Answers for Frequently Asked Questions

ARE MESSIANICS JEWS, OR CHRISTIANS?


Many people outside Messianic circles have asked are Messianic’s Jews or Christians. The answer is YES! Messianics are Jews and converts to Messianic Judaism.

We must remember that for the first 200 plus years after the death and resurrection of the Messiah the “First Believers” were Jews or converts to Judaism who were Torah observant and Messiah-following.

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WHY KEEP TRADITIONS?


Anyone who has seen “Fiddler on the Roof” realizes that, to the Jew, “tradition” is a serious subject. However, the idea of tradition, in reference to any sect of Judaism, is often misunderstood by the outsider. The term does not mean a quaint custom, as it might in other groups. To the Jew, tradition may be defined as a “Mitzvah”, or a commandment of the scriptures. Examples of such mitzvahs are keeping the Passover, or how to keeping a kosher home and so on. These “traditions” are far more than just customs; they are part of the fabric of our Jewish lives.

Tradition and its history guide us in our Biblical expression in keeping G-d’s commandments.

The best rule of thumb when going to a new community is to ask the Rabbi or congregational leader about the local traditions.

Though Messianic’s share much of the same theology as Christians about the Messiah; our practices, life style and identity is based in Judaism.

Acts 21:19-20 - Paul greeted them and reported in detail what God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry. When they heard this, they praised God. Then they said to Paul: "You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews have believed, and all of them are zealous for the Torah.

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WHAT IS A MESSIANIC?


Within Messianic Judaism, a Messianic is one who believes in the return of the Messiah Yeshua.  A Messianic is one who loves the Torah and believes Yeshua (Jesus) is the Messiah and who chooses to lives and worship in a relevant Jewish context.  Now within the Messianic Movement, the term may also refer to either a Jewish or a Gentile Believer of Messiah.

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