Let's talk about the shofar (or ram's horn). Like any instrument, it can be played well or played incorrectly. Nic Lesmeister, director of the Gateway Center for Israel, outlines three biblical ways God instructed shofars to be used by the Jewish people - and how their controversial use by well-meaning Gentiles can be misunderstood in the Jewish world.
The phrase "Jewish Christian" sounds contradictory, doesn't it? Nic Lesmeister, who directs the Gateway Center for Israel, sheds some light on why Gateway prefers to use other phrases to describe Jewish believers in Jesus.
So, why do most Jewish people reject the New Testament as part of Scripture? It's complicated. But Director Nic Lesmeister with Gateway Center for Israel gives us a brief summary of three historic and religious reasons for this Jewish rejection.
Most Christians do not know that Jewish believers in Jesus, especially in Israel, are actually persecuted for their faith. Nic Lesmeister, director of the Gateway Center for Israel, shares some of the discriminatory practices found in Israel, and how we as Christians can affirm and stand with Jewish believers.
Antisemitism, Jewish Life, Jewish Outreach, Modern Israel
How did Israel become a country? Director Nic Lesmeister with Gateway Center for Israel answers this as well as other questions about the modern State of Israel in this segment of "Ask Google Jewish Questions."
Why is nearly impossible to find a cheeseburger in Israel? What is a Shabbat elevator? Director Nic Lesmeister of Gateway Center for Israel tackles these two (along with several other) of the most asked questions on Google about Israel & the Jewish people.
If a non-Jew celebrates Jewish holidays, is that person practicing "cultural appropriation," or taking another person's ethnic heritage as his own? Gateway Center for Israel Director Nic Lesmeister tackles this important question.
What did the Apostle Paul mean by "to the Jew first?" Director Nic Lesmeister with Gateway Center for Israel explains the meaning of "first" and how Gateway Church prioritizes Israel and the Jewish people within that definition.
Supporting Jewish ministries is important, but Nic Lesmeister, director of the Gateway Center for Israel, examines why church leaders and pastors should also focus on building relationship within the Messianic Jewish community as well.
A misunderstanding of Galatians 3:28 is the idea that there are now three races: Jews, Gentiles, and Christians. Director Nic Lesmeister with Gateway Center for Israel discusses how this unhealthy interpretation undermines God's intent for humanity.
Pastor David Blease, from "Gateway Center for Israel," explains the concept of gezerah shavah, a method of biblical interpretation that compares different passages of scripture that use the same wording in order to gain a deeper understanding of what the Bible is saying.
Aramaic ( Aramaya) is a family of languages or dialects, belonging to the Semitic family. More specifically, it is a part of the Northwest Semitic subfamily, which also includes Canaanite languages such as Hebrew and Phoenician. The Aramaic script was widely adopted for other languages and is ancestral to both the Arabic and modern Hebrew […]
Nic Lesmeister, director of "Gateway Center for Israel," explains how God made a particular choice to covenant Himself to the Jewish people, and how Gentiles can and should embrace this to further the mission of world redemption.