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FIRM’s Jerusalem Encounter 2018 opens this week

The Fellowship of Israel Related Ministries (FIRM) will host Jerusalem Encounter 2018, a worldwide gathering of believers “to worship God and encounter the land and the people of Israel.”

The conference runs from June 12 to 14 at The Pavilion in Jerusalem.

Registration opens at 4 p.m. on June 12 and the opening session begins an hour later. The three-day, seven-session event will feature worship led by popular performers from Israel and abroad including Birgitta Lundvall, Joshua Aaron, Martin Smith, Shilo Ben Hod, Sarah Liberman, the Jerusalem-based King of Kings worship team, Gateway Worship and the Tel Aviv-based band MIQEDEM.

Speakers include:

  • Pastor Don Finto, author of Your People Shall Be My People, How Israel, the Jews and the Christian Church Will Come Together in the Last Days
  • Pastor Wayne Hilsden, president of FIRM and co-founder and president of King of Kings Community, Jerusalem
  • Glyn Barrett, senior minister of !Audacious Church in Manchester, England.
  • Samuel Smadja, regional director of TBN in Israel, president of Sar-El Tours and Conferences, and pastor of a messianic congregation in Israel.
  • David Nasser, senior vice president of spiritual development, Liberty University

Conference Schedule

June 12-14, 2018

Day 1 – Tuesday, June 12

Registration opens: 4 p.m.

Doors Open: 4:30 pm

Session 1

  • 5 p.m.—7 p.m.
  • 8 p.m.—10 p.m. (identical to 5 p.m. session)

Worship: Birgitta Lundvall & Joshua Aaron

Speaker: Don Finto

Day 2 – Wednesday, June 13

Session 2 9 a.m.

Worship: Shilo Ben Hod & Sarah Liberman

Speaker: Wayne Hilsden

Session 3 10:30 am

Worship: King of Kings Worship

7×7 Session: On Earth as it is in Heaven

Mixer: Meet our FIRM Members – 11:30 am

Breakout Sessions 12:15 pm

  • The State of the Messianic Jewish Body in the Modern State of Israel
  • Outreach Opportunities in Modern Israeli Society
  • Believers in Israel: an Inside Perspective
  • Round Table Discussion Groups

Session 4

  • 5 p.m.—7 p.m.
  • 8 p.m.—10 p.m. (identical to 5 p.m. session)

Worship: Gateway Worship, Martin Smith

Speaker: Glynn Barrett

Day 3 – Thursday, June 14

Session 5 9 a.m.

Worship: Gateway Worship

Speaker: Samuel Smadja

Session 6 10:30 am

Worship: Martin Smith

7×7 Session: I See Israel As____

Mixer: Meet our FIRM Members – 11:30 am

Breakout Sessions 12:15 pm

  • Scripture through the lens of Israel
  • Ministering to Refugees
  • Worship Wins the War
  • Round Table Discussion Groups

Session 7

  • 5 p.m.—7 p.m.
  • 8 p.m.—10 p.m. (identical to 5 p.m. session)

Worship: MIQEDEM, Joshua Aaron

Speaker: David Nasser

Read about Jerusalem Encounter 2017: Jerusalem Encounter connects local body with believers around the world

Cliff Keller lives in Jerusalem, Israel with his wife, Marcia after making Aliyah in the spring of 2011 from the United States. His most recent novel is a work of historical biblical fiction entitled The Lion or The Lamb: Samson Ruth and Salvation. Cliff also blogs at Standing by the Gate and has a writing website, goodStories.

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