The Book of Revelation will be the topic for the 2019 School of the Prophets sponsored by the seven dozen-plus churches of the Etowah Baptist Association.
The event will be Sunday and Monday at the First Baptist Churh in Gadsden (corner of Fifth and Walnut Streets).
“We’re happy to bring this meeting back after a 23-year absence,” said EBA Missions Director Craig Carlisle. “It began back in 1948, and was a popular time of Bible learning. I grew up attending the Schools of the Prophets and we’re excited to have outstanding preachers to lead this year’s study with the theme, ‘Take Heed, There’s Hope.’”
In keeping with that theme, speakers will preach through the seven churches featured in the first three books of Revelation. Each was named for its location.
A man named John (thought to be the Apostle John) was exiled (reason not known) on an island called Patmos (where the baddest of the bad people were imprisoned), located 50 miles off the coast of western Turkey, known in Bible times as Asia Minor.
While there, John received a vision from Heaven that has come to be known as the New Testament’s Book of Revelation: “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet saying, “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches ...”
Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, will preach at 6 p.m. Sunday. His subject will be the Church at Ephesus (Revelation 2:1-7), known for having labored hard and not fainted, and separating itself from the wicked; and admonished for having forsaken its first love (2:4).
Monday’s session begins at 10 a.m. Kevin Smith, executive director of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware, will preach on the Church at Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11), admired for its tribulation and poverty; but forecast to suffer persecution (2:10).
After a luncheon break, the School of Prophets will resume at 1:15 p.m. with Jonathan Akin, youth leader engagement director at the North American Mission Board, speaking about the Church at Pergamum (Revelation 2:12-17), where “Satan’s seat” or “throne” is; and which needed to repent of allowing false teachers (2:16).
The Church at Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29) — known for its charity, whose “latter works are greater than the former; but which held the teachings of a false prophetess (2:20) — is the sermon topic for Micah Fries, pastor of Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennesee.
Mike Glenn, pastor of Brentwood Baptist Church in Tennessee, will preach about the Church at Sardis (Revelation 3:1-6), which had a good name, but was cautioned cautioned to fortify itself and return to God through repentance (3:2-3).
During the evening schedule which begins at 6:15 p.m. — child care is available — the sermon by Andrew Hebert, pastor of Paramount Baptist Church in Amarillo, Texas, will tell about the Church at Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13), which was steadfast in faith, had kept God’s word and endured patiently (3:10).
The closing sermon by Mac Brunson, pastor of Valleydale Baptist Church in Birmingham, is about the Church at Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22), the church that was lukewarm and insipid (to God) (3:16).
“Chosen Road,” a nationally known bluegrass band, will lead all worship services on Monday. “(They are) one of the best worship leaders in the country,” Carlisle said. “I’ve heard them in person; they are great worship leaders and we’re fortunate to have them with us.”
The public is invited to attend all sessions of the School of the Prophets. There is no admission charge.