Many Christians consider Revelation to be a mysterious and even frightening book of scripture. Some avoid studying it, and among those who do try, many find it confusing. Why does the book confound so many and give rise to so many conflicting interpretations? The answer: because it's the final book of the Bible.
The Bible with its 66 books can be compared to a novel having 66 chapters. Like a novel, the storyline builds from front to back, with the characters, themes and plot elements introduced early and developed across many chapters. Obviously, the Bible doesn't read like most novels, but it was intended to be understood as a single work, and it did have a single Author.
Now consider what would happen if you selected a novel from the shelves of your local bookstore and decided to read only the final chapter. How much of that final chapter would you understand? Most likely, you would be thoroughly confused. Naturally, only after reading the entire book would the final chapter make any sense.
Likewise, we could see Revelation as the final chapter in God's 66-chapter novel called the Bible. In the same way that we must read a novel cover to cover before understanding it properly, so must Bible students have an understanding of the Bible's first 65 books before they can truly understand its final book.
Under these circumstances, a verse-by-verse teaching of Revelation would be a challenging endeavor. How do you teach the last chapter in a novel when you can't be sure your audience has studied the first 65 books? The answer is simple: you teach them the entire Bible!
Consequently, our Revelation study examines not only the 22 chapters of John's vision, it also covers relevant sections of Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, Leviticus, Ruth, Kings and Chronicles, Job, the Psalms, Daniel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, all the minor prophets, the Gospels and the Epistles. Virtually every book of the Bible will be consulted during our in-depth course, leading many VBVM students to say that our Revelation study is an attempt to teach the entire Bible in a single course. We know no other way to do it!
In this study you can choose either to watch the videos or listen to the MP3 audio teaching since both contain the same material. Enhance your understanding by downloading the PDF study notes and full-color visual aids for projection or printing. Use all the materials to study for yourself or to teach the class to others.
This popular Bible study now has accompanying infographic posters for most lessons, crafted by a talented member of our ministry's community in Australia.
The Parable of the Mustard Seed has been a parable often emphasizing the small beginnings of Christendom in 1st century AD to the large outgrowth that is seen today. However, as we trace Christ's parabolic progression of these parables, from start to finish, we will see that there is more to the Parable of the Mustard Seed than meets the eye. Pastor Wesley teaches the significance of this parable and what the Mustard Tree and the birds taking shade under the tree mean in the grand scheme of all eight parables of Matthew 13.
Webinar given November 2023 as part of VBVMI's Parable series.
Have you ever encountered a spiritual message from a false teacher?
False teachers are everywhere. They influence people’s understanding of Scripture and guide them down a trail of lies.
The book of Jude deals with the urgent need to expose the infiltration of false teachers within Christian communities. Jude also lovingly encouraged believers in Jesus Christ to stand firm and fight for the truth of the gospel. Jesus’ half-brother steers believers to remember the truth and love we have received by grace, and invites us to contend well for the faith.
This interactive workbook accompanies Verse By Verse Ministry International’s in-depth video course on the book of Jude taught by Pastor Wesley Livingston. The Jude workbook, suitable for individual study and group discussion, will guide participants on their systematic, verse-by-verse journey through an often overlooked and frequently underestimated book of Scripture.
Jude’s concise but potent epistle empowers us to remain aware of the deceptive inward workings of ravenous wolves in sheep’s clothing. Get ready to dig into this penultimate book of the Bible with Verse By Verse Ministry International’s Judegroup study.
The workbook includes:
5 sessions correlating to the video lessons in the Verse By Verse Ministry International course
listening guides—specific questions based on each video lesson and the scriptural readings
discussion questions for further reflection
optional Digging Deeper sections to extend learning and prepare for the next session
graphic organizers for notetaking
an answer key
Interested in purchasing printed workbooks for yourself or a class? Full-color printed workbooks will be available for just $20 per book from Amazon.
Large orders may be purchased at a volume discount by contacting the ministry directly.
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Verse by Verse Ministry International is a non-profit, non-denominational, unaffiliated Christian ministry that is dedicated to promoting the preaching and teaching of God's Word clearly and boldly. We present the study of God's Word in its proper historical and theological context, and for the purposes God has ordained: to persuade the unbeliever of the truth of the Gospel and to equip the saints for the work of ministry.