Messiah Fellowship is a group of believers in Messiah YAHSHUA (JESUS’ Hebrew Name), who gather weekly on the Biblical 7th Day Sabbath (Lev. 23:1-3) to enjoy a meal together, worship, and open discussion of the Bible. Yahweh is forming and shaping this part of HIS Body based upon the understanding that Torah, Yahweh’s loving instruction, comprised of the Five Books of Moses was NOT “nailed to the cross” and done away with when Messiah Yahshua was crucified, as today’s traditional Christianity believes and teaches. (Matthew 5:17-18, Revelation 21:1)
Most of us were involved in traditional Christianity prior to coming to the knowledge that by grace, Yahweh’s Law was for us too. When we came to understand the Biblical definition of the word “grace” being defined “especially the divine influence upon the heart with the reflection (of that divine influence) seen in the life” instead of the traditional definition, “unmerited favor”, we realized that our Christianity was out of harmony with Biblical Christianity. (See Strong’s Hebrew & Greek Dictionaries)
When we realized that Yahweh’s Torah is the basis for HIS work of grace in our lives, (HIS divine influence upon our hearts to produce HIS reflection in our lives), we could not continue in the practices of traditional Christianity which rejects HIS Torah and it’s relevancy for today. (See Ezekiel 36:27)
We learned that many of the practices of traditional Christianity had no basis in the Word, such as; Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Birthdays, etc. In fact, all of these practices have their roots in ancient paganism. These two facts caused us to cease from observing them. THIS was what Paul spoke of “putting off the deeds of the flesh” to the Ephesian church. We know that putting off sinfulness is not all there is to walking with the Creator. We discovered that there were appointed days that He had given us to keep. The 23rd chapter of the book of Leviticus was one of many Scriptures that Yahweh used to show us that what we’d always considered as the “Feasts of the Jews”, were in fact, His Feast Days. We began an adventure that continues today, learning about HIS Feast days and observing them as best as we can! We understand that Messiah Yahshua is THE Lamb of Yahweh who gave HIMSELF on our behalf to atone for our sins and that all of the Biblical Feast Days speak prophetically of HIS ultimate sacrifice, HIS Body, HIS Resurrection, HIS outpouring of HIS SPIRIT, HIS Voice, HIS Judgment and HIS Eternal Presence. The sacrifices of the Biblical Feast Days have been fulfilled in Messiah Yahshua. However, we observe many of the practical aspects of HIS Feasts Days as detailed in the Scriptures. We understand that His Feast Days serve as rehearsals (the literal definition) pointing to the ultimate fulfillment of Yahweh’s plan of redemption.
We do not believe that the Torah and the Commandments of Yahweh are ONLY for Israel. If that were the case, then so would Israel’s Messiah be ONLY for Israel. Neither do we believe that we have been grafted into Israel. Nor do we believe that we have replaced Israel as His chosen people. We understand that both groups, comprised of believing Jews and believing Gentiles in Messiah, make up what the Scriptures refer to as the “one new man” IN Messiah Yahshua and will receive a “new name.” (See Isaiah 56:1-8, John 10:16, Ephesians 2:11-15, Isaiah 62:2, Revelation 2:17, 3:12)
So, all in all, we believe that our purpose is to represent HIS Name according to HIS entire Word as best as we understand. We are daily learning as we seek HIS will for our lives. We do not condemn those in traditionalism (Jew or Gentile), but seek HIS Face as to how we might encourage them to either return to HIM, WHO is Truth, or yield to HIS Truth for the first time. In conclusion, our purpose is pretty simple. We want to see those within the professing Body of Messiah repent and return to the entirety of the Word which includes His Law. And because we know our Savior’s heart, “that none should perish, but for all to come to repentance.”, we long to see people who don’t know Him at all, come into a personal relationship with Him through HIS Son, Yahshua Messiah. And then learn to live out that confession based upon HIS WORD.
So, if Yahweh has been speaking these same Truths to you, please join us and see what He is doing in this small portion of His Body!
If you have questions, please let us know. We would be happy to help you in any way we can.