Elders and Deacons - The Biblical Function

July 19th, 2019

Elders and Deacons are not a new invention by Yeshua. They fully functioned in the 1st c. synagogue. So where do we go to learn about the proper function of elders and deacons? Right! The 1st c. synagogue and the Bible. Enjoy this fun and challenging message.

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.

Ephesian 4:11 Leadership Gifts, part 4 How Did Prophets Function in the 1st c. Synagogue?

February 21st, 2019

Like the Apostle, the Prophet is regarded as inactivated in Yeshua's church. Pastor Jay shows that prophets are given by Yeshua today just as they were given in the 1st c. New Covenant community. How d they function today? The same way they did in Yeshua's day! Take a listen and begin praying the Lord release even more Apostles and Prophets for the expansion of God's work on earth, the maturing of Yeshua's Body, and the completion of God's plan!

Ephesian 4:11 Leadership Gifts, part 4 - How Does An Apostle Function?

February 21st, 2019

Apostles are looked upon today as a very spooky or intimidating leader! Nothing could be further from the truth! Today the discussion goes in two directions. 1) There are no apostles today. 2) Apostles exist and they are the top dogs of the church today. Both extremes are flat-out wrong! They do exist and they are servants who have a specific Yeshua-assigned job to carry out. Take a listen. You'll begin to see those in Yeshua's body who are obviously apostles and you'll be protected against some of today's self-proclaimed apostles seeking power and influence.

Ephesian 4:11 Leadership Gifts, part 3 - 1st c. Synagogue Leadership

February 21st, 2019

Yeshua did not create leadership functions for His New Covenant Community. Why reinvent what was already functioning well? There were already leadership functions in the 1st c. synagogues. Instead, what the Bible shows us is that there are certain functions declared to be gifts from Yeshua to the New Covenant community/synagogues - Apostles, Prophets, Pastors, Teachers, Evangelists. But did you know these functions were already established in synagogues? They operated alongside the President, Superintendent, Preacher, elders, deacons! Ready for an amazing change of perspective?

Ephesian 4:11 Leadership Gifts, part 2 - Intro

January 18th, 2019

Pastor Jay completes his introduction to the Leadership Gifts of Ephesians 4:11. In this message Pastor Jay looks at the main purpose for the gifts (equipping and edifying), how long these gifts would be found in the Body (Surprise! They are not just for the 1st c.) and how these gifts relate to Jesus as the Head of His Body.

Ephesian 4:11 Leadership Gifts, part 1 - Intro

January 18th, 2019

Apostles, Prophets, Pastors, Teachers, Evangelists - according to Paul in Ephesians 4, they truly are God's gifts to the church! Here's the shocker...Yeshua/Jesus didn't invent these leadership functions. They were already present in synagogue life! But what are they and how are they supposed to function? Pastor Jay begins a series on the Jewish foundation of these gifts (and others within the synagogue) to help us understand them and offer a well-deserved corrective to some errant practices today. This series is an overview of Ephesians 4 and why these leadership functions are crucial to the church!