Who/What are We?
This is the foundational truth of Shoresh David.
So many questions arise...
... when trying to define our congregation. Especially, as we have chosen to identify ourselves as a “One New Man” congregation. We have an article that describes our understanding of the “One New Man” here.
Are we a Synagogue?
Are we a Temple?
Are we a Messianic Synagogue?
Are we Jews for Jesus?
Some might even ask if we are a Church?
First, let us tell you what we are not. We are not a Jewish Church, and we are not Hebrew Christians. The best way to emphasize the differences is with a list of the practices found in a Messianic congregation, and at Shoresh David that differs with the practices of your local San Antonio Church.
Messianic Congregations recognize some of the traditional Jewish holidays such as Purim and Chanukah, the ninth of Av and the Ten Days of Awe.
Messianic Congregations observe the biblical feasts such as the Feasts of Trumpets, Sukkot (Tabernacles) and Passover.
Messianic Congregations observe the Biblical Sabbath, i.e., Friday evening till Saturday evening.
Messianic Congregations chant the Shema, the Kiddush, Aaronic benediction, Etz Chaim, and many other parts of traditional Jewish liturgy.
Messianic Congregations say Kaddish (Mourner’s Prayer) for those who have passed on.
Messianic Congregations chant the Torah portion in Hebrew at worship services.
Messianic Congregations Bar Mitzvah their sons and Bat Mitzvah their daughters.
Messianic teaching is mainly from the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh), although references to the B'rit Chadasha (New Covenant) are not unusual.
Messianic Congregations emphasize the special relationship between God and the Jewish people.
Messianic Congregations emphasizes Jewish traditions that do not conflict with the Bible.
Messianic Congregations understand that God never changed the way to obtain salvation: "And Abraham believed God and it was credited to him [Abraham] as righteousness." The purpose of following the Torah (often mistranslated "Law", but literally, "teaching") always has been to live holy, not to obtain salvation.
Messianic Congregations assert that the Torah (literally,"teaching") is still in effect (as modified by Yeshua).
Messianic Congregations teach the biblical doctrine that salvation is a free gift from God, by faith in the atoning work of His Messiah.
Messianic Congregations only mikveh (immerse) those who have accepted Messiah (no infant baptism) and baptize by immersion only (no sprinkling or pouring).
We are also not Jews for Jesus. This is an evangelical organization that would better be described as Hebrew Christian. For the most part, while they seek to lead Jewish people to the knowledge of Messiah, they are more comfortable with these people assimilating into Christianity. We at Shoresh David believe that Jewish people in San Antonio and the Central Texas area who are believers in Yeshua (Jesus) should worship within the context of Judaism.
While Shoresh David might also resemble the traditional Messianic synagogue, there are some differences. We do not make a distinction between our Jewish and Gentile members. Mainstream Messianic Judaism today still sees separate callings and requirements for Jews and do not believe these same calling and requirements are expected of their Gentile members. We see GOD making no distinction between people throughout the scriptures, instead we always see GOD telling the Israelites that there is to be one law for both the natural born and the foreigner.
We emphasize the observance of Torah for both Jew and Gentile, not for salvation, but as GOD’s prescription for a holy life.
Our teaching is often described by several different terms. We are said to be teaching:
Jewish roots of the Christian faith
All of our teachings are meant to bring the Hebraic perspective of the scriptures and to uncover the truth of who the Jewish Messiah is. His name is Yeshua (Jesus) and He is the Mashiach (Messiah), long awaited by the Jewish people.
We see so many people who are hungry for GOD’s word returning to the foundations of their faith. We at Shoresh David want to be a resource to equip you and send you forth with the truth.
If this describes you, come visit us. We meet every Shabbat at 201 Harriman Place (First Christian Church) San Antonio, TX 78201.
We hope to see you soon.
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We want to stay in touch with you in your busy schedule. So, we are using every resource available to us to reach out with the Good News of Yeshua ha' Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah).
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