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Posted July 21, 2013 - 6:12am

Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God … (Hebrews 6:1-2)

In our first installment we covered the first of six basic principles which comprise the “elementary doctrine of Christ” as outlined in Hebrews 6:1-2. We learned that “repentance from dead works” was not a call for new Believers to turn from Judaism, the “Old Covenant” or the commandments of God contained in the Mosaic Law as the majority of Christian teachers and scholars would have us believe. We discovered how this understanding nullifies the very meaning of repentance as used throughout the Scriptures. Once this basic concept of repentance has been destroyed it no longer has meaning and is substituted with shallow imitations such as confession or remorse. True repentance is to stop sinning and turn back to God’s righteous standard of living. 

Now, let’s take some time to examine the second principle: Faith toward God.

On the surface this seems like a simple premise — one must believe in “God,” a Supreme Being who created the Universe. It’s a simple, “Believe in God and His son Jesus who died for your sins” Right? Isn’t this the primary message of the church? But is this the faith of which the Bible speaks? And more specifically, is this the faith of which the author of Hebrews speaks? Looking at the Bible as a whole and the message of faith it emphasizes throughout, we would have to answer this in the negative. 

Posted July 14, 2013 - 4:26pm

When we speak of the Gospel, we need to know what we are talking about. We need to know what the Bible calls the Gospel, rather than what our doctrines and traditions have called the Gospel. Let’s begin by looking at the Gospel message of John the Immerser.

Posted June 11, 2013 - 4:58am

Genesis 12:5 records an event early in the life of Abraham. It says,

Posted June 4, 2013 - 5:25am

Recently, I was asked to be a guest blogger for Derek Leman, a Messianic Jewish leader and prolific blogger in Atlanta, Georgia. I had spoken at his congregation at the beginning of May and he specifically asked me to share my thoughts on discipleship with his readers. I wrote a series of three blog posts breaking down the basics of discipleship, each with illustrations and practical measures for both understanding and pursuing discipleship.

As I have said many times, as disciples of Yeshua, we have the ability to change the world. However, if we are not really a disciple, but only a fan of Yeshua or a believer in Yeshua, then we have no means, no ability to affect change. My teachings on disicpleship are to affect personal transformation and to spark personal discipleship in order that we may be sold out to our Rabbi and begin to change this world for his glory. Here are the three posts. I hope you enjoy.

Part 1

Overview of discipleship and what it means to be a disciple of Yeshua. It contains a list of the Four Responsibilities of a Disciple.

Part 2

Breakdown of the first two responsibilities of a Disciple: Devotion & Memorization.

Part 3

Breakdown of the first two responsibilities of a Disciple: Imitation & Replication.


Latest Book Review

The Magerman Edition

Author: Daniel Rose & Jay Goldmintz
Publisher: Koren Publishers
Year: 2014

The Koren Ani Tefilla Siddur is one of the latest in Koren’s growing collection of siddurim (prayer books) geared towards a specific demographic. Koren describes Ani Tefilla as “an engaging and thought-provoking siddur for the inquiring high school student and thoughtful adult.” Koren says that Ani Tefillah has been developed in order “to help the user create their own meaning and connection during the Tefilla [prayer] experience.” The name of the siddur is connected with its objective. Ani Tefilla means “I pray.” 


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