For the month of January we will be visiting family in South Africa. We therefore have a lot of things to do before we fly, so goals this week will be really simple:
1. Greek language revision.
2. Lessons 1 to 3 of Hebrew, set by Philip Eveson. I have got the Alphabet sorted, so that's a start.
In case you are interested, in February I will be doing a tailored made course with the John Owen Centre. I have many unanswered questions about Judgement and Hell which I would like to explore. My interest is primarily pastoral, as applying these doctrines in preaching and pastoral visitation is extremely sensitive. (I should say before you read the questions that I do not doubt that there is a Judgement, nor do I doubt that there is a hell. I believe that all who die without Christ will have to suffer eternal condemnation in hell.)
- Why must there be a Judgement?
- Who is Judgement for?
- Why is hell forever?
- Who is hell for?
- When and to whom should a pastor preach hell?
- Does Jesus’ audience have something to teach us about whom we should preach hell to, and when we should preach hell?
- Do the epistles and Revelation have lessons to teach us about whom to preach hell to, and when to preach hell?
- What comfort does a pastor have to offer to a Christian whose family member or close friend has died without Christ?
- How has the doctrine of hell developed theologically over the centuries since Christ’s first coming?
- Which Christian writers have been most influential in shaping the church’s understanding of Hell?
- Do we need to take the imagery that Jesus uses to describe hell literally?
- What will the church lose if it stops preaching the doctrines of Judgement and Hell?