We meet every Friday for the beginning [evening] of the Sabbath [Shabbat in Hebrew], and learn the "Jewish Roots" of the Bible, in a SHABBAT SMALL GROUP in different homes throughout the DESERT, except on the FIRST FRIDAY of the month, where we meet in the Main Sanctuary of Destiny, as we receive an offering to send to Israel for evangelism, food and clothing, and other resources to "Bless the Sons of Abraham" [Genesis 12:1-3]. We have a great time of Food, Faith, Fun & Fellowship, through the Communion of the Believers drinking the "Fruit of the Vine", Breaking of Bread [Challah Bread - Bread for Shabbat] after the traditional lighting of the Shabbat Candles. We start with the Teaching of the Torah [First Five Books of Moses: Genesis - Deuteronomy], perusing through the Prophets [Joshua - Malachi], reading the "Royal Writings" [Psalms, Proverbs..... to 2 Chronicles] and then gloriously reveal how Jesus [Yeshua in Hebrew/Aramaic] the Anointed Messiah fulfilled the Hebrew Scriptures, and teaches us as His disciples to fulfill, do and teach them also, as we "disciple" the nations [Goyim: "Gentiles"]. We introduce to Jewish People, maybe for the first time, the true Jewish Messiah of Israel, along with teaching Gentile Believers about Hebrew thought and the "Jewish Roots" of our faith.
We begin our small group at 6:30 for "nash" [Yiddish for a "bite"] of food, and enter study at 7pm to prepare our hearts for the rich Hebraic Teaching of the Scriptures by Rabbi Brian Bileci, who also holds the position of Executive Teaching Pastor of Destiny Church, working alongside Lead Pastors Obed & Lissette Martinez, and is a Bible Instructor in our Destiny Leadership College. Rabbi and His beautiful wife, Magali Bileci also oversee all of the Counseling on campus, and Spiritual Growth of the Destiny Church Family. He is a ordained rabbi in the Messainic Jewish Alliance of America [MJAA], and also is the Congregational Leader / Rabbi of Simchat Yeshua Messianic Congregation in San Jacinto, Ca. [with Shabbat Morning and Afternoon Services held every Saturday www.simchatyeshua.com].
About Messianic Judaism:
The rebirth of modern Israel has been paralleled by a revival of interest in spirituality among Jewry worldwide. Amidst this search for meaning and truth, Jewish people have once again examined the Hebrew Scriptures, the foundation and central document in Jewish faith. Many have compared the teachings of the Torah and the Prophets with the claims of the New Testament. A great number of these people have come to embrace the belief that Yeshua [Jesus] is the Messiah of Israel and that the New Testament is, after all, a Jewish book, from Jewish authors, about a Jewish Messiah. That means we have to first view the Scriptures from a "Jewish Perspective", and understand the context and message to its original audience, before we apply principles to our current lives and situations. We must RIGHTLY divide the Word of Truth!
While Messianic Judaism is new in some respects, it is also 2000 years old [Acts 21:17-20]. It stands on a foundation going back to biblical times. In the First Century AD, there were several different sects within Judaism — Pharisees, Saduccees, Herodians, Essenes and Zealots to name a few. These different Jewish groups were unquestionably part of the larger Jewish community. A great number of Judeans comprised one of these groups — the Nazarenes. These were followers of the teachings of Yeshua [Jesus] of Natzeret [Nazareth], followers of “the Way” [Gen.18:18-19; Jer. 5:1-5; Ezek. 18:25-32; Ps. 25:8-12; Prov. 10:29; Jn. 14:1-7; Acts 9:1-6;16:17;18:24-26;19:9,23], and were the forerunners of today’s Messianic Jewish Movement. Let's not forget, that Rabbi Saul [Apostle Paul] taught that the Gospel, or "Good News" of Messiah should go to the Jew first, and then to the Gentile [Romans 1:16].
So let’s be like the Bereans who studied, researched, and investigated the Hebrew Scriptures [Torah, Prophets, Writings - Tanakh], known as the "Old Testament" as they did, so that we can see HaShem’s redemptive plan and Messianic vision for our lives, and the world He has created. This allows Jews to be introduced to their "Jewish Messiah", and allow Gentile [Non-Jewish] Believers to learn about the "Jewish Roots" of their faith, from a First Century Hebraic Perspective, in a "Post-Modern" world.
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