Messianic Apologetics

Addressing the Theological and Spiritual Issues of the Broad Messianic Movement

Shabbat School

J.K. McKee of Messianic Apologetics goes through the study questions for Ch 7 in the Messianic Beginnings workbook:

1. List some differences that you have observed between being “Christian” and being “Messianic.”

2. Why do you think many Christians oppose the Torah obedience of Messianics?

3. After being saved, do you think that we should all retain the faith of a child? Explain what it means to “abide” in the Lord.

4. Do you know people who give reasons for not following the Torah? What do they say?

5. What is the key difference between Messianics and Christians relating to Yeshua and the Torah?

J.K. McKee of Messianic Apologetics goes through the study questions for Ch 6 in the Messianic Beginnings workbook:

1. What verses in the Torah does Peter quote from where the Lord says “you shall be holy for I am holy”? What is some of the context of “holiness,” knowing its Torah background?

2. What is the Hebrew term kashrut derived from?

3. What was the first commandment given to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden?

4. Describe what the forbidden fruit might have been like in light of the Hebrew word ta’avah.

5. Do you or do you not believe that there was an understanding of clean and unclean prior to the Noahdic Flood? Why or why not?

6. Do you think that the Tanach (Old Testament) meaning of “food” carries over into the Apostolic Scriptures (New Testament)? Why or why not?

7. List some of the land animals, marine creatures, and birds that people eat today which are considered unclean according to the Torah.

8. What is the interpretation of Peter’s vision of Acts 10, given by Peter himself?

9. What aspects of your diet do you think may have to change?

10. What do you think about those who defiantly oppose the dietary laws in light of Isaiah 66?

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?

J.K. McKee of Messianic Apologetics goes through the study questions for Ch 4 in the Messianic Beginnings workbook:

1. On what day did God rest from His work? What is the Hebrew word for this?

2. Why did God command the Israelites to keep the Sabbath?

3. What is the “sign” between God and His people? What is the significance of this sign?

4. How were the Israelites to observe the Sabbath?

5. In what context is Shabbat one of the Lord’s appointed times? Explain.

6. How is the Sabbath to be a delight?

7. What is the context of sojourners within Israel keeping the Sabbath?

8. Explain what happened when the Southern Kingdom exiles returned from Babylon in regard to the Sabbath. Why do you think the Rabbis added extra-Biblical regulations to observing Shabbat? Do you think their reasoning was justified? Why or why not?

9. Do you believe that Yeshua kept the Sabbath? Why or why not?

10. What are some blessings that those who keep the Sabbath can obtain?

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