Go Deeper: Read and Pray

Are you interested in a more personal relationship with your creator? If the answer is yes, then consider the following… 1. Who is God? God is your Creator, concerned about every aspect of your life: "Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should...

Who is God? Interactive Study Guide

According to Deuteronomy 6:4, what God most wants us to know about Him is: He is Israel’s God Incorrect: while this is also true, "B" shows what God wants everyone to know about Him, and what He wanted the Jewish people to tell the nations. He is the...

How to experience God daily – Interactive Study Guide

According to Acts 2:42, from the very beginning people who followed Yeshua knew that: Once they were saved, they were all set and could continue their lives as before. Incorrect: being saved means having a new life, and the new life was meant to be different from the...

Who is Yeshua? Interactive Study Guide

According to Luke 1:26-35, Yeshua’s Father was God because: the biological father abandoned Mary, leaving God to protect and care for her and her baby. Incorrect: Mary was amazed about the announcement of her pregnancy since there was no biological father. (Luke...

3. Spend time with other followers of Yeshua

by Rich Hastings | Dec 20, 2013The writer of Hebrews understood the importance of spending time with other believers. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching (Hebrews 10:25, NIV). The...

2. Listen to what God has already said

by Rich Hastings | Dec 20, 2013This is the second key. God has already spoken to us through His written word, the Bible, which is also referred to as the Scripture. He has told us what we need to know about living a fulfilling and meaningful life, and it’s up to us to dig in. The Bible is...

1. Talk to God daily

by Rich Hastings | Dec 20, 2013Communication is the key to any successful relationship. Can you imagine having a relationship with someone you never speak to? What would happen if you stopped talking to your best friend or to your spouse? What would happen if you stopped listening? Now that God has...

2. A Story and an Invitation

by Rich Hastings | Dec 20, 2013This is a beautiful portrait of confessing sin and trusting in God’s forgiveness. Likewise, the New Testament gives another picture of what it is like to turn from our sins and to God. Here is the full story: Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two...

1. Repentance and Faith

by Rich Hastings | Dec 20, 2013Now that we have seen who Yeshua is and what he has done for us, how can we know God personally and experience the forgiveness of our sins and the fullness of life (which the Bible calls “salvation”) that God offers? The answer is by simply placing our...

2. Yeshua is the promised Jewish Messiah

by Rich Hastings | Dec 20, 2013How do we know that Yeshua is in fact our sin-bearer? One reason is that he fulfilled many prophecies of the Hebrew Bible, not least that the Messiah would in fact bear the sins of his people:     How do we know that Yeshua is in fact our sin-bearer? One...

8. Forty days after his resurrection Yeshua returned to heaven

by Rich Hastings | Dec 20, 2013For some, his resurrection and his return to heaven are the clinchers that demonstrate that Jesus was indeed divine as well as human. The New Testament records that: …he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking...

7. Yeshua rose from the dead

by Rich Hastings | Dec 20, 2013The resurrection of Jesus is one of the most investigated events in history. Some who have tried to disprove it have ended up convinced that it really happened. Jesus taught his followers that he would not only be killed as the atonement for our sins, but would rise...

1. Yeshua is God’s provision for our sins.

by Rich Hastings | Dec 20, 2013Our sin ultimately leads to spiritual death—separation from God. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. (Isaiah 59:2, NIV) The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). In the days of ancient...

4. Yeshua healed the sick and raised the dead

by Rich Hastings | Dec 20, 2013Not only his teaching, but his actions also showed people who he was, including his healings of those who were sick, and his raising of the dead. Yeshua went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every...

3. Yeshua taught with a unique authority.

by Rich Hastings | Dec 20, 2013While rabbis taught in the name of other rabbis, Yeshua uniquely taught on his own authority. “You have heard … but I say to you,” he repeated in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5–7). That passage concludes with:   When Jesus had...

5. Yeshua lived a sinless life

by Rich Hastings | Dec 20, 2013How is that possible? King Solomon himself affirmed that everybody sins: When they sin against you—for there is no one who does not sin… (1 Kings 8:46, NIV) Yet Jesus said to his listeners: “Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth,...

6. Jesus was divine as well as human

by Rich Hastings | Dec 20, 2013Yeshua claimed to be the God of Israel at the same time that he was a human being, a Jewish carpenter who lived in the town of Nazareth and had human emotions and feelings. In the Hebrew Bible, God conveys His name to Moses: Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to...

3. God wants to forgive our sins

by Rich Hastings | Dec 20, 2013Scripture is full of examples of God’s mercy and forgiveness. All of us fail to live up to God’s moral standards, yet God forgives us again and again. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as...

1. God loves us and offers us an abundant life.

by Rich Hastings | Dec 20, 2013We come to know the people around us through their character and their behavior. The Bible likewise tells us about God’s character and actions. It makes a great deal of difference if God is a vague force, an impersonal energy, or a personal being who wants to relate...

2. God is holy, while people are sinful and separated from God.

by Rich Hastings | Dec 20, 2013For many people, holy is not as welcoming a word as love. Perhaps the one time of year many Jewish people think of God as holy is on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the High Holy Days. On those occasions, we traditionally reflect on how God is morally perfect, while we...

6. God is all-powerful and all-knowing.

by Rich Hastings | Dec 20, 2013These are good things! Because God is all-powerful, we can know that one day He will set all the injustices in the world aright and will remove the destructiveness of sin. Because He is all-knowing, He knows our deepest struggles as well as the sins of our heart....

5. God created everything on earth and in the heavens.

by Rich Hastings | Dec 20, 2013God created the universe, including you and me. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1, NIV) Because He is our creator, He loves us as a parent loves the children they have brought into the world. Because He is our creator, our sins...

4. God is one

by Rich Hastings | Dec 20, 2013Some Jewish people object to Jesus because they think that his followers believe in three gods. Jewish people, of course, believe that God is one and affirm that belief in the synagogue prayer, the Shema, taken from the Book of Deuteronomy. Hear, O Israel: The Lord...