Paul Wilbur Leads Worship in Jerusalem

Messianic worship leader and recording artist Paul Wilbur will be ministering on July 28, 2016 at the famous King David Hotel in Jerusalem during the annual “Worship the King” event.

Wilbur, who has recorded albums in several languages, has been sharing a Yeshua-focused message that reaches beyond cultural, social and political borders for nearly 40 years. Whether he’s singing to packed soccer stadiums throughout Latin America or bringing his anointed message directly to the people of Israel, his distinctive songs of prophetic praise and worship have reached millions. Within his 25-year recording, Wilbur released landmark albums such as Shalom Jerusalem and The Watchman that have helped shape the worship of Messianic and evangelical congregations around the world.

In thousands of concerts, numerous recordings and over 3 million units in album sales, Wilbur speaks a language of melody and meaning that goes straight to the heart. His musical history goes back to the mid-seventies when he was a college student studying to be an opera singer and cantor before a born again experience took him in a radical new direction. From there, he went on to found Harvest, an early Jesus Movement band, and subsequently formed Israel’s Hope, dedicated to bringing the message of the gospel back to the Jewish people. His cross-cultural, multi-lingual ministry would in time take him to every continent on the globe, playing before audiences in far-flung locations ranging from South Africa to Singapore, Kuwait to Cuba.

International recording artist and worship leader Paul Wilbur will be giving a concert at Beth Shiloh Messianic Synagogue in Asheville, North Carolina this Shabbat, February 27, at 7:00 pm. The concert will be free to the public, and there will even be carpooling available.

Paul has been a staple in the Messianic worship community for decades, and he is always striving for the heart of God. Albums such as Shalom Jerusalem! and Jerusalem Arise! have been played in Messianic congregations and homes all throughout the Movement. God has used Paul’s ministry in a mighty way, and He continues to use him!

This will be a special time to gather together and worship the Lord in unity. “The heart of worship is communication,” Paul says, “from our hearts to God.” Beth Shiloh invites anyone who is able to attend to be part of this communing of hearts to our one true Messiah this Saturday evening. A love offering will be received to bless Paul.

For further information on the concert, visit Beth Shiloh’s event page. If you would like to learn a little bit more about Paul, visit his website.

MJAA Southwest Yeshua ’16

The Messianic Jewish Alliance of America’s (MJAA)Southwest Yeshua ’16, also known as the Southwest Regional Conference, begins today at the Hotel Irvine in Irvine, California. SW Yeshua ’16 will be continuing the theme carried from Messiah ’15 celebrating a 100 years of Jewish Revival, in honor of 2015 being the 100 year anniversary of the MJAA.

The conference will informally kick off with a power-packed yeshiva course taught by Dr. Michael Rydelnik. Dr. Rydelnik has been professor of Jewish Studies at Moody Bible Institute since 1994. He also serves on adjunct faculty at Dallas Theological Seminary, Talbot School of Theology and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, as well as having authored several books.

SW Yeshua ’16 officially kicks off tonight at 7:00pm with an Erev Shabbat service, a powerful time of worship with the Yeshua ’16 Worship Band and guest speaker Rabbi David Chernoff. Rabbi Chernoff is the rabbi of Congregation Beth Yeshua in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also serves as the secretary of the MJAA and the chairman of the International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues (IAMCS).

Saturday morning will bring an action-packed community Torah service with the SW regional rabbis, Yeshua ’16 Worship Band and Rabbi Larry Feldman as the main speaker. Rabbi Feldman is the rabbi of Shuvah Yisrael in Irvine, California, he also serves as the president of the MJAA, SW director of the IAMCS and Southwest Regional conference chairman.

Saturday afternoon will be full of awesome times of encouragement and Messianic Jewish teaching. A Shabbat fellowship luncheon will be served with the guest speaker Rabbi Jonathan Bernis who is the President, CEO and host of Jewish Voice Ministries International and director of Hear O’ Israel! Festivals of Jewish Music and Dance throughout Eastern Europe, India and South America.

Saturday will round out with an evening celebration with the Yeshua ’16 Worship Band and guest speaker Dr. Michael Rydelnik.

Throughout the day on Sunday there will be a number of awesome opportunities to learn and worship. There will be break out session classes with Messianic rabbis from all over the southwest region. There will also be special worship sessions with Messianic worship artists Deborah Kline-Iantorno and Joel Chernoff (co-founder of the Messianic recording group Lamb and General Secretary and CEO of the MJAA). There will also be a unique opportunity for a leadership luncheon Sunday with the guest speaker Rabbi David Chernoff.

The conference will close out with an spectacular service on Sunday night. There will be a concert with international renown Messianic recording artist Paul Wilbur. The main speaker for Sunday night will be Rabbi David Chernoff.

The weekend also offers a little something for everyone. The Young Messianic Jewish Alliance (YMJA) will have their own activities, services and teachings within Southwest Yeshua ’16. There will be a special opportunity for young adults to gather together for The Bridge, with a session called “Dialogue with Visionaries.” There will also be classes throughout the weekend in the specialized Children’s Program.

More Effective Together

There is a new expression of Messianic worship and ministry arising in the mainstream mega-church. For decades, churches in almost every major city in America have sought to explore their Jewish roots via an annual Passover Seder or the occasional guest speaker from the Messianic community. However, as reports indicate, less than 1% of their resources have gone to Jewish outreach. In the case of a handful of large churches and ministries, it appears that this trend may be changing. Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas began in 2000 as a Bible study of about thirty people in the home of Pastor Robert Morris. In fifteen years, it has grown into a mega-church made up of five campuses in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, serving an average of over thirty-six thousand in weekly attendance. It’s vast ministerial reach extends globally with myriad ministries reaching out with God’s love.

 According to Wayne Wilkes, pastor of Jewish Ministries at Gateway, Pastor Morris believes strongly in a Romans 1:16 calling for himself and the church. Because of this calling, they seek out Messianic congregations and ministries locally and globally to support through finances, emergency relief and leadership training. In 2003, a new ministry emerged, geared toward the Jewish people. Bless Israel, Gateway’s Jewish ministry, holds a Messianic Shabbat Service on the First Friday of each month. Wilkes says that the principle of giving the firstfruits of time and resources in ministry to the Jewish people translated to giving the “firstfruits” of each month as well to reach out to the Jewish community.

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