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Time: 7:30 PM

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Time: 11:00 AM
A light pot luck lunch follows

Intercessory Prayer
7:00 p.m.

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What is Messianic Judaism?

    For many, Messianic Judaism seems like a new concept or even a new "religion", but actually it's not. Messianic Judaism is actually ancient. It is the practice and lifestyles of Believers in Messiah Yeshua (Jesus).

Who are considered Messianic Jews?

    Messianic Jews are those of Jewish heritage/birth, as well as those who have converted to Judaism, who believe Yeshua is the Jewish Messiah promised in the scriptures. (Isaiah 9:6-7)

What is a Messianic congregation?

    Messianic congregations are made up of Jewish and Gentile (non-Jewish) Believers in Messiah Yeshua. Gentile Believers are always welcomed in Messianic congregations due to the fact that they are grafted into the Children of Israel as noted in Ephesians 2:11-19.

Why use Hebrew words and names?

    Hebrew terms are continued to this day in Rabbinic Judaism and we also continue to use them in Messianic Judaism, just as Messiah Yeshua did. It is felt we should honor those words and terms as they were given initially, just as we demonstrate our honor and love for our Messiah and respect for others in scripture by using their given Hebrew name.

Do Messianic Jews celebrate Christmas and Easter?

    Messianic Jews, like our rabbinic brothers and sisters, observe the Biblical feasts, as well as other observances, such as Purim and Hanukkah. Typically, Messianic Believers don't celebrate Christmas or Easter due to these holidays not being prescribed in the Bible; however, some Messianic Believers may acknowledge and honor Messiah's birth, but in a very non-Christmas way, as well as pay honor to His sacrifice, death, and resurrection toward the end of Passover, whether it coincides with Easter or not.

Isn't keeping kosher and other Jewish practices being "under the law"?

    As Matthew 5:17 reminds us, Messiah Yeshua did not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it and that "Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches [them], he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." (verse 19).

Isn't Messianic Judaism just like Christianity?

    Christianity actually developed from Messianic Judaism. However, as the news and teachings of Messiah were taken out to the nations, Gentile Believers began to out number Jewish Believers. Then with the conversion of the Roman Empire Constantine, as well as several counsel decisions later, all things Jewish were removed from the new practice of the belief in Messiah - which came to be known as Christianity.

When did Messianic Judaism make a "come back"?

    There have always been Messianic Believers "around", even through Messianic Judaism pretty much faded out in the seventh century due to Messianic Believers losing their "vision" that it was still important to hold on to their Jewish practices and lifestyle. Then in the early 1800's, an ever increasing number of Jews began to believe in Messiah Yeshua, with the modern movement of Messianic Judaism coming to fruition around 1967 when tens of thousand of Jewish people suddenly accepted Yeshua as their Messiah.

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