YESHUA, THE SALVATION OF "ALL ISRAEL"
We are committed to bringing to our Jewish people the message that Yeshua is the Messiah and the only hope for salvation. John 14:6: “Yeshua said, "I AM the Way -- and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through me.” In Acts 4:12, two of Yeshua’s Talmidim (who were Jews themselves, of course) stood before the Jewish religious leadership and declared, “Let it be known to you and to all the people of Isra'el that ... there is salvation in no one else! For there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by whom we must be saved!" Placing our faith in Messiah Yeshua, the once and for all sacrifice for our sins, is the only way to be saved. We love our Jewish people so much that the love of God within us compels us to tell them of Yeshua. We simply must!
tALMIDIM WHO MAKE TALMIDIM
In Matthew 28:19-20, Yeshua gave us the Messianic Mandate, telling his Talmidim (Disciples/Students), “Therefore, go and make people from all nations into talmidim”. Just as Yeshua’s talmidim devoted their lives to fulfilling this mandate, so must we! We are to be His witnesses (Acts 1:8) bringing the message of Yeshua the Messiah “to the Jew especially, but equally to the Gentile” (Romans 1:16). We are called to be fully-devoted followers of Messiah, daily being conformed into His likeness. And like Rav Shaul (Paul), each of us should try to live in such a way so that we can say to others as he did, “Try to imitate me, even as I myself try to imitate the Messiah” (1 Corinthians 11:1).
jEWISH CULTURAL IDENTITY
At Temple Beth Yachad, you can expect to see sincere Jewish life and practice being lived out in agreement with the Scriptures. Raising our children to understand who we are as Jews, to embrace our Jewish cultural heritage and history, and the importance of someday to teaching their own children that “I do this because of what the lord did for me when I came out of Egypt” (Exodus 13:8), perpetuating our Jewish peoplehood, is critically important to who we are. Being Jewish and believing in Yeshua (Jesus) are NOT inherently contradictory. In fact, quite the opposite. The prophet Jeremiah spoke of the coming days when the Lord would make a New Covenant with the house of Israel and the House of Judah (Jeremiah 31:31-34). In the New Covenant Scriptures, most believers in Yeshua were, in fact, Jewish. Obviously Jesus (Yeshua) was Jewish as were his twelve talmidim and Shaul/Paul.
INTER-MARRIED JEWISH/NON-JEWISH FAMILIES
The largest percentage of the Jewish families in Greater Phoenix are Inter-married families - homes that are trying to figure out, “How can our family as Jew and Gentile dwell together in unity?” As a part of this question, many are trying to answer the question, “How can we raise our children in a way that honors the cultural and faith heritage of each parent?” While most synagogues and churches are missing a key component of what you are seeking, if you are an interfaith Jewish family, we believe you will find the perfect blend of exactly what your family needs here at Temple Beth Yachad.
Since the entire Bible - the Tanakh (what Christians call the “Old Testament”) and the Brit Chadashah (The “New Testament”) - is a Hebraic book, we feel that it is important that we study and understand the Scriptures from their original Hebraic context. (Read more about Scriptural Continuity). The need to understand the Scriptures in their Hebraic context is not so that we can simply grasp the richness of certain “nuggets of knowledge” -- (if all we walk away with is, “Ahhh... that was interesting”, what’s the point?). By understanding the Hebraic context of the Scriptures, we come to understand the original meaning, i.e. “What was God speaking through those writers to that audience.” Once we have a clear understanding of what was being said then, we can build the bridge to make relevant life application now! The Bible is not just some historical book that happened then. By the power of the Spirit, its life-giving message is living and active (Hebrews 6:4), and has the power to transform our lives.