Join us, Tonight Tuesday,
March 26, 2019 as we continue our
awesome, exciting, and most amazing study on Revelation: The Book. The
future Kingdom of Christ, the one we have been praying for all our lives ("Thy
kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. . .") is the subject of
great division among Christian Denominations.The position a denomination takes on "the kingdom" is often the primary
defining issue that informs every other teaching and dogma of that
denomination.Tonight we will start on
page 337 of our text at "Reasons For Accepting The Premillennial View." Also,
please bring the book "Things To Come" if you have it.We will be reviewing pages 370 through about
the next twenty pages.If you do not own
this book, come anyway as we will be discussing the material.
Time - 6:30 until 8:00 PM at
- Ray Of Hope Church Of
Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.
380 W. 1st St.
Elmira, NY 14901
and on Skype: rayofhope26 is our Skype Contact
Call 607-280-0374, Pastor Benedict, with your
Please sign on to Skype
at 6:15 at the latest. If you go to our web site you can make use of our new Skype button which will open your
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You may start this Bible
Enrichment class at any time. Come even if this is your first
meeting or your first one in the recent past.
The Book of Revelation
is the crown jewel of the entire Bible. In this final book one finds
a link to every important Doctrine previously explained beginning in the book
of Genesis. Lewis Sperry Chafer explains it this way:
Each book of the Bible avails itself of the
accumulated truth that has gone before, and the last book is like a vast union
station into which all the great highways of revelation and prediction converge
and terminate. No complete understanding of revealed truth can be
gained apart from its consummation in that book, and that book, in turn, cannot
be understood apart from the apprehension of all that has gone
before. The last book of the Bible is the Revelation supreme. (Lewis
Sperry Chafer, Systematic Theology, Vol. 1, page 60. copyright 1947, 1975,
assigned to Dallas Theological Seminary, 1980)
The book we are using
for this study: "Revelation Unveiled" A revised and
updated edition of Revelation Illustrated and Made Plain -
copyright 1999 by Tim LaHaye. Zondervan Publishing
House. Grand Rapids, Michigan. Copies of the book are
available for a six dollar donation to cover the cost of each copy at the
church. You can also find it on Amazon very
inexpensively. We are using the 1999 edition. It is
available in Kindle formats as well as audio book formats.
**We do not agree with
Tim LaHaye on every point. As with any resource there are going to
be biases and positions that are governed by other influences than the
Scriptures such as denominational positions on theological, moral, and social
subjects. We absolutely do not agree with Tim LaHaye on matters of
sexual orientation and gender expression. The core of his work on
explaining the Book of Revelation is sufficient enough to warrant our using
this resource. Areas were we may not agree will be pointed out
Theme of this entire
study: The Revelation Of Jesus Christ. Who is
Jesus? This study will lead you to everything the Holy Scriptures
reveal about Jesus. As Christians this is the most important
information we will ever want to understand. It is inspiring,
exhilarating, and will motivate the student / disciple into active service of
the one and only True Christ.
Come sit with us at the
Table of the Feast of the Word Of God.
All versions of the
Bible are welcome, so bring your favorite(s) with you.
Cost for our
classes? There is no cost, or fee, ever. Your tax deductible
donations are always welcome.
You are as welcome here
as Christ Jesus Himself. In Romans 15:7 we are commanded to:
another, then, as Christ welcomed you, for the glory of God." (Romans
Christ's peace be with
Pastor Br. Shawn
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Now may the God of hope
fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by
the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
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Often I am asked for a
brief summary of how we received the English Bible as we have so many
renditions today. Here is a brief summary written by Finis Dake:
How We Got Our English Bible
English Bible is the result of 1200 years of work by all kinds of learned men.
Portions were translated from the Vulgate, the Latin version, beginning as far
back as A.D. 700 when Aldhelm translated the Psalms into Saxon. Egbert
translated the 4 gospels sometime later. In A.D. 735 Bede translated parts of
the Scriptures into Saxon. King Alfred undertook a translation of the Psalms
but died in A.D. 900 before it was finished. Elfric translated the Pentateuch
and some of the historical books in the 10th century. Nothing else was done
about translation from then to the time of John Wycliffe, who made the first
complete English Bible from the Vulgate in A.D. 1380. The next was a N.T. by
William Tyndale in 1535 and the Pentateuch in 1530. In 1535 Miles Coverdale
made the first complete printed English Bible. Then came the Geneva Bible in
1560, followed by Bishop's
Bible in 1563 and revised in 1568. The Roman church came out with Douay version
of the N.T. in 1582 and the whole Bible in 1609 which has been used by that
church up until now. In 1604 King James authorized 47 men to make a complete
translation of the Bible from the original languages. It was finished in 1611
after 7-8 years of diligent work. It has been the most popular and accepted
version of the English speaking world from that day until now. There have been
several revised versions since then, and a number of Bibles in modern English,
but none have been as well accepted and as lasting as the King James version
and perhaps never will be.
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As a reminder, our
Ray Of Hope Church chapel is open for prayer every day and night from 8:00
AM to 11:00 PM. (Closed 9 hours a day for cleaning and
maintenance.) The Blessed Sacrament, the "Bread from
Heaven" (Exodus 16:2, Psalm 78:24, John 6:32, 41,50,58), the Bread of the
Angels (Psalm 78:25), the Bread of God (John 6:33), the Bread Of Life (John
6:35, 48) the Living Bread (John 66:51), the Sacrament of the Eucharistic
"flesh and blood" of Jesus (John 6:52-56) is reserved in
both kinds (Eucharistic bread and wine) in the Tabernacle in our
chapel. Please know you are always welcome to stop in for a visit with
Our Lord present in the Blessed Sacrament, for quiet prayer, a quiet place to
read and meditate, say a rosary, or just be. Our little chapel
could be your perfect get-away. Who would suspect you were
here? If we see you in the chapel we will certainly say hello and offer a
cup of tea or coffee.
Ray Of Hope Church Of
Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc. teaches the Doctrine of Universal
Salvation. This is the statement we agreed upon in 2011 and added to
"We believe that
Salvation is a gift that God has given to the entire human
race. Romans Chapter Five explains this Doctrine of Universal
Salvation. One's personal salvation is assured by believing in
God as per John 5:24. Salvation is best known through the Gospel of
Jesus the Christ, and through rebirth by the Holy Spirit." (Ray Of Hope
Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc. By - Laws
September, 2011 Lines 1141 - 1148)
At Ray Of Hope Church Of
Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc. we have the answers, God's answers to all of life's
problems, in the past, the present, and the future in the Holy
Scriptures. If we did not have the answers then we would be a fraudulent
hoax passing as a "religion." Many professional religious
leaders can be heard today backing away from the solid truths of Sacred
Scripture. When they do this they end up with a lukewarm church that
spirals downward to the logical conclusion. The Holy Scriptures give Gay,
Lesbian, Straight, Bi, Trans, Questioning, persons of all colors and expression
of humanity God's answers to all relevant issues and questions. At Ray Of
Hope Church we do our very best to explore those questions and answers
together. If you are feeling lukewarm or cold about your
"faith" or your "spirituality" then perhaps it is time to
turn up the heat and get warmed up by the light of the Truths of the Holy
Scriptures. Come and enjoy the Living and Life-giving Word Of God with
us, start today!Sometimes we just know
there is more to life than aimlessly wandering through until we die.God (not a old MAN in the sky, not female
either, but the Living creating life energy known wherever there is life, all
through the Universe) has a plan and is delighted to reveal much of it for our
understanding and enjoyment in Sacred Scriptures.We love the Word Of God at Ray Of Hope Church
and we are delighted to share that love with you.
Worship is our
primary activity as a church.There is
an old standard in the church, "lex orandi, lex
credendi" which means that
"the law of prayer is the law of faith" or "that which we pray
is that which we believe." Our
prayer, our worship is the key to understanding what God has revealed for us to
accept as true.Our congregation offers
the leadership, organization, presentation of worship experiences, and the
physical building space for worship and education in spirituality as our
primary service to the general public.All are welcome to avail themselves to our services of worship.
Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc. is the name of this ministry. The only name associated with this ministry is
the "Name above all names."See
8 Jesus humbled himself,
becoming obedient to death,
even death on a cross.
9 Because of this, God
highly exalted him
and bestowed on him
the Name above every other name.
10 So that at the Name of
every knee must bend,
in the heavens, on the earth, and under the earth,
11 and every tongue
to the glory of God:
Jesus Christ is Lord.
(This rendition is based upon the 1970 divine
office version of the New American Bible with inclusive language added.)
We are using the 1999 edition. Available as used copies on Amazon click here.
Many aspects of Tim LaHaye's theology are not consistent with the ROH Statement of Purpose, especially on matters of sexual orientation and Gender expression. We do not endorse many of his opinions. These are noted during classes.
God knows all of God's works from the beginning to all time. (Acts 15:17b-18)
From the beginning I revealed the end. From long ago I told you things that had not yet happened, saying, "My plan will stand, and I'll do everything I intended to do." (Isaiah 46:10 God's Word Trans.)
For easy instructions on how to use Skype to participate in our activitiesclick here.
+ Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ is Christ-centered in all of its teachings, and therefore does not ascribe to the dogmas, teachings, or practices of any denomination, or para-church organization of the Christian Church. Rather, we maintain an autonomous freedom to draw from the two millennia of immense riches known in all denominations of Christianity. Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ is an "independent" local Church. This does not mean we stand alone, as though on pride or arrogance, rather we seek to share an interdependence with other assemblies and fellowships of believers who endeavor equally as hard as we do to bring the Gospel to all people.
(Ray Of Hope Church Statement Of Faith)
Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc. The only name associated with this ministry is the "Name above all names." (see Philippians 2:9-11)
Ray Of Hope
Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.
is the original Church in Central New York for
ALL People, including but not limited to
persons who are or might be:
Straight, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Asexual, Pansexual, Hetero-flexible.
Anyone who is human!
Married, divorced, remarried, single,
and persons of all gender expressions.
Persons of any faith / religion or
no faith, no religion, or have no idea where to start with
A spiritual home for those
who are “spiritual but not religious.”
WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO TELL Y
OU IS WE ARE
the Church by us, for us, 4 U!
The Church made by you
we ARE you!
Ray Of Hope Church was founded in 1983
and is serving Syracuse, Ithaca and Elmira New York.
We are in fact serving the world with live interactive worship
Bible enrichment sessions, and meetings
through SKYPE on the Internet.
WE ARE YOU!
We never held a vote to decide if we would be an INCLUSIVE church
WE ARE YOU!
We are not an OPEN AND AFFIRMING church
WE ARE YOU!
We are not a RECONCILING CHURCH or
RECONCILING CONGREGATION for
WE ARE YOU!
We are not an OPEN MINDED or ACCEPTING or WELCOMING
church where you can attend as long as
you blend in quietly and discretely.
"Do to others as you would have them do to you." (Luke 6:27-31) We often rattle off this Bible verse. It is known as the Golden Rule. In the business world Dave Kerpen, founder and CEO, Likeable Local has a development of this thought that I like. He wrote; "So I came up with the 'Platinum Rule': Do unto others as they would want done to them." What does the other person(s) need from me for the best outcome, that is what I want to learn to understand and do. ~Br. Benedict To read Dave Kerpen's own explanation of this Click Here.