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Beliefs

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The Everlasting Covenant (Genesis 17)

What does it take to have a spiritual relationship with God the Father and the Son? What is the yoke that Christ asks us to be willing to bear in order to be in step with Him? How is it possible for physical people to have a relationship with the Eternal – an Everlasting Covenant? The scriptures make this understanding clear for those who have been called by God to have their hearts and minds open to see the truth. Follow Jeff Patton and open your Bible as he examines the Everlasting Covenant through a series of sermons on the nature of our covenantal relationship with the Creator of the universe.

The Nature of God (Romans 1:20)

Can we know God? The apostle Paul makes it clear that through a knowledge of the scriptures and the revelation of God’s spirit we can know those things about God that have been revealed for our learning.
Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
the things which God has prepared for those who love him
But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit 1Corinthians 2:9-10

Vision and Mission (Matthew 28:17-20)

What is the work, the mission of a Judeo Christian? What is the vision that keeps us going from day to day and empowers us with a clear view of the future? These sermons explore the scriptures and provide insight into the work and witness God has called us to perform.

The Gospel (Luke 21:31)

The gospel was central to the message preserved for us by the gospel writers; it was the good news of the Kingdom of God, that Christ and the disciples preached. What was that gospel and what were the false gospels that were extant in the time of Paul that he warned believers to avoid? And how important is the gospel in the life of Judeo Christians?

Salvation – The Path to Eternal Life (Revelation 22:12-14)

Our walk with Christ as our guide is like a mountain hike from trailhead to summit. There are many steps along the way and challenges to be overcome, yet we are assured of success if we stay on the path and follow our guide, our elder brother who sets the pace for us. Salvation is not an event but a process, that begins when we commit to walking in covenant with our Creator and our heavenly Father. These sermons explore the many facets of this exciting spiritual journey.

The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2-17)

The Ten Commandments are central to Judeo Christian beliefs. This page briefly examines Jesus’ Teaching on the subject and provides links to a series of video sermons by Jeff Patton examining the commandments and the wide reaching implications in a Christian’s life.

God’s Holy Days – His Annual Sabbaths (Leviticus 23)

The annual Sabbaths provide the Judeo Christian believer with yearly reminders of God’s plan for humankind and the hope that we have of spiritual rest in the Kingdom of God. Each Holy Day is like a signpost along the journey to the Kingdom, teaching us about our relationship with the Father and the Son and encouraging us to worship God with thankfulness for His enduring faithfulness and loving kindness.

God’s Sabbath Day (Genesis 2:2-3)

The Sabbath was made for man. It is a weekly reminder, initiated at Creation, of God’s work through history in all places and across all time. He has preserved a holy time for all people who worship Him as the Creator and Life-giver. His people willingly put their personal pursuits aside in order to focus their  whole being on their relationship with the Lord of the Sabbath, on His holy day.

Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-25)

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.  Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.

Prophecy and History (2 Peter 1:19-21)

“And we have the word of prophecy made more sure; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts: knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture is of private interpretation.For no prophecy ever came by the will of man: but men spake from God, being moved by the Holy Spirit.”

Christian Growth (Ephesians 4:12-16)

Scriptures use the analogy of human growth from child to adult to explain spiritual growth. As Christian’s we must grow into the spiritual likeness of our Father, and become spiritually mature in heart and mind. This is a process that takes a lifetime, but begins at baptism when our past life is buried and we begin life anew. These sermons focus on different aspects of Christian growth.

Avoiding the Pitfalls (Galatians 6:1-9)

Living life in covenant with God and according to Christian ideals can be difficult in a world that rejects the Creator and His teachings. We need to be aware of the spiritual dangers or pitfalls that we face each day, so we can avoid them. The sermons in this section help us to be prepared to face these challenges.

Want to know more about Judeo-Christianity and how you can get involved? Visit the Judeo Christian Foundation website.

Holy Days – God’s Annual Sabbaths

God’s Annual Sabbaths

The Feasts of the Lord – Not of the Jews

 

Passover and Unleavened Bread:

Zachi Evenor

Zachi Evenor

Passover in the spring of the year is rich in symbolism relating to our covenant relationship with God and helping us to see the need for self-reflection, a sacrifice for our sins, and a Saviour to restore a right relationship with God and deliver us from Egypt – a symbol of life cut off from God’s wisdom and guidance.

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Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 1 Corinthians 5:7-9 ESV

 

Pentecost/Feast of Weeks:

Pentecost: Perfecting the SaintsPentecost celebrates the awesome power of the voice of the Eternal delivering the covenant from Mt. Sinai amidst the thunder and lightning. It also commemorates the giving of the Holy Spirit and the establishment of the Church of God, after the resurrection and ascension of Jesus, the Messiah. It is an annual Sabbath rich in meaning for all those who believe in the hope of the resurrection.

And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. 16 Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the LORD…And you shall proclaim on the same day that it is a holy convocation to you. You shall do no customary work on it. It shall be a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations. Leviticus 23:15-21

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Paul had decided to sail on past Ephesus, for he didn’t want to spend any more time in the province of Asia. He was hurrying to get to Jerusalem, if possible, in time for the Festival of Pentecost. Acts 20:16

Feast of Trumpets/Yom Teruah:

The beginning of the fall festival season and the final harvest of ingathering is heralded by the blowing of trumpets. This Holy Day has multiple historic and prophetic meanings. This holy time is the beginning of the ten days of national repentance and reconciliation called the Days of Awe that are completed on the Day of Atonement. It begins the 15 day ascent to Jerusalem, memorialized in the Psalms of Ascent, as the people journeyed up to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (Succoth). And it looks forward to the coming of the Messiah, to destroy those who destroy the earth and to bring peace and justice to all who look longingly for His return.

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Day of Atonement

The fast  on the Day of Atonement is rich with meaning for the Christian, as it points us to the sacrifice of Christ as a propitiation for our sins, and the sins of all people. As we afflict our souls through fasting we gain a deeper understanding of our need for God, and his plan to forgive our sins so we might live in covenant with Him. We also anticipate that time of peace when the adversary will no longer influence humanity and a jubilee will sound announcing the restoration of the inheritance to the people of God.

Feast of Tabernacles and Last Great Day

The final harvest festival of God pictures the peace and prosperity of  the world that will be transformed under the reign of the Messiah, after the return of Jesus Christ as King of Kings. It is a time of spiritual renewal for the people of God, a time to rejoice before our Maker and praise Him for his wonderful promises and the hope we have in the coming of the KIngdom of God to rule all nations. It is a time for children and families to be encouraged by God’s word and praise God with song. It is a time for rehearsing the biblical stories of our fathers in the faith who  observed these days, and to garner the lessons of scripture to apply to our lives today.

The Ten Commandments

A video examination of the ten commandments in a series of sermons by Jeff Patton; watch the entire video series or use the links below to view or download individual sermon videos.



The first four of the ten commandments given in Exodus 20:2-8 are summarized by Jesus in his teachings:

Jesus was asked: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. Matt 22:36-38 AMP

The latter six commandments given in Exodus 20:12-17 are summed up in Jesus’ response to the Pharisees:

And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. Matt 22:39-40 AMP

The Law or Teaching (Torah, the first five books of the bible) was not sufficient of itself, rather God expanded on Moses’ writings with the Prophets and Judges that followed afterward in the Hebrew scriptures. Similarly, the Ten commandments are the basis of God’s teaching, but by no means the complete Law. Jesus’ teaching on the greatest commandment in Matt 22:36-40 was a summarization of the Ten Commandments and the books of the Law, the writings and the prophets, thereby validating the original teachings in the Hebrew scriptures. These ten “Words” are of vital importance to any Christian who values Christ’s teachings.

The Ten Commandments are given below from Exodus 20:1-17 ESV

And God spoke all these words, saying,

The First Commandment:

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“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
You shall have no other gods before me.”

The Second Commandment:

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“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.”

The Third Commandment:

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“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.”

The Fourth Commandment:

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“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”

The Fifth Commandment:

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“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.”

The Sixth Commandment:

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“You shall not murder.”

The Seventh Commandment:

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“You shall not commit adultery.”

The Eighth Commandment:

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“You shall not steal.”

The Ninth Commandment:

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“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

The Tenth Commandment:

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“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”

The Two Great Commandments

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“The Law says, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind’, and ‘your neighbour as yourself’,” he replied. Luke 10:27