Rank #1: Feeding the Multitude
How did feeding a multitude with five loaves and two fish meet important Jewish messianic expectations, making it a perfect sign of Messiah? Learn how this event dramatized the Psalm the sages refer to as "the Messiah chapter" and discover the "two fish" hiding in plain sight in the Torah.
Rank #2: The Reason Why (It's Too Jewish)
Where would Jesus go to church? Everyone knows that Beth Immanuel Messianic Synagogue is "too Jewish," but is it too Jewish for Yeshua and the Apostles? This second teaching in the series "It's Too Jewish" tries to get to the bottom of the problem of "too Jewish" and explain the kingdom-based rationale behind a traditional "orthodox-styled" Messianic Jewish syangogue. At the same time, we consider the need for a more culturally adaptable expression of our faith for the other seven billion people on planet earth.
Rank #3: The Remnant
Has God rejected his people? Did Israel stumble and fall? Romans 10-11 offers us a crash course on Paul's theology regarding the election of Israel, the Messianic Jewish remnant, the inclusion of the Gentiles, and the final redemption. This Bible study fills in the missing pieces in Paul's arguments to make sense out of these difficult passages:
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns." (Isaiah 52:7)
Rank #4: Sarah, Hagar, Isaac, and Ishmael
Does Hagar represent the Jews in slavery under the law while Sarah represents the Christians in freedom under grace? That's the conventional interpretation of Paul's parable in Galatians 4:22, but this teaching turns over that common interpretation by revealing the Jewish background to the story.
Rank #5: Grafted In
In Romans 11, Paul speaks of the Gentile disciples as branches from a wild olive tree, grafted in to a cultivated tree, but the symbolism leaves room for ambiguity. Who is who in the metaphor, and where does the rest of Israel fit in to the picture? Who are the broken branches, who are the roots, and how do they all fit together? This teaching examines the famous "grafted-in" passage in the context of the broader discussion of Romans 9-11 and by comparing it with a similar Talmudic teaching.
Rank #6: Beth Immanuel Messianic Synagogue (15 Years)
Where are we going with this? What's the end goal? And why is Beth Immanuel so Jewish?
On the occasion of the fifteenth anniversary of the community, Pastor Lancaster tells the story of our transition from Beth Immanuel Sabbath Fellowship to the Beth Immanuel Messianic Synagogue. Listen along to part one of a four part series titled "Its Too Jewish," and learn about the vision and direction of our community in beautiful, historic, Hudson, Wisconsin.
Rank #7: Faith Versus Works
Have you ever heard of faith versus works? The theological argument about whether God saves a person by grace alone or if a person's obedience and good works are a necessary part of the equation is old as the New Testament itself. This teaching offers a resolution of the classic faith-versus-works debate through exploring Paul's theology of justification for the circumcised and the uncircumcised.
Order the book, Holy Epistle to the Galatians.
Rank #8: Not by Bread Alone: The Power of Fasting
Enhance your prayer life, enhance your spiritual growth, develop self-discipline, and improve your health, all at the same time! This teaching about fasting gears us up for the Forty Days of Repentance. Based on a text in parashat Ekev, we take a look at fasting not only as a spiritual discipline but also at as a source of physical benefits for health and longevity.
Here are some useful links about the health benfits of Intermittent Fasting and OMAD (One Meal a Day).
Rank #9: All Things To All People
Was Paul in disguise? Paul says, "I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some." Did he adopt hypocritical pretenses in order to win people with the Gospel, acting like Jew around Jews and like a Gentile around Gentiles? This teaching on Galatians 4:12-20 considers Paul's evangelism strategies and the real meaning behind 1 Corinthians 9:19-23.
Rank #10: Abraham's Gospel
Were the Old Testament saints saved? Did they know the Gospel? After all, the Bible says that "Scripture ... preached the Gospel beforehand to Abraham" (Galatians 3:8). This teaching, with reference to the ingrafting of the Gentiles in Romans 11, reveals the "gospel reached beforehand to Abraham" to be identical to "Paul's Gospel."
Rank #11: The Entrance of the King
Rank #12: Paul's Gospel
What is "Paul's Gospel" and what makes it different than everyone else's Gospel? This third installment offers a summary of Paul's autobiography as presented in Galatians 1:11-24, in which he describes his revelation from Heaven and his divine commission to preach the gospel to the Gentiles.
Rank #13: The Teaching of Yeshua
It's a disciple's job to learn the teaching of his rabbi. As a student in the school of Yeshua’s disciples, it’s important to know the subject matter you are studying and to understand the lesson the teacher presents. Before you agree to be immersed, you need to have at least a basic idea of what Yeshua was teaching. Listen to the audio and/or download the PDF version of the teaching below.
Rank #14: Tales of the Resurrection
Stories from the Gospels about Yeshua's resurrection. Enjoy this holiday teaching from Shabbat Chol HaMo'ed Pesach Nisan 19, 5771.
Rank #15: Jeremiah and the Fall of Judah Part Two
Follow the life of Jeremiah through the last days of the kingdom of Judah, the siege of Jerusalem, the assasination of Gedaliyah, and the flight to Egypt.
Rank #16: Letter to the God-Fearers
An introduction of Paul's epistle to the Galatians, identifying the author, the addrees, and the situation that occasioned its composition. This teaching is the first in a series of 26 sermons prepared and delivered to Beth Immanuel Messianic Synagogue in 2009 which First Fruits of Zion edited together into the book The Holy Epistle to the Galatians: Sermons on a Messianic Jewish Approach.
Rank #17: The King of Adiabene
What was Paul writing against in the epistle to the Galatians? Against the Torah? Against Legalism? Against Judaism? This teaching offers an introduction to the circumcision agenda of "Influencers" through a retelling of the conversion of King Izates, his mother Queen Helena, and the royal house of Adiabene.
Rank #18: Bewitched
Have you been "bewitched" by legalism, as Paul says: "O foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you" (Galatians 3:1)? This teaching offers a look at how Paul seemingly contrasts the Spirit with the Torah in first verses of Galatians 3.
Rank #19: Through the Law I Died to the Law
Paul says, "Through the Law I Died to the Law." What is that supposed to mean? Take a look at the mystical implications of Paul's death to the law as a death to relying on Jewish identity for salvation.
Rank #20: Count the Cost
What does it mean to be a disciple of Yeshua? Before you go into the water, you should know what it is you are agreeing to. Yeshua cautions us to "count the cost" first. Listen to the audio and/or download the PDF version of the teaching below.