Messianic Audio Teachings

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 06/29/2013
Number 22 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

Why do we "lay hands" on the sick? What does the ceremony of laying on of hands actually mean?

The writer of the book of Hebrews lists the laying on of hands as one of the elementary teachings of the Messiah. What is the laying on of hands and what did it signify to the early believers? Listen to a rapidly moving Bible study on the subject of semichah in the apostolic era.

Recorded 06/22/2013
Number 21 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

Hebrews 6:1-3 identifies instructions about washings as one out of six fundamental, elementary teachings about the Messiah. Does this refer to baptism? Are these instructions about how to baptize? Learn about the Jewish practice of immersion in a mikvah and discover evidence of early, apostolic-era  catechism prior to immersion. This teaching includes a short introduction to the Didache.

Recorded 06/15/2013
Number 20 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

The second elementary teaching of the Messiah in Hebrews 6:12 is called faith toward God, but how does “faith towards God” function as a distinctive, unique, hallmark of first century Messianic Judaism? All sects of Judaism believed in God. Even the Sadducees believed in God. Find out how Yeshua transformed the faith of his followers, and get a fresh handle on what it means to believe in Jesus and to be born again. This teaching includes a discussion on the relationship between Messianic Judaism and the rest of the Jewish people in the form of the parable of the man with two daughters.

Recorded 06/08/2013
Number 19 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

Does repentance mean to change your mind or to turn from sin? 

More thoughts on repentance from dead works as an essential part of the gospel and one of the elementary teachings of Yeshua. Evangelism is not like making toast. Discipleship and evangelism entail an ongoing process. This teaching includes excerpts from a blog in which an Evangelical pastor explains why he does not preach repentance.

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 05/25/2013
Number 17 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

The Evangelical Gospel can be reduced to "Jesus died to save you from your sins. Believe in him for the forgiveness of sins and you will go to heaven when you die." This sermon introduces the Six Elementary Teachings of Messiah with a look at Evangelicalism, our Evangelical roots, and the problems with the Evangelical Gospel, citing Scot McKnight's book The King Jesus Gospel.

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 05/04/2013
Number 16 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

Do we have eternal security or eternal insecurity? Do apostates lose their eligibility for the world to come? A few verses in Hebrews 6 have been a theological battleground for these questions since the earliest days of Christianity.

The things that belong to salvation include the gift of the Spirit, the goodness of the word of God, and the power of the age to come. This sermon deals with the difficult and controversial material in Hebrews 6:4-12.

For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame. (Hebrews 6:4-6)

One for the black bird, one for the crow, one for the cutworm, and one to grow.

Recorded 04/27/2013
Number 15 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

What are the fundamentals? Discover the six basic teachings of Messianic faith from Hebrews 5:11-6:3. This sermon presents an introduction and overview 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. (Hebrews 6:1-2).

This is the sermon that sidetracked us into a series which eventually became the book Elementary Principles.

Recorded 04/20/2013
Number 14 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

The rabbis believe that Psalm 2 is about the Messiah. The apostles believed that Psalm 110 is about Yeshua. Find out how the two psalms intersect, and follow the apostolic logic to discover how the writer of the book of Hebrews derived the priesthood of Messiah. This teaching comes with a stern call to discipleship. Covers Hebrews 5:5-10 and includes a downloadable pdf file of the two psalms.

Recorded 04/13/2013
Number 13 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

Psalm 110 is the most frequently quoted text in the New Testament. Why? And what did Yeshua mean when he quoted it to challenge the concept of a Davidic Messiah?

David himself, in the Holy Spirit, declared, 'The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet.' David himself calls him Lord. So how is he his son? (Mar 12:36-37)

Listen to a study of Hebrews 4:14-5:6 which unwraps Psalm 110 and introduces the priesthood of Messiah. The Messiah Psalm offers discussion about the Messianic interpretation of Psalm 110 as it appears in the teaching of Yeshua (Mark 12) and the Epistle of Hebrews.

Recorded 04/06/2013
Number 12 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

Does it ever seem like God is far away, distant, doesn’t hear your prayers; you don’t feel his presence; you can’t see him, and you don’t experience him? That's because we are on the wrong side of the sword that closes the way to Eden. Hebrews 4:11-16 speaks of a fearsome sword that divides soul and spirit, joint and marrow, and reveals the inner intentions of the heart. Discover the edenic background to the double-edged sword of the book of Hebrews and the Way to the tree of life.

Recorded 03/16/2013
Number 11 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

The Sabbath represents the Messianic Era and the menuchah of the world to come. In Hebrews 3:7-4:11, the writer of the holy Epistle to the Hebrews compares this present world to the work week of preparation, and he warns us to prepare ourselves now for the Kingdom and the World to Come. This important message demonstrates that Hebrews 4 should not be used to justify a spiritual interpretation of the Sabbath that makes actual Sabbath observance obsolete. 

Recorded 03/09/2013
Number 10 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

Three possible interpretations of Psalm 95:11 prepare us for understanding the discussion in Hebrews 3:7ff regarding the generation in the wilderness that did not enter into God's rest. An important preface to the Sabbath discussion of Hebrews 4.

Psalm 95:11 says, "Therefore I swore in my wrath, 'They shall not enter my rest.'" The Book of Hebrews quotes this verse and interprets it in three possible directions:

  • Interpretation ONE of of Psalm 95:11: “They shall not enter my Sabbath Rest.
  • Interpretation TWO of Psalm 95:11: “They shall not enter the Promsied Land.”
  • Interpretation THREE of Psalm 95:11: “They shall not enter the kingdom or the world to come.”

 

Recorded 03/02/2013
Number 9 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

Moses was faithful in all God's house as a servant, but the Messiah has the status of Son over the household. Hebrews 3:1-6 contrasts and compares the respective stations of Moses and Messiah in the household of God. This teaching considers the familial language the Yeshua and the apostles applied to the believers, and it discusses the concept of family loyalty and our obligations to one another within the body of Messiah.

How do we know that the Messiah will be more worthy of honor than Moses? The Holy One Blessed be He spoke of Moses saying, “My servant Moses is faithful in all my house,” but He spoke regarding the Son of David saying, “He shall build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever. I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son.” Now who is greater, the servant over the household, or the Son of the household? Surely the Son is more worthy of honor than the Servant. Now the builder of the household has more honor than the household, just as the Creator has more honor than the creation. So the Son has more honor than the servant.

Recorded 02/24/2013
Number 3 in the series Purim Audio

The Septuagint version of the book of Esther begins with a short apocalypse which introduces the spiritual war at work behind the scenes in the story of Esther. Listen to an important teaching about the concealment of God in this world, things transpiring behind the veil in story of Purim and the history of the Jewish people. A deceptively simple story about the revelation of the kingdom.
 

Recorded 02/16/2013
Number 8 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

The kingdom of heaven prior to the final redemption can be likened to a partisan movement, such as Robin Hood and his men or the European freedom fighters that fought in Nazi occupied territory. The Partisans is a teaching on Hebrews 2 in light of Psalm 8 and the parable of the ten minas in Luke 19 concerning all things in subjection to the Son and the revelation of the kingdom.

We have this common goal, this common purpose. We have received the dispatch. The king is on the throne, and he is on the way here. If we will be loyal to him now, we are part of his kingdom. But he has not yet arrived. There is another king on the throne, who holds the power of death, and we are the resistance movement, loyal to the incoming king because we know that, even though this enemy and pretender, this contender for the throne still holds power, his rule is over, he has lost his authority, and his time is quickly coming to an end.

Recorded 02/09/2013
Number 7 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

The writer of the book of Hebrews indicates that the Torah was spoken by angels. In this teaching, D. Thomas Lancaster takes a look at first-century angelology to understand the apostolic concept of the Torah being delivered by angels and what role that concept plays in the argument in Hebrews 2.

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution,how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, (Hebrews 2:1-3)

Recorded 02/02/2013
Number 6 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

In the first two chapters of the Epistle to the Hebrews, the writer of the epistle employs ten proof texts drawn from the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings to make his case that Messiah is more exalted than angels. In this teaching, D. Thomas Lancaster connects the dots between the ten passages to reveal the larger message.

A fast-paced, crash course weaving all over the Bible as we follow an apostolic midrash. This is a fun exploration of New Testament Era methods of Bible interpretation.

Now it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. (Hebrews 2:5)

Recorded 01/26/2013
Number 5 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

What role in the creation of all things did the Son play? From where did the apostles derive their high view of Messiah in His divinity? This teaching explores early apsotolic mysticism. Take a quick immersion into the Christology of the apostles and the writer of the book of Hebrews based on the prologue to the book of Hebrews.

...His Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature (Hebrews 1:2-3).

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