Posts by Matt Heerema

Posts by Matt Heerema

Revelation Question and Answer Panel Discussion

On March 11, 2023, pastors Dave, Brad, and Matt joined discussed more detail on the book of Revelation, Eschatology (study of the end times), and also responded to questions from the audience. Some great discussion was had. Questions asked included the following:

Recommended Videos on Revelation

An Evening of Eschatology – Premillennialism, Amillennialism, Postmillennialism A round-table discussion of three pastor/theologians, each sharing and debating their views. Starts with a wonderful and strong statement of where they agree. Moderated by John Piper. Pastor Matt got to be present for this (it was a fun time). Lectures of Progressive Covenantalism and Progressive Dispensationalism Theological labels are weird and sometimes come with unhelpful stereotypes. Yet still, they are necessary. It is helpful to explain what these labels mean. In…

Recommended books on Revelation

While The Bible is our ultimate authority on the subject of The End times, none of us are meant to try to figure out the meaning of the scriptures in isolation. Interpretation of The Bible has always been a communal project within the church. In our studies, it is vital that we get perspective from other wise and knowledgable believers who themselves have wrestled with the text and have sought wisdom from others before them. One of the most strategic…

Revelation 1 Study Questions

Revelation 1:3 tells us why this book is important. Reflect on how we can receive the blessing that is promised. What does John expect his readers to do with what he is writing? How might the church in the first century have followed John’s exhortation to “Keep what is written in it…”? How can we do that today? How can we understand John’s statement that “the time is near” in a way his readers might have understood it? (Be careful…

Core Seminar: An Overview of Eschatology

On Saturday January 15, 2023 we spent two hours together overviewing the four major historic positions and viewpoints on Eschatology – or “The End Times”. A corrective note from Pastor Matt: As Pastor Dave brought up in the seminar, I did make one error with regard to Dispensationalism’s take on the timing of the battle of armageddon (Revelation 16:16). In my understanding there is not agreement among Historic Premillennialists about the relationship of the events of Revelation 16:16 to the…

Basics of Interpretation

In these three brief videos, Pastor Matt outlines a basic process and principles for interpreting the Bible. We hope this serves you well as you seek to understand and apply God’s Word in your own study, or with your small group. Basics of Interpretation, Introduction – What are we trying to do, and why? Basics of Interpretation, Part 1 – Principles of Interpretation Basics of Interpretation, Part 2 – Interpretation Process Supporting Material Seminar handout, bibliography, and recommended tools (PDF)…

SCC Core Discussion: The Conscience

Saturday’s Core Meeting included a teaching and discussion over what the Bible has to say about our consciences. We read and discussed Romans 14, referenced 1 Corinthians 8 & 9, and recommended the book Conscience by Andy Naselli and J.D. Crowley.

SCC Core Meeting 3/13/21 – Providence

On Saturday 3/13/21, The Stonebrook Core Leaders met for a teaching on the doctrine of Providence – some open floor discussion on the topic, and then some other discussion on things going on at the church.