© 29 April 2016 Revive Israel Ministries
Acts 15 Revisited
After decades of study and teaching from Acts 15, Asher Intrater
shares new and deep insights from this chapter and shows how it is critical
in our time for the advancement of God's kingdom. To watch this important and
foundational teaching in English, click HERE!
TRANSLATORS: We want to invite you to take part in advancing God's kingdom in your language group. We are looking for translators to help us add subtitles (from English to your language) to important and foundational Revive Israel teachings. If you are interested and want more information, please email – [email protected]
We just finished Passover and are now looking forward to the next major biblical holiday – Shavuot (Pentecost). The outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2 was the first instalment of God's promise to pour out His Spirit on all flesh (Acts 2:17). We gather every year at Shavuot to worship and pray through the night believing for the complete fulfilment of this Shavuot prophecy.
We invite you to join us this year in person or through our live web-stream. The event begins June 11, 2016 at 10pm (Israel time) and continues for 8 hours.
To watch a video interview with Asher Intrater about the vision of Shavuot, click HERE!
For the live web-stream, please go to reviveisrael.org at the time of the event.
In this video Cody Archer speaks about our desire at Revive Israel to be a fruitful organization in all we do and how we want to go to the next level in our hunger for Yeshua's return. To watch in English, click HERE!
Teamwork Leadership at Tiferet Yeshua
By Ron Cantor
For the past three years Elana and I have devoted ourselves to stabilizing and growing congregation Tiferet Yeshua in Tel Aviv. (The congregation was started by Ari and Shira Sorkoram in 199 and was released to Asher Intrater's apostolic oversight in 2013.)
We worked to raise funds and built offices. Victoria Trubek, our administrator and Gil Afriat, who was working full-time at another job, took responsibly over learning how to legally, with high integrity, lead the congregation's non-profit organization.
We added Michael E. to make videos with me. Together we built a studio and have been producing weekly teaching videos for over a year now. We built an office suite on our second floor, and then believed God for the funds to establish a Coffee House that is now used for concerts, prayer meetings, home groups and more. ( add image 002 ).
And one day we realized that we all had the best jobs in the world. I don’t think that there has been one day that this team didn’t simply love working together. I have never experienced this anywhere. Every day, everyone is smiling.
I have said to Elana many times, “I know I am not the classical pastor, but building and leading this team has been the most rewarding thing I have ever done in ministry.”
Gil Afriat, who I mentioned before, is a native-born Israeli who already operates as a pastor here. This month we will ordain Gil as the primary local pastor of the congregation and to oversee the team of Moti, David, Victoria, and Olga.
One of our core values at Tiferet Yeshua is that the leadership team is not a “Rubber Stamp” but a real, functional team. As elders, we lead together. We share the pulpit and other responsibilities. I see my role at Tiferet Yeshua continuing as a visionary elder and:
I have often told our congregation that if someone visited and sat through a meeting, they would not be sure who the lead pastor is, because we share in responsibility. We are a united team of elders submitted to each other. Yes, there is an authority structure, but we seek to come to consensus through prayer and vigorous discussion. ( add image 003 ).
Regaining our Moral Prophetic Edge
By Asher Intrater
The gospel message is about the grace and love of God through Yeshua the Messiah. At the same time there should also be a fiery and prophetic moral confrontation of sin. That confrontation is first and foremost to ourselves. If we, as the community of faith, will repent of our sins, there will be a "ripple" effect that will heal the rest of our society. (II Chronicles 7:14 - "If My people will humble themselves and repent… I will heal their land.)
When Moses entered Egypt to redeem the people, he confronted Pharaoh of demon worship, of oppressing the slaves, of murdering the children and of sexual perversion (Exodus 4-12). All the prophets of Israel confronted the king, the government and the people for similar sins and carnality. The gospel message starts with the call to "repent."
When John the Baptist began preaching, he spoke of the coming Messiah, and also called the people to repent. How did he address the government? He rebuked Herod for sexual immorality! He told government workers not to take more money than was legal. He told the soldiers not to oppress people (Luke 3:1-20, Matthew 14:1-5).
Part of our message is confronting sexual immorality, financial corruption, religious hypocrisy, criminal violence, and oppression. These issues are moral, not political. Yet they will certainly affect the political realm.
However, we cannot stand for such moral values in our society, if we have corresponding sins in our own hearts. Let us repent and regain the prophetic fire and authority of Moses and Elijah, of John, Peter and Paul. Let us bless our nations by being a people of holiness.