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Recorded 07/06/2013
Number 23 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

The elementary principles include the subject of baptism and instructions regarding immersions. In this teaching, we look at the evidence from early Christian documents. Find out how the second-century Christians welcomed new converts into the body of Messiah. This teaching contains quotations from Justin Martyr's First Apology, from the Didache, and from the Apostolic Constitutions. The quotations are available in the PDF document below titled Initiation Texts.

Recorded 07/27/2013
Number 24 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

The Evangelical gospel asks, "Are you certain you are going to go to heaven when you die?" The Christian objective seems to be to secure a place in heaven, but the Bible says very little about heaven. Find out why most passages about heaven are actually not about heaven at all in this installment on the basic teachings of the Messiah from Hebrews 6. 

Recorded 12/28/2013
Number 36 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

Anyone can pray, and God knows the thoughts of every creature. The difference between this world and the world of the divine is artificial, and God pervades all things, and all things are in him, so why would anyone need a mediator?
In the New Covenant, Yeshua acts as priest, sacrifice, and mediator.
Installment 36 in the Beth Immanuel Hebrews series finishes Hebrews chapter 9 with a discussion on Hebrews 9:15-28 and the Messiah's role as a mediator between Israel and God.

Recorded 01/04/2014
Number 37 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

Do the sacrifices take away sins or not? The Torah seems to indicate that they do, but the writer of the book of Hebrews says, “It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.”

Dive into Hebrews 10 with an entertaining, fast-paced discussion of an apostolic midrash on Psalm 40 and it's appearance in the argument regarding the suffering of the Messiah as an atoning sacrifice for sin.

Recorded 01/11/2014
Number 38 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

Hebrews 10:10-18 presents the death of Yeshua of Nazareth as the single sacrifice for sin, but does that make Yeshua a sin offering like those once offered in the Temple? In what sense is Yeshua a sacrifice? How can he be a sacrifice when his death does not accord with the Levitical laws for the sacrificial services whatsoever? This teaching, based on the final chapter of Pastor Lancaster's booklet What about the Sacrifices? answers the difficult question of how the death of the Messiah provides atonement for sin.

Recorded 01/18/2014
Number 39 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

I'm not perfect, just forgiven. I'm not holier than thou, I'm just a sinner saved by grace. Something has gone terribly wrong with our thinking if we believe that the only difference between a believer and a non-believer is that the believer is forgiven and assured of eternal life. That idea is not worthy of the name Christian or the name of Messiah, and it sullies the reputation of our holy Master. Hebrews 10:18-31 contains a stern warning and exhortation to the upward call of discipleship and the demands of new-covenant living.

Recorded 01/25/2014
Number 40 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

What do Maimonides and the book of Hebrews have in common? Find out how the Talmud and the book of Hebrews intersect when it comes to the question of faith in Messiah.
The book of Hebrews continues with a call to hold fast to faith in the coming of the Messiah.

Recorded 02/01/2014
Number 41 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

The Bible says we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. Are the biblical saints of old watching us live our lives like characters in a bad reality TV show?

The writer of the book of Hebrews refers to the biblical saints as a great cloud of witnesses. What does that term imply?

Recorded 02/15/2014
Number 42 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

Nobody likes to be disciplined, and nobody enjoys discipline, but the believer can have confidence that all of life's difficulties and hardships are meant for good from the hand of a loving father. This discussion on Hebrews 12:5-12 introduces the biblical concept of mussar, godly discipline for the sake of spiritual correction and character refinement.

Recorded 02/22/2014
Number 43 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

The book of Hebrews warns us against allowing a bitter root to spring up in our lives, but the bitter root is probably not what you think it is. The Talmud says that one who says, "I will sin now and repent later, and sin again," is not forgiven. Take a look in the Torah to discover the real meaning of the bitter root. This teaching on Hebrews 12:11-29 challenges cheap grace while encouraging us to keep our eyes on the hope of the kingdom. 

Recorded 03/08/2014
Number 45 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

Our religion involves a lot of ritual foods, including the ceremony that the Church refers to as the Eucharist, but the writer of the book of Hebrews warns his readers to steer away from sacramental interpretations of ceremonial foods. This discussion of Hebrews 13:9-14 brings the central conflict behind the epistle into sharp focus.

Recorded 03/22/2014
Number 46 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

How can we worship God without the sacrifices? The epistle of the Hebrews points us to the text of Hosea 14:2 to answer this question, employing the same proof text and arriving at nearly the same conclusion that the sages of Yavneh offered after the destruction of the Temple. That prescient message anticipated the coming exile and offered Israel a survival guide for the long years ahead without sacrifice, without priest, and without temple.

Recorded 12/21/2013
Number 35 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

What were the sacrifices supposed to accomplish? The writer of the book of Hebrews maintains that the animal sacrifices offered in the Temple cannot grant forgiveness for the world to come or the reward of eternal life. If so, why did God command the Israelites to offer sacrifices?

The contents of this discussion contributed to the First Fruits of Zion audio-teaching What About the Sacrifices?.

This sermon marks one year in Beth Immanuel's study of the epistle to the Hebrews, so it features a brief review of the first eight chapters of the book.

Recorded 12/14/2013
Number 34 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

Bible teachers often use Hebrews 9 as proof that the disciples of Yeshua abandoned the Old Testament rituals of Temple worship and sacrifices as vestiges of an old covenant that had been replaced by a new covenant. A closer look reveals an entirely different message. Hebrews 9 uses the layout of the Temple to present  a mystical illustration of the passage from this world to the World to Come.

For more on sacrifices and the New Testament, see the First Fruits of Zion audio-teaching What About the New Covenant?.

Recorded 08/10/2013
Number 26 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

After the resurrection of the dead comes the final judgment. According to Hebrews 6, the eternal judgment is one of the elementary principles of the Messiah, yet it is poorly understood among believers today. This teaching provides a quick synopsis of the subject.

The Final Judgment is a re-recording of a talk originally delivered on Shabbat Shoftim, Elul 4, 5773 corresponding to August 10 in the year of our Master 2013. This is the 26th installment in our studies in the book of Hebrews and the final installment in our special study of elementary teachings of the Messiah in Hebrews 6.

Number 27 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

Was Melchizedek actually a pre-incarnate appearance of Christ in the Old Testament? Who is the mysterious priest and what is his relationship to Yeshua? This teaching retells the story of Abraham's encounter with Melchizedek and discusses the role of Melchizedek in Hebrews 7:1-17.

Recorded 08/03/2013
Number 25 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

What's the difference between the resurrection and going to heaven?

According to Hebrews 6:1-2, the resurrection of the dead is one of the six basic doctrines of Messianic faith. In this teaching, D. Thomas Lancaster takes a look at the apostolic hope in the resurrection, distinguishing between the resurrection of the righteous and the general resurrection. This is teaching number 25 in the Hebrews series and number 10 in special series on the elementary teachings of the Messiah.

Recorded 06/01/2013
Number 18 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

Are "dead works" the "works of the Law"? Does the book of Hebrews tell us to repent from Torah observance when it speaks of "repentance from dead works."

What are the basic teachings of Messiah mentioned in Hebrews 6:1-3? Discover the meaning of repentance from dead works in this eighteenth installment of sermons on the epistle to the Hebrews.

Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits. (Hebrews 6:1-3)

Recorded 11/02/2013
Number 29 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

Is the Temple on earth irrelevant since it is merely a shadow of the true heavenly reality?
This teaching on Hebrews 8:1-5 explains the Temple as a Shadow and a Copy of the supernal Temple above with references to Colossians 2:16-17 which describes the festivals and holy days as shadows of things that are to come--the substance of Messiah.

Recorded 11/09/2013
Number 30 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

Discussion on Hebrews 8 and Jeremiah 31 regarding the New Covenant and its meaning from a Messianic Jewish perspective. Discover why the New Covenant is not the New Testament, the Renewed Covenant, nor the Brit Chadashah. Find out what the New Covenant really is and how the Torah is part of the New Covenant. A foundational teaching for everyone interested in Messianic Judaism and the role of Torah in the lives of disciples of Yeshua.

This sermon became one of the primary lectures in the First Fruits of Zion audio-teaching What About the New Covenant?

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