Apocalypse! When we see or hear that word we think “The End of the World!” However, apocalypse simply means “revelation.” No doubt when the book of Revelation is mentioned, we hear of crazy elements like blood moons, world-wide wars, and the anti-Christ. But what if apocalypse meant something else? What if Revelation had a different purpose than to scare us to death? In Apocalypse, we are going to take an in-depth study of the book of Revelation together and discover both its message to the early church and its message to us. Through Apocalypse we are going to listen to what Jesus has to say to us about living in our world as faithful Christians even when it isn’t easy.
Join us Sundays this fall at 9a or 11a at Vintage Jefferson (3927 Rayne St., Metairie) as we look into the book of Revelation.
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Introduction to Revelation Booklet
If there is any book of the Bible people are intimidated or confused by, it is the book of Revelation. This brief introduction is designed to help you not only read the book of Revelation but also understand what you are reading. Use this book as a resource as we walk through our series, Apocalypse, and find space in the back to take notes through our "Unveiling the Apocalypse" Equip Night & Series.
Unveiling the Apocalypse
If there is a book of the Bible that is the most confusing yet most intriguing, it is the book of Revelation. If there is a topic that is most confusing yet most intriguing, it is eschatology--the study of the end of times. In Unveiling the Apocalypse, Vintage Church looks at the book of Revelation and the doctrine of eschatology. In this Equip Series, we look at how to read the book of Revelation, heaven, hell, resurrection, evil, the millennium, the new heaven/new earth, and other topics. Click the button below for series resources
August 13, 2017 | Revelation 1
"Blessed is the one who reads, hears, and keeps this prophecy, for the time is near.” Will you experience the blessing God has promised?
August 20, 2017 | Revelation 2:1–7
"But I have this against you: you've abandoned the love you had at first." Will you refuse to lose the love you had at first?
August 27, 2017 | Revelation 2:8–11
"Be faithful until the end and I will give you the crown of life!" Are you willing to trust God through it all until the end?
September 3, 2017 | Revelation 2:12–17
"I have this against you: you tolerate false teachers and sin." Will you refuse to tolerate anything Jesus will not tolerate?
September 10, 2017 | Revelation 2:18–29
"Great suffering is coming to Jezebel and her followers unless they repent." Will you repent and turn to Jesus before it's too late?
September 17, 2017 | Revelation 3:1–6
"You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead." Will you wake up and live for Jesus?
September 24, 2017 | Revelation 3:7–13
"I have opened a door that no one can slam shut!" Will you faithfully seize every opportunity before you?
October 1, 2017 | Revelation 3:14–22
"I know your works: You're neither cold nor hot." Will you remember that you have a purpose, and Jesus is the source of that purpose?
October 8, 2017 | Revelation 4–7
"The Lamb took the scroll and opened the seven seals." Will you worship and trust Jesus in both judgment and salvation?
October 15, 2017 | Revelation 8–11
"The seven trumpets were blown and judgment followed." Will you urgently proclaim God's Word regardless of what comes?
October 22, 2017 | Revelation 12–14
"Behold, the dragon and his two beasts appeared." Will you acknowledge the war, know your enemy, and trust His plan?
October 29, 2017 | Revelation 15–16
"Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God." Will you experience the wrath of God or the love of God?
November 5, 2017 | Revelation 17–18
"The Lamb will conquer them, for he is the Lord of lords and King of kings." Will you look to Jesus to conquer?
November 12, 2017 | Revelation 19–20
"Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the almighty reigns!" What do we have to look forward to in the end?
November 19, 2017 | Revelation 21–22
"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth." Will you conquer and experience heaven?
Check out these brief sermon snapshots from our Apocalypse series. Like what you see? Make sure to check out the full sermon videos above.
Life with God
Will you have life with God? Pastor Dustin Turner shows us how our sin has separated us from life with God, but how Jesus provided a way to be reconciled with God.
Do not fear. You can trust God through it all. Watch this short video as John McCann encourages us to choose faith over fear.
When Jesus Knows Best
What if Jesus actually knows what's best for us? Pastor Dustin explains how Jesus demands that we do not tolerate sin in our lives or the church because we were not created to be people of sin but people who follow Jesus and pursue his holiness.
Having a Father Who Loves Us
God isn't a cosmic killjoy who doesn't want us to have fun, but a loving Father who desires our best. Pastor Dustin shares the motivation for running to repentance
Only A Few
Thank you Highland Baptist Church for your faithfulness to the Lord with Vintage Church. Because of the kingdom hearts of a few, many people are being changed by Jesus!
You Are Worthy
For those who are faithful, Jesus declares that you are worthy to walk with him in glory. Watch as Pastor Rob Wilton proclaims that in Christ you are clothed, confirmed, and claimed!
Your Faithful Excellence in the "Next 9"
Every week gives you an opportunity to be faithful to Jesus & His Gospel work. As Vintage heads into the next season of ministry Pastor Brick encourages each of us to seize every opportunity before us in these next 9 years.
Discovering Your Purpose
We all want to know what our purpose is in life, but sometimes we have no idea where to start. Pastor Dustin Turner shares some practical advice in helping you discover the purpose the Lord has given you!
Lose Jesus & Lose Your Purpose
We all want to live with purpose but we fail to see how the source of our purpose is found in Christ alone. Listen to Pastor Dustin Turner as he challenges us to look to Jesus for our purpose, meaning, and value.
Jesus Proves Our Trust
Can you trust Jesus? Pastor Dustin Turner teaches us that in Revelation 4-7, we see that Jesus proves our trust. He makes the impossible possible. What in your life do you need to trust Jesus with?
Because the Word of God has authority, is guaranteed, it must be proclaimed fearlessly in truth and love. Watch this short video as Pastor Rob Wilton encourages us to keep proclaiming Jesus.
Winning Battles that Will Turn Into a War
Life can be tough. Sometimes it seems like Satan is winning the war. Listen to Pastor Dustin Turner as he encourages us to remember that while Satan may win some battles, he will not win the war. God will use us to crush Satan!
God's Greatest Demonstration of Love
God's wrath is real, but his love is also real! Watch this short video as Pastor Dustin Turner shares how Jesus Christ is the greatest demonstration of God's love.
Trusting Jesus' Victory
Jesus has conquered sin, death, hell, and Satan! Check out this short video from Pastor Dustin Turner as he encourages us to trust the victory Jesus gives us.
Why We Can Look Forward to Judgment
Judgment should be a scary moment for all of us, but for those of us in Jesus, we have hope! Listen as Pastor Dustin Turner shares how those in Christ are judged according to what Jesus has done and now what we have done.
Conquering By Putting On
Do you want to conquer? Listen to Pastor Dustin Turner as he explains how you can't conquer in your own power but only by putting on Jesus.
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We invited some Revelation experts from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary to share some more in-depth information on the book of Revelation.
Dr. Gerald Stevens
Professor of New Testament & Greek
Taking Revelation Serious Again
Dr. Gerald Stevens teaches us that if we want to take Revelation serious again, we have to re-canonize the book.
Reading Revelation through the Lens of the Gospels
Dr. Gerald Stevens explains how the book of Revelation is ultimately about Jesus and because of this the book should be read through the lens of the four Gospels.
One Way to Interpret Revelation
Dr. Gerald Stevens provides his interpretation of the book of Revelation.
The Millennium Isn't a Doctrine?
Dr. Gerald Steven offers his understanding of the Millennium, noting that its not a doctrine but an image of hope.
Dr. Jim Parker
Professor of Biblical Interpretation
Understanding Apocalyptic & Prophetic Literature
Dr. Jim Parker helps us understand two important genres behind Revelation.
Is There an End?
Dr. Jim Parker explains that despite the fact that we do not know when the end will come, we can be certain that there will be an end.
Making the Old New
Dr. Jim Parker discusses how people like Paul and John took Old Testament eschatology and viewed it through the lens of Jesus, the messiah.
Dr. Jim Parker warns us not to get so caught up in understanding Revelation that we miss Jesus.
Dr. Rhyne Putman
Associate Professor of Theology & Culture
The Challenge of Reading Revelation
Dr. Rhyne Putman reminds listeners of the difficulty of reading Revelation today.
What Is Dispensationalism?
Dr. Rhyne Putman discusses one popular understanding of the End Times: Dispensationalism.
Missing the Point
Dr. Rhyne Putman warns us that we can get so caught up in the minutiae of Revelation that we fail to see the overall point.
Revelation & the Problem of Evil
Dr. Rhyne Putman helps us see how the Book of Revelation addresses the problem of evil, one of the greatest questions humans ask.
Dr. Rex Butler
Professor of Church History & Patristics
The Early Church & the Millennium
Dr. Rex Butler explains how the view of the Millennium changed throughout church history as the culture surrounding the church changed.
American Christianity & the Second Coming of Jesus
Dr. Rex Butler discusses American Christianity's fascination with the return of Jesus and offers an example of what this fascination looked like in history.