In Part 6 of the series, we discuss the attempts to tap into dark powers. These attempts we place under the umbrella term "Occult." What are some of these practices? Why are they appealing? Is it all fake or is there anything real going on? And how should the people of God view these practices?
Recently we spoke of an intermediate state following the death of the current body, a time during which we wait for a future event. This event is called “The Coming of the Lord” or “The Day of the Lord.” We begin today to explore some texts which describe what happens on this day, starting with the message in 1 Thessalonians.
The average person is comfortable with the resurrection story because they don't truly understand it and they don't grasp its conclusions. We reflect on Luke's record of Jesus' resurrection appearances and why we should either be terrified or thrilled by what it means. There is no middle ground.
The Bible teaches a two-stage understanding of the afterlife. The final stage is the general resurrection of the just and the unjust. The Bible spends most of its time speaking of this final stage. But what happens in between the time of my death and the time of Jesus' coming? We begin with some of the options of how people ancient and modern have understood this intermediate state and then examine biblical clues on stage one of our existence beyond the grave.