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Frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers

about Tyler Sabbath Fellowship


 

Q. What is Tyler Sabbath Fellowship?

A. Tyler Sabbath Fellowship is a small congregation of disciples, or students, of all ages, who gather on the weekly biblical Sabbath, as well as on other special occasions, to worship our Creator, to study His holy scriptures, and to share with each other knowledge about His instructions for living as He designed. Tyler Sabbath Fellowship was established for worship of the Almighty Eternal heavenly Father, as well as His glorified Son and eternal Messiah 1. Tyler Sabbath Fellowship is also a place to study and explore the holy scriptures (a.k.a. the Bible), and as a place for fellowship with people interested in these activities.


 

Q. What are the beliefs of the members of Tyler Sabbath Fellowship?

A. The following statements are only a brief introduction to some of the beliefs held by most of the members and friends who regularly attend the worship services and scripture studies of Tyler Sabbath Fellowship. However, even our dedicated members do not agree on everything, because it seems inevitable that some study biblical topics and sacred doctrines to a greater or lesser degree than others, and thereby form their own opinions and conclusions, which we pray are always guided and assisted by our heavenly Father’s indwelling Spirit. We try to maintain a healthy respect and tolerance for the variations of belief held by sincere individuals who have invested their time and effort to carefully study the scriptural basis for their own treasured beliefs. We seek our heavenly Father’s revelation of spiritual knowledge through scriptural exegesis 2 rather than accepting human derived religious traditions, and we attempt to base our spiritual beliefs and teachings solidly on the entirety of the scriptures, rather than isolated proof-texts.

 

At Tyler Sabbath Fellowship, we seek to learn about the Almighty Eternal heavenly Father, and to personally know Him, trust Him, and worship Him as our spiritual Abba 3. We are confident that through His inspired scriptures, He has revealed many facets of His character, His plans, and His love for all of His children. We are grateful to experience the peace and assurance of knowing Him directly through personal prayer, and to be able to praise Him and call upon Him by the short form of His self-declared name as Yah.4 Hallelujah! We believe the bedrock of Yah's instruction to all humans is what is commonly called "the Ten Commandments", and we believe these are an eternal guide and blessing for all who desire to enjoy a personal relationship with their Designer and Creator.

 

Yah's only-begotten Son, Yeshua 5 (you have probably heard the English form of His name, Jesus), has revealed much about our heavenly Father, and His plan and offer of salvation to all people, as has been recorded in the Bible. Yeshua, as the eternal Messiah, has redeemed all who will sincerely repent of following their own human ways, obey the instructions of the heavenly Father which are recorded in the inspired scriptures, and accept His gift of eternal life by exhibiting faith that the Almighty Eternal Creator will accomplish all that He has ever promised. We believe Yeshua is the embodiment of the plan of Yah, and that He lived and died in complete accord with that plan, and was resurrected from death by the heavenly Father as the first of Yah's children to enjoy eternal life with Him. We believe the teachings of Yeshua clarified and magnified the spiritual application of all of Yah’s instructions. We also believe that Yeshua, who is our elder brother, is also our Master and Teacher, and He has received from our heavenly Father all authority over the entire Earth to reign as King of Kings and to render righteous judgment. We believe that the inspired scriptures clearly promise Yeshua's future return to the Earth as part of our heavenly Father's plan of salvation for all who pray and yearn for the Kingdom from Heaven.

 

We believe that Yah’s plan for humanity remains the same as it was from the beginning -- to make humans in His likeness (Genesis 1:26) so that they can have eternal spiritual communion with our loving heavenly Father and with our elder brother Yeshua. Although the sins of humanity have delayed the fulfillment of Yah’s plan for all people, we believe that it is due to the Father’s mercy and patience that His plan included provision for redemption and salvation from sin and its ultimate spiritual penalty, which is eternal death. Those who are willing to acknowledge Yah’s right as our Designer, Creator, and Sustainer to govern our hearts and minds, and who will accept Yah’s instruction and indwelling Spirit, are destined to become eternal priests and rulers under Yeshua in the Kingdom of Yah.


 

Q. How does Tyler Sabbath Fellowship conduct its Sabbath services?


A. Each week on the biblical Sabbath, we usually begin our worship service with hymns and songs of praise to our spiritual Father and His Son, as well as brief communal prayer. Usually, one of our elected elders or another volunteer study leader will have prepared an interactive classroom presentation or roundtable discussion of a particular scriptural topic or doctrine. All who attend are welcome and encouraged to ask questions about the study topic and to offer helpful comments to further everyone's understanding, or those attending may choose to silently listen and observe. The participants of our studies and discussions determine for themselves their level of involvement. Occasionally, we have an invited visiting minister or teacher who will share a more traditional sermon or informative lecture with us. Or sometimes we will show prerecorded video programs which cover scriptural topics which we are studying, and these may generate a discussion of the topic afterward.

 

For our Sabbath meetings, we request that our members, friends, and guests dress comfortably, neatly, and modestly. Some are comfortable in clothing which is regarded as traditional “church” clothes (suit or shirt, tie, and slacks for men; dresses or pant suits for women), while others are comfortable meeting in slacks and open collar shirts or blouses. Even nice jeans are fine. We find that what matters more than your clothing is your attitude of respect for the purpose of our meetings. We try to foster a friendly and comfortable experience for all who attend our services.

 

We always have refreshments and snacks available, and on the first Sabbath of each month, we share a potluck meal together after worship services and scripture study are completed. Visitors are always welcome to stay afterward and join us for our meal and casual fellowship.


 

Q. Does Tyler Sabbath Fellowship require the use of certain names or religious terms for worship or discussions?


A. Absolutely not! We don’t require anyone to do anything, other than behave with manners of mutual respect while they visit with us. Neither our visitors nor our regular friends or members are required to use names or religious terms with which they are not comfortable or accustomed. Some of our members and friends use what we call “informed preferences” in names and terms, but we discourage dogmatism in these, respecting each person’s conviction of what they believe is required of them by their own conscience. We like to think our vocabulary is broad enough to accommodate each person’s preferences in names and religious terms, and we don’t want to make anyone feel unwelcome or inferior. We believe that our heavenly Father has a very high opinion of you, so we try to share our knowledge with all by effective communication without passwords or in-speak.


 

Q. Does Tyler Sabbath Fellowship use only certain scripture translations?

 

A. No. While visiting with us, you are welcome to bring and use any scripture translation that you prefer. There is quite a broad variety of traditional and modern scripture translations which we commonly use in our studies, such as King James or Authorized Version (KJV or AV) and New King James Version (NKJV), New American Standard Bible (NASB), Revised Standard Version (RSV) and New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), New International Version (NIV), Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB), The Scriptures (TS98/ISR), The Complete Jewish Bible (Stern), The Moffat Translation, The Septuagint in Modern English, etc. We often compare various translations to be more certain about our understanding of scripture passages. We recommend translations for careful study of the scriptures rather than scripture paraphrases.


 

Q. How is Tyler Sabbath Fellowship supported financially?

 

A. We never pass around offering plates or baskets pressuring anyone for contributions -- those who choose to support us always seem to find their own way to contribute. Some of our members choose to regularly tithe on their income, while others simply contribute what they determine whenever they are able. We have no paid clergy nor employees, and we keep our operating expenses low, essentially providing a comfortable place in which our members, friends, and visitors can meet each Sabbath, and on other special occasions.


 

Now that you know more about Tyler Sabbath Fellowship, please come visit us!

 

We are always glad to receive inquisitive but respectful visitors to our fellowship. We have studied much within the holy scriptures, and we are eager to share our blessings of understanding which have been revealed to us through scripture by the heavenly Father’s guiding and indwelling Spirit. Also, you may have insight into the scriptures which would bless us to hear and to learn. Or, you may simply have questions which no other religious group or organization has been able to answer to your satisfaction. We can’t promise that we can answer all possible questions, but we will gladly share with you what we have learned from studying Yah’s holy scriptures, as well as truthfully admit when the questions “stump” us. We welcome and often enjoy the questions which really challenge our understanding, because these usually spur us to re-examine topics and doctrines, which many times lead to new growth of understanding.

 

 

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Footnotes:

 

1 Messiah means “anointed” or “chosen and set apart for a specific purpose.” In the holy scriptures, many different humans were chosen by the heavenly Father for His own purposes (and some were literally anointed with oil as a symbol of the heavenly Father’s guiding Spirit), but these humans were only serving the heavenly Father temporarily in their limited capacities, symbolizing the true and eternal Messiah who was prophesied to be born of a virgin, who was anointed and filled with the heavenly Father’s guiding and indwelling Spirit, who spoke our heavenly Father’s message and teaching, who was unjustly executed but miraculously resurrected, and who now dwells with the heavenly Father and shares in His glory. The name of the eternal Messiah is explained in footnote 5 below.

 

2 Exegesis means to “draw out” the instruction and meaning of scripture – the instruction and meaning which was recorded by our heavenly Father as his Spirit guided and inspired the human writers of the books of the Bible. Proper exegesis relies upon the Father’s Spirit to also guide the reader in seeking to receive and understand the Father’s message of instruction within His scriptures. Several scriptures of the Bible warn us to be careful and diligent not to add to, reduce, or distort the inspired message in an attempt to conform it to our human desires, presuppositions, or personal agendas. Exegesis respects the absolute authority of the Almighty Creator to communicate His message of instruction to His children without need for human editing, innovation, or “progressive interpretation”. However, since few people today are adept at reading the ancient Hebrew, Greek, or Aramaic languages of the oldest Bible manuscripts, most of us must necessarily rely on fallible human translators to deliver a faithful rendering of the scriptures in our modern languages so that we can study them for ourselves. This is why careful students of the Bible will read and compare different translations of the scriptures in hopes of achieving effective comprehension.

 

3 Abba is the Aramaic word for “father”. It is not a proper name. However, Yeshua is recorded in scripture addressing the heavenly Father of us all as “Abba”, which is an intimate but reverent term of love and honor. We believe Yeshua demonstrated by His own example that we may address our Eternal Father using this term, Abba, or even simply as “Father” in our native tongue, even though we are equally aware that the Almighty Creator has a self-declared personal name, represented by the Tetragrammaton (see footnote 4  below).

 

4  While there is presently much controversy over attempts to render an accurate pronunciation of the personal name of the Almighty Creator Father as represented by the Tetragrammaton in the Hebrew scriptures, there is some consensus among linguists of ancient Middle Eastern languages that the first syllable of the Tetragrammaton is likely to be correctly pronounced as it would be spelled in English as “Yah”, such as the sound of the last syllable of hallelujah (which means “Praise Yah!”), or as commonly pronounced in theophoric names such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, Obadiah, etc. Beyond this widely accepted abbreviated form of the personal name represented by the Tetragrammaton, there is substantial variety of opinion.

 

5 Yeshua is currently the most widely accepted rendering in modern English of the Aramaic pronunciation of the name of the person known to most modern English speakers as Jesus (Christ). The rendering of the eternal Messiah’s name as “Jesus” is a relatively recent Anglicized version of the Latin form, Iesus, from the Latin transliteration (Iesous) of the Greek form of a post-exilic Jewish name that appears in the Septuagint (Greek) version of the holy scriptures, and was later declared in Luke 1:31 to be the name for the heavenly Father’s Son and eternal Messiah. Yeshua is a late Biblical form of the Hebrew name Yehoshua, which most modern English speakers know as Joshua. Yeshua is a theophoric name meaning “Yah is salvation”, or possibly “Yah saves”. There are many diverse opinions regarding the optimum spelling and the correct (some say “required”) pronunciation of the eternal Messiah’s personal name.

 

Please note, at Tyler Sabbath Fellowship we have carefully studied and debated the issue of the personal names of the Almighty Eternal Creator and His only-begotten Son and eternal Messiah, and we hold diverse opinions and beliefs regarding the topic of “sacred names.” For those of you who have your own opinion and belief on the topic of sacred names, we hope that we can humbly respect each other’s desire to ultimately receive personal instruction and revelation from our heavenly Father, and His eternal Messiah, which will eventually remove all doubt and controversy on this subject. Until then, if you would like to know more about the subject of the personal names of the Almighty Eternal Creator and His only-begotten Son and eternal Messiah, try this well-researched article: http://www.eliyah.com/yahushua.html


 

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