Though we can never, in our time-bound state, know the future in detail, God in his mercy has not left us in complete ignorance of what is to come. His revelation in Holy Scripture has cast a flood of light on what would otherwise be an impenetrable mystery.
This helpful new study guide is based on Cornelis P. Venema's highly acclaimed book, The Promise of the Future, which is also published by Banner of Truth. It will guide you clearly through the Bible's teaching on the future of the individual, of the church, and of the universe as a whole, and will be of great assistance to both individuals and reading groups who want to get the most out of their study of this fascinating and exhilarating subject.
About the Author
Cornelis P. Venema is President and Professor of Doctrinal Studies at Mid-America Reformed Seminary, Dyer, Indiana. He also serves as an Associate Pastor at Redeemer United Reformed Church in Dyer, and is co-editor of the Mid-America Journal of Theology and contributing editor of a column on doctrine for the monthly periodical The Outlook.
Educated at Dordt College, Iowa (BA, 1975), and Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan (BD, 1978), Venema received his Ph.D. in 1985 from Princeton Theological Seminary for his work on The Twofold Nature of the Gospel in Calvin’s Theology. While studying at Princeton from 1979 to 1981, he was a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Theology. He served as pastor of the Christian Reformed Church of Ontario, California, for six years and in South Holland, Illinois before going to Mid-America Reformed Seminary.
Dr. Venema’s books, Heinrich Bullinger and the Doctrine of Predestination: Author of “The Other Reformed Tradition”? and Accepted and Renewed in Christ: The “Twofold Grace of God” and the Interpretation of Calvin’s Theology (developed from his Ph.D. thesis), reflect his interest in these Reformers. He has also written several other books including, for the Trust, The Promise of the Future (and a Study Guide for this); Christ and the Future; The Gospel of Free Acceptance in Christ; and Getting the Gospel Right, the latter two being assessments of the so-called ‘New Perspective on Paul’.
Cornelis Venema is married to Nancy, and they have four children.
Publisher: Banner of Truth
Publication Date: March 2009
ISBN 13: 9781848710252
"If the wider Evangelical world suffers from too much speculation and excitement regarding what God has promised to us about the future, the Reformed world suffers under excitement. We are in need of recovering the expectant, hopeful nature of the Christian faith. This is why Cornelis Venema’s Study Guide for The Promise of the Future is to be welcomed. In conjunction with his book, this would be a perfect tool for church study groups seeking to get a better grasp of what God has been please to reveal to us about the consummation of history and our life in the age to come. Simultaneously biblical and practical, this deserves a wide readership. "
- Ben Dahlvang, Westminster Bookstore Staff
"I believe that you will find the study on which you are about to embark both intellectually satisfying and spiritually enriching. It will certainly inform you; more than that, it will help you to see what a glorious thing it is to be a Christian."
- Sinclair B. Ferguson, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary