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Scripture Foundation

We are a community of Believers who come to serve, worship and celebrate Jesus, Yeshua HaMashiac, as the Jewish Messiah!

We represent the one new man, Jew and Gentile united by marriage through a Holy Spirit Born Again experience of faith in Jesus. Jesus' birth name was Yeshua which means Yahweh Saves!

Our leadership recognizes God's continued love for Israel as a separate relationship from the Church and his continued commitment to the covenants given to Israel. Jewish people who have come to faith in the Messiah are part of the Church and are part of Believing Israel.

Gentiles or non-Jews who come to faith in Messiah are grafted in to all the blessings God gave to Abraham! Now in the freedom of Grace, Gentiles are full and complete citizens with God's people and may embrace, partake fully and celebrate The Lord's Feasts anTorah Scrolld Hebraic holidays as though they are Israel. This is the same as new US citizens, once foreigners, are now able to celebrate July 4th Independence day as though they participated personally in the Revolutionary War. Through Messiah we are all the SEED of Abraham!

In the Spirit of Messiah Jews and Gentiles are called to come together as ECHAD, UNITY, and may celebrate all the Feasts and traditional Holidays of the Old and New Testament as equals. The freedom to create traditions and customs is part of God's blessings to humanity as long as they don't disagree with scripture and become a replacement for faith and relationship in the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua HaMashiach. Purim, Chanukkah, Christmas celebrated by us Nativity Day and Easter celebrated by us as Resurrection Day are examples!

All Believers are called to live in the Holiness of Messiah himself by living in the Spirit of God. Jesus said all the Law and the Prophets teach us to love God, Ourselves and our Neighbor. The Law of Moses serves all Believers as a means to convict of us of our sins and to teach us to lead Godly lives through the prompting of God's Spirit.

Come and consider Beth Chaim your spiritual-community or join us as a guest anytime. All may come as they are to worship and in fellowship!

Contact:
Messianic Rabbi Jay Fielding
jayfielding@comcast.net
404-245-7291
 

What we Believe!

The whole Bible (Genesis to Revelation) is the Living, Inherent Word of God.

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, training in  righteousness so that the man of God may be equipped for every good work.

1 Thessalonians 2:13 And we also thank god continually because, when you received the Word of God, for which you heard from us, you accepted it as the word not of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.

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Salvation comes only through personal repentance and acceptance of Yeshua into our hearts as our Passover Lamb. Yeshua is the perfect and only blood sacrifice needed to wash us of our sins permanently.

John 1:29   The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Acts 11:18  When they heard this, they quieted down and glorified God, saying, “Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life.”

Acts 4:12    “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”

Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace

 God has revealed Himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Matthew 28:18-20 18     And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.      19     “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,  20     teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Baptism is an outward sign of our Born Again experience.

Romans 6:3-7 3     Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?      4     Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.     5     For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection,    6     knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;     7     for he who has died is freed from sin.

The Old Covenant and New Covenant commandments are to be learned and practiced, not to become righteous, but rather to practice living in submission to the Holy Spirit in our process of sanctification. All the Law and all the Prophets teach us how to Love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Matthew 22:37-40   Jesus replied: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'”  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.

Luke 24:25-27  He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26  Did not the Messiah, Christ, have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27  And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning him.

Christianity is the prophesized extension of Judaism to its fullness in a Jewish Messiah. Yeshua HaMashiac came so that all humanity--the world--can be grafted into the Blessings of Abraham by faith. Even though Gentile Believers were not required to convert to Judaism, Paul called his ministry to the Gentiles to be a guiding light of love in a Jewish Messiah to his people the House of Israel. 

Galatians 3:8-9 8     The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “All the nations will be blessed in you.”    9   So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer.

Keeping certain aspects of the Torah, such as dietary laws, should be a personal choice of worship as each individual and family is guided by the Holy Spirit. We encourage Holiness through the submission to the Holy Spirit that leads to a righteousness by faith and love for God, ourselves, and others. While we only serve kosher-style foods to be inclusive to those who keep the dietary laws, we don’t teach diet laws as a requirement of Messianic worship.

Mark 7:14-23 14     After He called the crowd to Him again, He began saying to them, “Listen to Me, all of you, and understand:     15     there is nothing outside the man which can defile him if it goes into him; but the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man.     16     [“If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”]     17     When he had left the crowd and entered the house, His disciples questioned Him about the parable.     18     And He said to them, “Are you so lacking in understanding also? Do you not understand that whatever goes into the man from outside cannot defile him,     19     because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and is eliminated?” (Thus He declared all foods clean.)     20     And He was saying, “That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man.     21     “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries,     22     deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness.     23     “All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.”

Acts 10:13-15 13 Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” 14 “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” 15 The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”

Shabbat and God's Appointed Feasts and Holidays are to be kept in the Spirit of Messiah as a blessing to remind us what God has done, is doing, and will do for us in Messiah.  As an example, Paul encourages the Church to keep the Feast of Passover in the spirit of truth and not by the old malice of righteousness by keeping the law. We also believe by keeping these Biblical Feasts in the spirit of truth we are blessed by appropriately ministering to Yeshua's and Paul's people.

1 Corinthians 5:7-8: 7 For Messiah-Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth.

We encourage the Church body to teach and embrace a love for physical Israel. God prophesized the rebirth of the modern state of Israel as an end time blessing and sign. The promise of the physical land of Israel to Abraham and his descendants is a type or shadow for the spiritual promise of eternal life for Believers grafted into Abraham's Blessings. One way we know we can trust God to fulfill his promises to Believers is because of His faithfulness in fulfilling promises to the House of Israel. Yeshua continues to work through both the Nation of Israel, as well as the Church to bring salvation to the world. Paul said God's covenants to His people are irrevocable. We offer guest speaking, on-site programs, and guidance to Churches wishing to integrate God's appointed Feasts and Holidays into their own offerings.

Jeremiah 16:14-15 "However, the days are coming," declares the LORD, "when men will no longer say, `As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,' 15 but they will say, `As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.' For I will restore them to the land I gave their forefathers.” (The modern State of Israel is a miraculous blessing of God to bless the Jews and the Church.)

Romans 11:24 24 After all, if you (Gentiles) 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!

The Church body as the bride of Messiah should reflect the core values and doctrine of Yeshua the Jewish Rabbi, as well as Emmanuel (God with us). Yeshua created the Jewish people, their Torah and full Tenach, in His image, to best reflect who He was. Through the history of God’s people, the Laws he gave them through Moses and the Prophets, and their covenant relationship to God, we learn about God’s love, holiness, mercy, and other divine qualities.

Ephesians 5:31-32  31 "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." 32 This is a profound mystery -- but I am talking about Christ and the church.  (or about Messiah and the community of Believers)

Ruth 1:16-18  “But Ruth replied, "Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. (repeat)  Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me."

Paul hoped His blessed Ministry to the Gentiles would be a light to the Jews so some would come to envy and be saved.

Romans 11:13-14  13 I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I make much of my ministry 14 in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to jealousy and save some of them.

Romans 9:1-3  I speak the truth in Christ/Messiah—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit— 2 I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ/Messiah for the sake of my brothers, those of my own race,

Our Church body, should more fully reflect all the Blessings God gave to Abraham fulfilled but not ended in Messiah, including:

Genesis 12:3 (God to Abraham)    I will bless those who bless you, and  whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

Summary of the blessings God gave Abraham.

1.    A righteousness by faith (justification) (Genesis 15:6)

2.    An eternal relationship with God (friendship). (Matthew 22:32) (James 2:23)

3.   The names of Abram and Sarai were changed (Genesis 17:15) to include a part of   Yahweh’s name, Abraham and Sarah. (Genesis 17:5) (Genesis 17:15) to signify His covenant with them

4.    The miraculous birth of a son by Sarah who would carry on the blessings through the line of Isaac, Jacob, Twelve Tribes, House of Israel, Moses, David, Yeshua. (Genesis 21:1)

5.   Father of the Jewish people and to those who would receive God’s laws of holiness and love-- the Jewish Torah and Tenach. (Genesis 18:16) (Genesis 26:5) (Hebrews 7:5)

6.    Father of all who come to Messiah by faith. (Genesis 18:16) (Romans 4:16)

7.    The physical land of Israel, (Genesis 12:7)

8.    His seed would be the Messiah, Yeshua. (Galatians 3:16)

9.    All nations would be blessed through him (the Torah, Righteousness by Faith in Messiah. (Genesis 18:18-19)

10. All who bless Abraham (God’s blessings to Abraham) would be blessed. All who  curse Abraham would be cursed. (Genesis 12:3) This is a call to love the Jewish