Our Journey With the Biblical Calendar
Festivals, Feasts, and the Rhythms of the Gospel
We use the phrase 'Biblical Calendar' to refer to the timeline of set-apart days and seasons that God gave to Israel in Leviticus 23. These events are commonly referred to as God's feasts or festivals or appointed times. The specific names of these seasons include: Passover (Pesach), Festival of Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, Pentecost (Shavuot), Day of Trumpets (Yom Teruah or Rosh Hashanah), Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), and Festival of Shelters or Tabernacles (Sukkot).
The Biblical calendar connects our community's worship to the rhythms of the whole Gospel. Each calendar season presents us with a fresh opportunity to 'feast on Jesus' and get immersed in God's story.
Some people have asked us: 'Have you always followed God's Leviticus 23 calendar?' The short answer is... no.
> For many years we gave little effort to understand Leviticus so we did not realize God had given an annual calendar to His people to memorialise His eternal plan of salvation.
> In 2008 while researching for an Easter message on the resurrection of Jesus Christ we found multiple sources describing how Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection matched the exact days of the first 3 annual memorials given in Leviticus 23. We thought Jesus’ fulfilment of these memorials was exciting and significant information.
> Further investigation confirmed that the 4th annual memorial in the sequence, Pentecost, was also fulfilled on the exact day with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2.
> We also ‘discovered’ the calendar God had established was changed by men at the Council of Nicea in 325AD and we wondered if people have the authority to change God’s commands.
> In 2010, after almost 2 years of investigation we decided to repent (change) and realign our calendar with the one God set to celebrate and tell the Gospel story of what Jesus has done and will do when he returns.
You can read answers to more questions about this topic in the article: 'FAQ about God's Calendar'.