GETTING ACQUAINTED WITH OUR JEWISH JESUS
Sundays, 8:30 - 9:30 am
September 8 - October 27
GOMZ Fellowship Hall
Jesus was born as a Jew, lived in the land of the Jews, and taught as a Jewish rabbi. The Bible is a Jewish book, written by Jewish prophets and men of God. Christianity was birthed from Judaism. There is so much that we miss if we don’t get to know Jewish culture and thought. This eight-week series will introduce you to some of the most important Jewish ways of life that bring fresh light to the gospels.
September 8: Charleeda Sprinkle
The Mikveh, Jewish ritual immersion, is the Jewish origin of Christian baptism. Why did/do Jews immerse themselves in water? What does it mean to them? It’s surprisingly close to what Paul taught about baptism!
Focal Passage: (Matthew 3:13-17) “Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.”
September 15: Joe Vendegnia
The Synagogue is where Jesus taught; however, it is not mentioned in the Old Testament. Where and when did it begin and what’s its purpose?
Focal Passage: (Matthew 4:23) “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues…”
September 22: Millie Lieberman (Or Chaim)
The Rabbi and Discipleship: Jesus was a rabbi and His method of training His disciples was customary for that day. How does it compare with today’s efforts at discipleship?
Focal Passage: (Matthew 4:18-22) “Then He said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’”
September 29: Joe Vendengnia
The Torah, the Old Testament, is the “book” of the Jews that Jesus read, taught, and quoted. He honored it by saying it would not pass away before the end of world comes. We have much to learn from the Jewish people’s reverence of it.
Focal Passage: (Matthew 5:17-18) “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.”
October 6: Melvalene Anderson
The Tallit: Why did the woman with the issue of blood believe that just touching the hem of Jesus’ outer garment (His tallit) would heal her?
Focal Passage: (Matthew 9:18-22) “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.”
October 13: Pastor Stew Lieberman (Or Chaim)
The Sabbath and Feasts were important to Jesus and the gospels reveal He celebrated them. Many times, the religious leaders accused Jesus of breaking the laws of the Sabbath. Why was it so important to them?
Focal Passage: (Matthew 12:1-8) “And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, ‘Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath!’”
October 20: Amber Alcoser (Or Chaim)
The Shofar: There is nothing quite like the sound of a ram’s horn. It won’t be a silver trumpet that will call us Home! Its four sounds all have different meanings. Which sound was Jesus referring to in His end-times teaching?
Focal Passage: (Matthew 24:23-31) “And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other."
October 27: Mevalene Anderson
The Jewish Wedding is so different from Western weddings; it’s imperative that we understand it, or we’ll miss some of the truths about what Jesus did and taught concerning weddings and the bride and bridegroom.
Focal Passage: (Matthew 25:1-13) “The kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.”