Messianic Apologetics

Addressing the Theological and Spiritual Issues of the Broad Messianic Movement

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Issues involving men and women in the Body of Messiah, are not too frequently discussed in today’s Messianic movement, unless they are from a relatively strict complementarian viewpoint. John McKee of Messianic Apologetics approaches the subject of men and women from an egalitarian perspective. In this episode, we respond to some of the feedback we have received throughout our Men and Women series, addressing: the issue of single and celibate men and women in today’s Messianic movement, and the difficulties they face in not being treated as the equals of married persons.

J.K. McKee of Messianic Apologetics goes through the study questions for Ch 5 in the Messianic Beginnings workbook:

1. Do you think it is significant that large numbers of non-Jewish Believers are celebrating the Biblical holidays?

2. Why are we to celebrate the Biblical moedim?

3. Briefly describe Passover and its significance to us as Believers in Messiah.

4. Briefly describe the Festival of Unleavened Bread and its significance to us as Believers in Messiah.

5. Briefly describe the Feast of Weeks and its significance to us as Believers in Messiah.

6. Briefly describe the Day of Blowing and its significance to us as Believers in Messiah.

7. Briefly describe the Day of Atonement and its significance to us as Believers in Messiah.

8. Briefly describe the Feast of Tabernacles and its significance to us as Believers in Messiah.

9. Briefly describe the Eighth Day Assembly and its significance to us as Believers in Messiah.

10. When Believers celebrate the appointed times today, what should be the emphasis of our celebration? To what regard should Jewish tradition be incorporated? How should we properly allow for variance in celebration?

11. Are you excited about celebrating the Biblical holidays? Why or why not?

12. Why do you think mainstream Christianity today largely does not keep the appointed times, or believes them to be unimportant?

What kind of issues present themselves when the Passover season arrives? Would you believe that there are some people in the Messianic community today who do not believe that the Last Supper was a real, or even a kind-of, seder meal? How many of you have been engulfed in the argument that we need to do exactly what Yeshua did, and not any “traditions of men,” making Passover a bit unexciting? While there are longstanding disagreements on halachah between the Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jewish traditions on what is kosher for Passover, think about some of the new Messianic disagreements that have arisen on what actually took place in those days leading up to Yeshua’s betrayal and execution. How long is three days and three nights? Was the Messiah really crucified, or put to death another away? And this is only a short list of what often gets discussed… Part 4 of 4

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