Is Beth Yeshua a church or a synagogue?
We are a synagogue. When you come to one of our Shabbat Shacrit services, you will notice that we participate in many of the liturgical traditions of our Jewish people. We recite many of these liturgical pieces in Hebrew and then translate into English. We read the Torah in Hebrew.
And yet, we are a people deeply in love with our Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus). In the midst of our services we boldly proclaim that we are in love with Him - and we actively desire for the Ruach HaKodesh (The Holy Spirit) to move our hearts and minds in NEW prayers and NEW songs each Shabbat - that express our love for God and the Messiah, Yeshua!
You should come and sample our services for yourself! We fully welcome people from any faith tradition to join us in worship!
Are you Baptists?
We are a member congregation of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC). You can see what the UMJC stands for theologically by going here. We adhere to many of the UMJC's central beliefs and theology.
Is ANYONE welcome to attend services?
Yes! We welcome everyone, Jew and Gentile, followers of Yeshua or not! Please come! Click here to see what a typical Shabbat Shacrit service is like at Beth Yeshua.
Are You Really Jews?
We are a community of both Jews and Gentiles. Our "mix" is currently about 60 percent Jewish and 40 percent Gentile.
And to "toot our own horn" a bit - we think that Beth Yeshua a great place for Inter-Faith couples to come! If you are a family that has one Jewish parent and one Christian parent - you would BOTH feel very much at home in our congregation!
What is a Jew? What is a Gentile? Why do you have both Jews and Gentiles in your Synagogue?
A Jew is a physical descendant of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. A Gentile is not a descendant of these three ancestors. We believe that God created a distinction between Jews and Gentiles on purpose. If you look at the way God created the world His pattern of distiction for mutual blessing is very clear. God makes distinctions between light and dark, land and water, waters below and waters above, man and woman, etc...
We DO NOT believe that these distinctions mean that one is superior to the other. Light is not superior to Dark. Man is not superior to Woman. Jew IS NOT superior to Gentile. We have seen Gentiles come to our congregation and think that they need to somehow become more "Jewish" - that it makes them somehow more holy - or more connected to God. This is not true!
God has a calling on the Jewish people to worship God and to be a light to the nations. When the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus) came, one of the things He accomplished supernaturally was to bring gentiles into this sacred calling to worship God and be a light to the nations.
This inclusion of gentiles does not make gentiles into Jews. It simply removes the barrier of spiritual seperation between Jew and Gentile. As one of our Rabbis (Rav Shaul) said, "For he (Yeshua) himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,"
Beth Yeshua is a community that tries to live out this "one new man" in Messiah that Rav Shaul spoke about! Jew and Gentile - one in Messiah! We believe that Jews are called to live as Jews and Gentiles are called to live as Gentiles - and ALL OF US are designed to worship The One True God TOGETHER in Spirit and Truth!
Come to one of our services to see what Jew and Gentile, one in Messiah, looks like!
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