Rabbi Scott Sekulow founded Temple Beth Adonai six years ago and is the senior rabbi at that congregation. Selected in 2002 as one of World Magazine's most notable Jewish believers of the past five centuries, Sekulow has done evangelical work in the Soviet Union, Panama, Cuba, Argentina, Israel and the U.S. A Messianic Jew, he came to know Yeshua (Jesus Christ) through his ministry and now devotes his life to leading other Jewish believers to that same knowledge through Israel's Harvest Ministry and "The Messianic Hour," a radio show broadcast on 130 radio stations and 10 Internet stations worldwide.
Q: How long have you lived in the Atlanta area?
A: Thirty-six years.
Q: How (and when) did you know that this is what you wanted to do with your life?
A: I became a believer in 1992. Shortly thereafter, I received word from another Messianic Rabbi that I would be in ministry and many would come to know Yeshua through the ministry. This confirmed what I was feeling in my heart and prompted me to go back to school for a degree in Biblical education.
My wife and I went on our first mission trip to Minsk - which is where my grandfather was from - and saw the book of Acts come alive right before my eyes as thousands of Jewish people received Yeshua as their Messiah. We know that God wanted us to do more for his kingdom.
Q: Did you ever consider a different career?
A: I was a retail brat, so it was in my blood. Prior to going into ministry, I owned my own tuxedo rental and invitation company here in Atlanta. But ever since Yeshua found me, I have only wanted to do his work. I tell people now I am a salesperson for Yeshua, and his sales are eternity.
Q: I understand that you're involved with Israel's Harvest Ministries. Can you tell me a little bit about that?
A: Israel's Harvest Ministries is an evangelistic outreach ministry. Under its umbrella, we have conducted evangelistic outreaches and medical missions, provided 5,000 Bibles to Zambia, and broadcast the "Messianic Hour With Rabbi Scott Sekulow."
IHM teaches the gentile believer how to fulfill Romans 11 by "provoking the Jew to jealousy." IHM also teaches the churches about its Jewish roots.
Q: How long have you been hosting the listener-supported radio show "The Messianic Hour"? Is this a radio show geared mostly toward Jewish listeners?
A: "The Messianic Hour" launched on July 7, 2007. We are now heard on over 130 stations across the country and around the world on over 10 Internet stations. Three of the Internet stations are broadcasting out of Israel. We are on WNIV 970 and 1400 AM here in Georgia on Saturday from 4 to 5 p.m.
Since the show is broadcast on mostly Christian radio stations, the listening audience is mostly gentile believers that are in the church. However, the show is broadcast in Israel on Internet stations. Knowing this, we try to show how Yeshua is the Messiah. I also hear from unsaved Jews and gentiles that they have heard the show as well, so we are reaching the lost and educating the found.
Q: About how many people attend Beth Adonai?
A: We have about 160 people on a regular basis. Many of them live in Gwinnett.
Q: Who would you most like to meet, and why?
A: Moses. I really want to know how he was able to lead all of the Israelites out of Egypt without going crazy. I think we can learn a lot from his leadership and organizational skills.
Q: If you had to name one thing that's changed the most in Gwinnett's religious trends over the years, what would it be?
A: That more and more believers are interested in the Jewish roots of their faith. I have been asked to speak at more churches in Gwinnett about how to witness to their Jewish friends to understanding the role of Israel and the church. It is a real blessing.
Q: Are there any special upcoming events at Temple Beth Adonai?
A: At 7 p.m. on Feb. 26, we are going to have a special program on rebuilding the Third Temple presented by two Orthodox Jewish men from Israel. Our community Passover will be on Saturday, April 26. Our Web site has tickets and more information about both of these events - www.bethadonai.com.
Congregation Beth Adonai is located at 4141 Bancroft Circle in Tucker. Call 770-939-1152 for more information, or visit www.bethadonai.com. For more information about Israel's Harvest Ministries, visit www.israelsharvest.com.
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