Newsletter  Vol 15, No 3    March 2006

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The two most noteworthy developments in the Kingdom of God over the last 30 years are evangelistic progress in the Southern Hemisphere and the emergence of the Messianic Jewish Congregational Movement. By comparison with the growth of Christianity, the Messianic Movement is relatively small. Yet, Jews turning to the Messiah in the context of Jewish oriented New Covenant Congregations is no less significant. These two developments are certainly intertwined and are signs of the Last Days.

Three Important Conclusions

Almost 34 years ago, when the Messianic movement was very small (only three congregations in North America), I wrestled with the issue of Jewish identity and faith in Yeshua. I came to three conclusions.

  1. Jews who believe in Yeshua were called to maintain a Jewish lifestyle and identity. The irrevocable gifts and call of God to Israel includes Messianic Jews (Romans 11:29).
  2. Many Jews would come to Yeshua; however they would not do so in a context that was foreign to them. A Jewish context to see Yeshua as the Jewish Messiah was needed. Indeed these two conclusions implied and brought me to the third conclusion:
  3. The most effective means of living out the convictions of conclusions one and two was through culturally Jewish congregations.

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