Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Messianic Judaism? When did it begin?

Messianic Judaism began 2,000 years ago when thousands of Jews became convinced that Yeshua (Jesus) was the Messiah.  They lived within the Jewish community and practiced the traditions and customs of Jewish people.

 

 

How does Messianic Judaism differ from “traditional” Judaism? How does it differ from “traditional” Christianity?

It differs from “traditional: Judaism in that we believe the Messiah has come, and therefore we read the books about him and his teachings—the New Testament.  It differs from ”traditional” Christianity in that we are connected to our Jewish roots, traditions, and practices.

 

 

In Messianic Judaism, what is considered the “authorized” way of doing things? What model is used?

Generally, the synagogue model is used with the addition of new songs and the study of the New Testament.

 

 

Why are Jewish Holidays still observed rather than Christian holidays?

We observe biblical holidays; many Christians have begun celebrating these holidays with us.

 

 

Must someone be Jewish to be a part of Messianic Judaism?

No—about half of those involved in Messianic Judaism are Gentiles seeking to reconnect with their Jewish roots.  Also, there are many inter-married couples involved.

 

 

Why aren’t traditional Christian terms used in Messianic Judaism, such as “Christ,” “church,” “cross,” “converted,” “born again,” and “saved”?

We want to restore words that are more biblical, and less offensive to Jewish people.

 

 

Why do Messianic congregations meet for services on Saturday morning rather than Sunday morning?

We observe the Sabbath on the seventh day, the day on which God gave it- for rest and worship, and as a reminder of creation and the unique covenant he made with Israel.