Bible Prophecy God’s Order of Events | Donald Perkins

Bible Prophecy God's Order of Events | Donald Perkins

Bible Prophecy God’s Order of Events | Donald Perkins

Questions for Reflection

Getting to Know You:

  1. Describe an instance — and the resulting consequences — where you heard a warning or saw a warning sign (e.g., “Wet Paint”) a little bit too late.
  2. What is one thing from Don Perkins’ message you had never heard before? How will that new idea change the way you approach the study of Biblical Prophecy from now on?
  3. What are some of the misconceptions people have about heaven and hell? How have books, movies, television, even cartoons helped to formulate these erroneous concepts? What have you discovered in God’s word that contradicts those depictions of Heaven and Hell, angels, demons, Satan, the Antichrist, etc.?
  4. How does understanding Biblical Eschatology (the study of the end times) help a believer mitigate fear about the world’s end and build anticipation and hope about things beyond this present world? 

Digging Deeper:

  1. How does 2 Peter 1:19-21 give a believer assurance that we can trust God’s Biblical Prophecy? What does it mean to take heed to Biblical Prophecy? Why is it important to understand God supernaturally gave the prophecy to several men over the generations (v. 21)? Give a few examples of how trusting and taking heed to Biblical Prophecy should affect your life as a believer.
  2. What does Isaiah 46:10 and Isaiah 48:3,5 tell us about the relationship between God and prophecy? How has God used prophecy in the Bible to prepare His people for the future? How does studying eschatology prepare our generation for things to come?
  3. Read Psalm 73:3-23. According to verse 17, why does God’s prophecy give the psalmist peace about the future? Why is understanding justice (and God’s judgment seat in heaven) an essential part of appreciating God’s grace? What does 2 Peter 3:13, Revelation 21:4, and Revelation 22:3 tell us that believers can expect in the end?

Irreducible Elements of the Gospel

The gospel is the great nonnegotiable of Christian truth. We aren’t allowed to add to, subtract from, embellish, or rejigger the sacred message of how sinful men can be reconciled to a holy God.

That’s why the apostle Paul reserved his sternest warning for anyone who would dare to mess with the message: “If any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed” (Galatians 1:9).

The preacher is left with one option when it comes to faithful gospel proclamation—and it’s not an elusive option reserved for scholars. Paul expected his audience to be able to clearly differentiate between the one true gospel and all the other pretenders. It is an expectation implicitly placed upon all believers. With that in mind, we recently asked John MacArthur to identify and explain the essential truths of saving faith—the irreducible elements of the gospel.

Our destinies hinge on the unshakable nature of those truths. Any variation in just one of them and the hope of eternal life completely collapses.  

If you present a different god than the God of Scripture, you are effectively calling people to idolatry. If you preach another Christ you do not have the Lord; you have a liar or a lunatic. If salvation by grace through faith alone is corrupted with even the smallest amount of works-righteousness, “Christ will be of no benefit to you” (Galatians 5:2). If we don’t repent from our former sinful ways, we will perish (Luke 13:3,5).

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