Questions we get asked at times

  1. Being messianic,  are you more effective in making disciples (Mathew 28:19). If so how

The Messianic witness is the full gospel message that presents the most cohesive doctrinal witness to the world. We say this because of the witness scripture gives us of those who are saints in the book of Revelation 14:12 – “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of YHWH, and the faith of Jesus/Yahusha.” A second witness is found in the book of Isaiah – Isaiah 8:20 “To the Torah and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” We present a non-hypocritical witness not only to gentiles, but to Jews as well in that we are truly accepting of the protestant clarion cry “Sola Scriptura,” albeit wholistically interpreted such that no scripture does violence to another. The writings of Paul should be understood especially in this fashion. For the most part, in this culture people are very entrenched in the religion of Christendom. They believe since they are “saved,” keeping Commandments and Torah doesn’t matter. Much of the success that we have had here is online where we can post Scriptures to back up the position that keeping commandments is of the utmost importance

  1. Being Messianic, does it help maintain Brotherhood among the body of Christ. (Ephesians4) if so how

Yes, because we are presenting more than just the church model that is superceded many times by national and political interests. The Messianic model is not only a religious model but a nationhood model, Galatians 6:16 “And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.” Additionally, the extended Shabbat meetings and Sukkot gatherings encourage a closer bond between brothers and sisters.

  1. Your understanding of Gospel. What does it take for an unbeliever to be saved.

Accepting the creed given by the apostle Paul and being willing to accept the four basic requirements found in Acts 15. And  the creeds found in 1 Corinthians 15:3,4 – “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Messiah died for our sins according to the Scriptures and that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures..” Born of a Virgin “Therefore YHWH Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.” And Repentance from sins and baptism according to Acts 2 “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Yahusha Messiah for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Matthew 7:13-14 and Luke 13:23-24. These verses cannot be overstated in their importance. We must strive to enter through the strait gate and be a doer of the Word, and not hearer only, to the best of our ability. Also, Rev. 22:14 tells us that those doing His commandments are the ones who have the right to the tree of life, and this verse is in red lettering. There is also the example of the thief on the cross. This person truly realized at the last moments of his life the Truth, and repented accordingly. Grace and mercy was thus afforded him in this case.

  1. Role of Holy Spirit and how is that different from His role in Old testament

The Set-Apart Spirit now INDWELLS those who have been given this free gift upon reptance and baptism. Acts 19:1-5 “While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the interior and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?” “No,” they answered, “we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit” Into what, then, were you baptized?” Paul asked. “The baptism of John,” they replied. Paul explained: “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the One coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. There were about twelve men in all.

In contradistinction, the Set-Apart Spirit in the days leading up to the giving of the Set-Apart Spirit at Shavuot/Pentacost dwelt upon individuals but not within. Numbers 11:26-29 “Now two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the Spirit rested on them. They were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.”  And Joshua the son of Nun, the assistant of Moses from his youth, said, “My lord Moses, stop them.” 29 But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Master’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!”

  1. Should we keep Sabbath in todays time  and if so how

Ulitmately, the head brother and council of every assembly makes the nitty gritty decisions on what contitutes proper sabbath observance but a good guideline is found here – Isaiah 58:13-14 “If you turn your foot from breaking the Sabbath, from doing as you please on My Kadosh day, if you call the Sabbath a delight, and the MASTER’s holy day honorable, if you honor it by not going your own way or seeking your own pleasure or speaking idle words, then you will delight yourself in the MASTER, and I will make you ride on the heights of the land and feed you with the heritage of your father Jacob.” Isaiah 56:1-6, Jeremiah 17:22, Ezekiel 20:12, 20, and Rev. 22:14 tells us the importance of this matter. Rest, refrain from commerce, fellowship with other believers, pray, confess, sing, and praise.

  1. Which specific laws from OT should a gentile follow( in addition to what is said in NT) when they become a follower of Christ and if so why? Acts 15 – Apostle council – instruction for Gentiles

The first step is a proper study and compliance with the ten commandments, which includes the Sabbath. then further steps can be taken as they are exposed to the Torah. The ten commandments, feast days, and dietary laws are not difficult as we’re told in Deuteronomy ch. 30 and 1 John 5:3

  1. How do you interpret Colossians 2

I interpret “precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:” as well as keeping in mind the admonition and caution regarding the writings of the Apostle Paul that the Apostle Peter gave us – “He writes this way in all his letters, speaking in them about such matters. Some parts of his letters are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.” 2 Peter 3:16 So, in keeping with this, we would do welll to interpret Paul carefully within full context of all the council of scripture. The handwriting of ordinances against us are the curses found in Deuteornomy 28 for utter and complete diobedience of His Word. Messiah was the ultimate once and for all substitution for the penalty of our sins. Verse 16 simply means do these things without worry of how others will see it. Verse 17 tells us they’re a shadow of things to come, like perhaps the 1000 yr. reign.

  1. What does Jesus mean by Mark 2:27 Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath. Mark 2:28 So the Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath!” 

Messiah is our ultimate guie for how to keep the Sabbath. It is interesting that Messiah stayed within the literal requirements but violated the Rabbis requirements many times over, which in truth, were quite different from what scripture said about the sabbath. The New Living Translation seems to twist this verse “…and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath” implies we don’t need to keep the Sabbath. Other translations do not include this extra bit about it not being necessary to “meet the requirements of the Sabbath.” YaHuWaH set aside the Sabbath day and sanctified it at creation in Gen. 2:2-3, and then commands us in Exodus ch. 20 to remember the Sabbath and keep it set apart. This we do. It was made for man to rest and commune with Him at an appointed time each week. Yahushua tells us in John 7:16 that Yahushua’s teaching is not His, but His who sent Him.

  1. In Romans 7 and 8,  There is comparison from Paul on living by law and living by spirit. How do you interpret it

All of this can be interpreted to be within the lifestyle of the commandments as well. If you can get more specific, I can narrow down an answer. 

  1. ‘Revelation 1:10 It was the Lord’s Day, and I was worshiping in the Spirit. Suddenly, I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet blast.’ – How do one worship in spirit

Worshipping in the Spirit means preparing the environment to be conducive to the Spirit and His movement. We know this includes worship and praise “But thou art Kadosh, O you that inhabits the praises of Israel.” – Psalm 22:3 We also know that the Lord’s day is the Sabbath as He said he was Lord of the Sabbath and Isaiah 58 says the Sabbath is the Lords day.

  1. Role of woman in the body-can she be teacher and pastor and why

We have a commprehensive teaching on this subject found here – Order In the Assemblies

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