As we head in to the New Year, I thought it would be important to review our ministry vision for 2021. Our basic values and mission have not changed since we launched last year, “To bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to Jerusalem, and Israel, through establishing home churches, discipleship, and short term missions.” Additionally, we must bring awareness to the American church of the need for the gospel in Israel, and the myth of the Holy Land being “Holy Land”.
Each month I will be sharing a quick fact about Messiancic Judaism in order to create awareness about the Messianic Jewish movement.
Messianic Jews consider themselves Jewish Christians. Specifically, they believe, as do all Christians, that Jesus is the son of God, as well as the Messiah, and that he died in atonement for the sins of mankind.
There are approximately 175,000 to 250,000 Messianic Jews in the U.S, and 350,000 worldwide. About 10,000 to 20,000 live in Israel and approximately 3,000 in Jerusalem (a city of 1 million people). According to Dan Juster, a theologian who founded a major Messianic Jewish congregation, there are currently about 300 congregations in the United States, and about half of the attendants are Gentiles, or ethnically non-Jewish.
And most of these groups consider the conversion of ethnic Jews specifically – that is, people with at least one Jewish parent – to Messianic Judaism a central part of their mission.
As you can see, the importance and need for the gospel in Israel is more important than ever, and we, as American Christians, must see it as a legitimate and necessary mission field.
Our mission trip to Israel has been pushed to 2022, but we will keep you updated.