StoneBridge Community Church
Rabbi Jesus and the Parting of the Ways
Pastor Jeff Cheadle
Locations & Times
  • StoneBridge Campus
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:30 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
  • Growth Groups
    Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA 93065, USA
    Sunday 12:00 PM

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What Is Palm Sunday?

Debbie McDaniel, "5 Things about Palm Sunday that Remind Us Christ is King" Crosswalk, April 9, 2017.

The Text in Context

Keith Krell, "Above and Beyond (Matthew 5:17-20)" from the series Counter-Cultural Christianity: The Sermon on the Mount.
Synagogue-goers wonder, "How could anyone believe in Jesus?" while church-goers wonder, "How could anyone not believe in Jesus?"
1. Rabbi Jesus did not set out to…

Rabbi Jesus's Sacred Bible (detail), by Clara María Goldstein

The Rabbi's Dilemma

Rachmiel Frydland, "The Rabbis’ Dilemma: A Look at Isaiah 53" Jews For Jesus website, September 1, 1982.
For Reflection/Discussion: Jewish people sometimes wonder, "How could anyone believe in Jesus?" while Christians may wonder, "How could anyone not believe in Jesus?" What accounts for those different perspectives? If a Jewish friend were to ask you why you believe in Jesus, what would you tell them? Would your friend find your answer convincing? Why or why not? What does Jesus mean when he says, Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them? In what ways, if any, did Jesus fulfill the Messianic expectations of the Jewish people? In what was did he disappoint them? Read Isaiah 53. Who, in your judgment, is Isaiah 53 describing? Are there other ways of interpreting the text? Are they convincing?
2. History helps us understand…

Split of Early Christianity and Judaism

A surprisingly thorough, helpful overview that not only discusses the split between early Christianity and Judaism, but outlines the origins of rabbinical Judaism, covering topics not touched on in the message. Wikipedia.

St. Paul Preaching in Athens, by Raphael.

The Gentile Mission

Jane Williams, "The Gentile Mission: The debate over the status of non-Jews in the early church was lengthy and vicious" The Guardian, January 19, 2009.
For Reflection/Discussion: Why was Jesus' crucifixion a "stumbling block" to the Jewish people? What were some of the historical events that contributed to the parting of the ways between Christianity and Judaism? In what ways do Christian and Jewish people have different understandings of Jesus, the nature of God, the Hebrew scriptures, and the destruction of the Temple by the Romans in 70AD?
3. The roots of the Christian Church are…

Antisemitism and the New Testament

"According to Rabbi Michael J. Cook, Professor of Intertestamental and Early Christian Literature at the Hebrew Union College, there are ten themes in the New Testament that are the greatest sources of anxiety for Jewish people…" Wikipedia article.
For Reflection/Discussion: What is anti-Semitism? In what ways have Christians knowingly or unknowingly contributed to anti-Semitism? Have you ever witnesses an anti-Semitic act or heard an anti-Semitic statement? How should we respond to anti-Semitism when we encounter it? Read Romans 11. What point (or points) is Paul making? What are some of the reasons Christians have to thank God for the Jewish people, the Hebrew scriptures, and Jewish traditions?

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