Feast of Tabernacles 2017 .  .  .

Wednesday Evening, October 4 - Thursday, October 12

Sukkot Speakers

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 speaker holding sign 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 audience so that 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.

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