Family Church Tour
March 21 - 31, 2020
Expedition ID: 20-05
Join Family Church for an 11-day trip to the biblical land of Israel. Explore the seaport city of Caesarea. Sail on the Sea of Galilee. Travel through the Galilee of Jesus. Wander the ancient streets of the Holy City Jerusalem. Experience the land of the Bible and see how it transforms your reading of the Bible.
Family Church invites you to join a 4-day extension to Jordan. Discover the unknown land of the Bible. Wander through the majesty of Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Experience the breath-taking beauty of Wadi Rum. Stand atop Mt. Nebo where Moses looked into the Promised Land. Sojourn through the Jordanian wilderness as did the children of Israel.
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Sea of Galilee
Garden of Gethsemane
City of David
Mount of Olives
$3155 (Land Only Cost)
Cost with airfare forthcoming.
$848 (Single Room Fee)
Payments Due By:
$500 deposit due at Registration
50% remaining balance Oct. 14 2019
Full Balance Due Dec. 11 2019
$150 Due at Registration
50% Balance Oct. 14 2019
Full Balance Dec. 11 2019
THIS TRIP IS CURRENTLY FULL.
**please note: processing fees may apply for electronic forms of payment
Hotels including breakfast and dinner
Local English speaking tour guide
Biblical Expeditions expert instructor
All entrances and activities per itinerary
A private AC motor coach with driver
All tour related tips
Biblical Expeditions pre-trip learning and devotional resources
Round-trip airfare from Miami* (*for those who elect to travel with the group flight)
Jimmy Scroggins is the Lead Pastor of Family Church, where he has served since July 2008. He and his wife, Kristin, have 8 children (1 daughter-in-law). Under Jimmy’s leadership, Family Church has grown to a network of 12 neighborhood churches – 9 in English, 2 in Spanish and 1 in Portuguese. Family Church is passionate about building families by helping them discover and pursue God’s design while carrying out their vision of taking the gospel to every person, in every family and neighborhood in South Florida. Jimmy is the coauthor of Turning Everyday Conversations into Gospel Conversations and hosts the Church for the Rest of Us podcast at familychurchnetwork.com. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board at LifeWay Christian Resources and is a member of the Board of Trustees at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Dr. Scroggins teaches as a visiting professor at both Southern and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminaries.
Bernie Cueto serves as Campus Pastor to nearly 4,000 students, faculty and staff at PBA. He is actively involved in leading and developing the spiritual culture of the PBA campus, including leading weekday campus chapel services and being available for pastoral support and prayer.
He is a straightforward communicator whose passion is connecting God’s unchanging truth with diverse cultures through the preaching and teaching of the Bible.
He received his education at Florida International University (B.A., English Literature) and Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., Biblical Exposition and Pastoral Leadership), where he completed his Ph.D. in New Testament Studies. Pastor Bernie also serves in the School of Ministry as an Associate Professor for Biblical and Theological Studies.
In addition to his role at PBA, he serves as the Teaching Pastor for Family Church.
Bernie and his wife, Ana, have been married for 20 years, and they have two sons (Bernie and Nicholas), and a daughter (Sophia).
Marc Turnage holds an MA in Ancient Judaism and the Origins of Christianity from Jerusalem University College. He is currently finishing his PhD in the Land of Israel Studies Department at Bar Ilan Univerity located in Ramat Gan, Israel, under the supervision of Professor Esther Eshel. Marc has taught graduate and undergraduate students at several universities in the United States and abroad.
Marc moved to Israel to study because he felt that the issues of spatial, historical, cultural, and spiritual settings played a vital role in how we read the Bible. While studying in Israel, he fell in love with the lands of the Bible. He has been guiding groups through Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, and Italy for over twenty years. Marc is a highly sought-after guide and teacher and routinely trains and lectures local tour guides about guiding Christian groups. He is passionate about leading biblical tours that deliver the very finest experience and helping people understand how to read the Bible.
Marc has published widely for both academic and popular audiences. His most recent book, Windows Into the Bible, was named by Outreach Magazine one of its top 100 Christian living resources. Marc is a widely sought-after speaker, and a gifted teacher. He resides in Springfield, MO with his family.
Tour Itinerary - March 21 - 31, 2020
SATURDAY MARCH 21
SUNDAY MARCH 22
Upon arrival to Ben Gurion Airport, our representative will meet you in the arrival hall to assist you with your luggage.
You will meet your guide and bus and travel to your hotel along the Mediterranean coast.
Dinner and overnight at hotel.
MONDAY MARCH 23
Kingdoms and Cultures in Conflict
Our morning begins at the port-city of Caesarea built by Herod the Great (Matt. 2). This was the second largest harbor in the Roman Empire during the first century. At Caesarea, Peter visited the gentile centurion Cornelius (Acts 10), and he and his household became the first gentile followers of Jesus. The Apostle Paul remained under house arrest in Caesarea for two and a half years. Here he stood before Felix, Festus, and Agrippa II (Acts 23-25). From the harbor of Caesarea, Paul sailed to Rome leaving Israel for the last time. While at the site, we will visit the ancient theater with its magnificent view overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. We will see Herod the Great’s palace that served as the residence of the Roman officials in the land, like Pontius Pilate. We will remember Pilate’s governorship of Judaea by looking at a replica of a stone inscription mentioning Pilate dedicating a temple to the Roman Emperor Tiberius.
Our visit takes us through the ancient stadium and harbor and ends looking at the ancient aqueduct of Caesarea that supplied the city with its water. After departing Caesarea, we travel to Mount Carmel where Elijah challenged the prophets of Ba’al (1 Kings 18).
We then journey through the Valley of Jezreel. At Megiddo we will view the excavations of 21 layers of settlement superimposed one on the other including remains from Solomon's days (1 Kings 9).
Dinner and overnight on the Sea of Galilee.
TUESDAY MARCH 24
The Galilee of Jesus
Our morning begins with a visit to one of the most exciting and important ongoing archaeological excavations in Israel, Magdala. Here we will visit one of the few, excavated, first century synagogues in the land of Israel. Its date coincides with the time of Jesus ministry in the area. We will also see wealthy homes from the village, as well as the first century harbor.
From Magdala, we travel to a fun learning and engaging experience: Kefar Kedem. Here we will experience the land of the Bible in a unique way as we learn about shepherding, making bread as they did in the time of the Bible. The flora of biblical Israel comes alive within this small park as the Bible is illuminated as we learn how the land was so important in writing the Bible.
Our day concludes at the boyhood home of Jesus, Nazareth. We visit the Church of the Annunciation, built over the traditional place where the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would be the mother of Jesus (Luke 1:26-37). The church is built on top of the ancient village of Nazareth, and we will visit a small museum that shows some of the finds and homes from the village. We will end our visit in Nazareth with an overlook of the Jezreel Valley from Mount Precipice. From this vantage point, we will see the settings for a number of biblical stories.
Dinner and overnight at our hotel on the Sea of Galilee.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 25
"Who Do Men Say That I Am?"
Today we travel into the Golan Heights and the upper Jordan Valley. Our day begins at the nature reserve of Dan. The ancient city of Dan, which formed the northern boundary of biblical Israel, sits on the Dan Spring, one of the three tributaries of the Jordan River. In addition to walking through the beautiful nature reserve, we will visit the ancient site of Dan seeing its high place (1 Kings 12:29), Israelite gate, and the Middle Bronze Age gate from the time of Abraham (Gen. 14:14).
Next we travel to Banias, ancient Caesarea Philippi (Matt. 16:13; Mark 8:27). In the vicinity of Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do men say that I am?” From Banias, we drive up into the foothills of Mount Hermon (Ps. 133) and into the Golan Heights. At a high overlook on the Israel-Syrian border, we look into Syria towards Damascus.
Dinner and overnight on the Sea of Galilee.
THURSDAY MARCH 26
The Ministry of Jesus
Our journey today focuses upon the ministry of Jesus around the Sea of Galilee. Our morning begins at Yardenit, which provides an opportunity for people to be baptized in the Jordan River.
Next we journey to Chorazin one of the three cities cursed by Jesus (Matt. 11:21; Luke 10:13). At this site, we see the ancient homes and Jewish ritual immersion pools, as well as the magnificent basalt synagogue from the fifth century AD. Inside the synagogue is a replica of a Seat of Moses (Matt. 23:2).
Our journey continues with a stop at the Mount of Beatitudes, a traditional site overlooking the Sea of Galilee where we reflect upon Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7). We travel next to the ancient town of Capernaum where Jesus made his home around the lake (Matt. 4:13). Here he healed the centurion’s servant (Matt. 8:5). In our visit, we will see the modern church built over an ancient church, which was built over a first century home, identified as the home of Peter. The magnificent limestone synagogue of the fourth century AD has been party reconstructed and looms over the site.
From Capernaum, we travel to the small museum at Kibbutz Ginnosar that houses an ancient boat discovered in the 1980s in the Sea of Galilee. This boat dates to the first century and was a boat used by fisherman on the lake. Our day concludes with an evening boat-ride on the Sea of Galilee. The ancient fishermen fished the lake at night. Riding on the waters of the lake in the evening offers a unique opportunity to connect with Jesus and his disciples on the lake.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel on the Sea of Galilee.
FRIDAY MARCH 27
Today we drive from the Sea of Galilee, the lowest fresh water lake in the world, through the Jordan River Valley, to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. Our first stop is the desert palace-fortress built by Herod the Great, Masada. During the First Jewish Revolt (AD 66-73), Jewish rebels lived on Masada until they were surrounded by the Tenth Roman Legion. According to the first century Jewish historian Josephus, the rebels chose to commit suicide instead of slavery and death at the hands of the Romans. While visiting the site, we will see the palaces of Herod the Great, his bath houses and store rooms. We will also see buildings converted by the Jewish rebels for their use, like the synagogue. Evidence of the Roman siege can be seen in the siege ramp and Roman camps that surround Masada.
We travel next to En Fescha where the words of Isaiah 35 come alive right before our eyes as we see streams flowing in the desert. From En Fescha, we visit the site of Qumran. In caves around the site, the world-famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Qumran was the settlement of the community that produced many of the Dead Sea Scrolls. After visiting Qumran, participants have the unique experience of floating in the Dead Sea.
Our day ends with an overlook of the Wadi Qilt, the ancient road between Jerusalem and Jericho. This was the setting for Jesus’ story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). On Jesus’ final journey to Jerusalem, he used this road as he came from Jericho to Jerusalem (Luke 19:1-11).
Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Jerusalem.
SATURDAY MARCH 28
Our morning in Jerusalem begins with a visit to the Israel Museum. Here we will see a scale-model of Jerusalem on the eve of its destruction in AD 70. We will visit the Shrine of the Book, which houses some of the Dead Sea Scrolls, including some of the oldest copies of the Old Testament. Our tour of the museum concludes with a walk through the archeological wing to visit the two galleries dedicated to Israel in the Old and New Testament periods. We will see original artifacts found in sites we visited, as well as other artifacts that make the Bible come alive.
We then journey to the Elah Valley, the site of the famous confrontation between David and Goliath (1 Sam. 17). Here we will open the biblical story and see the landscape recorded in the Bible come alive before our eyes.
Our day concludes in David’s hometown, Bethlehem. In Bethlehem, we remember the birth of Jesus and visit the Church of Nativity, the oldest church in the Holy Land, built over the traditional site of Jesus’ birth.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem
SUNDAY MARCH 29
We begin our morning visiting the City of David, the oldest part of Jerusalem, the city David conquered and made his capital. After visiting the City of David, we stop at the Western Wall, the most sacred site for Jews. We continue to the southern wall of the Temple Mount. On the first century street, we see the shops and markets around the Temple, a possible location for the money changers (Luke 19:45-48).
We then proceed to the southern entrances of the Temple where we walk the steps ancient pilgrims took to ascend to the Temple. Today for lunch we journey to the Mahaneh Yehudah market of Jerusalem where we will have opportunity to sample many cuisines.
After lunch, we visit Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust.
Dinner and overnight at the Jerusalem hotel.
MONDAY MARCH 30
Our morning begins with a beautiful view of the city of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. We walk down the mountain following the modern path used by pilgrims on Palm Sunday visiting the church of Dominus Flevit, which remembers Jesus’ weeping over the city as he rode into it, and the traditional location of the Garden of Gethsemane.
We cross the Kidron Valley into the Old City and visit St. Anne’s Church built over top of the Pools of Bethesda (John 5) where Jesus healed the lame man. We will take the opportunity to sing in the beautiful Crusader church on the site. Our journey continues at Jaffa Gate where in the first century Herod’s palace stood. Here the story of Jesus begins (Matt. 2) with the visit of the wisemen to Herod, and here his story ended because at Herod’s palace Jesus stood before Pontius Pilate (Mark 15:16). From Jaffa Gate, we walk into the Jewish Quarter and visit the Herodian Quarter, a series of priestly homes from the first century.
We then walk along the Byzantine Cardo and see the walls of Jerusalem from the eighth century BC and the first century BC. Passing the Gennath Gate, we follow the historic route Jesus traveled from Pilate to his place of execution at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Our day ends with a communion service.
After a farewell dinner, we depart Jerusalem for Ben Gurion Airport where you will return to your home country refreshed, challenged, and renewed in your faith.
TUESDAY MARCH 31
Optional Jordan Extension - March 31 - April 3, 2020
TUESDAY MARCH 31
Children of the Desert
This morning we depart Jerusalem and drive to the Aravah Border and cross into Jordan. After crossing the border into Jordan, we will meet our Jordanian guide and driver and travel to Wadi Rum for an afternoon Jeep and camel ride.
Dinner and overnight in Wadi Rum.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 1
The Wonders of Petra
We depart Wadi Rum this morning driving to the magnificent Nabatean city of Petra, one of the modern wonders of the ancient world. We spend today touring Petra and seeing its magnificent monuments cut into the sandstone cliffs.
Dinner and overnight in Petra.
THURSDAY APRIL 2
The Bible Beyond the Jordan
This morning we drive along the Desert Highway to Dana and then on to Umm ar-Rasas with its Byzantine Church and mosaics. We next visit the recent archaeological site of Al-Lagun, a palace of Mesha, King of Moab (2 Kings 3), which is situated overlooking the Arnon Gorge (Joshua 13). We continue on to the ancient site of Dibon (Joshua 13; Isaiah 15), one of the Moabite capitals.
From Dibon, we travel to Mount Nebo, where Moses looked into the Promised Land before he died (Deuteronomy 32). We then proceed to Heshbon, the capital of the Amorite king Sihon (Numbers 21; Deuteronomy 2). From Heshbon, we travel to the town of Maedeba (Joshua 13; Isaiah 15) where we will visit the Byzantine Church with its fifth century AD mosaic floor (map) of the Holy Land.
Dinner and overnight at a hotel located on the Dead Sea.
FRIDAY APRIL 3
This morning we check out of our hotel and transfer to Amman Airport for departure back to the USA.
***Please note Visits, excursions, mentioned in the program may have slight changes in the time or order they are to be visited.