Before the beginning of the early church, there were Messianic congregations. The first ones began in Jerusalem, led by the disciples of Yeshua, with the membership and worship styles being characteristically Jewish. From these congregations, the message of Messiah Yeshua went world wide. Currently, many Believers, both Jews and Gentiles, are returning to this form of worship and study of the Torah and Tanakh. They are finding joy by being reconnected to their Hebraic roots.

 

Why Study Jewish Roots?

         The first Messianic congregation met in Jerusalem at the time of Yeshua. It didn't take long, just a century or two, for the Messianic/ Jewish flavor to dwindle. This came about through persecution and anti-Semitism that continues today.
         Since the Reformation, Christians have been trying to discover and replicate the early church, with the awareness that the early church was basically Jewish.
         Seeking to recover these "roots" forces us back to Torah and biblical Judaism. In the process, we also learn how to think Hebraically. This gives new insights into the Apostolic writings ("New" Testament) and the teaching of Yeshua that have been misunderstood. the final result is freedom, and growth in "the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Deliverer, Yeshua the Messiah". 2 Peter 3:18

Will this be easy?

         As Christians seek this Messianic style of life and worship, tensions can develop as a congregation tries to determine which Jewish traditions to adopt. Do they endeavor to be like a present-day Orthodox Jewish synagogue and include the forms, literagy and traditions that have been added since the first century? Those who pursue this orthodox approach must guard against doing these practices for emotional or psychological reasons; or out of habit or social pressure.
         True Messianic worship should draw us closer to HaShem and Yeshua as we gain new insights into the Apostolic writings and the teachings of Yeshua that have been missed or misunderstood. The final result is freedom, and growth in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Deliverer, Yeshua

Is this a return "to the Law"?

         This common question concerning properly functioning Messianic fellowships reflects a misunderstanding of the terms "law" and "grace", and an incomplete knowledge of the Tanakh.
         The Tanakh is divided into three sections: Torah, Nevi'im and Kethuvim. Torah is the five books of Moses, Nevi'im are the Prophets and Kethuvim, the writings.
         TORAH, properly translated "teaching", expresses the relationship and covenant between God and Israel by spelling out the lifestyle for His chosen people so they would be a witness for Him to the other nations. Over the centuries, men added to God's law in an effort to help the people keep the laws. It is these additional laws that Yeshua repudiated, not the original, God given laws. Yeshua kept Torah and instructed His followers to do the same.
         Grace abounds in the Tanakh as well as in the Apostolic writings. Law and grace exist side-by-side through out the Scriptures with salvation always coming from God's grace through faith and not by works. Ephesians 2:8-9