5 December, 2020

Messianic Apologetics

Addressing the Theological and Spiritual Issues of the Broad Messianic Movement

The Messianic Walk series

J.K. McKee of Messianic Apologetics goes through the six study questions for Unit Five in The Messianic Walk workbook:

1. What do you, and/or your family, expect to get out of being a part of a Messianic congregation? Have you fully considered all, or at least most, of the dynamics of what it means to be involved in the restoration of Israel?

2. What might be some of the similarities, but also differences, between a Messianic Jewish congregation, and (a) a Jewish synagogue, (b) an evangelical Protestant church? Speculate if necessary.

3. Are you concerned at the presence of false teachings within the Messianic movement? How might this affect your involvement in a Messianic assembly? (If necessary, describe your experience.)

4. Do you have the perseverance and fortitude to truly see your involvement with the Messianic movement through, to whatever God has intended for it?

5. In your estimation, how important is it for the Body of Messiah to experience unity? Why do you think people have a tendency to divide over what are ultimately minor issues?

6. While Jewish and non-Jewish Believers do have their differences—do you think it is useful for Messianic congregations to focus on differences first, or common faith first? Which approach do you think will encourage unity, mutual honor and respect, and a pooling of gifts and talents?

J.K. McKee of Messianic Apologetics goes through the six study questions for Unit Four in The Messianic Walk workbook:

1. How have you been involved in declaring the good news to your friends and neighbors? Why do you think that Jewish evangelism might be somewhat different than reaching other people groups?

2. Why are some of the standard religious terms, used by contemporary Christianity, rather offensive to Jewish people? Have you ever consciously considered how other people might be turned off to the good news, by a word or term that you have used?

3. What are some of the significant ways that you can reach out to your Jewish friends and neighbors with the good news of Messiah? How much do you understand the Jewish struggle in history? How much do you need to improve your understanding of the Jewish experience?

4. In your own words, summarize the importance of Jewish outreach and evangelism. How important is this to your local assembly? How important is it to you, personally?

5. Are you aware of the various non-Jewish movements, associated with the term “Messianic” in some way? Have you ever encountered them? If so, describe your experience.

6. What do you think might be the major problem involved with the various non-Jewish movements associating as “Messianic” or “Hebrew Roots”? Do you think they are facilitating the legitimate purposes of the Messianic mission? Why or why not?

J.K. McKee of Messianic Apologetics goes through the six study questions for Unit Three in The Messianic Walk workbook:

1. Have you ever been taught that it is only one’s internal heart condition that is important, and that external actions or deeds do not matter? Describe some of your experiences.

2. What external areas of Torah adherence are you most familiar with? What external areas of Torah adherence will you need to study and investigate further?

3. What are some of the challenges that today’s Messianic people often have with eating a kosher style of diet? How many of them are theological, and how many of them involve deep family traditions?
4. What is some of the variance one may witness at a Messianic congregation, in terms of how the Torah’s dietary laws are honored?

5. Why can there be various controversies associated with external forms of Torah adherence? How much do they relate to an individual’s or family’s interpretation and application of various instructions?

6. What are the kinds of Torah-based practices that you think require an individual or family to consult with congregational leadership? Why do you think some people are more divisive than others, in matters of Torah keeping?