Frequently Asked Questions
Are you Christians?
The definition of Christian is “follower of Christ”. So by that, yes; we are unequivocally followers of Yeshua the Messiah.
However, there has been a tremendous amount of paganism incorporated into what people refer to as Christianity, even in many of the holidays that are purported to be Christian based. The Bible is clear that God does not honor compromise and so we reject what is not of Yahweh God whether it be of Judaism, Christianity, Catholicism, or something else.
Still, It is not our responsibility to determine who our Heavenly Father has chosen and who He hasn’t. Our speech is to be “sprinkled with salt” to express the heart, glory, and grace of God while reaching out to the lost as much as is possible.
Are you "Messianic"
The word “Messianic” means “one who embraces Yeshua (Jesus) as the Messiah”: To that, we unequivocally say yes – but please read on.
If you are not aware of it, there is a “movement” that is referred to as “Messianic”. Many who identify as “Messianic” incorporate varying degrees of Judaism into their belief system even though for the last 2,000 years Judaism has rejected Yeshua as the Messiah. Accordingly, we do not identify with Messianic Judaism.
Our approach is to align with the written Word of God, and His Holy Spirit, as closely as we can without adding to or taking away from His instructions. We see this to be the faith of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Yeshua, and the Apostles.
Do you follow the "Old Testament" laws?
Like Apostle Paul, we embrace the “whole counsel of God“. Remember, when Apostle Paul spoke those words (and many other passages like it), the “New Testament” didn’t yet exist; just like when he wrote that “All Scripture is inspired by God“. In both cases, Apostle Paul was specifically referring to the “Old Testament”. We see God’s grace and love all through the Bible and we consider all of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, to be the inspired Word of Yahweh God.
A Hebrew name for the “Old Testament” is Tanach. You may hear it referred to this way. There are parts of the Tanach that are simply impossible to walk out. For example, most followers of Yeshua do not live in the land of Israel which prohibits a person from following certain instructions. Also, the Levitical priesthood has been suspended: That obviously makes it impossible to follow many of the Levitical laws. There are also other Biblical instructions that are not clearly defined and so we purpose to walk in love and forbearance as we all “work out our own salvation”.
Why do you say Yeshua and Yahweh instead of Jesus and God?
The short answer is this is our preference. This is not something we are dogmatic about but Jesus was a Hebrew and so we refer to Him by His Hebrew name just like you might refer to someone from Russia as vladmir because that is their Russian name.
The “Old Testament” was translated into English from the Hebrew language. In the “Old Testament”, the words “The Lord” are mistranslated from YHWH which is the name of God. Instead of using His name, YHWH, when found in the text, they replaced it with “The Lord”.
However, “The Lord” is a title, it is not His “Name”. In Psalm 105:1 we are specifically told to “Call upon His Name” so that is what we do. No one knows exactly how to pronounce the Yahweh and Yeshua because the exact pronunciations have been lost to time so we are not dogmatic about these things.
While we often use the names of Yahweh and Yeshua, God has answered a countless number of prayers offered up to Him in the name of Jesus. Many of us have experienced mighty miracles in the name of Jesus.
Because there are so many “gods” that are worshiped (allah, satan, the new-age god “within”, etc.) we feel that it is important to identify the god we serve and so we call Him by name as the Bible tells us to do.
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Do you meet on saturday?
As indicated throughout this web site, we consciously purpose to have an authentic and genuine relationship with Yahweh God through Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah, His Holy Word, Holy Spirit, and each other.
Accordingly, it is our heart to honor God every day of the week and we applaud and appreciate all others who are trying to do the same. Fellowship Groups can and do meet together on any day of the week. However, Yahweh God clearly set aside the seventh day of every week as a memorial unto the Messiah.
We have studied this issue extensively and we are very aware of the “New Testament” references to “The Lords Day” and other “arguments” that are made in favor of a first day (sunday) Sabbath. However, a thorough study of these “arguments” will reveal the heart of Yahweh God on the matter.
We are not, nor have we ever been associated with the Seventh Day Adventist church and while the catholic church readily admits to changing the Sabbath from saturday to sunday, we do not see anywhere in the Bible where God changed it. We address these issues in our teaching on the subject. Contact us for more
Do you believe in miracles?
Yes. We experience them and you can too.
What do you do with the children during your meetings?
We consider children to be our future. Humans are significantly affected by external influences beginning immediately after conception. It is believed that a child’s worldview begins to be established by the time they are 18 months old.
We consider it a privilege to be a part of “training up a child in the way that they should go” in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord” and so all of our gatherings are family integrated. We expect children to be children, we encourage parents to be parents and the “family of God” to be a real family of God.
Are you Seventh Day Adventists or Jehovah's Witnesses?
We have never been associated with either of these groups.
Are you Jewish?
While a person can be Jewish by ethnicity (Parson Rayphe is), in our context here this question is always in reference to the Jewish religion. The Jewish religion denies that Yeshua is the Messiah and so we do not embrace the Jewish religion which is known as Judaism. The Jewish religion also incorporates a lot of man-made rules and traditions that are not found in the Bible. We purpose to avoid representing man-made rules and traditions as being from God.
We purpose to practice life free from false religious practices regardless of their origin.
What about Holidays?
We believe the whole Bible (Gen. – Rev.) is the inspired word of God. Accordingly, we celebrate the Seventh-day Sabbath, Passover / Pesach, Pentecost / Shavuot, Trumpets / Yom Teruah, Day of Atonement / Yom Kippur, and Tabernacles / Sukkot.
What is your leadership structure?
Yeshua said that the greatest among us are servants of the rest: Mt. 23:11. We see this understanding as fitting together perfectly with Apostle Paul’s treatise of the subject in Ephesians 4:11-12 (and other places) where he addresses the role of the Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, and Teacher for the perfecting of the Saints.