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