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About Rabbi Loren

Rabbi Loren Jacobs is the senior rabbi and founder of “Congregation Shema Yisrael” (which means “Hear O Israel”). Congregation Shema Yisrael is a Messianic synagogue which was started in 1986 when Rabbi Loren and his wife Martha moved to Michigan to proclaim the Good News about the Messiah to the Jewish people living in the metro Detroit area. Rabbi Loren was raised in a Jewish home in the Chicago area, and became a Messianic Jew in 1975. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute’s Jewish Studies program in 1979 and received a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Literature from Northeastern Bible College in New Jersey in 1986. His wife Martha is a fifth generation Messianic Jew, which is quite unusual. They have two adult children and two grandchildren.

2 Corinthians 3:1-18 – Contrasts Between Old And New Covenants

Paul Defends Himself And His Ministry; The Corinthians Are Paul’s Letter Of Recommendation; Contrasts Between Old And New Covenants Paul and his team started Messiah’s Community in Corinth, which was one of the most prominent centers in Greece. The congregation grew into a significant community. After being there for a year and a half, Paul left the city. After he

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The Need For Congregational Discipline

What church or congregation do you go to? It seems like a good question, but I am liking it less and less because it’s phrased in much the same way that we might ask someone: what supermarket do you go to? Our relationship to Messiah’s Community is to be much more than going to a congregation, singing, listening to a

By | 2017-10-23T23:57:14+00:00 October 21st, 2017|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: |Comments Off on The Need For Congregational Discipline

2 Corinthians 1:3-11 – Praising God For Overcoming Troubles

Praising God For Overcoming Troubles; When We Are Comforted In Our Troubles We Can Comfort Others; The Degree Of Suffering And Comfort Are Related; Troubles Teach Us To Rely On God; We Are To Pray For Those Who Serve God And Are In Danger Paul and his team had experienced tremendous opposition, even deadly opposition from adversaries in Ephesus and

By | 2017-09-26T09:24:22+00:00 September 23rd, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 – Praising God For Overcoming Troubles

2 Corinthians 1:1-4 – Introduction To 2 Corinthians

Background Information; Paul and Timothy Wrote This Letter To Messiah’s Community In Corinth And God’s Holy People In Achaia; Praising God For Overcoming Troubles Today we are starting a new book of the Bible, actually a letter, known as 2 Corinthians. To better understand Rabbi Paul’s second letter to Messiah’s Community in Corinth, it’s helpful to know some background, and

By | 2017-10-02T22:53:00+00:00 September 16th, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 2 Corinthians 1:1-4 – Introduction To 2 Corinthians

1 Corinthians 16:1-24 – Rabbi Paul’s Final Instructions

Instructions To Prepare A Collection For The Messianic Jews In Jerusalem; Paul’s Plans To Visit The Corinthians; Instructions About Timothy; News About Apollos; Encouragement To Persevere; Instructions About Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus; Final Greetings; A Final Warning; A Final Prayer; A Final Expression Of Love; A Final Amen We’re at the end of Rabbi Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians,

By | 2017-09-11T21:46:20+00:00 September 9th, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 16:1-24 – Rabbi Paul’s Final Instructions

1 Corinthians 15:29-58 – The Resurrection Will Happen

Resurrection Will Happen; Our Future Bodies Are Different From Our Present Bodies; Not Everyone Will Die; Stand Firm And Serve The Lord We live in a fallen world that is satanically controlled and is in rebellion against God and is under a curse. One of the worst things about life in this world is death. Death is like a poisonous

By | 2017-09-04T22:16:06+00:00 September 2nd, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 15:29-58 – The Resurrection Will Happen

1 Corinthians 15:1-28 – The Gospel And The Resurrection

There are many religions, many philosophies, many ideologies in the world, all competing for our allegiance. The Gospel is the greatest message of them all. While other messages are a mixture of truth and error, the Gospel message is completely true. Knowing the Good News and then being faithful to live according to the Good News meets our greatest needs.

By | 2017-08-29T09:19:03+00:00 August 26th, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 15:1-28 – The Gospel And The Resurrection

Re’eh – “See”

Today’s Parasha is entitled Re’eh, which means “see” and covers Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17. Parasha Re'eh continues Moses' second sermon to the people. It begins with the famous statement, “See, this day I set before you a blessing and a curse”. Moses describes the blessings for obedience to the Lord’s commandments, which were given earlier in chapter 11, along with the curses

By | 2017-08-22T00:58:17+00:00 August 19th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Re’eh – “See”

1 Corinthians 11:17-34 – The Problem Of Division; Problems With The Lord’s Supper

Mary Poppins said: Just a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down. And she was right. Receiving correction, like taking medicine, can be unpleasant. Commendation, however, is like sugar. When people are commended, they are more receptive to the one who is doing the commending. And they are more receptive to the other things he wants to communicate, even

By | 2017-07-25T02:52:18+00:00 July 22nd, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 – The Problem Of Division; Problems With The Lord’s Supper

1 Corinthians 9:24-10:13 – Living For The Lord And Living For The Gospel

Because of the catastrophe that took place in Eden, human beings are alienated from God, who is the source of life. Because we joined the rebellion of the fallen angels, the authority to rule humanity was transferred to Satan and the demons. Satan, the leader of the fallen angels, became the god of this world. Because of the fall of

By | 2017-07-21T03:54:20+00:00 July 1st, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 9:24-10:13 – Living For The Lord And Living For The Gospel

1 Corinthians 11:1-16 – The Roles Of Men And Women In Messiah’s Community; Covering Or Not Covering The Head

The subject of today’s message is controversial - the role of men and women in Messiah’s Community, and how they are to conduct themselves. What are men allowed to do? What are women allowed to do? Is there anything they are not allowed to do? Must they cover their heads in a worship service? These are the issues the Rabbi

By | 2017-07-18T01:08:16+00:00 July 15th, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 11:1-16 – The Roles Of Men And Women In Messiah’s Community; Covering Or Not Covering The Head

1 Corinthians 10:14-11:1 – Flee From Idolatry; Follow Paul’s Example

Rabbi Paul knows that Messiah’s Community in Corinth was doing well in many ways, but was also facing temptations, which, if yielded to, would harm the community. One temptation: testing God by complaining about the leaders. Instead of being thankful for all of the leaders, and supporting all the leaders, many of the people in Corinth were supporting a favored

By | 2017-07-11T01:12:22+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 10:14-11:1 – Flee From Idolatry; Follow Paul’s Example

1 Corinthians 9:1-23 – Supporting Godly Leaders

Paul Defends Himself From The Criticism That He Is Not Worthy Of Being Supported As A Leader; He Had The Right To Be Supported But Chose Not To Use That Right Because of the Fall, human beings are alienated from God, and alienated from one another. Humanity is broken, fractured, disunified. We are divided along many lines - language, geography,

By | 2017-06-27T01:48:34+00:00 June 24th, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 9:1-23 – Supporting Godly Leaders

1 Corinthians 7:25-8:13 – Marriage; Singleness; Widows; Idolatry; Love Is Greater Than Knowledge

The community had written Paul a letter. One of the matters they wrote about was about male/female relationships. This part of Paul’s letter is his response. In the earlier part of this chapter, the Rabbi had instructed Messiah’s followers in Corinth about marriage, singleness and divorce. Paul continues with the subject of marriage. Now about virgins: I have no command

By | 2017-08-04T22:25:36+00:00 June 17th, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 7:25-8:13 – Marriage; Singleness; Widows; Idolatry; Love Is Greater Than Knowledge

1 Corinthians 7:1-24 – Marriage; Singleness; Divorce; Remaining In One’s Life-Situation

The Corinthian community had previously written Paul a letter. One of the matters they wrote about was about male/female relationships. This part of Paul’s letter is his response. When Paul wrote this letter, the culture of Corinth, like our culture today, was not teaching people the truth about sex. Corinth known for the sexual promiscuity of its people. In addition

By | 2017-06-12T23:14:11+00:00 June 10th, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 7:1-24 – Marriage; Singleness; Divorce; Remaining In One’s Life-Situation

1 Corinthians 6 Part 2 – Limits To Liberty; Reasons To Avoid Sexual Immorality

Christianity is about Christ. Messianic Judaism is about Messiah; having a close, personal relationship with the Messiah. It’s about having the Spirit of the Father and the Son living in us, teaching us, guiding us, transforming us into the likeness of Yeshua. The emphasis of the New Covenant is faith, not law. It’s about walking by the Spirit, not a

By | 2017-06-05T23:53:48+00:00 June 3rd, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 6 Part 2 – Limits To Liberty; Reasons To Avoid Sexual Immorality

Shavuot 2017: Shavuot And The Giving Of The Spirit

The Jewish holidays are fantastic. Year by year they pace our lives according to the cycle God has designed into nature. They teach us many things. They remind us of some of the great things God has done in Israel's history. They are prophecies which reveal God's plan to redeem a remnant of fallen humanity. The holidays begin in the

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1 Corinthians 5 – The Problem Of Tolerating Sexual Immorality

The Problem Of Tolerating Sexual Immorality; Paul’s Decision To Remove The Sexually Immoral Man Must Be Respected; The Need For Holy Living; We Are Not To Judge Sinners Outside The Community; We Are To Judge Those Sinning Inside The Community Corinth was known for its sexual immorality. Since I was young, the sexual morality of the United States has dramatically

By | 2017-05-16T00:42:42+00:00 May 13th, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 5 – The Problem Of Tolerating Sexual Immorality

1 Corinthians 4 – The Nature Of Spiritual Leadership

The Corinthians Needed To Support All The Leaders Because Of The Nature Of Spiritual Leadership; They Needed To Support All the Leaders, Not Judge Them; They Were Proud And Needed To Humble Themselves; They Needed To Imitate Paul And The Other Apostles; They Needed To Receive Paul’s Correction Or Experience Unpleasant Consequences When He Arrived There is so much division

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1 Corinthians 3 – Spiritual Maturity Vs. Spiritual Immaturity

Spiritual Maturity Versus Spiritual Immaturity; The Need To End Their Divisions And Unite Around All The Leaders; Leaders Need To Be Careful To Have Messiah-Centered Ministries There are levels of spiritual maturity. Messiah’s followers should desire to be spiritually mature, not immature. The Rabbi lets the Corinthians know that they were spiritually immature when he had been with them, and

By | 2017-05-09T01:29:52+00:00 April 29th, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 3 – Spiritual Maturity Vs. Spiritual Immaturity

Frequently Asked Questions

* QUESTIONS ABOUT MESSIANIC JUDAISM * QUESTIONS ABOUT JEWISH AND CHRISTIAN IDENTITIES * A QUESTION ABOUT THE TEN LOST TRIBES * QUESTIONS ABOUT TORAH OBSERVANCE * QUESTIONS ABOUT SALVATION * QUESTIONS ABOUT CONVERSION * QUESTIONS ABOUT MARRIAGE * A QUESTION ABOUT HOMOSEXUAL “MARRIAGE” * QUESTIONS ABOUT PRAYER * WHY DON’T I FEEL THE LORD IN MY LIFE? * IS CHRISTIANITY

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1 Corinthians 2:1-16 – A Simple Message Focusing On Messiah Crucified

A Simple Message Focusing On Messiah Crucified; God’s Wisdom Versus The World’s Wisdom; The Spirit Gives Us God’s Wisdom; The World Can’t Understand God’s Wisdom. People are impressed by the rich and famous and powerful; by those with extra-ordinary beauty or strength or intelligence or talent. The ancient Greeks were impressed by the beauty and strength of the human body,

By | 2017-04-25T02:44:34+00:00 April 22nd, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 2:1-16 – A Simple Message Focusing On Messiah Crucified