The Season of Our Joy festival site is unique in
many ways. Some of those ways concern our speakers and the speaking arrangements.
We are not a church, nor are we affiliated with any particular church
organization. Thus we are able to have
speakers who challenge our thoughts concerning God, His ways, and
the future Messianic Kingdom. Since the speakers are not paid
they are free from church dogma and are thus able to bring information that may be somewhat "out of the box"
and sometimes present it in a somewhat unusual way.
Some may say that
this is not "safe" - that having teachers who are not
confined to a certain theology could invite the adversary to infiltrate.
We reject that view since we've seen the adversary infiltrate highly
structured organizations that have very precise doctrines, and lead many, if not most, of the "sheep" away.
SOOJ Speakers for 2017 include:
- Joseph Good - Hatikva Ministries
- Dean Wheelock - 'Hebrew Roots' Magazine
- Tim Kelley - Ami Yisrael Ministry
- . . . and more!
Our belief is that it's more safe to broaden the theological spectrum,
thus creating a environment where the audience is actually challenged to
"check these things out". By so doing, the audience is more
equipped to face the challenges of the adversary than they would be if
they were only exposed to "spoon-fed religion".
Nevertheless, we are concerned about those who are "new" to the
walk. Therefore, we make the speakers accountable to the audience
by providing a minimal set of requirements for both the speakers and the
those who are more "seasoned" may be able to provide a cover for those who
are new. These requirements are that:
- speakers agree that they
- maintain a faith in Messiah
Yeshua (Jesus) as the savior and redeemer of His people, and
- believe and teach that the Torah (the Old Testament Law) is
the instruction book for His people, and that it defines the way of life for
the people of God - whether they be Jewish or non-Jewish
- speakers will avoid teaching about four topics
that we deem highly controversial and thus take from the "joy" of
the festival. These include: the calendar, kashrut laws,
nature of God, and the Sacred Name.
- speakers in both our "Main Sessions" as
well as "Break-Out Sessions" take questions during or at the end of
their speaking session.
- the audience limits their questions to those that are relevant to what the speaker
had just presented, thus leaving ample time for others to challenge
or ask clarification on anything the
speaker may have said.
SOOJ is a growing program. We are always looking for those who
would like to share their Biblical studies and findings. If you
would like to serve in that area, let us know.
about becoming an SOOJ speaker >>