We at Celebrate Messiah NZ value the opportunity to be an evangelistic resource to local churches and groups. Our messages & presentations provide a Messianic Jewish perspective, which often has the effect of enhancing the believer’s reverence and love for the Word of God. Our goal is to provide:
a deeper understanding of the Jewish roots of the Christian faith
tools to share the Good News with Jewish friends
current, reliable information and prayer points concerning Israel and the Jewish people
opportunities for short-term ministry with Celebrate Messiah/Chosen People Ministries.
Contact our Church Ministries Coordinator to find out how Celebrate Messiah can serve your church or group.
Sample Messages and Presentations
The Gospel in the Feasts of Israel
The seven annual feasts of the Lord (Leviticus 23) provide a prophetic panorama of God’s wonderful plan of redemption, beginning with the sacrifice of the Lamb (Passover) and resolving with the final ingathering at the end of the age (Feast of Tabernacles). The feasts may be viewed in a single sermonic overview of the “fulfillled” feasts, or may be studied independently. Below are examples of independent studies:
Christ in the Passover
This sermonic demonstration of the ancient Passover Seder meal powerfully reveals the sacrificial ministry of Jesus as the Lamb of God, and uncovers the roots of the Christian communion, using the very elements God prescribed for the Seder itself. The demonstration is approximately 50 minutes long, and will segue meaningfully into a communion service, if desired. Many churches prefer to host a complete Passover Banquet (Seder), often on a Friday or Saturday evening. The 2.5 hour banquet is an unforgettable hands-on journey through the “Last Supper,” which was, in fact, the Messiah’s last Passover Seder…until He returns!
Purim, the Festival of Ironies
The Biblical festival of Purim is based on the history recorded in the book of Esther, which never makes mention of God! Nevertheless, God’s Divine providence is seen in the narrative’s remarkable twists and ironies.
The Prophecy of Hanukkah
Many are unaware of the remarkable history surrounding Hanukkah! Located (historically) right in the middle of that blank page between the Old and New Testaments, Hanukkah – “The Festival of Lights” – dramatically fulfills many of Daniel’s prophecies, and looks forward to The Light of the World: Jesus.
Israel: Secure and Threatened
The Jewish people are secure in the permanence of God’s covenant promises to Israel, but threatened in the context of Satan’s relentless efforts to destroy them. This message utilizes Old and New Testament prophecies concerning Israel to strengthen the Believer’s trust in God’s faithfulness.
Behold The Bridegroom
Have you ever noticed how the Bible sometimes reads like a Bridal magazine? Why all this talk about a bride and bridegroom, bridesmaids, a wedding, and a marriage supper? The New Testament scriptures contain many mysterious references to Israel’s ancient wedding ritual. This message unveils the mystery, encourages the Believer with the hope of our Bridegroom’s imminent return, and challenges you (the Bride of Christ) to prepare for our Lover’s return by living a fully devoted life.
Another Great Commission
Did you know that God’s Word commissions Christians to “provoke the Jews to jealousy” (Romans 11:11) – But why share the Gospel with the Jews? This message answers the question through the eyes of Biblical prophecy, employing personal anecdotes and equipping the Believer with basic tools for sharing the Gospel with Jewish friends and acquaintances.
Reaching Jews in “Middle Earth”: The Israel / New Zealand Connection
Only moments before His glorious ascension from Jerusalem to heaven, Jesus proclaimed that His disciples would be His witnesses “…to the end of the earth.” Is it any surprise that our missionaries in New Zealand, the country situated on the opposite end of the earth from Jerusalem, are having wonderful success in reaching Israelis and other international backpackers? This presentation of our New Zealand work will give new meaning to our Lord’s parting words!
“I Am Not Ashamed” — Introducing the Messiah to Our Jewish Friends
This practical seminar is designed to equip students to become confident and competent in sharing the Messiah with Jewish friends and acquaintances. The seminar is highly interactive, and can be fashioned to suit your time specifications. Students will learn:
● The “Gentile Great Commission
● The evangelistic power of Messianic Prophecy
● The Gospel in the Old Testament
● Responding to common Jewish objections
● Semantic sensitivity
● The basic tenets of Judaism
The Power of Hospitality: Ministering to Israeli Travelers through Open Hearts and Open Homes
The Scriptures are not quiet about the power of hospitality as a mechanism for ministering grace and redemption. In the context of Jewish evangelism, hospitality is more relevant than ever, given the fact that tens of thousands of young Israelis are traveling the world over every year and are happy to receive accommodation from international hosts. Many Israeli travellers have discovered their Messiah Yeshua through the tender influence of Christian hosts. This 4-6 hour seminar is designed to equip and encourage existing or prospective hosts whose influence is designed to “provoke to jealousy” Israel’s lost sheep.
Jewish Evangelism in the “New Age”
The old lies of the New Age are particularly effective among the Jewish people worldwide. What are the tenets of the New Age? Why are the Jews particularly vulnerable to this movement? Why the sudden re-emergence of Kabbalah and other mystical disciplines among secular Jews? These and other related subjects are addressed in this 50-minute presentation.
The Missing Piece in the Jewish Puzzle
Is the Church “Spiritual Israel?”
The popular teaching that Israel has been replaced by the Church is carefully and sensitively explored in this message by focusing on the texts most often cited by those promoting “replacement theology.” This message not only helps the Believer understand the respective roles of Israel and the Church in God’s Plan, it also strengthens his/her reliance on God’s faithfulness.
Use Your Old Testament!
Sadly, 75% of the Bible is ignored by most Christians in their proclamation of the Good News. This teaching equips the believer to understand and present the Gospel from the very same texts Jesus, Paul and the Apostles used! Emphasis is on key Messianic prophecies and an outline of the Gospel in the OT.
The prophetic scriptures are pregnant with clues concerning the location of Jesus’ birth. This two-part message explores the Divine reasoning underlying God’s choice of Bethlehem for the delivery of His only begotten Son.
Why the Jews?
As the mystery of the “Seed of the Woman” unfolds through the prophetic Scriptures, so does the mystery of the Jewish people. Why is the Bible so concerned with the Jewish people? For what have they been “Chosen?” Why have the Jews been the target of aggression from so many nations for so many centuries, even to this day?
INTENTIONAL: A Disciple Making Catalyst
Jesus commissioned us to “make disciples.” But precisely what does that mean? And how does one do it? This interactive seminar explores the Biblical model of intentional disciple making, with an emphasis on practical “nuts and bolts” application. Challenging, motivating, and riveted to the very reason we Believers remain on the planet: To make reproducing, fully functioning disciples of Jesus.
Special Services: How Might We Serve You?
In addition to ministering in the local church, Celebrate Messiah NZ also partners with schools, mission agencies and seminaries for training purposes. You can schedule a speaker for a chapel service, a class or perhaps be part of your missions’ emphasis fair and conference. This would be a great opportunity for the students to learn more about Jewish missions and how they can participate in short-term ministry in New Zealand, Israel, or the US.
Additional messages are also available on such subjects as:
● The Holocaust
● Israel’s Independence (1948)
● When a Man Loves a Woman
● God’s Design for Empowering Wives
● Daughters of Sarah (what happens when women fear)
● The Roles of Marriage
● Divorce and Remarriage (comprehensive study, integrating all OT and NT references)
● Jewish/Gentile intermarriage
● Risk Reduced Romance (relationships with the opposite sex)
● The Power of Submission
● Provocative Fatherhood
● The Power of Motherhood
● Shaping Champions for the Lord
● Parenting Prodigals
● Discipline That Really Works
● Sparing Your Child from Hell
● Its Inspiration
● Its Authority
● Its Uniqueness
● Living and Powerful
● How to Study it
● Meditating on God’s Word
● Messianic Prophecy
● Joy in Worship
● David’s One Desire
● The Love of God
● The Cost of Worship
● Body Life 101
● Profile of a Healthy Church
● Joined Together in the Crucified One (our supernatural unity and how to guard it)
● Managing Conflict
● The Torment of Unforgiveness
● Encouragement That Heals
● Taming the Tongue
● False Prophets
● When Others Fail You
● Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges (sanctified communication)
● The Condemning Spirit
● Receive One Another
● Building Meaningful Community
● The Three Faces of “Church” (family, army and organization)
● How God Shows Up In You (understanding, discovering and releasing spiritual gifts)
● Building Redemptive Relationships (evangelism)
● The Great Commission from an Hebraic Perspective
● Reasons to Believe
● The Inside Ouch: Fear-Free Evangelism
● The Cost of Discipleship
● Training Faithful Men (the power of discipleship)
● The Unmistakable Marks of a Leader
● “Make Disciples” – What Does It Mean?
● Making Disciples “As You Go”
● Immersing Disciples “In The Name”
● Entering the Narrow Gate
● False Evidences of Salvation
● Justified By Faith Plus Nothing
● The Offense of the Cross
● Forgiveness Is Unfair
● Our Astonishing Inheritance (study of Ephesians 1, emphasis on the believer’s identity)
● Taking God Seriously
● The Spirit Controlled Life
● How to Receive Blessings
● Approving What is Excellent
● Growing in Humility
● Absolute Surrender
● Liberty in Christ – How To Lose It
● The Power of Thanksgiving
● Be Still
● Approving What Is Excellent
● How to Plan Right
● Why Obey?
● Letting Go
● Steps to Stronger Faith
● Fruits of Commitment
● Taking Up Your Cross
● Lessons from Demons (hell’s strategies)
● Benefits of Fearing God
● Jesus’ Crowd of Choice
● Understanding Lordship
● How to Build Godly Convictions
● Litmus Test of Growing Faith
● Shrewd Investments (parable of the unjust steward)
● The Seriousness of Oaths
● How to Bring Order into Your Life
● Nehemiah: The Restoration of the Human Soul
● Surviving Sovereignty (the purpose behind shame, trials, the “dark night of the soul”, authority, need, trouble, and faithful endurance)
● The Believer and The Law (avoiding legalism)
● The Beatitudes
● The Sermon on the Mount
● Why We Lose What Is Precious
● Little Faith, Big Fears
● Victory in Captivity (lessons from Daniel on spiritual warfare)
● Spiritual Leprosy
● Overcoming A Lean Soul
● Anatomy of Deception
● Tomorrow’s Worries (dealing with anxiety)
● Occupation or Career? (self-centerd vs Kingdom-centerd work)
● The Secret Behind Financial Contentment
● Two Kinds of Powerful Prayer
● The Place of Prayer
● Honesty In Prayer
● Hindrances To Prayer
● In This Manner, Pray
Old Testament Perspectives on the New Testament Doctrines of:
● The Incarnation
● The Body of Christ
● The End Times
● The Return of Jesus
Sermons for Special Days
● Christmas (incarnation, emphasis on OT/Jewish perspective)
● Easter (resurrection, emphasis on OT/Jewish perspective)
● Mother’s Day
● Father’s Day