Ross to Teach Again on Sabbath
There will be NO Sunday Shul effective this week, but the teaching will still take place every week. I hope that you will be able to join us live this coming Sabbath and every Sabbath (Saturday mornings at 10:30 Central).
Shalom to all of you!
In 2005, based upon a text from the Christian Scriptures, I began to form a vision of restoration. The 15th chapter of Acts contains a story of a council in Jerusalem which assembled to discuss among other things, the fact that non-Jews were coming to the faith in the One God. During this meeting, James, the brother of Jesus (Yeshua) stood up and said:
Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those Gentiles who turn to God, but that we should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from blood. For from ancient generations Moses has had in every city those who proclaim him, for he is read every Sabbath in the synagogues. (Acts 15:19-21)
So, with this text as a basis, I felt that “preaching Moses” every Sabbath was the way that I should go. For over 2 years, I taught every Sabbath morning on the Torah.
Personal circumstances led me in early 2008 to move my teaching to Sunday nights in what I called Sunday Shul. The congregation maintained things on the Sabbath faithfully for over a year. Recently I felt led to go back to a teaching series on the weekly Torah and Prophets reading. This has been well received by all of you.
For the past several weeks I have taught each Sunday night on the reading for the following Sabbath and then the congregation would meet on the Sabbath and read the actual Torah and Prophet reading and then have a dialogue about the portion that they just read.
This week, after much prayer and thought I have decided that it is time to go back to the original design. In a sense this is a return to the pattern that I first felt led to establish. So, beginning this coming Saturday, here is what Roots of Faith will provide for all of you. Our local congregation will assemble at the Temple Sinai Synagogue on Saturday morning. We will begin live broadcasting of music around 10:00 A.M. central time. At 10:30 A.M. central time, I will teach an introductory class on the weekly reading (much the same as I have been teaching on Sunday nights). We will then read the weekly reading from the Torah and the prophets and then go straight into our dialogue session on the reading. Dave Cole and I have decided that our local group will all be on camera so that viewers can watch as we talk about the reading.
You will also have the ability through our live webcast to type in your questions and comments and be a part of our Synagogue Without Walls! For those that have been logging in on Saturday mornings, nothing changes except that I will be teaching a class before the Torah Reading. For those who have been listening to my Sunday Shul Program, you will have to either adjust to hear me live on Saturday mornings or download the class on Sunday nights if you have grown accustomed to the Sunday Night time frame.
As always, you will be able to listen to the entire service at your convenienece by downloading the class through itunes or directly from our site. I will likely edit the service into 3 sessions; My teaching, the Torah and Prophet reading, and the dialogue. This is the way that we started this and I always felt like this was a good way to do it.
It is my hope that this works for all. There will be NO Sunday Shul effective this week, but the teaching will still take place every week. I hope that you will be able to join us live this coming Sabbath and every Sabbath (Saturday mornings at 10:30 Central). My website pages have all been updated to reflect this change. I look forward to continuing to provide you with solid teaching that is meant to challenge and inspire you to live a more Biblically authentic liftestyle.
Shalom, Ross Nichols