Inspirational Message

April 3, 2014

Growing up in church I was taught God’s Word (the Bible) by my parents, my pastor, Sunday School teachers, and youth workers with great love, impact, and conviction. I am grateful for the teachers in my life through the years.

As I think back to those times, the teaching I received rightly emphasized Jesus as “the way, and the truth, and the life;” (John 14:6) He is our salvation and hope for each and every person. Life is meaningless apart from a real, personal relationship with Christ.

Often times the teaching I received would try and explain the culture of Jesus so we could understand Him more effectively, thus following Him more fully. More recently in my walk with Christ, I have discovered there is so much more to understanding the way Jesus lived.

One of the important patterns of Jesus, and of any Jew, was to celebrate the festivals instituted by God throughout the year. These festivals had meaning to Jesus then and if He was still physically walking on the earth today, I am convinced He would be celebrating them. If this is true, should we learn more about these times of celebration Jesus experienced?

Spring is here and this is a great time to learn more about the Jewish Feasts Jesus would have joined in with others. Why were they important to Him? Where in the Bible do we find them? What are the patterns and principles of discipleship of Jesus in the spring feasts? As 2014 Christians, how do we celebrate them?

James Whitman, President of the Center for Judaic-Christian Studies in Dayton, will be leading a free seminar hosted by Church of the Messiah in Xenia (located at Liberty Worship Center on Upper Bellbrook Rd) on Friday, April 4th and Saturday, April 5th. James loves Jesus with all of his heart and helps other Christ-followers understand Him from a Hebraic Perspective. You will be inspired and encouraged by his heart for others in understanding our Savior.

To register for this free event, go to www.springfeasts14hls.eventbrite.com. Friday evening is from 7:00-8:30 pm and Saturday is from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Even if you can only come to part of the seminar, please register. For more information or to register over the phone, call the Center for Judaic-Christian Studies at (937) 434-4550.

In conclusion, here is a summary of what you will get from this seminar: “The purpose of this special weekend seminar is to help followers of Jesus better understand what they read in sacred Scripture. How? By studying the great salvation themes associated with the Spring Feasts, how the early church found them fulfilled in Jesus Christ and what they still have to teach us today!”

William “Carey” Northington of One Master Ministries in Xenia may be contacted at www.OneMaster.org.