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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.

http://www.derekleman.com/musings/guest-blog-becoming-a-disciple-1-by-darren-huckey/

Part 2

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

http://www.derekleman.com/musings/guest-blog-becoming-a-disciple-2-by-darren-huckey/

Part 3

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

Posted May 31, 2013 - 6:04am

Being a disciple of Yeshua, one of our primary responsibilities is in regard to memorization. We are to memorize, properly interpret and transmit his teachings. However, in order to properly interpret his teachings, we must have the proper filter and foundation with which to interpret his instructions. There are some basic assumptions Yeshua and his apostles make when they give instructions. They assume we have a fundamental understanding of the Hebrew Scriptures, along with a sense of cohesion as to how these relate to our life in Messiah. Some of the very basics of these assumptions are found in the book of Hebrews.

In the sixth chapter of the book of Hebrews we have listed for us six foundational principles with which every disciple of Yeshua should be well familiar. As a matter of fact, the author of Hebrews mentions these at a point of frustration, referring to them as “milk” and not “solid food.” But I’m afraid that the bulk of Believers today are still choking on the milk due to our lack of understanding of these, what the author of Hebrews calls the most “elemental” of all the doctrines of Messiah. So let us take time to understand these six things which comprise the “elementary doctrine of Christ” as found in the book of Hebrews in order begin rebuilding a proper and firm foundation upon which we can build without the risk of our theological house collapsing. 

The passage under examination is as follows:

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, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. (Hebrews 6:1-2)

Posted May 7, 2013 - 5:23am

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In our second look at Restoring the Gospel, we look at what I call "Decision-based Gospeling" and why our current method of evangelism has had a detrimental affect on the church, particularly on our ability to make disciples of our converts. Let's take a brief look at this concept and begin to understand how our current "gospeling" typically creates shallow, ineffective Christians, whereas the Apostolic Gospel will create fully devoted disciples of our Master.

Decision-based Gospeling

"Most of evangelism today is obsessed with getting someone to make a decision; the apostles, however, were obsessed with making disciples." 1

As we continue to re-examine the Gospel, let's examine how our misunderstanding of the fullness of the Apostolic Gospel has contributed to some of the problems within Christianity with which we struggle today.

First, we need to take a look at what I will call Decision-based Gospeling. For much of evangelical Christianity, this is the crux of evangelism. It’s all about finding an open door (both figurative and literal) by which we can “share the Gospel” in hopes that our would-be victims — I mean converts — would hear our message, confess their sins (a sometimes optional step) and make a decision to accept Christ as their “personal Savior.”

Theologian Scot McKnight observes his personal experience at this type of evangelism and sums it up by saying, 

Posted May 5, 2013 - 8:46am

Binding and Loosing

Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. (Matthew 18:18)

Jesus taught his disciples in regard to "binding and loosing," giving them the authority to both "bind" and "loose." However, this passage has been grossly misunderstood over the course of Christian history. How should we fulfill our obligation as disciples to properly understand our Master's teachings and apply them? Here is a brief teaching to help us better understand the words of our Master and cut through centuries of misunderstanding and misapplication of his teachings.

Vows & Oaths

Moses spoke to the heads of the tribes of the people of Israel, saying, “This is what the LORD has commanded. If a man vows a vow to the LORD, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth. (Numbers 30:1–2)

The above passage comes from Numbers 30:2-32:42, and contains a key by which we can better understand a teaching of the Master found in the Apostolic Scriptures. In this passage we find the Scriptural rule for vows, oaths and self-induced prohibitions.

The first thing we note in this passage is that whatever proceeds from our lips is binding. In fact, it becomes as binding as Scripture. In a sense, when we make a vow or pledge an oath, we have created a new restriction upon ourselves that is above and beyond the obligations of the Scriptures. We have, in a sense, “added to Scripture.” This is one reason why both the sages, and our Master are so critical of vows and pledges.

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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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