How do we take the knowledge of the Gospel and apply it to action? How do we transcend the Western Sunday morning routine of just hearing from a person, but actually respond to His gospel with our lives? What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?
We start to talk about these things here as a family emergency overseas takes us away from the Eclectic Ekklesia for the next three months. The exhortation is that this shouldn’t matter because Jesus is the head of the church and we follow Him whether we have someone teaching, or we just gather to pray, fellowship, read the Scriptures, and be ekklesia.
-Post 55 consists of 3 sessions which make up Session 65-
This session revisits the Song of Moses as the prophetic foundation of the Scriptures and seeks to establish the importance of living within the revelation of this song that God commanded Moses to write. We approach the song again here as it is the prophetic foundation to understanding the whole of eschatology––which can be simply understood as: How YHVH’s narrative ends.
This is session 7 of the Cross pillar on our main diagram. We finally finish the apostles testimony regarding the suffering and glory in the book of Acts. Showing the emphasis of the resurrection of the dead as the glory, the hope begins to shine even brighter.
This is session 5 and 6 of the Cross pillar on our main diagram. We now begin approaching the apostles testimony regarding the Cross in the book of Acts. Essentially, we sum up the words they are saying as the “revelation of the mystery” that has been kept hidden in ages past but is now being revealed in Yeshua the Messiah. His life and death, are signifying Israel’s life an death, and His resurrection tells of Israel’s certain resurrection at the end of the age.
-Post 51 is Session 63 of this Class as some posts had two audio sessions-
This is the second part of the previous session where we began working through the TaNaKh to examine the idea of a suffering Messiah. We exposed that while it is a hidden mystery, it was hidden in plain sight, as it was lived out in the lives of those who believed YHWH and put faith in Him and His words. Jesus Himself has orchestrated this story in the Law and Prophets, that: Those who follow YHWH in the Scriptures live lives of suffering and hardship, as they are looking ahead to the glory that will follow. Jesus, therefore, literally lived out His own gospel to death as those who had faith before Him did. In order to become partakers of this gospel, the same expectation of suffering now with the horizon of glory in sight should be possessed in our gospel, and by this we become his disciples. Hence, this session is affectionately entitled “Your Worst Life Now,” as we consider Peter’s striking exhortation, “For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps…”
-Post 50 is Session 63 of this Class as some posts had two audio sessions-
In this session we begin working through the TaNaKh to examine the idea of a suffering Messiah, and if it truly exists therein. For Jesus to say in Luke 24 after He is resurrected from the dead, “Oh foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” it would appear that He has an underlying impression regarding “suffering and glory.” This impression likely comes form the narrative He Himself has orchestrated in the Law and Prophets since He suggests this directly. And this is the entire subject of this teaching: Those who follow YHWH in the Scriptures live lives of suffering and hardship. This in itself is part of the reason the Messiah walks the road of suffering to the Cross itself. This is why Peter then exhorts us as disciples of this Messiah, “For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps…” May it be so.
Psalm 22 stands as a pillar in the TaNaKh beautifully showing that Jesus truly was the Jewish Messiah foretold to come. But, mystery enshrouds this graphic event. What was the understood responsibility of the coming Messiah? What does it mean that the Messiah had to suffer? What does it mean for Jesus to be the revelation of the mystery that was hidden in ages past? In this session we start to unravel two strands of yarn that are intricately woven together- the Messiah’s suffering and resurrection and the people of Israel’s eschatological suffering and redemption- that we would not be ignorant of this mystery: All Israel will be saved.
Do we show the same precaution Pilate showed when He looked upon Jesus just before the crucifixion? Do we come to Him with assumption of who He is and His Cross is? Do we understand the Cross? These questions we begin approaching in this session as we seek to tremble again at who Jesus is and what His Cross means.
Romans 15 is an often overlooked chapter, yet is paramount to understanding Paul’s train of thought in the book of Romans. While this is sort of a parenthesis session, the matter must be discussed: What was Paul expecting of a gentile church he disciple?And, what is the offering among the gentiles that is acceptable to the Father and sanctified by the Holy Spirit?