A publication of Tikkun International, Tents of Mercy & Revive Israel, October 2010   Vol 19, No 10

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Enduring Friendship
Your Descendants
Shall Inherit
The Land
Relief in the
Days of Awe
Yeshua Superstar
Restoration of
All Things

I recently gave a message to our congregation in Boca Raton, Florida, on covenant community. The readers of this news and teaching letter are familiar with my views on enforcing standards in the Body of the Messiah. There are many reasons why this is not done, though it is strongly enjoined in many biblical texts. The Jewish context of these texts make the importance of discipline very clear (see Matthew 18:15 ff; Galatians 6:1,2; I Corinthians 5, 6).

I have also consistently argued that the New Covenant Scriptures both exhort and assume that those who accept the Gospel will live out their New Covenant faith in covenant community. One is neither obedient to Yeshua nor has really embraced the meaning of the Gospel of the Kingdom unless one becomes rooted in community. Loving community is the primary manifestation of the Kingdom and the truth of the Gospel. We see this in the early chapters of Acts and the amazing description of the organic nature of congregational life described as a corporate body (I Corinthians 12). This is also made very clear in the corporate nature of celebrating the Shulchan Adonai, the Table of the Lord, in the broken bread and red wine.

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