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PA270 Post Acts Dispensationalism Part 3: The Period After Acts 28:28 mp3

Post Acts Dispensationalism Series 3

In this message, we continue considering the seven books of Paul we believe God wrote to us today in the dispensation of grace. Do post Acts dispensationalists really have a point when they claim some of these are not for us today? Removing some books damages the advanced dispensational argument by stunting the proof that miraculous healings ended in our day. The “dictionary method” of proof used by post Acts types does not really prove anything. The post Acts view depends on reordering Paul’s books contrary to what is the commonly-accepted chronology. We can understand the truth behind many of the problems the post Acts crowd claim to see if we just understand that the period from Acts 28:28 to the end of the writing of the Bible was a transitional period, though we do not believe it was a separate dispensation. Ultimately, we believe that Acts 28 dispensationalism remains the better view.

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PA269 Post Acts Dispensationalism Part 2: Our Seven Letters mp3

Post Acts Dispensationalism Series 2

In this message, we continue to consider the view called “Post Acts Dispensationalism,” which states that the dispensational change did not take place at Acts 28:28, but rather at some later date post Acts. We continue to consider a talk given by Rex B. Grant in 1990 to the BFC Conference in South Holland, Illinois called “Acts 28:28, A Reassessment,” in which he argues against the Acts 28:28 dividing line and for a line post Acts. We conclude our consideration and criticism of his “grammatical proof.” Then, he argues against the seven letters of Paul post Acts 28:28, claiming that Acts 28 dispensationalists just made up their view to justify these seven books, and then claiming that only Ephesians and Colossians are for us today. I respond by taking a look at the seven post Acts period letters of Paul and what each adds to our knowledge of this dispensation we live in today. Post Acts Dispensationalism, instead of making dispensationalism clearer, actually damages and distorts the advanced dispensational message.

PA268 Post Acts Dispensationalism Part 1: Going Beyond Bullinger, Welch, and Sellers? mp3

Post Acts Dispensationalism Series 1

In this message, we begin to examine the idea of post Acts dispensationalism. A man named Rex B. Grant gave a message at the BFC Conference in South Holland, Illinois in 1990 called “Acts 28:28, A Reassessment” in which he criticized the Acts 28:28 dispensational viewpoint and promoted a post Acts dispensational scheme. I start my critique of post Acts dispensationalism by going through his criticisms of Acts 28 dispensationalism and giving my answers to his arguments.

PSA237 Grace Period Start to Finish mp3

What Happened After Acts 28:28–God’s Current Work Series

The dispensation of grace started with Paul’s great proclamation in Acts 28:28. During the first two years of this dispensation, while Paul was living in his own, rented house in Rome, he wrote four books: Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon. The gospel of John was also written during this time, with the other gospels as background material. After Paul’s two years he was released and wrote I Timothy, II Timothy, and Titus. We discuss the dispensational significance of all these books. We consider that there was a “transition period” into the dispensation of grace between Acts 28:28 and the writing of II Timothy. We consider a fifth possible “dividing line” for today’s dispensation that some suggest: post Acts. Finally, we consider what God’s next move will be once the dispensation of grace comes to an end. Just how will it end, and what is next?

PSA236 What About the Body of Christ? mp3

What Happened After Acts 28:28–God’s Current Work Series

In this message, we consider the phrase “body of Christ.” Is this truly the special name for those who are part of God’s calling today? Considering the phrase “head over…the church which is His body” in Ephesians 1:22-23. What does it mean that Christ is the “head”? What is a “body,” and what body is this referring to? What is the meaning of the word “church,” and what is God talking about when He speaks of His church? Finally, what is the church which is His body, and what is this important passage truly telling us?

PSA235 Which Dividing Line? mp3

What Happened After Acts 28:28–God’s Current Work Series

In this message, we consider the various dispensational dividing lines different people put forward as the start of God’s work today. The knee-jerk idea of the beginning of the New Testament. The popular idea of the events at Pentecost in Acts 2. The idea of the middle of Act, at the start of Paul’s ministry or various other places. Finally, the idea that it is as the end of the book of Acts at Paul’s pronouncement at Acts 28:28. Which one of these lines fits as the start of a work where God works with all nations, wherein He works in secret, and wherein He works exclusively in grace?

PSA234 God’s Various Times mp3

What Happened After Acts 28:28–God’s Current Work Series

In this message, we consider the various times of God’s plans for this world. From the Garden of Eden in Genesis and the start of God’s work, God worked with various men until He chose the man Abraham and his descendants, the nation of Israel. In the Gospel period, Israel continued to be at the center of God’s plans and work. In the Acts period, God continued to work with Israel. Yet in the dispensation of grace, all nations are now equal in God’s current work. In the kingdom of God yet future, Israel will again be at the center, but all nations will be blessed through them.

PA236 Things That Differ 4 – The Kingdom and Prophets mp3

Things That Differ Series 4

In this message, we conclude our study of things that differ between the Acts Period and God’s current work in the Dispensation of Grace. We consider the gift of prophecy, which was still active in the Acts Period, versus today when we are shut up to the Word. Then, meats were unclean to one who considers them unclean in the Acts Period, whereas today all foods are made clean by the word of God. Marriage was temporarily discouraged in the Acts period, whereas it is encouraged today. In the Acts Period, Paul taught nothing but what Moses and the prophets said would come, whereas in the Dispensation of Grace Paul taught a new period not made known in any past revelation of God. Finally, in the Acts period the full Kingdom of God was near, whereas today the Kingdom is suspended until a far future date. Let us learn these important differences, in order to understand God’s works and ways today.

PA235 Things That Differ 3 – Israel mp3

Things That Differ Series 3

In this message, we continue to consider differences between the Acts period up to Acts 28:28 and the dispensation of grace we live in today. First of all, Israel was the focus versus today all nations are now joint and equal before God. Then, the law and the temple were still relevant to believers, versus now both the law and the temple are now unimportant. Rituals were still active and performed during the Acts period, whereas now all these have been done away. When we see these true differences, we realize the important need to rightly divide.

 

PA234 Things That Differ 2 – Miracles mp3

Things That Differ Series 2

In this message, we consider more differences between the way things were in the Acts period and the way things are today post Acts 28:28. First, we consider the working of miracles in Acts as evidential works through a mediator, versus today when miracles are done directly by God and are untraceable. We consider the Divine leading and direction that existed at that time directly from God, versus today when this is all through the written Word of God. Finally, we consider the proclaiming of the Word, which in Acts was done through apostled men, whereas today the gospel itself is apostled.