The LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself. (Deuteronomy 14:2, KJV)
It’s hard being a peculiar people. They say that birds of a feather flock together, but where do you find your flock when there are no other birds of your particular feather flocking together?
It’s a problem for a lot of us. Sometimes we feel as though we don’t fit into conventional churches because we object to supercessionist theology. It’s hard to listen to teachings about the cancellation of the Torah and the replacement of the Jewish people. But what are the options? Healthy Messianic congregations are scarce. So where do we find our people?
I want to create a spiritual home and a place to belong for all the round-peg-shaped disciples that would like to take a weekly break from being pounded into square theological holes. I want to create a safe environment for spiritual growth and kingdom-based teaching where you are accepted for who you are, where your curiosity is encouraged, and where the meaning of the Bible can be unlocked from a Messianic Jewish perspective. I’m not talking about starting a new denomination or leaving your congregation; I’m talking about Torah Club.
Starting in the fall of 2018, First Fruits of Zion will be changing things up. We are going to relaunch our popular Torah Club program as a weekly para-church (or para-synagogue) Bible study small group where disciples gather to learn and get their spiritual batteries recharged. It’s going to be a safe environment because the teachings are from our Torah Club materials, the group leaders will receive training from FFOZ, and our teachers will be involved, providing a weekly teaching.