A Survey of Psalms 2019

November 15 - 16, 2019
6:30 PM - 5:00 PM, EST

The book of Psalms is one of the most beloved books of the Bible. We frequently read it for personal devotion and public worship. They help us to interact and to experience God through the ebb and flow of life. Grace Toronto Church has invited Dr. Mark Futato of Reformed Theological Seminary Orlando to lead us through an accelerated survey of the Psalms.


Session 1: The Psalms as Instruction

In this first session we will learn that the fundamental purpose of the book of Psalms is not to serve as a hymnbook but to serve as an instruction manual for a flourishing life. Psalm 1 will teach us what this flourishing life looks like and how to experience it.

Session 2: The Psalms as Theology

In this second session we will learn that the major theological theme of the book of Psalms is God’s reign through his anointed king. Psalm 2 will teach us about this reign, and the flow of the rest of the Psalms will teach us how to deal with the apparent discrepancy between our affirmation that the Lord reigns and what we experience in life.

Session 3: The Psalms as Literature

In this final session we will learn how paying attention to the literary genres (or categories) guides us in our devotional reading of the Psalms. The basic three categories in the book of Psalms get us in touch with the major emotions that we experience in the ebb and flow of life, and these categories guide us in how to flourish in all of life’s circumstances.


About the SPEAKER

Dr. Mark Futato

Dr. Mark Futato

Dr. Mark Futato joined RTS Orlando in 1999 and serves as the Robert L. Maclellan Professor of Old Testament. He teaches core classes on Hebrew and Old Testament books. Dr. Futato served as Academic Dean of RTS Orlando from 2004 to 2012. 

Dr. Futato's research interests include biblical Hebrew, the Book of Psalms and the role that elements of creation such as climate and geography play in scripture. Dr. Futato has published multiple books on the Psalms as well as an introduction to biblical Hebrew. He is currently finishing a commentary on Jonah. Dr. Futato served on the translation team for the Book of Psalms in the New Living Translation, contributed study notes for The ESV Study Bible and The Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible, and contributed to the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis.


November 15 - 16, 2019
6:30 PM - 5:00 PM, EST
Grace Toronto Church


Other Important Information:

  • Childcare will be provided; however, space is limited. If you require childcare, the registration deadline is Sunday, Nov 3.

  • Lunch is included. During lunch, parents will pick up their kids for lunch from childcare. After lunch, parents will check them back in.

  • Early registration discount ends Monday, October 21.

  • Last day to register is Sunday, November 10.

  • Paid street parking is available.

  • For more information or questions, please contact Joe Choi at joe@gracetoronto.ca