Foundations of our faith is the groundwork/the basis or the foundation whereupon we have to build, it is laid upon the bedrock of our faith. Paul said that he laid the foundation and that we must be careful on how we build, because our building work will be put to the test.
In a building, the foundation is the groundwork or the layout of the building plan, without foundation the builders have no plan to follow as they lay the bricks. A simple metaphor, but if we want to build to the glory of our King, we must ensure that we build on the foundation that He presented to us, otherwise our building works will be like that of straw that will burn to the ground when tested by fire.
The Apostles direction to the first believer was stipulate in Act 2:42 They continued faithfully in the teaching of the emissaries, in fellowship, in breaking bread and in the prayers. CJB
1. Teaching (instruction) of the emissaries.
The Apostles was given the task by Yeshua to teach obedience to all those who believe that Yeshua is the Son of the Living God and who have been baptised in the name the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. "Teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember! I will be with you always, yes, even until the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
With the Bible as our guide, we found that the Apostles had a meeting described in Acts 15:13-27, where they made the decision to write a letter to teach all new believer what they must do.
Then the whole assembly kept still as they listened to Bar- Nabba and Sha’ul tell what signs and miracles God had done through them among the Gentiles. Ya’akov broke the silence to reply. “Brothers,” he said, “hear what I have to say. Shim’on has told in detail what God did when he first began to show his concern for taking from among the Goyim a people to bear his name. And the words of the Prophets are in complete harmony with this for it is written,‘” After this, I will return; and I will rebuild the fallen tent of David. I will rebuild its ruins, I will restore it, so that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, that is, all the Goyim who have been called by my name, “ says ADONAI, who is doing these things.’ All this has been known for ages. ” Therefore, my opinion is that we should not put obstacles in the way of the Goyim who are turning to God. Instead, we should write them a letter telling them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from fornication, from what is strangled and from blood. For from the earliest times, Moshe has had in every city those who proclaim him, with his words being read in the synagogues every Shabbat. ” Then the emissaries and the elders, together with the whole Messianic community, decided to select men from among themselves to send to Antioch with Sha’ul and Bar- Nabba. They sent Y’hudah, called Bar- Sabba, and Sila, both leading men among the brothers, with the following letter: From:The emissaries and the elders, your brothers To:The brothers from among the Gentiles throughout Antioch, Syria and Cilicia: Greetings! We have heard that some people went out from among us without our authorization, and that they have upset you with their talk, unsettling your minds. So we have decided unanimously to select men and send them to you with our dear friends Bar- Nabba and Sha’ul, who have dedicated their lives to upholding the name of our Lord, Yeshua the Messiah. So we have sent Y’hudah and Sila, and they will confirm in person what we are writing. (CJB)
We believe that the letter referred to is the teaching of the Twelve Apostles also known as (Didachē means “Teaching”), a brief anonymous early Christian document, dated by most modern scholars to the first century. The first line is “Teaching of the Lord to the Gentiles (or Nations) by the Twelve Apostles”. The mentioned document is the teaching that the twelve Apostles gave as a foundational teaching to build upon. We therefore conclude that we to will build on the mentioned foundation, as we believe it contain the teaching and the interpretation of Yeshua.
The teaching of the twelve is thus a guideline to ensure that we in our fellowship be not deceived by the lies of the enemy. What we get from our fellowship with the Lord should stand the test of the teaching of the twelve, and the Bible or else we must conclude that it is not from the Lord.
The teaching of the twelve was a safeguard en still is for this day, especially in these days, for as the Lord said that in the last days as stated in 1 Timothy 4:1 The Spirit expressly states that in the acharit- hayamim (last days) some people will apostatize from the faith by paying attention to deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. (CJB). So we need a safeguard from being deceived, and the teaching of the twelve and the Word of Elohim will be the safeguard within this fellowship.
Today a lot of emphasis is given to being within a fellowship, on the basis that the Word in Hebrew 10:25 said that we should not neglect the meeting together. I would like us to consider the same chapter but from verse 17. Hebrews 10:17-25 he then adds, "'And their sins and their wickedness's
I will remember no more.'" Now where there is forgiveness for these, an offering for sins is no longer needed. So, brothers, we have confidence to use the way into the Holiest Place opened by the blood of Yeshua. He inaugurated it for us as a new and living way through the parokhet (the veil), by means of his flesh. We also have a great cohen (Priest) over God's household. Therefore, let us approach the Holiest Place with a sincere heart, in the full assurance that comes from trusting- with our hearts sprinkled clean from a bad conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us continue holding fast to the hope we acknowledge, without wavering; for the One who made the promise is trustworthy. And let us keep paying attention to one another, in order to spur each other on to love and good deeds, not neglecting our own congregational meetings, as some have made a practice of doing, but, rather, encouraging each other. (CJB)
Based on the mentioned, the emphasis is not on the meeting together it is on meeting with Elohim in the Holiest place, a new and a living way through the Blood of Yeshua. And added to the mentioned is that we should not neglect meeting together within the congregation so that we can continue to encourage each other, to meet with the Father and His Son. Once again the meeting together is not the basis of encouragement, rather the meeting with the Father and His Son is the basis of encouragement. The disciples whom Yeshua loved said it accordingly in 1 John 1:1-3 We have heard him, we have seen him with our eyes, we have contemplated him, we have touched him with our hands! The life appeared, and we have seen it. We are testifying to it and announcing it to you- eternal life! He was with the Father, and he appeared to us. What we have seen and heard, we are proclaiming to you; so that you too may have fellowship with us. Our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Yeshua the Messiah.
John said what they have seen and heard they proclaim to us so that we too may have fellowship with them, explaining that there fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Yeshua. The encouragement, and the purpose of encouragement is to promote fellowship with the Father and His Son, Yeshua. The meeting together is not the goal, it is only a means to the goal, a place where we can encourage one another to meet with the Father and His Son Yeshua.
Based on the mentioned we need to acknowledge that fellowship with the Father and His Son Yeshua, is not to prayer in accordance to a greek understanding. It is rather to prayerfully meditate on the Word of Elohim, guided by the Holy Spirit in order to know the perfect will of Elohim. A privilege that Elohim granted us through the new covenant validated by the Blood of His Son, Yeshua the Messiah. In Jeremiah 31:33-34 the Lord explained His idea of the new covenant. ”For this is the covenant I will make with the house of Isra'el after those days," says ADONAI:"I will put my Torah within them and write it on their hearts; I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will any of them teach his fellow community member or his brother, 'Know ADONAI'; for all will know me, from the least of them to the greatest; because I will forgive their wickednesses and remember their sins no more. In the same way the disciple John explained it in 1 John 2:27 As for you, the Messianic anointing you received from the Father remains in you, so that you have no need for anyone to teach you. On the contrary, as his Messianic anointing continues to teach you about all things, and is true, not a counterfeit, so, just as he taught you, remain united with him. (CJB)
Although there is now clarity on who wrote the book of Hebrew, there is a move that indicated Paul as the writer of the book of Hebrews. The mentioned is based upon his final greeting in Hebrews 13:23-24. Now if so, Paul made mentioned in the book of Galatians 1:1 From:Sha'ul, an emissary- I received my commission not from human beings or through human mediation but through Yeshua the Messiah and God the Father, who raised him from the dead- also from all the brothers with me. And also as stated in Galatians 2:6-9 Paul acknowledge that what he received He received from Elohim. God does not judge by outward appearances- these leaders added nothing to me. On the contrary, they saw that I had been entrusted with the Good News for the Uncircumcised, just as Kefa had been for the Circumcised; since the One working in Kefa to make him an emissary to the Circumcised had worked in me to make me an emissary to the Gentiles. So, having perceived what grace had been given to me, Ya'akov, Kefa and Yochanan, the acknowledged pillars of the community, extended to me and Bar- Nabba the right hand of fellowship; so that we might go to the Gentiles, and they to the Circumcised. Again it is clear that the fellowship is with the Father and His Son Yeshua, and that the fellowship between brothers is to acknowledge what we received from our fellowship with the Father and His Son, as Paul stated in 1 Corinthians 11:23 For what I received from the Lord is just what I passed on to you- that the Lord Yeshua, on the night he was betrayed, took bread;
The fellowship with one another is to confirm what we received or to test what we received in our fellowship with the Lord. So within this fellowship we created a community forum where we can share what we received and where what we received can be tested within the fellowship. But as we said that the safeguard of our fellowship is that what we received will be tested against the teaching of the twelve and the Word of Elohim.
3. Breaking of Bread.
In considering the breaking of bread, there seemed to be the idea that the disciples share their meals. I would like you to consider that it was not about sharing their meals, as it was part of the way they lived. But rather it was sharing in the one thing that bind them together.
The covenant seder that Yeshua initiated as a reminder before Elohim that we have entered into the new covenant validated by the Blood of the Lamb of God. This is the one thing that we share with one another that in faith in Yeshua we have become a covenant people before Elohim. A people that live by this new covenant validated by the Blood of the Lamb, a people redeemed and reconciled to the Father as children and as spiritual Israel.
It is in sharing in this seder, that the words of Paul in Galatians 3:26-29 received it full meaning. For in union with the Messiah, you are all children of God through this trusting faithfulness; because as many of you as were immersed into the Messiah have clothed yourselves with the Messiah, in whom there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor freeman, neither male nor female; for in union with the Messiah Yeshua, you are all one. Also, if you belong to the Messiah, you are seed of Avraham and heirs according to the promise.
The breaking of bread, as the seder meal is done every time we come together, as a reminder before Elohim that we are one in Messiah, that we no longer live but that Messiah live within us and that we no longer live according to the flesh but according to the covenant that we enter in. The covenant that Yeshua fulfilled and validated by His own Blood. It is a reminder that the reason for coming together is about what Yeshua did for us, it is not about the pastor leading the congregation, it is not about the worship it is all about what Yeshua did for us. It is a reminder that as Paul asked, did Apollos died for you, it is to acknowledge that if it was not for the new covenant validated by the Blood of the Lamb (Yeshua), there was no need for meeting together. It is to remind us, that we need to be faithful to the covenant we received as a gift by faith, but Yeshua paid for by His Blood.
This fellowship would like to encourage every member to use the seder meal in the presence of Elohim and His Son Yeshua on all occasions of fellowship. Even when you fellowship via the community forum, so to remind you that in Messiah there is no distinction for we are all part of this new covenant by grace.
Every meeting should start and be concluded in prayer. As we need the presence of the Lord and His guidance in all that we do, and then to thank the Lord for His presence acknowledging Him in all things.
Prayer of thanksgiving must be part of our lives and each individual must adhere to the Lord’s commands concerning prayer, praying for the sick, for the leaders of the country, for our enemies and those that persecute us.
The teaching of the twelve require that we should prayer the Lord’s prayer 3 times a day. A practice that we would like to encourage among all believers.
Then there is the prayer of faith, where we pray as the Lord called us to pray trusting the Lord Yeshua to do what only He can do, and to bring glory to the Father.