Recently, I presented a paper at the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism (LCJE) conference in Denver. My topic was “Paul within Judaism: The Implications for Jewish Evangelism.” Going into the presentation, I knew that this subject would generate a strong reaction. I was not wrong.
The idea I put forth presented a framework for understanding Jesus, Paul, and the New Testament that most of the students had not considered. I found them to be very engaged and respectful, even if not entirely embracing what I was saying.
We love to host these types of events at the Bram Center. This is where we shine—when we can provide teaching, enable discussion, and provide excellent teachers with a platform to speak. We have so much occurring at the Bram Center every day, and this is just one of our many functions.
It was amazing and inspiring to see the bonds that were formed among the young adults during the 2016 conference. We must continue to create opportunities for relationships and community to form within the Messianic movement, especially among its youth. FFOZ’s new initiatives will help to do just that.
This year at our national conference we will not only have our usual teaching track for adults, but an additional track for young adults. It is our prayer that this will be the first of many similar events and that we can, with God’s help, energize young people for this important work of the kingdom.
Our culture has created a world without absolutes or definitions. Thus, if we want to raise children with a sense of absolutes and definitions, we will meet resistance from the majority of culture that we are part of. It is going to be increasingly difficult.
Young people are becoming conspicuously absent in the Messianic Jewish movement. The Bible instructs us to teach the Torah to the next generation and to recount the works of the LORD from generation to generation. How can we insure that the revelation of Messianic Jewish teaching will survive us? This will be the theme at our 2016 National Shavuot Conference. Join us this year!
There are lots of ways to experience the land of Israel, but FFOZ’s historical-geography study tour is primarily about placing the stories and events of the Bible onto the land of Israel. It’s a tour for serious students and for everyone who loves the Bible.
Our core principles as a ministry involve restoring the Jewish Messiah, restoring the Torah, restoring the gospel, and restoring Israel. It is our conviction that as these fundamental areas are restored to their biblical context, efforts to reach the Jewish people with the good news of Yeshua will be strengthened.
The focus of the Bram Center is to seek our own community, while challenging evangelistic theological paradigms. We must be aware of the many influences that have, perhaps incorrectly, shaped our thinking. And, we must be willing to challenge them in a thoughtful and coherent manner.
I have decided that, God willing, I would like my next house to have a big front porch where I can have a couple of rocking chairs to sit in. I have a feeling that we established a relationship with the community in Baton Rouge that will continue for years to come and I look forward to seeing all the fruit it will produce.
The rebel image of Jesus that became popular with the 1960s baby-boom generation might be responsible for a lot of today’s instability in Christian lives and congregations. Drawing insights from Torah Club and the teachings of First Fruits of Zion, Pastor Rudoski demonstrates that the anarchist and anti-religious Jesus is not the Jesus of the Bible.
“How was your vacation?” Every time I return from a teaching trip with First Fruits of Zion, someone from my home community will ask, “How was your vacation.” A teaching trip with First Fruits of Zion is always a great adventure, but it is never a vacation.
Chinese Christians have a lot to offer us and the future of Christianity, and we have a lot to offer them as they shape that future. Teaching resources from First Fruits of Zion could potentially help stabilize Chinese Christians in the Bible and keep them from repeating mistakes made by the church in the past.
Christians in China count the cost of discipleship before making a decision to follow Yeshua because the cost is so much higher than it is in the west. First Fruits of Zion teachers Boaz Michael and Daniel Lancaster bring the message of the Jewish gospel to young Chinese believers and plant the seeds of the gospel message of the kingdom into good soil.
First Fruits of Zion teachers Boaz Michael and Daniel Lancaster take a high speed train into the interior of China for a few days of extraordinary “sight-seeing” and contact with extended family members in the People’s Republic of China. In the process, they meet a few unexpected visitors and make new friends.
In the latest update from First Fruits of Zion's outreach in China, Boaz Michael teaches against replacement theology in a Hong Kong area church while addressing the Paris attacks and the kingdom of heaven’s vision of peace.
Hong Kong Christians are ready to learn about the Jewishness of their faith. FFOZ Teachers Boaz Michael and D. T. Lancaster visit Hong Kong to support the release of the Chinese edition of First Fruits of Zion resources, and in the process, they encounter the work of others laboring in the same field, some friendly, some not so much.
When American Starbucks Coffee shops began to remove Christmas branding from their products, they incited an online outcry from conservative Christians, but Starbucks in Hong Kong still has the Christmas spirit: commercialism unhampered by political correctness.
First Fruits of Zion teachers Boaz Michael and Daniel Lancaster visit Hong Kong to support the release of the Chinese edition of HaYesod and Holy Epistle to the Galatians. We are pleased to be working in close association with the Hong Kong representatives of Christian Mission to the Jews and HaDavar Yeshivah.