Matthew 26:57-75 - A Tale of Two Trials

April 19th, 2019

At this point in the Gospel, Yeshua has been arrested and is being brought before High Priest Caiaphas for trial. But Yeshua is not the only one going through a trial. Peter is as well. Both men are pressed for their testimonies - one speaks the truth (much to the dismay of the High Priest) and one...well, crumbles to dust under the pressure. This part of the account is deeply moving, gives incredible insights into God's cosmic plan, how Yeshua becomes our great High Priest, and brings hope to any of us who find ourselves suddenly pressed to "give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." (1 Peter 3:15)

Matthew 26:47-56 - The King’s Arrest, Defense, and Surrender

April 19th, 2019

To varying degrees, most of us hate the sense that we're not in control. When we first read Yeshua's arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, we get the sense that events are unfolding in such a way that carries Yeshua along, out of his control. Nothing could be further from the truth. Yeshua is in total control and fully committed to His Father's will and plan. How do we handle the seemingly uncontrollable times of life. Take a listen for some solid, life-stabilizing insights.

Matthew 26:36-46 - The King’s Prayer Under Pressure

April 19th, 2019

What do we do when we find ourselves in high-pressure situations? Most of us fret and panic. Some of us check-out and take a nap. Yeshua prayed. Pastor Jay takes us through Yeshua's prayer under pressure in the Garden of Gethsemane. There are wonderful reasons why this pressing time took place in Gethsemane, Gath Shemen, "the place of the olive press." It was in this moment that the fate of humanity was decided. And it has great lessons for all of us to embrace as well.

Ephesian 4:11 Leadership Gifts, How Do Teachers/Evangelists Function?

April 19th, 2019

As we reach the conclusion of our series on Yeshua's leadership gifts in the 1st c. synagogue, Pastor Jay turns to the Teacher and Evangelist functions. They are pretty much what you would expect to see today with some interesting twists!

Ephesian 4:11 Leadership Gifts, How Does A Pastor Function?

April 19th, 2019

In our continuing series, Pastor Jay examines the pastoral function within the 1st century synagogue. If you have been following along in our series, you'll probably guess that the way we see pastors today is different than in Yeshua's day...and you would be right. In most churches today, pastors "run the show." Not so in the 1st c. synagogue. However, the pastoral ministry of this leadership function is still crucial to vital congregation life.

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