Speaking Engagements

Bill Siegler is available to speak in churches, conferences, retreats, Bible studies, missions groups, or other venues. This work centers around two main goals. The first is helping to equip the church for the task of reaching out to, and sharing the Jewish Messiah with the Jewish people. The second is ministering to churches and other organizations by showing how a deeper appreciation and understanding of the Jewish roots of the Christian faith can enrich their own walk with God and their proclamation of the Gospel. All teachings are accompanied by a relevant and engaging PowerPoint presentation. A number of topics are available in seminar format in addition to being shared at a single service or event. Bill's ministry also includes Messianic music, either featured within or alongside a teaching, or as a full concert of original material with the musical group Fire By Night.

Please Contact Us to schedule a meeting, or for additional information.

Teaching Topics - Holidays

God created "lights in the firmament of the heavens" to serve as "signs and seasons" (Genesis 1:14) - a foreshadowing of the Hebrew calendar which serves as a yearly reminder of His faithfulness and His Covenant. These ancient "appointed times" form the basis of the Jewish holidays, celebrated by the early church, each representing a specific part of God's plan of redemption as fulfilled in the person and work of Jesus the Messiah. This series of messages and worship services provide rich insight into these holidays and how they deepen our experience and understanding of our Lord's work: both that which has been fulfilled in the first advent, and that which has yet to be fulfilled in the future. Please click on a topic to view a description:


Messiah in the Passover

The Passover is an ancient festival that carries a powerful message for today. The first of seven "appointed times" given to ancient Israel, this holiday forms the primary background for understanding the events of the Upper Room, the symbolism of the Lord's table, and the meaning of Messiah's sacrificial death. Within the Passover we hear the story of the Exodus and learn how Israel's redemption from bondage in ancient Egypt is linked to the redemption we have in Jesus, "the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world."

 

The Messiah in the Passover may be presented in the following formats:

 

  1. Sermon: the Passover is presented in topical sermon format, emphasizing the origins of the Lord's Supper as a Passover Seder, and the themes of sanctification, deliverance, redemption, and acceptance that we have through the grace of our Lord Yeshua, the Lamb of God.
  2. Messiah in the Passover presentation: the teaching of the Passover is presented in the context of a Seder delivered in a demonstration format. Each of the elements of the Passover Seder plate are explained in their relation to God's plan of redemption, along with traditional and Messianic Passover music performed live.
  3. Passover Seder: The congregation is invited to participate in the Passover Seder ceremony, typically held in a fellowship or banquet hall. The elements of the Passover Seder plate are present at each table, and all may share in the experience as the significance of each element is explained, along with traditional and Messianic Passover music performed live.
  4. Passover Seder Banquet: the Passover Seder is celebrated as described above, accompanied by a full traditional holiday meal (provided and prepared by the host congregation). Chosen People Ministries can provide detailed instructions to offer an authentic and edifying experience for all.

God's Appointed Times: Messiah in the Feasts of Israel

We read in the thirteenth chapter of the book of Leviticus that the God gave ancient Israel seven Moadim, or "appointed times" - festivals of special significance, times of meeting between God and man for holy purposes. All seven work together as part of an integrated whole, and together they foreshadow the work of Messiah - the entire story and plan of redemption. This message provides an introduction to God's Appointed Times, an exploration of prophecies fulfilled and yet to be fulfilled, looking forward to the culmination of all things, and to the Kingdom of God

Purim: Seeing the Unseen Hand of God

Purim is an ancient festival commemorating the deliverance of the Jewish people in Persian exile from the plot of the evil Haman that we read about in the Book of Esther. It is traditionally a joyous time of remembrance, festivity, and great food. This message focuses on the main themes found in Esther: purpose in life beyond that which we see, man's evil devices vs God's will and plan, God's faithfulness in spite of our unfaithfulness,  deliverance and divine sovereignty.

Messiah in the Spring Feasts of Israel

This can be presented in one or a series of messages that explain how the Messiah is related to the following Appointed Times of the Hebrew calendar:

 

  • Pesach (Passover), celebrating the Exodus from Egypt, pointing to the sacrificial death of Messiah
  • Matzah (Unleaved Bread), a continued commemoration of the Exodus, pointing to the burial of Messiah
  • Bikkurim (First Fruits), the ancient celebration of the first barley harvest, pointing to the resurrection
  • Shavuot (Weeks, or Pentecost), the ancient celebration of the first major harvest, the giving of the Law and inauguration of the Mosaic covenant, pointing to the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2, and the inauguration of the New Covenant

The Feast of Firstfruits: The Resurrection of Messiah in Hebrew Prophecy

Many have wondered if the Resurrection of Messiah was foreshadowed in the Torah. Well it was! Just as the Passover paints a clear picture of Messiah's atoning sacrifice for sin, God gave to Israel “Chag ha-Bikkurim” – the Feast of Firstfruits, which takes place every year exactly 3 days after Passover. This message explores the ancient prophecies and symbolism pointing us to the Resurrection, with all the power and significance this great event holds for every follower of Jesus.

Messiah in the Feast of Pentecost

Shavuot (the Feast of Weeks, also known as Pentecost) is an ancient Hebrew holiday celebrating the first major wheat harvest of the year. This holiday also commemorates the giving of the Law to Israel on Mt. Sinai on the first Shavuot following the Exodus from Egypt. It is no small coincidence that God chose this festival to inaugurate the New Covenant by pouring out his Ruach Kodesh (Holy Spirit) on Shavuot following the crucifixion and resurrection of Messiah. This message explores the ancient holiday, with continued  significance for us today.

Messiah in the Fall Feasts of Israel

This can be presented in one or a series of messages that explain how the Messiah is related to the following Appointed Times of the Hebrew calendar. The blowing of the shofar (trumpet) is included.

 

  • Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets), which celebrates the beginning of the Jewish Civil year, recalling a solemn assembly in ancient Israel in preparation for the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), pointing us to the sounding of the final Trumpet, preparing our hearts for that Day.
  • Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), considered the holiest day of the Jewish year, commemorating the work of Israel's high priest, pointing us to the atoning work of our Great High Priest (Jesus), and to the Day we all must stand before the Throne.
  • Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), which recalls 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, living in tents (booths) and worshiping in a portable tabernacle. As the great harvest festival in ancient Israel, Sukkot reminds us of God's continual providence, and points us to the day when "the tabernacle of God is with men."

Messiah in the Feast of Tabernacles

Tabernacles (Sukkot) recalls 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, living in tents (booths) and worshiping in a portable tabernacle. As the great harvest festival in ancient Israel (the original "Thanksgiving" feast), Sukkot reminds of God's continual providence in our lives. It also points us to the immanent presence of the Lord Jesus, who "tabernacled" with us as a man some two thousand years ago, and who is coming again soon to establish his eternal Kingdom. It was on Sukkot that Jesus made several memorable statements, and we gain deeper insight into his person and work as we review each in their ancient Jewish context.

 

Optional: a church can construct an actual tabernacle (simple directions provided) that serves as a great object lesson for the event, and a full worship service can be conducted around it, including Messianic music and liturgy.

Hanukkah - the Feast of Dedication

Hanukkah is an ancient holiday commemorating the victory of the Jewish people from the tyranny of a Greek king named Antiochus Epiphanes. God granted a miraculous victory, after which the temple was cleansed and dedicated. It was originally referred to as "hanukkat hamizbe’ach" - the dedication of the alter. At the time of Jesus it was referred to simply as "the Feast of Dedication." Jesus actually celebrated this holiday, and we read about it in John 10:22-30. This message explores the meaning of Hanukkah for followers of Jesus - for it was during this holiday that he made some very significant statements regarding his own identity, the identity of those who follow him, and about the true meaning of dedication.

Without Hanukkah there would be no Christmas

Hanukkah-the Feast of Dedication is referred to in John 10:22. It celebrates the victory of the Jewish freedom fighters over the evil Antiochus Epiphanes of the ancient Greek Empire. However, most people recognize Hanukkah as a year-end Jewish holiday characterized by the giving of presents, and the lighting of candles, similar to Christmas. Did you know that there is actually a strong connection between Christmas and Hanukkah? Most people do not know what one holiday has to do with the other. Yet these two great holidays are "joined at the hip" in quite a profound way-and the link goes much further than the giving of presents, the lighting of candles and the times of family togetherness we enjoy during this season. You see, without Hanukkah, there would be no Christmas!

Advent and the Jewish Messianic Hope

Centuries prior to the coming of Messiah, Jewish rabbis methodically and passionately taught the people of Israel that Messiah was coming. They taught that the people should be ready to embrace their King when he appeared. They emphasized the need for holy living and obedience to God's law. There were a number of Jewish sects at the time who expressed and worked out these ideas in unique ways, all painting the backdrop that we read about in the New Testament gospel accounts - a period of time bursting with expectation and tension. All the people of Israel, from the highest religious leaders to the lowliest shepherds and fishermen shared this sense of impending Advent. This message explores the historical backdrop to the Christmas story, connecting the sense of immanence of the first Advent to the second coming, and examines the role played by the Jewish people, both then and now.

Teaching Topics - General Interest

Please click on a topic to view a description:


Personal Testimony

Bill Siegler was raised in a reformed Jewish home without any knowledge or exposure to Jesus or Christianity. His personal testimony describes the experience of growing up in this context: going to Hebrew school, attending synagogue, celebrating the Jewish holidays, learning what it means to be Jewish, and living with the knowledge of the Holocaust and other persecutions. He describes in detail how God began to open his eyes in his late teen years, the experience of reading the words of Jesus for the first time in light of his Jewish upbringing, and the process by which God brought him to faith in the Jewish Messiah. He also speaks about dealing with family strife and persecution because of his faith, and the call to faithfulness in the midst of personal rejection. Overall, his personal testimony is presented to not only inform the church of a unique conversion experience, but also to inspire and encourage all believers to faithfully continue on in relationship and service to Jesus the Messiah.

 

A summary can be viewed here: www.ifoundshalom.com/video/bill-siegler

Sharing the Gospel with your Jewish Friends

The goal of this message is to equip the church to reach out to Jewish friends and neighbors with the Good News of the Jewish Messiah, including the following sub-topics:


  • Why witness to Jewish people?
  • Understanding modern Judaism
  • Understanding the Jewish people and Jewish culture
  • Cultivating relationships with Jewish friends
  • Sharing your personal testimony with Jewish people
  • Sharing the Gospel from the Hebrew Bible
  • Answering common Jewish objections to Jesus

Note: This topic is available in both sermon and seminar format.

The Blessings of Abraham: The Jewish People in God's Plan

God promised blessing to Abraham, and to the multitude of his descendants. He also promised that Abraham's progeny would be a blessing to the entire world. Have the Jewish people been blessed, and have they been a blessing? Some would argue the opposite, in light of history and world affairs. This message explores this idea of blessing and the plight of the Jewish people in history and modern times, revealing God's plan and intention for them in his work of redemption throughout history, and their unique role in things yet to come.

Thinking Biblically: The Importance of a Hebraic Worldview

When we speak of a worldview, we are talking about foundational ideas and assumptions upon which our entire lives are built. A worldview forms, influences, and generally shapes who we are, our values, and the decisions we make. Unfortunately, the worldview of many Christians today is more influenced by modern culture rather than scripture. A Biblical worldview will challenge our cultural assumptions, and a truly Biblical worldview is Hebraic at its roots, being derived from a Hebrew rather than a Greek / western mindset. This message sheds light on these distinctions and shows how a Hebraic worldview can help us navigate through the challenges of modern times.

The People, the Land, and the Future of Israel

Israel and the Jewish people are consistent major subject matters of modern news headlines. We are witnessing a global resurgence of anti-Semitism, from within western nations in general, and even from within certain portions of the church.  This message seeks to provide insight into the following significant questions:

 

  • What does the Bible teach regarding the role of the Jewish people in God's plan?
  • What does the Bible teach regarding the nation of Israel?
  • How can we best understand the Middle East crisis?
  • Why is there continual conflict surrounding the modern nation of Israel?
  • Will there ever be peace for Israel and her neighbors?
  • What does the existence of the nation state of Israel have to do with the church, end time prophecy, and you and I?

Note: This topic is available in both sermon and seminar format

The Gospel According to the TeNaK: the Messiah in the Old Testament

"TeNaK" is an acronym for the Hebrew Scriptures,  which was the only bible available to the early disciples of Jesus as they preached the gospel. As a sect of first century Judaism, the church mined the depths of ancient Hebrew prophecy concerning the person and work of the Jewish Messiah, pointing to Jesus of Nazareth as the One fulfilling all, and the inaugurator of the New Covenant. This message explores the key messianic prophecies of the Old Testament from the Torah through the prophets, forming a solid foundation for understanding the message of redemption found in the Hebrew Scriptures, and provides essential tools for sharing the gospel with the Jewish community.

Who Has Believed Our Report? (The Gospel according to Isaiah 53)

The book of Isaiah contains what is perhaps the most vivid and detailed description of the work of Messiah displayed in the Hebrew Bible. Written seven hundred years before the time of Jesus, it portrays the Servant of the Lord as one who willfully suffers a painful and deplorable death, despised and rejected, a man of sorrow and grief. This foretold suffering plays a pivotal role in God's plan of redemption. Yet Isaiah begins with the rhetorical question "Who has believed our report?" In these uncertain times it is more vital than ever to understand why the work of Messiah on the cross is the foundation of our faith - and why the Enemy is so focused on marginalizing and obscuring this essential truth. This message explores the message of the cross at its roots - and explains why followers of Jesus must defend it at any cost.

Israel, the Church, and the Purposes of God

This message is rooted and grounded in Romans chapters 9 through 11, and examines the relationship that exists between Israel and the Church, the historical roots of Antisemitism, modern theological positions (such as Replacement and Dual Covenant theologies), and Israel's unique role in the Second Coming of Messiah. More importantly, this message will help believers see the need for Jewish evangelism and encourage them to share the Gospel with their Jewish friends.

To the Jew First

"I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek."
Romans 1:16

The “To the Jew First” presentation examines God’s strategy for evangelism according to Romans 1:16, and the Churches’ responsibility in carrying out this task.

From Elohim to Abba - the Revelation of the Divine Name

In Jewish thought, a name is not merely an arbitrary designation, a random combination of sounds. The name conveys the nature, essence, and reputation of the person or thing named.  As we understand the Name of the Lord in all of its forms and nuance we gain an understanding of who God is and of our relationship to Him. This message explores the revelation of the divine name as it is progressively revealed throughout the pages of scripture - from the Elohim of Creation to the Abba of the New Testament.

Shema - Hear O' Israel

For three and a half millennia the Jewish people have proclaimed these words evening and morning: "Hear O' Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One." It is a divine call of awakening to what Jesus called the "greatest commandment" - a call to love God with all of our being. This message examines the meaning of this passage (Deuteronomy 6:4-5) in light of its historical and cultural context, calling God's people today to the same love for the Lord as He Himself demonstrated for us at Calvary.

The Two Paths

The book of Psalms begins with a passage written in the literary genre of ancient Hebrew wisdom literature - a style of writing that conveys truth that may not be overtly obvious to most people. The psalmist speaks of two distinct paths: one firmly planted in worldliness, the other firmly planted in Torah - the truth of God's Word. These two paths lead to two divergent ends: one to life and peace, the other to destruction. This message examines the first Psalm and draws practical application in the face of a culture that is becoming increasingly hostile to godly living and provides sound biblical encouragement to continue in the Path that leads to life.

Hebraic Perspectives Series

The Hebraic Perspectives series provides valuable insights into relevant topics based in both the Jewish historical and cultural context of scripture, Hebrew exegesis, and modern Jewish culture and practices. Please click on a topic to view a description:


Worship: A Hebraic Perspective

This message (or seminar) explores the meaning and practice of worship found in the life and devotion of the Jewish people as revealed in the pages of scripture. Our goal is to gain deeper insight and understanding into the true nature of worship, how it applies to all aspects of our lives (both individually and corporately), and to draw closer to God as true worshippers, "for the Father is seeking such to worship Him" (John 4:24). We explore the scriptural basis and motivation for true worship, as well as the various "colors" or nuances of worship that may be derived from the various relevant Hebrew texts.

Note: This topic is available in both sermon and seminar format.

At the Feet of the Rabbi: A Hebraic Perspective of Discipleship

"Follow me"

 

Have you ever wondered why Jesus spoke these words so often and so freely, and why they didn't seem strange in the ears of those to whom he spoke? This message explores discipleship in its original first century Jewish context: what our Lord really meant when he spoke these words, what  it means to follow Him, with the goal of gaining a deeper understanding of how we can learn at the feet of the Great Rabbi Yeshua HaMashiach.

 

Note: This topic is available in both sermon and seminar format.

Home-Based Discipleship: A Hebraic Perspective

What teachings and traditions regarding the raising of children would Jesus and his disciples have been accustomed to? What charge and guidance does scripture give to parents regarding the spiritual upbringing of their children?

This message applies the ancient wisdom of Hebrew prophets, rabbis, and sages toward the raising of godly children in an ungodly world.

An essential topic for parents, grandparents, and all hoping to be either in the future!

Note: This topic is available in both sermon and seminar format.

History Through Hebrew Eyes

Most people live out their lives based upon a certain unspoken assumption -  that the world will continue on just as it has for ages, and that things basically remain the same. Are our assumptions of history valid? Does history repeat itself in endless cycles, or is it headed toward a particular destination? Are the current events we read and hear about solely the result of human choices, or is there a Hand guiding history to a determined conclusion?

 

The answers to these questions will have a profound effect on our sense of purpose, hope, and how we choose to live our lives. This teaching explores the ancient Hebrew thought that forms the foundation for the great hope we find in Jesus the Messiah!

A Hebraic View of Scripture: What is Written on your Doorpost?

What is written on your doorpost? Although this might sound like an odd question, it becomes central to our faith in light of the command to write God's word "on the doorposts of your house, and on your gates" (Deuteronomy 6:9). Linked with the Great Command to "love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength," the passage addresses the subject of identity. As ancient tradition looks to the Torah as the foundation of Jewish identity, this teaching explores the Hebraic view of scripture as our framework for understanding the world, and forming our identity in Messiah by which we can stand faithful in the midst of the present darkness.

Seminars

Seminars are designed to deliver topics in multi-session format, providing significantly more depth than is possible in a single message, along with question-answer and breakout sessions. The following topics are available in seminar format. Please click on a title to view a description.


Jewish Evangelism Seminar

The goal of this seminar is to equip the church to reach out to Jewish friends and neighbors with the Good News of the Jewish Messiah, including the following sub-topics:


  • Why witness to Jewish people? - the case for Jewish evangelism
  • Understanding modern Judaism
  • Understanding the Jewish people and Jewish culture
  • Jewish people and the state of Israel
  • Cultivating relationships with Jewish friends
  • Sharing your personal testimony with Jewish people
  • Sharing the Gospel from the Hebrew Bible
  • Answering common Jewish cultural objections to Jesus
  • Answering common Jewish theological objections to Jesus
  • Differences in Jewish and Christian Bible translations
  • Helpful resources for Jewish Evangelism

Question-answer and breakout sessions are included as part of the above

Israel in History and Prophecy Seminar

Israel and the Jewish people are consistent major subject matters of modern news headlines. We are witnessing a global resurgence of anti-Semitism, from within western nations in general, and even from within certain portions of the church.  This seminar seeks to provide insight into the following significant questions:

 

  • What does the Bible teach regarding the role of the Jewish people in God's plan?
  • What does the Bible teach regarding the nation of Israel?
  • How can we best understand the Middle East crisis?
  • Why is there continual conflict surrounding the modern nation of Israel?
  • Will there ever be peace for Israel and her neighbors?
  • What does the existence of the nation state of Israel have to do with the church, end time prophecy, and you and I?

The seminar provides and in-depth treatment of the above topics, including question-answer and breakout sessions.

Hebraic Worship Seminar

This seminar explores the meaning and practice of worship found in the life and devotion of the Jewish people as revealed in the pages of scripture. Our goal is to gain deeper insight and understanding into the true nature of worship, how it applies to all aspects of our lives (both individually and corporately), and to draw closer to God as true worshippers, "for the Father is seeking such to worship Him" (John 4:24).

Sub-topics include:

  • A scriptural definition of worship according to the Hebrew text
  • The scriptural basis and motivation for true worship
  • The relationship between worship and devotion
  • Worship as an act of the will
  • Worship as relationship
  • Worship as community
  • Worship and trials
  • Worship as service and sacrifice
  • A study of the the various "colors" or nuances of worship that may be derived from the various relevant Hebrew texts and vocabulary

The seminar seeks to cover the above topics in-depth, including question-answer and breakout sessions. The worship seminar may also include time set aside for live Messianic worship.

At the Feet of the Rabbi - Hebraic Discipleship Seminar

"Follow me"


Have you ever wondered why Jesus spoke these words so often and so freely, and why they didn't seem strange in the ears of those to whom he spoke? This seminar explores discipleship in its original first century Jewish context: what our Lord really meant when he spoke these words, what  it means to follow Him, with the goal of gaining a deeper understanding of how we can learn at the feet of the Great Rabbi Yeshua HaMashiach.

Sub-topics include:


  • A history of discipleship in ancient Judaism
  • The ancient Jewish model of discipleship as a backdrop to the New Testament
  • The unique nature of following Rabbi Yeshua (Jesus)
  • Discipleship and the Fatherhood of God
  • Hindrances to discipleship
  • The cost of discipleship
  • The "golden key" to discipleship

The seminar seeks to cover the above topics in-depth, including question-answer and breakout sessions. 

Home-Based Discipleship Seminar

What teachings and traditions regarding the raising of children would Jesus and his disciples have been accustomed to? What charge and guidance does scripture give to parents regarding the spiritual upbringing of their children? 

This seminar applies the ancient wisdom of Hebrew prophets, rabbis, and sages toward the raising of godly children in an ungodly world. 

An essential topic for parents, grandparents, and all hoping to be either in the future!

Sub-topics include:

  • Defining the goal of parenting according scripture
  • How do we measure success in the spiritual upbringing of our children?
  • Jewish discipleship of children at the time of Jesus
  • The Passover as a teaching model
  • The role of the father in the home
  • Preparing your children for a life of discipleship
  • Modern objections to home-based discipleship
  • Practical tips for home-based discipleship 

The seminar seeks to cover the above topics in-depth, including question-answer and breakout sessions.

Word and Worship: a Messianic Music Concert

As a graduate of Berklee College of Music, Bill Siegler brings guitar, mandolin, and vocals to life with a set of original, contemporary Messianic music, along with relevant testimony, scriptural insights, admonition, and exhortation. The music is accompanied by a media presentation containing song lyrics and scripture. Concerts are performed with the musical group Fire By Night:



Bill Siegler: Vocals, guitars, and mandolin
Jeff Swanson: Bass and keys
Gabriel Rossi: Tenor and alto saxophone
Chris Brown: Drums and percussion

For a sample recording of Fire By Night, please click here.

Please contact us for booking information.