Vision and Goals

Vision

To be a community of Believers living a Chasidic lifestyle consistent with Messianic Judaism of the First Century, in loving obedience to our Rabbi Yeshua HaMashiach, so as to hasten the day of the Geulah (His return and the redemption of all Israel).

Goals

  • Short to medium term:
    1. Establish a house of Messianic learning to teach authentic Messianic Judaism (that is, to teach the Word of  G-d in its original framework of Judaism), open to both Gentiles and Jews
    2. Enable Believers to embrace a lifestyle consistent with Messianic Judaism of the First Century C.E., through these teachings (it is not expected that all students of Derech HaMashiach will embrace every aspect of this lifestyle)
    3. Make available a branch of Yeshivat Shuvu for those who wish to learn the deeper principles of Messianic Judaism
  • Medium to long term:
    1. Establish a Torah Service based on Messianic Judaism, so that those who have the heart knowledge and desire can begin to participate in this form of worship, in unity with the people of Israel
    2. Establish a community of Believers that will be in fellowship with each other and embrace those outside the community that wish to know more about the G-d that this community serves and worships (it is not expected that every student of Derech HaMashiach will become a member of this community)
    3. To hasten the Geulah, the redemption of G-d's people, through the coming of Messiah, by living a lifestyle over and above what we are obliged to according to Torah (Chasadism), regardless of whether we are Jew or Gentile by birth
    4. Continue the House of Messianic Learning, available to all those that are serious about learning the Word of  G-d from this context, regardless of their religious affiliation

“Without a prophetic vision, the people throw off all restraint; but he who keeps Torah is happy.”

Proverbs 29:18 (CJB*)
* Taken from the Complete Jewish Bible by David H. Stern. Copyright © 1998. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Messianic Jewish Publishers, 6120 Day Long Lane, Clarksville, MD 21029. www.messianicjewish.net.)

Statement Of Faith

  • 1. What do we Believe?
    • One G-d (S’hma):
      • We believe in One G-d, that G-d is One, as revealed in the Scriptures. "S’hma (Hear), O Israel, the Lord our G-d, the Lord is One." (Deuteronomy 6:4; Mark 12:29).
      • We believe that all the mitzvot (Commandments) are included in the S’hma.
    • Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah):
      • We believe that Yeshua (Jesus of Nazareth) was, and is, Israel’s promised Messiah and the Saviour of Mankind – “the Word [Who] became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). “He lived as a holy Tsaddik fulfilling without blemish the mitzvot of the Torah. He brings to perfection the human expression of the divine image”. (Isa. 7:14; John 1:14; Gal. 4:4; Heb. 1:1-4; 4:15).
      • We believe the Messiah represents an entity within Israel, and we will resist any attempt to separate Yeshua from His Jewish people.
      • We believe in the unique calling and role of the Messiah to cause Jewish believers and the Righteous from the Nations to build the Kingdom of G-d together.
      • We believe that the role of Messianic Judaism in the world is to distribute the light and become a light for the Nations, in order to introduce them to the covenants of Israel through the ultimate light, Messiah our righteousness.
      • We believe in the literal, physical return of Messiah to rule and reign upon the throne of David in Jerusalem. (Zechariah 14; Revelation 19-20).
    • Ruach HaKodesh (The Holy Spirit):
      • We believe that the Spirit of G-d (Ruach Elohim) comforts, teaches, leads, indwells and empowers all whom  G-d regenerates (i.e. ‘rebirth’ – to be ‘born again’). The Ruach Elohim is the seal and guarantee of the promise of salvation. The Ruach convicts the world of sin, establishes righteousness and judgement. (Acts 9:31; 1 John 2:27; John 16:13; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 2 Timothy 1:7).
    • The Scriptures:
      • We believe that the Bible, both the Tanach and the Apostolic Writings, are the only inspired, infallible, inerrant and authoritative Word of G-d (2 Timothy 3:16-17). To properly interpret the meaning of the Bible, we must remember that it has a Jewish origin and was written by Jews. This is especially true when reading the Writings of the Apostles (Matt. 5:17‐20).
      • We believe that the Torah is a revelation of the righteousness of G-d and a description (along with the rest of Scripture) of the lifestyle of the redeemed community. (Matthew 5:17-19; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).
      • We believe that the Torah is G-d’s love letter to the Jewish people, which is a binding Ketuvah (marriage contract) today, and until heaven and earth pass away (Matthew 5:18).
    • Sin and Forgiveness:
      • We believe that all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of G-d. (Romans 3:23)
      • We believe that Yeshua's death and resurrection accomplished the atonement for all who place their faith in him. Whoever trusts in G-d, in His work alone, is made a new creation in Yeshua, indwelt by the Spirit of G-d, and is transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of G-d. (Mark 1:14; Mark 4:11; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 5, 6)
      • We believe in justification by faith through the grace of G-d alone, and not by human efforts. One may not earn, merit, or keep this eternal salvation by his own efforts. A new creation is the work of G-d alone. (Ephesians 2:8-10; Romans 8:29-39)
    • The Covenants:
      • We believe in the continuity of G-d's covenants with the Jewish people, the physical people of Israel (Jeremiah 31:35-36).
      • We believe in and celebrate G-d’s Appointed Times.
    • Believers – Jew and Gentile:
      • We acknowledge that the body of believers is composed of both Jews and Gentiles who have received Yeshua the Messiah as the promised Redeemer (Rom. 10:12‐13). The "middle wall of partition" has been broken down and we worship the G-d of Israel together (Eph. 2:13‐15, Gal 3:6). We believe that the land of Israel belongs to G-d and He gave it to the Jewish people (the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) to live in and possess (Rom. 11:25‐29).  He has recently returned Israel, as prophetically promised, to this land (Isa. 11:11‐12).
      • We believe that all non-Jewish people who trust in Yeshua are grafted into Israel. While this does not make them Jewish, they are full and equal participants in the covenants of promise. (Ephesians 2:12; Romans 11:11-24; Jeremiah 31:33).
      • We believe that the non-Jewish people that are grafted into the commonwealth of Israel should reflect this in their lifestyle, and commitment to G-d, the Messiah and the Jewish people.
    • The Oral Torah:
      • We believe that beginning with Avraham, an Oral teaching was passed down to us through the Sages.
    • The Geulah (The Redemption – Messiah’s Return):
      • We believe that, in order to restore the Messiah to Zion, we must rectify His Name through returning to an authentic Messianic Jewish framework.
      • We believe that selfless love toward others and the saving of a soul in Israel, works towards the salvation of the entire house of Israel.
      • We believe that through our actions, Mitzvot and walk with G-d, we can hasten or delay the return of Messiah (2 Peter 3:12).

Q&A

2. WHAT IS MESSIANIC JUDAISM?
Messianic Judaism falls into a branch of Judaism known as Chasidic Judaism. Chasidic Judaism is based on love for your fellow Jew/Person, connection to G-d and joyous observants of G-d’s Instructions (Torah), as expanded on below. The major difference between Messianic Judaism and Chasidic Judaism is that Messianic Judaism believes that Yeshua of Nazareth is the promised Messiah, and we follow Him as our Chief Rabbi.
2.A. Belief in and devotion to the Righteous leader or Rabbi.
2.B. The idea that G-d is in control of all events.
2.C. Love for every Jew/person
2.D. Happiness
2.E. Opposition
2.F. Spontaneousness breaking Tradition
3. DO WE NEED TO CONVERT TO JUDAISM?
4. DO WE REPLACE ISRAEL?
5. DO WE KEEP TORAH?
6. WHAT ABOUT THE ORAL LAW?

Membership

Derech HaMashiach Inc is an incorporated association under the Associations Incorporation Act 1981. This formal establishment, as a legal entity, allows us to operate in accordance with the laws of the state. We have a membership structure, Management Committee, hold annual meetings, and report on financial matter as required by legislation. Download a copy of our constitution (288kb) - an adaption of the “model rules” for Qld.

 

If you believe your faith aligns with that of Derech HaMashiach, and you desire to partner with other members of our community, you are most welcome to become a member of Derech HaMashiach, even if you cannot attend our meetings in person, but interact with us on-line. All we expect is for you to attend our membership classes, which we hold on a regular basis or join us on-line. The membership classes consist of 2 one and a half hour sessions where we share the basic foundations that Derech HaMashiach aspires to.

 

It is important to us that you know our heart and commitment to each member before you make a commitment to join us as a member. It is also an opportunity for you to ask us questions that you may have about membership. The constitution for Derech HaMashiach Inc can be downloaded by clicking on the link above.

 

Application is easy. Simply let us know you are interested in membership by filling out the details in the Membership Application Form, found in the link below, and we will let you know where and when the next membership classes will be held. At the end of the second class you will be ask to sign and return the Membership Application Form, and it will be put before the Management Committee at the next Committee meeting. You will be informed of their decision with 7 days of the meeting.

 

Once approved it is simply a matter of keeping your membership fees up to date (details of payments are below). If you feel to contribute to the running of Derech HaMashiach before your membership application is accepted, you can find the details on how to do that on our Home page, under Offerings and Tzedakah.

Membership Fee: $10 per month payable in 3, 6, or 12 monthly instalments.


If you are interested in becoming a member, please fill in your details in the Membership Application Form.


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