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When the difficulties of life suggest that evil and chaos reign, we need to see that God occupies the throne in heaven and rules this world. Revelation: Hope in the Darkness by Scotty Smith reminds us that though these can be scary times, we have a champion Savior who is with us and will one day make all things right.
This fourteen-week study in the Gospel-Centered Life in the Bible series provides in-depth lessons for one-on-one discipleship, small group, or large group settings. In this guide, author Scotty Smith give us a unique perspective on the end times that maps onto modern-day issues and problems. There is a battle raging against Jesus and his people, but be assured: Jesus wins. Though the world's kingdoms entice and persecute us, the gospel still advances. The Lamb is on the throne, and he alone is worthy of our worship. We can anticipate with great joy the final victory of Jesus and the wedding of the Lamb. Our destiny is renewal and new life, rejoicing with our Savior in the New Jerusalem.
Scotty Smith, DMin, planted and pastored Christ Community Church in Franklin, TN, for twenty-six years. He worked on pastoral staff of West End Community Church as teacher in residence and also served as adjunct faculty for Covenant Seminary, Westminster (Philadelphia), RTS, Orlando, and Western Seminary in Portland, OR. He is the author of Unveiled Hope, Objects of His Affection, Restoring Broken Things, Everyday Prayers, Every Season Prayers, Ephesians: The Love We Long For, and Revelation: Hope in the Darkness. Scotty and his wife of more than forty-five years, Darlene, live in Franklin, TN.
“Over twenty years ago Scotty’s Unveiled Hope had a significant impact on my life and ministry. I now heartily endorse its refreshing updated presentation in the amazingly useful study guide, Revelation: Hope in the Darkness. It is clear, concise, gospel-focused, accessible, and a great tool for Christians seeking to understand and find real, substantive hope in this final book of the Bible. The excellent pedagogical approach for small group study follows the biblical text with an insightful article and useful heart-focused exercises leading to group discussion and prayer. Scotty’s perspective transcends millennial preferences in a respectful and unifying way that calls believers to engage the world courageously rather than fearfully escape it.”
Mark Dalbey, President, Covenant Theological Seminary, St Louis, MO
“Scotty and I have been walking together as brothers and friends for over thirty years. Our friendship has been forged by the journey into our brokenness and growing in a deeper understanding and experience of the riches of the gospel. Scotty’s sermons on the book of Revelation, and now this new study guide, Revelation: Hope in the Darkness, capture so many of the freeing and transforming things we have learned together, shaping his writing and influencing many of my songs.”
Steven Curtis Chapman, Artist; author; cofounder of Show Hope
"What I love most about Scotty is the way he helps me see Jesus more clearly and love him more deeply. He does this and more in this study of Revelation. In an uncertain time, and through an often difficult and confusing book, he masterfully shows how Revelation, like all of Scripture, is ultimately about the grace and glory of Jesus. I heartily recommend it to you!"
Sammy Rhodes, RUF Campus Minister; author of Beloved and Broken
“Scotty Smith walks us through the book of Revelation, helping us to see the unassailable hope we have in the Lamb who wins. This study guide is invaluable in guarding the reader against common pitfalls and steering them in the direction of resting and delighting in the finished work of Christ. Its questions and exercises will enable groups to apply the truths of this wonderful book deeply into their lives.”
Ralph Cunnington, Pastor, City Church, Manchester, England
“Revelation: Hope in the Darkness by Scotty Smith combines the heart of a pastor, the biblical knowledge of a seminary professor, and the imagination of an artist to guide you and your group through one of the most fascinating but often misunderstood books of the Bible. The teaching content is inspiring, the tone is gracious, the format easy to use, and the questions stir up a deeper longing to get to know Jesus better.”
Jim Thomas, Lead Pastor, The Village Chapel, Nashville, TN
"Nothing is more vital to our intimacy with Christ than spending time with him in his Word. But a lot of Bible studies stop short and only deal with concepts and ideas and never really speak to our hearts. That's why I'm so excited about this series. Each author writes about the unique gospel insights he or she has gained from Scripture and has created a small group study that will help people actually encounter Christ and be changed by the power of his grace. God has used this material powerfully in my life, marriage, and ministry, and that is my prayer for you as well."
Bob Osborne, Executive Director, Serge
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