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The Apostolic Gospel (Part 1)

In the last two issues we have looked at both John the Immerser’s Gospel proclamation and that of Yeshua. We found that the gospel message of both John and Yeshua was identical. They both proclaimed, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!” This was their good news — their Gospel. Now, we need to take a look at the Gospel the Apostles proclaimed and compare it with that of the Gospel of John and Yeshua. We are trying to find when the gospel message began to change from the original one found with the Gospels.

This next section will look at the Apostolic Gospel. This part will be focused on Peter’s Gospel and the next will be focused on Paul. By examining both of these Apostles we should have a good overview of what the Apostles were teaching in regard to the Gospel. Let’s begin by taking a look at the good news Peter proclaimed as recorded in the book of Acts, his sermon on the Temple Mount on the day of Pentecost. Please take the time to read through Peter’s sermon in Acts 2:14–41 (below) as preparation for my discussion following.

14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:

17 “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,

that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,

and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

    and your young men shall see visions,

    and your old men shall dream dreams;

This is the first of a series of blogs by guest writers we hope to share. It's merely a way to hear people's testimony, their spiritual journey in relationship to the truths of Scripture as revealed when they began studying from a Hebraic perspective. Some will also share the impact of Emet HaTorah on their lives. Today, I introduce you to Pastor Jeff Musgrave. Jeff is a Southern Baptist minister and pastors First Baptist Church in Langdon, North Dakota. Jeff and I have gotten to know one another over the last few years and he recently helped me in the proofing process of my new book, The Four Responsibilities of a Disciple. Here's Jeff's story of how he came to know Jesus as Yeshua and how that has affected his life and ministry.

-Darren

This is the first opportunity I've had to share an update on our recent trip across the Southeast where we stopped in to several places and shared the message of biblical discipleship. We spoke in Pearl, MS, Smyrna, GA, Macon, GA and Washington, GA. We had originally planned to speak in Pensacola, FL as well, but there was a scheduling conflict at the last minute and we were forced to enjoy the beauty of the beach for a couple of days instead. My children took full advantage of the situation.

During our time away speaking to these various groups of people, we found one thing in common in every place: People were hungry for the message of discipleship. Every where we went, the same comments came back time after time: "This is wonderful! This is so foundational and practical! Why don't we know these things???" From a small Baptist church to a mid-size Messianic congregation and everywhere in between, we were encouraged by the overwhelming reception of our message of discipleship. After one of the seminars, a woman came up to me with tears in her eyes and said,

"I just finished taking a 24-week course on discipleship and I learned more in the last two hours than I did the entire 24 weeks of my classes.

We were extremely encouraged to hear that our message was on target and timely. Here's a recent testimony I received via email which represents the sentiments of the many we spoke to in our travels.

As they say in Hebrew, Baruch Hashem! Or “Bless God!” We are so excited! We are pleased to announced that the Father has allowed us to release our first printed material! It is a seventy-five page booklet I wrote entitled, The Four Responsibilities of a Disciple. Over two years of studying, observing, implementing and writing has finally began to bear some tangible fruit which can help others on their path to becoming a Disciple of Yeshua (Jesus). We have already received an overwhelming response with our announcement of its release on Facebook. This booklet is a pre-release teaser of sorts previewing some of the key concepts that will appear in my forthcoming book on discipleship (which is still in the process of being written). We will soon have this product available in our online store.

The main reason this booklet was published is that we found many people in need of a hands-on resource which they could use for both inspiration and reference in regard to personal transformation in the area of discipleship. This will be a tool which will help reinforce the principles being presented at our lectures on discipleship.

The second reason for its publication is that we wanted to create an awareness of and an anticipation towards the future release of the actual book (which will contain much more material). We are hoping we will find people who would like to see this work completed and are willing to invest in its completion.

This work first defines the concept of a "disciple" and "discipleship" from a first century, Jewish perspective. From there I present each of what I consider the four primary responsibilities of a disciple, dedicating one chapter to each responsibility. It is a concise and eye-opening look at discipleship from the perspective of BECOMING disciple, rather than speaking of discipleship in terms of evangelism.

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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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