The study of end times often gets bogged down in minutiae that rarely affects daily life. Or we find ourselves passively waiting for God's future. Avoiding both of these traps, Essential Eschatology gets to the heart of the matter by examining how the Christian hope and practice of resurrection affects Christian mission and everyday life.
Author John Phelan demonstrates that eschatology is about more than the last days; it greatly affects how we live now in light of God's kingdom and what we expect to happen after we die. Further, Jesus formed an eschatological community, not piece together clues dropped by prophets nor to sit and wait, but to be a colony of the Kingdom of God within the kingdoms of this world. The church serves as the alternative to current kingdoms in the present. All that is anticipated in the new heavens and the new earth is to be lived out in the Christian community. This creates within the world a unique community hope.
Essential Eschatology explores Christian hope in relation to
the failure of modernism
living in the midst of empire
the resurrection and judgment
the kingdom of God and Christian mission
the return of Jesus and the millennium
God's promises to Israel
In Essential Eschatology professors, students and pastors will find a sure guide in a frequently misunderstood and often confusing theological landscape. With the thoroughly biblical perspective found in this book, we discover the future spilling into the present.