SMT: “Acts 29” History Makers

By Frank Lugenheim
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Just as the Father used men of old to pen the Bible, He is still using men to proclaim and spread His word today. Jesus and the early apostles used whatever means (or technology) available at the time to share the Good News. The revolutionary message of the Gospel was proclaimed and spread from house to house and country to country on foot, by boat, or by donkey. But in these modern times, it is by today’s technology of satellites, computers, and cell phones.

Methods may change, but never the Message.

I have heard that the last words people utter before they depart this earth are the most important ones they want us to remember. According to Matthew 28:19-20, among the last words the disciples heard Jesus say were “go,” “make disciples,” and “teach.” We call these instructions the Great Commission.

Contained within the MJBI mission statement are these same instructions:

The MJBI equips leaders (make disciples) who will establish Messianic Jewish congregations and ministries in Jewish communities worldwide (go). Additionally, the MJBI seeks to equip (teach) the Church in its responsibility to take the Good News to the Jew first (Romans 1:16).

Our online School of Messianic Theology (SMT) is one of the 21st Century ways MJBI strives to obey this Great Commission. We capture the Word of God and the Messianic message on video and spread it across the world via the Internet.

The Lord has blessed the SMT in numerous “loaves and fishes” ways in a short amount of time. For example, on a minimal budget He accelerated the knowledge of our staff which enabled us to configure systems and produce video quicker than anticipated. Also, the media department was told by programming experts it would be impossible for the high definition videos to work on mobile devices like tablets and cell phones. But God!

Initially begun to reach English-speaking students, SMT now has a worldwide scope with registrants from over 120 nations. Courses are currently being dubbed into Russian, and there are plans to expand into Spanish, Hebrew, and about ten other major languages. We have also developed small and large group programs (for Bible studies, home groups, or congregations) in English and other languages.

The prophets and apostles of old had no idea at the time that they were making history. We believe that many of the SMT instructors continue to add to that legacy as today’s prophets and apostles to the Messianic Jewish world. By capturing, archiving and dispersing the life messages of these teachers from our small studio, we—along with our ministry partners—are embracing the prophetic promise that Jewish acceptance of Yeshua means “life from the dead” (Romans 11:15).

Come join with the SMT as we do our Great Commission part in helping redeem those “out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation” (Revelation 5). The Book of Acts did not stop with Chapter 28. It is still being written today!

By Frank Lugenheim, MJBI USA Director of Operations