Our commitment to you…
At Messianic Family Fellowship we do not claim to know everything there is to know about God or the Bible but we can walk this road of discovery along with you. Come worship with us in Spirit and in Truth and if you cannot make it to one of our weekly Shabbat services then please find scriptual nourishment from our teaching website, Restoringtheway.org or sign up for our weekly podcast email and get studies for the whole family sent right to your inbox every week. Take His yoke upon you and learn about the Jewishness of Jesus (Yeshua) and this book we love so dearly, called the Bible.
Making Disciples not Just Converts…
The Great Commission of our Messiah Yeshua is that we make disciples of all nations. For too long the emphasis of the Church has been to win souls at all cost. Although this is a great way to win a lot of converts to the Faith it also has caused a lot of “falling away” from the Faith as Yeshua illustrated in His parable about the Sower of the Seed:
[Mat 13:5-6 NIV]5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.
The pattern has been that many new converts receive the Word (seed) with gladness and very quickly, however when the sun (tribulation) comes the new plant shoot withers and dies because of the shallowness of soil and the lack of a strong root system. At MFF we do not negate the necessity for reaching the Lost but we also recognize that discipleship through building our Roots is a must in order for the new believer to grow and mature. It is our strong opinion that learning and applying the Hebrew Roots of the Christian Faith strengthens the life of a believer and draws them into a loving intimate relationship with Yeshua Messiah.
[Rom 11:16-18 NIV]16 If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches. 17 If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, 18 do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you.
At MFF we are in the business of connecting believers to their Biblical Roots of the Faith. We do not believe that God has cast away His people, Israel. We also do not believe that the Christian Gentile Church has somehow replaced the chosen people of God, the Jewish people. Notice that Paul tells the Wild branches (Gentile converts) tonot consider themselves to be “superior to those other branches.” What are those other branches? They are the natural branches (natural born Israel/Jews) and some of them were broken off through unbelief but if they do not remain in unbelief then God can connect them back into the Good Olive Tree (Israel of God) again.
[Rom 11:20, 24-25 NIV]20 Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but tremble. … 24 After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree! 25 I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in,