Our challenge is to get the stones that distract Jewish people from considering Yeshua (Jesus) out of the way. “Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations.” - Isaiah 62:10
It is imperative to make faith in Jesus a Jewish option. Reuniting the God of Israel with the people of Israel will also result in proclamation to all nations! Jewish people are a culturally diverse people that shouldn't be put in a box, so we should communicate God's love in caring and creative ways. The loving truth to get across is that faith in Messiah's death and resurrection is the only way to have eternal life, a relationship with God in heaven forever. (John 14:6)
Because there is a prevailing attitude that you can't be Jewish and believe in Jesus, it is vitally important to demonstrate that you can be Jewish and believe in Jesus. Therefore we praise God using liturgy, music, dance, drama, and instruction to reflect the reality that Christianity is Jewish.
The walls of hostility are broken down in Messiah and Jew and Gentile are one so there should be no elevation of any part of the body of Messiah. The Bible teaches that “the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable" (Romans 11). In this context the gifts and calling are connected to who God made you – whether Jew or Gentile and we should avoid confusion as we worship. The book of Revelation describes a scene in heaven where people from every nation, tribe, and tongue will worship Yeshua together (Revelation 7:9). We should reflect that heavenly reality of various peoples praising God in their own languages and in harmony here on earth while maintaining fidelity to our calling to the Jewish people. We want to create a space that invites the Spirit of the Living God to meet with all the people He loves. Jesus did this successfully in a Jewish context, maybe we can too! God has not forgotten the physically or spiritually poor and oppressed; neither should we. Jesus stated, “V'ahavta l'reacha kamocha.”“Love your neighbor as yourself.”
The Bible instructs us to "grow in the grace that is in Messiah Yeshua" (2 Peter 3:18).
• We need to understand that we are saved by God's efforts, not our own, that it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8-9) and that we mature by grace as well (Galatians 3:2-3). The Torah instructs us that we are sinners (Romans 3:20) in need of salvation by grace through faith.
• We need to grow together towards maturity in a bond of love that builds community by praying for, helping, and mentoring one another, being and making disciples of Yeshua.
• We need to grow leaders by giving ministry responsibility to those who display faithfulness.
• We need to grow in our love of Israel, the Jewish people, and Jewish styles of worship.
• We need to provide Jewish-Christian rites of passage i.e. Bris, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Weddings, Funerals, Yartzeit...
• We need to help our children to grow by teaching them God's word, providing a Jewish education, and modeling His word in our lives while encouraging their families to stay together.
• We need to grow through spreading the good news of salvation to those around us which should result in new believers who will also be fruitful and multiply.
The congregation's leadership should equip the people to do the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:11), so that the mandate to go “to the Jew first” (Romans 1:16) and to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:18) can be effectively pursued in an atmosphere of grace!
It is our hope and prayer that at Beit Chesed people will be: told in a hospitable, Jewish way, that they are welcome in God's family and into our congregation, that they are taught God's word, and trained to use their spiritual gifts to build God's kingdom!
We have not attained these goals, but we “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Messiah." Rabbi Saul of Tarsus, Philippians 3:2
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