King James Version (KJV)
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Shoreshim (pronounced shor-e-sheem) is Hebrew for “roots.” We have chosen this word to characterize this ministry for several reasons.
Roots give life to the tree.
Without an adequate root system to supply water and nutrients, a tree would slowly wither and die. If water is a picture of the Word of God (Ephesians 5:26), then roots are symbolic of the heart by which the life-blood of the believer is pumped throughout the Body. We feel that the times in which we live dictate that men and women must determine to learn, live and speak the truth as never before. Our very lives may one day depend upon it.
Roots are the anchor of the tree.
While the roots are not the most attractive part of the tree, they are nevertheless the most critical. As we know, truth polarizes; there is no “in-between” and, sadly, not everyone wants to hear the truth (2 Timothy 4:3-4). Yet declaring, hearing and internalizing the truth of God’s Word provides the means by which believers can mature into a tree “planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season” (Psalm 1:3). We must be rooted in the Word so that we will not be “blown about by every wind of doctrine” (Ephesians 4:14).
If we are to be “one” we must return to the roots of our faith.
The diversity and uniqueness of the hundreds of branches that can comprise one tree only become “one” (the trunk) as they move back toward the roots of the tree. With so many versions of Christianity and the varying interpretations of Scripture muddying the theological waters, the need to return to our roots and to understand the eternal validity of God’s Torah has become obvious. This need is, in fact, evidence of the “restoration of all things” that the Scripture has predicted “since the world began” (Acts 3:21).