How did this make an impact?

  1. While character formation is important, the main focus is God. How he deals with Israel historically is, therefore, more relevant in the display of his character, our inclusion in this dealing as his people is secondary.
    We have done a huge injustice to the Lord by re-inventing a gospel that often places us first and has basically assimilated the societal trends of those around us. From my perspective, this was what incurred the Lord’s judgments historically. I have not embraced the Lord for character reformation, even when this has been a natural outcome, but for who he is. My personal constant frustration with the Pentecostal preaching is that we have become a now people, thereby losing our historical focus of what was written. The communion table is now focused on the Lord’s death and resurrection, having often already lost its’ initial historical pass-over component. To the Jewish community at the time of Jesus it meant a completion and enriching of this communal life, in being a called out people. Our inclusion in loving God now as a wider community has grown from these tender shoots, unfortunately lately I have gained more understanding from the Jewish internet community than from the western churches leaders and their sermons with the odd exceptions. From what I can see this is not new, even the gospels when compared looking at the chief commandment that Jesus explained, hear O Israel …… and you shall, has been abbreviated in missing the keys hearing, Israel, God our Lord and the God being one God. This becomes more interesting when the Lord further teaches on hearing. I am glad Deuteronomy is still accessible for further study, in this case the loving our neighbour was emphasised, which combined make it the chief commandment. The interesting part is the word chief, this was a play on the word echad, as in day and night being day one and Yahweh echad (also meaning chief) the two commandments being one and completing each other also as in Adam and Eve, I believe the second mention of the word. This must have been an in depth bible study with someone well versed in the Torah.

    • oops, I have put this in the wrong place, this was in reaction to Israels’ history / preaching for character reformation. It was enlightening for myself perhaps only, should have listened to “make things relevant to the audience”. Feel free to delete this here, apologies for taking up space. Yahweh echad is followed by the commandment Jesus here discussed to clarify matters,
      I do appreciate the eight preaching questions, do you believe preaching from the front of the audience is still effective in making disciples, if so how do we make it more interactive to get a more embedded community living response. Also, looking at Jesus our model of communication, which was very Jewish in asking questions answered with more questions.
      When addressing the crowds did he also do this, I know he said “come to me …….” yet overall he spoke to them in parables, was this seasonal for Israel? What improvements in using easily understood stories have we made since then. Paul used old testament based illustrations, did he learn this from Gamaliel. Bible explanations hermeneutics and exegesis are both greek words, does this imply a greek learning style? How would the jewish culture, which was / is set to bring / communicate the oracles of God impact on this? What cultural communication keys can be translated into our culture releasing us from cultural prejudices?

  2. Pastor Samuel Awuah March 18, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    By the way Pastor am really bless with the message

  3. Very helpful, thank you.

  4. Thank You Pastor Rick. You Blessed me with this article.

  5. Great article, thank you!

  6. So blessed reading. Took copious notes. Sure will enhance my ministry. Thank you Pastor.