Revelation:
"God uses this prophetic-apocalyptic letter to pull back the curtain in his cosmic drama and show his people how things will turn out in the end. The main message of Revelation is "God will win!" Those who are compromising should be shocked out of their spiritual slumber and warned to repent. As the "last chapter" of the story of salvation, Revelation gives people a foretaste of God's ultimate victory and offers them the perspective and the encouragement they need to overcome." (316)