Yeshua Kingdom is a small home Bible study group, made up of families from all over Arizona who meet in Surprise, Arizona weekly on Erev Shabbat (Friday evening). We are disciples of Messiah Yeshua, and seek to do His will, as expressed by both Himself, and by Moses in the Torah. If you are a disciple and follower of Messiah Yeshua, and are pursuing the Torah-based lifestyle, we welcome you to come, learn, and fellowship with us!
We are very informal. This is NOT a church service. This is a home fellowship of like minded believers, who get together, eat together, study the Word together, and encourage one another.
Interested in joining us?
You MUST email email@example.com or call Allen @ 602-499-4798 for more information, as this is a private home fellowship.
Join us for our newest study: the book of jonah!
In this week’s study, we take a closer look at the prophetic Book of Jonah (Yonah) to see what we might have missed while reading this book as a children’s story. We discover some interesting things when we look more carefully at key words in the Hebrew text that can lead us deeper into the true meaning of this interesting prophetic book.
Why did Yeshua (Jesus) reference the Book of Jonah as a reference for the “sign” that people were looking for in His day? Was is simply because Jonah was “in the heart of the fish” for three days, or does it go deeper than this?
What else does this wonderful book have to teach us about Yeshua, the end times, and the spread of the Good News of the Kingdom of Elohim? Stay with us as we dig deeper into the prophetic Book of Yonah (Jonah)!
Our Previous Study in The Book of Acts, Chapter 26, 27, 28
In this week’s Hebrew Roots / Messianic study of the Book of Acts, we’re coming to the end of our study! We read through chapters 26, 27, and 28, taking a closer look at the historical narrative of Paul’s travel to Rome from Cesarea Maritima. While this is a mostly straight forward historical narrative, there are some rather interesting theological gems here as well.
Our Previous Study in The Book of Acts, Chapter 25
In this week’s Messianic / Hebrew Roots study of the Book of Acts, chapter 25, we more closely examine the sociopolitical context of Paul’s hearing before Roman governor Festus, Agrippa, and his sister, Berenice. We note that Paul ably defends himself, and that Festus seems inclined to let him go, but in order to protect himself from further plots by his countrymen, Paul appeals to Festus to send him to the Roman Emperor.
Another interesting comment by Paul emerges from his presentation before Festus et al, about being free of sin regarding “Jewish law.” This seems to be a clear indication that Paul continued to live his life as a Pharisee, right up until his death, which was soon approaching. This shouldn’t surprise us, as he’s made this assertion on more than one occasion, and yet we overlook it so quickly and dismiss it.
The upshot is, that there is no incongruity between living life as a Pharisee, and being a believer in Messiah Yeshua, contrary to modern Christian commentary.
We hope this study of Acts chapter 25 will be helpful to you in your walk with God and Messiah Yeshua. Blessings!
Our Previous Study in The Book of Acts, Chapter 24
In this week’s Messianic / Hebrew Roots study of the Book of Acts, chapter 24, we take a closer look at Paul’s court proceeding with the provincial Roman governor, Felix. While this might section might simply seem like a repeat of previous court hearings with Paul, we do catch a couple of key differences. First, is it possible that the Sanhedrin has placed the prosecutorial duties into the hands of the Pharisees? Second, Does the Sanhedrin’s hiring the services of a “rhetor” give us some clue into the court’s previous proceedings? Along the way, we also note a few key sentences from Paul that can easily be overlooked as being insignificant, and yet are truly profound. What does Paul mean when he asserts that he “believes all that is written” in the Torah and the prophets?
Join us as we dig through Acts chapter 24 to answer these questions and more. Blessings of the Sabbath!
Our Previous Study in The Book of Acts, Chapter 23
In this week’s Messianic / Hebrew Roots study of the Book of Acts, we examine Chapter 23! Unfortunately, too late, I discovered that I had completely SKIPPED chapter 22. . . So sorry about that! Anyhow, onward and upward.
Acts Chapter 23 features Shaul / Paul in front of the Sanhedrin, where he quickly discovers that he is NOT going to receive a fair hearing of his defense, let alone a fair trial. Quickly intuiting this, he forms a strategy to divide and conquer his enemies. He sets the Sadducees against the Pharisees, and the wheels come off. . . He is snatched up by the Roman guard from the melee, and we’re off to see the Provincial Governor, Felix.
Join us as we take a closer look at Acts Chapter 23. We hope that you’ll receive some blessing from our study, and thanks a bunch for hanging out with us!
Our Previous Study in The Book of Acts, Chapter 21
In this week’s Hebrew Roots / Messianic study of the Book of Acts, we examine Shaul’s fateful trip to Jerusalem. In spite of the warnings from fellow believers, Shaul is compelled by the Spirit to go up to Jerusalem to complete his mission of delivering alms to the poor, pay the Tempe tax, and report to the leading elders of the Messianic congregation. What happens there was mostly predictable.
The interesting thing about Acts chapter 21 is the interaction of James (Yaakov) and Shaul, as they put to rest the vicious rumors about Shaul. Interestingly, these same false reports and vicious rumors have became mainstream Christian “doctrine” in spite of all Biblical evidence to the contrary, and it all centers around “three simple concepts:” sabbath, unclean meats, and God’s appointed Feasts.
Join us as we discuss more about Acts chapters 20 and 21. Thanks!
Our Previous Study in The Book of Acts, Chapter 20
Welcome to this week’s Messianic / Hebrew Roots Bible study & discussion group. This week, we’re looking more closely at the Book of Acts, chapter 20. In this week’s discussion, we’re dealing with the “unbelieving Jews” and their plots to kill Paul. Who are these people, and WHY are they trying to kill Paul? We discover some rather startling answers that impact us today, more directly that we’d probably like. The bottom line is that the unbelieving Jews who were trying to kill Paul were doing so because they thought they were doing the righteous thing by removing an apostate, heretical “prophet” who was “leading the people astray” after a false God. Indeed, if many of the things that are said to be true of Paul WERE actually true, then indeed, Paul should have been killed. This is a hard pill to swallow, and yet it’s precisely correct.
However, we know that this twisted and perverted view of the Apostle Paul and his teachings is NOT correct, and needs to be cast aside.
Join us, as we dig deeper into the truth of the Gospel, and set the record straight.
Our Previous Study in The Book of Acts, Chapter 19
In this week’s Hebrew Roots / Messianic study of the Book of Acts, chapter 19, we take a close look at the events unfolding in the City of Ephesus. The “highly cultured” and purely pagan city of Ephesus is very much like modern cities of today’s world, with lots of religious syncretism, idolatry, and mammon-worship, and while Paul and his companions have some success here, as always, there’s lots of trouble brewed up.
In the first place, we need to take a closer look at these disciples found in Ephesus who have no idea that there is even such a thing as a “holy spirit.” Or is that the correct translation of the Greek? Are these “believers” who are lacking the Holy Spirit? Is that even possible? This takes us on a fascinating discussion of the role of the Holy Spirit and His/Her relationship and functioning with the individual believer.
Next, we take a closer look at the role of religious relics and their history both inside the Scriptures and in the religious world, and note: when is this ok, and when does it devolve into idolatry? Where’s that fine line?
Join us as we take an in-depth look at Acts, chapter 19. We hope this study will benefit you in your daily walk with God and the Messiah Yeshua. Blessings!
Our Previous Study in The Book of Acts, Chapter 18
In this week’s Hebrew Roots / Messianic study of the Book of Acts, chapter 18, we take a close look at Paul and friends’ journey to the ancient city of Corinth. Here are a few of the key points of this chapter that bear further review and study / discussion:
First, many scholars believe that this episode in the Book of Acts occurred at or around 50 AD. Why is this, and what evidence is there to support this assertion? Why does it matter?
Second, we take a close look at the use of the Greek word “nomos” and how it is variously translated as either law, traditions, or Torah in some Bibles, what the differences are, and how context plays a most important role in understanding scripture, and Paul especially.
Another key consideration in this chapter is Paul’s hair cut. Now, you might think: why is Paul getting a haircut significant at all?! Well, unless you understand the context of how this happened and why, you might form some mistaken impressions about the Apostle Paul that can get you seriously mixed up when you read his letters to the Messianic Congregations throughout Asia Minor.
We hope that this discussion will assist you in your Scripture study, and open your mind to the wonderful things that God has for you in His word. Blessings!
Our Previous Study in The Book of Acts, Chapter 17
In this week’s Messianic / Hebrew Roots study of the Book of Acts, chapter 17, we’re taking a closer look at Paul and his companions traveling through Macedonia and Greece. First, we’re looking at the emissaries visit to Thessaloniki, and how and why this visit was so different than the visit to Berea. What makes the Bereans “noble-minded?”
We look more closely at the Epicurean and Stoic philosophies of ancient Greek culture and note the eerie similarities to what appears to have been re-introduced in the Enlightenment era, and continues through to this day. Seems there’s nothing new under the sun, eh?
Finally, we look at how the Gospel was presented to different groups of people within Macedonia and Greece. For example, when presenting the Gospel to Jews, God-Fearers, and Proselytes, the Hebrew Scriptures (commonly misidentified as the “Old Testament”) is always used, and when presenting to gentiles, the Scriptures are never used. Bottom line: meet people where they are, and speak a language they can understand!
We hope this discussion will be helpful for your journey of better understanding the Scriptures!
Our Previous Study in The Book of Acts, Chapter 16
In this week’s Hebrew Roots / Messianic study of the Book of Acts, we’re taking a closer look at chapter 16 and Paul’s second missionary journey. One of the first things we need to look more closely at is the circumcision of Timothy. Why did Paul circumcise Timothy but not Titus? Was he bowing to pressure from the unbelieving Jews of those parts of Asia Minor?
Next, we look into the matter of placing ourselves “at the crossroads,” so to speak, and meet God half -way. This is the essence of walking in the Spirit, as we take the wisdom and discernment that God gives us, prayerfully consider our options, get good, Godly counsel, and move forward. Somewhere along the way, we have to humbly walk forward, looking for the Spirit’s prompting, to guide us and correct our path.
Finally, we look closer at how Paul and Sila get caught up in some struggles with the local populace over the casting out of a “python spirit” in a slave girl.
I hope that you will be blessed and encouraged by this discussion, and learn to walk more closely with the Father and Messiah Yeshua. Blessings, and Shabbat Shalom!
Our Previous Study in The Book of Acts, Chapter 15d
In this week’s Hebrew Roots / Messianic study of the Book of Acts, we conclude our examination of Acts chapter 15. In this discussion, we focus our attention on the specific instructions to the nations who are turning to God and try to determine, “What do these things mean?” What we quickly realize is that without a deeper look at the Torah itself, these instructions either make no sense at all, or are poorly understood. However, once we look at the heart of the Torah in Leviticus 16-18, we see a direct correlation to our text of Acts 15. This brings a new level of clarity and revelation to the text, and things start to make much more sense.
We also look carefully at some logical questions regarding what this all means, and whether anyone, and most especially the moderators of God’s covenants, have the authority to amend, terminate, or institute any new instructions. The answer is an unequivocal “NO.” However, there have been many false prophets who have said that they do indeed have the authority to change God’s instructions to man: the pope, Mohammad, Joseph Smith, et al.
We come to the conclusion that God is the same, yesterday, today, and tomorrow, and that His revelation is unfolding over long spans of human history to more fully reveal the salvation that He offers in the Messiah Yeshua. Blessed be His holy name forever and ever. Amen!
Our Previous Study in The Book of Acts, Chapter 15C
In this week’s Messianic / Hebrew Roots study of the Book of Acts, chapter 15 part c, we take a closer look at the ruling of the Jerusalem Council. What is the ruling of the council regarding what is needful for Gentile converts to Messianic Judaism of the 1st Century, and how are we to interpret these ideas for today?
Is it the case that Gentiles only need to concern themselves with ceremonial pollution of idols, strangled meats, blood, and sexual immorality? Is this the be-all-end-all of “commandments to the Gentiles?” Surely not?
What about the 10 commandments? What about the many regulations for right and wrong that are not directly related to the 10 commandments? Surely something has gotten missed in translation along the way? Indeed.
Take a listen as we discuss Acts chapter 15’s Jerusalem Council ruling, from a 1st Century perspective. I think you’ll fins some ideas coming into more clear focus for you. Blessings, and shalom.
I know that many of us pray, but wish that we knew how to pray, “better”. Now, I’ve said that many times myself, and it can seem rather undefined to say we should pray “better”. What does that mean? I do personally think that many of us do not know how to pray as we could or should. Sometimes we say the Lord’s Prayer, and deep within us, we feel kind of weird saying “canned prayer,” and feel that we’re just using rote words that don’t mean anything to us. . .READ MORE