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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call Allen @ 602-499-4798 for more information, as this is a private home fellowship.
newest study: Acts 20b & 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.
Our Previous Study in The Book of Acts, Chapter 15b
In this week’s Messianic / Hebrew Roots study of the Book of Acts, we arrive at this most misunderstood and enigmatic passage of the New Testament. First, we need to examine closely who the key players are. Next, we need to accurately identify the key terms used in this passage, which seem to cause so much confusion. For example, what is meant by “circumcision?” What about “saved?” Or, that most misunderstood concept of “the Torah of Moses?”
Once we get a careful handle on who these players are, and what THEY mean by these terms, we can begin to work through these thorny issues and see: what is the believer in Messiah Yeshua / Jesus to do in his or her daily walk?
The answers are likely to surprise you. Stick with us as we carefully navigate this most critical passage of the New Testament book of Acts, chapter 15. Blessings,
Our Previous Study in The Book of Acts, Chapter 14a & 15 INtro
In this week’s Messianic / Hebrew Roots study of the Book of Acts, we are taking a closer look at chapters 14, and 15. In chapter 14, we note a few interesting things. First, as the disciples Paul and Barnabas travel to Iconium, the response to the Gospel message is quite different than what happened in Antioch, both from the presentation angle and the response by the hearers. In this most fascinating section, we see that the purely pagan gentiles in Lystra and Derbe believe that two Greek gods come to visit them, and get ready to worship Paul and Barnabas. Things progress from bad to worse, as Paul is stoned, and dragged out of town, where he is left for dead. Owing to some incredible courage, and being filled with the Spirit of God, Paul heads right back into town.
We note in chapter 14 an interesting comparison being made between two lame, crippled men who hear the message, and respond, but in very different ways.
Finally, we do a brief introduction to that most contentious of New Testament passages, Acts Chapter 15. We read this chapter in its entirety, and make some preliminary remarks, before time constraints force us to leave off for next week. SO, we hope that this brief study will be beneficial to you in your walk with God, and with His Messiah Yeshua. Blessings,
Our Previous Study in The Book of Acts, Chapter 13b
In this week’s Messianic, Hebrew Roots study of Acts Chapter 13, we’re taking a closer look at Paul’s presentation of the advent of Messiah Yeshua to a local synagogue in the Greek City of Lystra. We first take note of which points Paul chooses to bring in to the narrative as he presents his proof that Yeshua is the Messiah of Israel. We start with Abraham, and move through the Exodus, Samuel, David, Isaiah, Habakkuk, and John the Baptist, wondering “Why is Paul bringing these stories into his narrative? What point is he making?”
We next look at a couple of the key issues in this chapter that are rather thorny. For example, did God appoint certain people who would believe, or did they “judge themselves” to be unworthy of eternal life? Another things is, what does Paul mean when he says that the advent of Messiah Yeshua provides for justification in a way that was not possible with the Torah of Moshe?
Join us as we dig deeper into these most interesting aspects of the Book of Acts. We hope that this will be a blessing to you in your walk with Messiah Yeshua. Blessings,
Our Previous Study in The Book of Acts, Chapter 13a
In this week’s Messianic / Hebrew Roots study of the Book of Acts, Chapter 13, we take a close look at Shaul’s first missionary journey to Asia Minor in the City of Pisidian Antioch.
One of the first things we note is that there are some interesting bits of spiritual jargon being used here, and we need to break down these terms to see what’s really being said here, and how are we to understand this? What is the difference between a prophet and a teacher? What does it mean to “minister to the Lord?” What does it really mean, in the context of 1st Century Judaism, to fast and pray?
Finally, we look carefully into the troubled relationship that began to spring up between the original Jewish followers of Messiah Yeshua and the Goyim who would attach themselves to the movement.
Join us as we explore this key transitional stage of the development of the Book of Acts. We hope this study will be a blessing to you as you follow in the footsteps of Messiah Yeshua.
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