A lot of people have been asking, “What is the difference between Messianic Judaism and Christianity?” The key to better understanding the differences between Messianic Judaism and Christianity is to first understand the foundations of both religions as they spring from Judaism.
1. Jewish people are descendants of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, and acknowledge Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as the patriarchs of Israel and the Jewish people. Historically, Jewish people have not acknowledged Yeshua (Jesus) as the Messiah promised to Israel.
2. Christians are typically non-Jews who have responded to Yeshua in faith to experience spiritual rebirth and reconciliation to God.
3. Messianic Jews are people of Jewish heritage who maintain their Jewish identity and acknowledge Yeshua as the Messiah.
Differences between Messianic Jews and Christians:
Once you understand the history of Judaism, Christianity, and Messianic Judaism, you can begin to dive deeper into the similarities and differences between Messianic Jews and Christians. Here are a few of the major differences between the two.
Messianic Jews and Christians both embrace the entire Hebrew Bible and the New Testament as Spirit-inspired Holy Writ. However, many Messianic Jews continue to live by the first five books of the Bible, called the Torah, something most Christians do not do.
Messianic Jewish people observe the Sabbath, or Shabbat, during the traditional Jewish time starting before sunset on Friday evening until Saturday night. While there are several theories on when the Christian church deviated from the traditional Jewish day of Shabbat, Christians have been observing the Sabbath on Sundays since the second century.
Christians observe holidays that are disconnected from the Bible, like Christmas and Easter Sunday. While Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus (Yeshua) and Easter Sunday celebrates His resurrection, the timing of these holidays historically corresponds with pagan holidays. Messianic Jewish people also observe the resurrection of Yeshua from the dead, believing His resurrection is evidence of His finished work in conquering sin and death for us. . Messianic Jews generally celebrate Yeshua’s resurrection on the first day of the Week of Unleavened Bread, also called Passover. Additionally, Messianic Jews observe the traditional Jewish holidays and feasts such as Purim, Chanukah, the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah), and the Feast of Booths (Sukkot).
Most Christians do not observe the biblical commandments regarding dietary practices. These include the avoidance of scavengers of land or sea, with the exception of mammals that both chew the cud and have hooves, like sheep, goats, and deer. For many Messianic Jewish people, the basic biblical commandments found in the Torah are still observed. This observance enables Messianic Jewish people to maintain their God-given identities as Jews.
The Messiah and the Jewish People
While there are many similarities between Messianic Judaism, Christianity, and Judaism, Messianic Jewish people embrace their Jewish heritage, while believing that Yeshua is the Messiah, the promised Redeemer of Israel and all of mankind.
Credit to Jewish Voice
You probably have seen lots of books on apologetics, but you have no idea which ones to read. Here is a basic list of great books to start off with.
1) I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be An Atheist – Geisler & Turek
2) The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus – Habermas & Licona
3) 20 Compelling Evidences that God Exists – Ken Boa & Rob Bowman (review)
4) C.S. Lewis: Mere Christianity
5) Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions – Greg Koukl
The Bar Mitzvah
10:30 to 1:30pm
Food will be provided after.
WHEN: January 20th at 6:00pm
WHERE: Beth Messiah Congregation
WHO: This movie is not recommended for children.
WHAT: We will be watching the movie "Tortured for Christ"
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In the teen class we talked about "The Long Hard Road to the Promised Land," and how chaos plays into our lives. Please listen to the sermon above.
Here is some info from a handout we got:
Summary of Psalm 74
Psalm 74:1-11 Lament
Psalm 74:12-17 Liturgical Use of a Combat Myth
Psalm 74:18-23 Plea to Act
2 Timothy 3:1-5
But understand this, that in the last days[a] hard times will come— 2 for people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 hardhearted, unforgiving, backbiting, without self-control, brutal, hating what is good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to an outward form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid these people!
9 Let love be without hypocrisy—detesting what is evil, holding fast to the good. 10 Be tenderly devoted to one another in brotherly love; outdo one another in giving honor. 11 Do not be lagging in zeal; be fervent in spirit. Keep serving the Lord, 12 rejoicing in hope, enduring in distress, persisting in prayer, 13 contributing to the needs of the kedoshim, extending hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you—bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. [a] 16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be proud, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own eyes. [b] 17 Repay no one evil for evil;[c] give thought to what is good in the eyes of all people. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live in shalom with all people. 19 Never take your own revenge, loved ones, but give room for God’s wrath—for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine; I will repay,”[d] says Adonai. 20 Rather, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink. For by doing so you will heap coals of fire upon his head.” [e] 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
23 Let us hold fast the unwavering confession of hope, for He who promised is faithful.
24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good deeds.
25 And do not neglect our own meetings, as is the habit of some, but encourage one another—and all the more so as you see the Day[a] approaching.
The ultimate hope that we affirm
WHAT: Hanukkah Party
WHEN: Saturday December 8th @ 6:00 PM
NOTE: No Meat Potluck Buffet Bring your favorite dish to share!
December 16th meet at bmc at Noon. We will go to level one barcade in Worthington Woods. We will have dinner and be back by 6 pm. Cost will be $5 and friends are welcome.
WHEN: November 10th 2018
WHERE: Beth Messiah
7-8pm Witness: the Baptist & Beloved Disciple
10:30am Public Disciple: Genuine Blind Man
1:30-2:30pm Adversary: The World, the "Jews" & Sanhedrin
7:00-8:00pm Secret Disciple: Counterfeit Nicodemus
10:00-11:00am Advocate: The Role of the Holy Spirit