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 Yeshua, yeshiva and YOU!

Yeshua, yeshiva and YOU!

A Spirit filled Messianic - Jewish Congregation

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the plan...

Serving, preparing and beckoning everyone for the hastening of the redemption of the world through Messiah Yeshua in His Jewish context.

Serving:

City family (mishpocha) worship together every Saturday morning (Shabbat); this facilitates our ability to serve one another. How can we know each other’s burdens unless we know what those burdens are – and how can we know, unless we meet each other regularly?

“Bear one another’s burdens, in this way you will be fulfilling the Torah’s true meaning which the Messiah upholds.” Galatians 6:2

“Therefore, as the opportunity arises, let us do what is good to everyone, and especially to the family of those who are trustingly faithful. “Galatians 6:10

“Moreover, each person is given the particular manifestation of the Spirit that will be for the common good.” 1 Corinthians 12:7

Preparing:

City recognizes the five-fold ministry and regularly releases the gifts of these different ministers throughout the month for the building up and service to the City  family.

“Furthermore, he gave some people as emissaries, some as prophets, some as proclaimers of the Good News, and some as shepherds and teachers. Their task is to equip G-d’s people for the work of service that builds the body of the Messiah, until we all arrive at the unity implied by trusting and knowing the Son of G-d, at full manhood, at the standard of maturity set by the Messiah’s perfection.” Ephesians 4:11-13

Beckoning

G-d’s Spirit beckons. Because we are sons of the Living G-d, we get to co-labor with Him for the sake of repairing of the world( Tikkun Olam.) We do this by ministering to the needy in body, soul, and spirit inside and outside the walls of the congregation.

“All who are led (beckoned) by G-d’s Spirit are G-d’s sons. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to bring you back again into fear; on the contrary, you received the Spirit, who makes us sons and by whose power we cry out, “Abba!” (that is, “Dear Father!”). The Spirit himself bears witness with our own spirits that we are children of G-d; and if we are children, then we are also heirs, heirs of G-d and joint-heirs with the Messiah — provided we are suffering with him in order also to be glorified with him.” Romans 8: 14-17

Hastening

Our thoughts, words, and actions towards G-d, ourselves, and one another hastens or deters the return of Yeshua, and His millennial reign with us here on earth. Because He has commissioned us to prepare a place for Him, and make the world ready for His soon return through Tikkun Olam, COTH is committed to being a safe place for the mishpocha to comfortably grow in the fruits and gifts of the Spirit, especially focusing on humility and transparency with one another.

“You should lead holy and godly lives, as you wait for the Day of G-d and work to hasten its coming.” 2 Peter 3:11b-12

Love is patient and kind, not jealous, not boastful, not proud, rude or selfish, not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not gloat over other people’s sins but takes its delight in the truth. Love always bears up, always trusts, always hopes, always endures Love never ends; but prophecies will pass, tongues will cease, knowledge will pass.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Everyone

Though Yeshua Himself declared that “salvation is from the Jews” (John 4:22), He also declared that other sheep which are not of the Jewish fold would also be added to the flock of the Messianic Shepherd (John 10:16). This vision is not strange to Jewish expectation. G-d declared through Isaiah (Isaiah 49:6) that Messiah would be a light to the Gentiles and His salvation would spread to the ends of the earth. Isaiah 60:1-3 proclaims that Gentiles shall come to the light that spreads from Israel through the Messiah. The Torah is G-d’s love letter to the Jewish people which is a binding wedding contract (katubah) until heaven and earth pass away. And the believers of the nations are invited to partake of the covenants of Israel that reflect in their lifestyle and commitment to HaShem (G-d), the Messiah and the Jewish world.

“Behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant

with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD.” Jeremiah 31:31, 32

“Therefore, remember your former state: you Gentiles by birth - called the Uncircumcised by those who, merely because of an operation on their flesh, are called the Circumcised - at that time had no Messiah. You were estranged from the national life of Israel. You were foreigners to the covenants embodying G-d's promise. You were in this world without hope and without G-d. 1 But now, you who were once far off have been brought near through the shedding of the Messiah's blood.” Ephesians 2:11-13

Jewish context

We recognize the existence of the One New Man; Jew and Gentile, one in Messiah...a Jewish Messiah. The Tenach (old Testament) and Brit Chadasha (New Testament) were written by Jews, and the apostles were Jews. We believe that any attempt to separate Yeshua from his Jewish people grieves the heart of G-d and steals the divine and biblical call that rests on the Jewish people; which is to be a priestly nation and a light to the world.

'Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel." Exodus 19:5,6

“But if some of the branches were broken off, and you — a wild olive — were grafted in among them and have become equal sharers in the rich root of the olive tree, then don’t boast as if you were better than the branches! However, if you do boast, remember that you are not supporting the root, the root is supporting you.” Romans 11:17-18

“For he himself is our shalom — he has made us both one and has broken down the wall which divided us.” Ephesians 2:14

Messiah Yeshua

We believe the Shema, "Hear O Israel, the Lord our G-d, the Lord is one" (Deut. 6:4), teaches that G-d is Echad, as so declared: a united one, a composite unity, eternally existent in plural oneness [Gen. 1:1 (Elohim: G-d); Gen. 1:26 "Let us make man in our image"; Gen. 2:24 Adam & Eve were created to be as one flesh (basar echad)], that He is a personal G-d who created us (Gen. 1 & 2), and that He exists forever in three manifestations of  His Divinity as : Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as mentioned in Romans 8:14-17 (Father, Spirit, and Messiah - Son) and Matt. 28:19-20 (immersing in the name of the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit).