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Soli Deo Gloria is the writing and teaching ministry of Baruch Maoz in Israel. Baruch is engaged in writing original commentaries on the Bible, and theological and practical works in Hebrew. Some of his books are available in English. His Critique of the Messianic Movement, Come Let Us Reason ToGether: The Unity of Jews and Gentiles in the Church, has been published by P&R, and his Devotional Commetary, Malachi: A Prophet in Times of Distress by Crossbooks. Both are available from Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Shepherd Press is now preparing to print his Devotional Commentary Jonah: A Prophet on the Run.
Baruch is also engaged writing (in Hebrew) a commentary on Romans and Micah, futher books in the Devotional Commentary series, an Introduction to Systematic Theology, editing a modern translation of the Bible into Modern Hebrew and writing other expositional and theological books. In the pipeline are also books on church life and strucutre, How to Preach and Listen to Sermons, and daily Christian disiplines. To date, Baruch is the only author writing Christian literature n Hebrew.
Baruch and Bracha are Israeli Jewish Christians who have served in Israel for 5 decades now. Between April 1974 and December 2006 Baruch served with Christian Witness to israel, most of that time as Israel Field Leader. Betwen May 1975 and December 2008 he served as Pastor of Grace and Truth Christian Congregation in Rishon LeTsion, Israel. Our website reflects the experiences gained in the course of that time.
Our monthly newsletter, MaozNews, is available for the asking, with back-issues to be found on this website (Baruch's Writings/News From Israel). To subscribe, click address at bottom of this page.
Gleanings from my book on the Church:
A local church will strive to be true to the word of God. For that reason the focus of church life will be a shared effort to study, understand, internalize, apply and teach the scriptures. Congregational life will not be centered on a person, a language, a culture or any other human concern but on Christ and the fundamentals of his teaching as these are presented in scripture. That is precisely the value of a Congregational confession of Faith which provides a clear expression of the way the congregation as a body understands the word of God. Such a document serve two important purposes:
1. It clarifies for all how the congregation understands the word of God and how it applies it in the context of congregational life. Such clarity makes it easier to examine conduct as well as principle, and to make any corrections discovered to be necessary.
2. Such clarity places everyone equally under the same obligation.
Local churches have the freedom to determine matters such as the time and location of their gathering, but they are not free to make laws of render traditions sacrosanct so that they bind the conscience of any. God alone is the Lord of man's conscience. "Who are you to judge another man's slave -- it is in relation to his own master that stands or falls" (Romans 14:4).
Church function and structure should be determined by a study of God's word. A faithful church will exercise biblical discipline with regard to doctrine and moral conduct. The focus of church life must be the glory of God and the cultivation of the spiritual and moral lives of the redeemed -- every single one of them. Finally, a faithful church will administer the sacraments -- baptism and communion -- in accordance with the scriptures in spirit and in letter.
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For our many new friends, a review of Baruch's past and of his present labors:
Having retired from the pastorate after 33 years of service, Baruch is now engaged in writing original Christian literature in Hebrew with a particular emphasis on expository commentaries and theological literature. He is also engaged in translating the New Testament into limited language Modern Hebrew. Some of his books have been translated into English.
Baruch devotes most of his waking hours to writing, driven by a sense of need in the country due to the lack of Reformed, biblical literature.Presently he is working on a series of commentaries on the Minor Prophets. Hosea, Joel and Amos have been published. Jonah and Obadiah are in the hands of the publisher and being prepared for publications. Baruch has also written on Micah, Obadiah and Malachi, Colossians and Romans and is presently working on Nahum.
In addition, he has written a Introduction to the Pauline Epistles and has published two books in the Systematic Theology Series, on the doctrine of God and the Doctrine of scripture and a book on daily Christian disciplines while editing the limited language Modern Hebrew Old Testament (the latter has been completed and is now available).
At the same time he is in the process of writing a book on the essence, function and structure of the church. Other writing projects are in view.
All of these books (excepting Colossians) are in Hebrew and constitute the only such available in the Hebrew language. English publications are the devotional commentaries on Jonah (Shepherd Press, second edition), Malachi (Crossbooks) and Colossians (Crossbooks) and a critical review of the Messianic Movement titled Come Let Us Reason (Presbyterian & Reformed, third edition).
In the past Baruch was involved in a good number of projects on a national scale, many of which were initiated by him. He participated in editing the Modern Hebrew Translation of the New Testament and in writing historical and cultural annotations to the Hebrew Annotated New Testament. He initiated the National Pastors' Conference; the National Christian Social Aid Fund; the National Action Committee (which successfully led the fight against attempted legislation aimed an outlawing evangelism) and the founding of Mishkan, the International Journal on Jewish Evangelism. He shared in founding the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism and the Israel National Evangelistic Committee.
Baruch was the first Reformed Christian in Israel. There is now a fellowship of Reformed Pastors which meets regularly for cooperation and mutual edification. His former pastoral charge was Grace and Truth Christian congregation, which had an Eldership of five, five Deacons and three evangelists. Having completed his term of service at Grace and Truth, he and Bracha attend a daughter church, where the Pastor is a former Elder at Baruch's earlier charge. Baruch assists in preaching and undertakes preaching engagements in other churches from time to time.
Baruch and his wife conduct an annual visit to the US to visit friends and supporters and to spend time with their three daughters and one foster daughter, all of whom live in the US and Canada. They have but one foster daughter living in Israel, presently studying at college. From time to time Baruch also accepts speaking engagements outside of Israel and the US, particularly in the Netherlands and Germany.
Baruch produces a monthly newsletter which may be had for the asking at email@example.com He regularly posts on his Facebook Wall, via LinkedIn and Twitter and maintains a website,www.themaozweb.com
Subjects for prayer:
Clarity of mind and of understanding of God's word
The promotion of a thoroughly biblical understanding of the Gospel among Christian in Israel
True, solid conversions in the country
The spiritual, doctrinal and moral health of the church in Israel
In light of the loss of a major source of regular support, increased support for Baruch's work
Grace to complete the projects now awaiting, including the completion of the Systematic Theology series and that on the Minor Prophets
Grace, strength and wisdom as he and Bracha travel in the US June - October 2015
I have deep respect and love for Baruch Maoz, and the work that he is carrying on in Israel, despite obstacles and opposition. He has been a dear friend for many years. I’ll never forget doing a conference for him in Israel several years ago. I pray that God may use his sound theology, helpful preaching, excellent books, and numerous gifts for the conversion and spiritual maturation of thousands of Israelis and for the abundant glory of God. Rev. Joel R. Beeke, Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation, Author
Baruch Maoz has been a minister of the gospel, author, publisher, and voice for believers in the land of Israel for four decades. I have seen firsthand the fruit of his ministry and I cannot recommend it too highly. Baruch’s preaching, teaching, and writing ministry should be supported by all who care about the gospel and its impact in Israel and beyond! Pastor Jerry Marcellino, Audubon Drive Bible Church, Federation of reformed Evangelicals – Laurel, Mississippi
Knowing and embracing our Lord’s clear directive to bring the Gospel to the “Jew first” I, along with BPC have been extraordinarily blessed to work in partnership with the effective biblical and faithful ministry of Baruch Maoz. His ministry of evangelism, discipleship, along with his strategic and insightful writing/translation projects, only enhance my opportunity to recommend him and his ministry. Rev. Harry Reeder, Senior Pastor, Briarwood Presbyterian Church (PCA), Birmingham AL
Tom Ascol of the Founders Movement writes: "Baruch and Bracha Maoz serve in the kingdom of Jesus Christ. Baruch has served as a pastor, publisher, author and church reformer in his homeland of Israel. He has ministered several times with our Grace Baptist Church family in Cape Coral and our people have come to love Bracha and him dearly. I highly recommend his and his ministry to any church that values expositional preaching and the gospel of God's grace." Dr. Thomas Ascol, Grace Baptist Church (SBC), Founders Movement, Cape Coral FL
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