Dr Garth Gilmour is a well-known Biblical archaeologist and an outstanding communicator.
In this presentation he takes his audience through the history of the Philistines and links it to the Biblical record. He then looks at the significance of the recent discovery of the royal seal of King Hezekiah. Finally, he ties these two seemingly unrelated topics together in a fascinating way.
As you watch this presentation you will see Scripture come to life.
Although there are many who suppose that the New Testament abrogated the Torah, the New Testament explicitly states that it has itself been given as Torah. Obviously, if the New Testament is Torah, then the Torah has not been abrogated. Instead, the New Testament has been given the same status as the Torah of Moses; that is, it has come to have the highest authority there is, the authority that accompanies promulgation by God himself. One might say that Torah has been expanded – or, better, that Torah has been made more explicit.
According to 2 Tim. 3:16-17, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
If that’s true, why does so much of the Old Testament seem antiquated and irrelevant to today’s Christians? John Atkinson and Edith Sher unlock obscure, seemingly obsolete passages and show that the message they contain is as up-to-date as when they were first written. You will learn anew about God’s intimate care for your life.
Has the Church overbalanced on grace?
John Atkinson gives an insightful teaching on how Torah and grace keep us from overbalancing into either of two extremes: legalism (law without grace) and licence (grace without law). The two together bring liberty.
Edith Sher looks at two Sabbath controversies between Yeshua and the Pharisees. If you think it was a case of law vs grace you could have the mindset of a Pharisee!
Does Jesus hate religion?
“Jesus hates religion” has become a popular mantra in Christian circles. John Atkinson shows why this seemingly spiritual statement is unbiblical.
Edith Sher looks at religion and relationship in society at large, and why John Lennon’s famous song, “Imagine,” was so far off the mark. She also speaks on the cost of relationship in the light of Gethsemane.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Gen. 1:27).
When God created us in his image he had Jesus in mind. “His Son is the radiance of his glory, the very image of his substance” (Heb. 1:3). John Atkinson looks at the implications for us of this mind-blowing truth.
Edith Sher teaches on chapter 5 of John’s Gospel and turns the traditional understanding of this story on its head.
Most of us are familiar with the account of the lame man at the pool of Bethesda, a passage that mentions the Father fifteen times. But what is wrong with this story?
Why is the man lying there? What is this place where an angel stirs the water for healing? Since when, in the Bible, does an angel heal, or for that matter heal only on a first-come-first-served basis? Who is this wretched man whom Yeshua confronts? What is Yeshua trying to accomplish by approaching him? How does it all reflect on having a true understanding of God’s image?
John Atkinson shows that the chief characteristic of God is not love but holiness.
For such an essential element of our faith there is no shortage of questions.
What is holiness? What does the word holy mean?
What does it mean when we say that God is holy?
How do we serve a holy God?
How essential is it that we are holy?
What does holiness look like?
Is holiness a moral state or a spiritual experience?
How do we measure holiness?
Edith Sher looks at the spiritual significance of God’s holy day, the Sabbath
Sometimes Christians are accused of being so heavenly-minded that they are of little earthly use.
Many Christians dream of a place far away on another plane and another universe. This is the approach of “Left behind” theology which confuses the Kingdom of Heaven with a place far away from earth where we spend eternity. The atheist writer Sam Harris asks a relevant question when he enquires: “Can people who believe in the imminent end of the world really be expected to work toward building a durable civilization?”
The Bible says, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.” Tikkun Olam means “repairing the world.” This Jewish idea is at the heart of the biblical message and it will transform the way we understand the Kingdom of God.
John Atkinson looks at this rabbinic concept and shows how God wants us to partner with him in bringing healing to a broken society.
Edith Sher asserts that the healing of relationships must begin within the family, and illustrates this claim by looking at the story of Joseph and his brothers.
When last did you hear a sermon on wisdom?
It is described in the New Testament as a gift of the Holy Spirit. The ancient Israelites prized it above riches yet in the Church today it seldom gets a mention. WISDOM is a neglected aspect of faith in the modern Church but the Scriptures consider wisdom as essential to faith.
John Atkinson explores what the Scriptures teach us about WISDOM from a Jewish perspective, while Edith Sher points us to the beginning of wisdom, i.e. the fear of God.
A true prophet only speaks when spoken to by God.
John Atkinson explains the role of the prophet in the Hebrew Scriptures. He addresses the problem of contemporary false prophets within the Christian community by comparing them to the false prophets who gained the attention of the Jewish people during the first temple period.
In John’s second address he deals with the ministry of Jesus (Yeshua) in the light of the prophetic model found in the Hebrew Scriptures.
Edith Sher focuses on the prophet Jonah and brings this deceptively simple story to life by exploring the subtleties of the Hebrew text. Jonah is regarded as one of the “minor prophets” yet within its four short chapters are hidden the voices of the other prophets. Jonah is usually regarded as little more than a children’s story about a man in a whale. Yet it is one of the most ingeniously constructed stories in the Bible. Was Jonah reluctant to go to Nineveh because he was a Jewish bigot? Why did the people of Nineveh repent so wholeheartedly at his message? The story poses many intriguing questions but also contains a serious warning for the church today.
John Atkinson and Edith Sher examine the character of Moses and the complexity of this great servant of God.
A greater understanding of Moses will lead to a greater appreciation of Yeshua, the Prophet like Moses. Looking through the eyes of the ancient Jewish sages, John Atkinson explores some of the similarities and differences between these two pivotal characters.
The Gospel writers cast Jesus as the successor of Moses: the Deliverer who came to save his people. That’s why the five sections of his teaching in Matthew’s Gospel correspond to and fulfill the five books of the Torah revealed to Moses. Matthew depicts Jesus as the counterpart to Moses, not so much in revelation as in redemption. Yeshua is going to bring about the new exodus, not just to a Promised Land but to an Eternal Kingdom. In his second talk John shows how the transfiguration account explains the ancient rabbinic prophecy, “Just as there was a First Saviour (Moses) so there will be a Last (the Messiah).”
Edith Sher looks at the connection between the revelation of God’s Name to Moses at the burning bush, and the “I am” statements of Jesus. She compares Moses and Yeshua in the context of humility, and shows how God can even use an angry man.