Ami Yisrael ("My people Israel") is a Sabbath keeping, Torah pursuant Hebrew Roots fellowship located in East Texas. We are firmly grounded on the teachings and example of Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). Over 3500 years ago, God gave His Torah - instructions for a happy and meaningful life - to His people Israel so that they - as a people - could be an example of the blessings and benefits that come when nations and people follow the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Over the years Israel added to, took from, changed, and forsook this beautiful set of instructions, and as a result, the Israelites were scattered to the four winds.
Roughly 2000 years ago God sent His Word - Messiah Yeshua - to re-establish the proper application of Torah and to redirect the Hebraic walk back to what God had given Abraham. His students - the disciples - were commissioned to follow in His footsteps, announcing the gospel of restoration and teaching this walk to the thousands of Jewish and non-Jewish people who came to believe that Yeshua was indeed the long expected Messiah, the Savior of His people.
Our desire is to continue in the task given to the disciples by studying and teaching about The Messiah from a Hebraic perspective, the perspective from which the entire New Testament was written. We do this via regular Sabbath worship services and Torah Studies as well as numerous seminars given by Torah based - Messiah centered teachers. In addition, we host a number of celebrations throughout the year including the Biblical (Leviticus 23) festivals, traditional Jewish festivals (Hanukkah, Purim, etc.), and monthly New Moon celebrations.
Located in Longview, Texas, Ami Yisrael is a non-affiliated fellowship. Our people come from all backgrounds and cultures. Come join us in our somewhat "out of the box" Sabbath fellowship as we study to "grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Yeshua haMaschiac - Jesus The Messiah".
Shavuot (Hebrew for "weeks") is the second of the three pilgrimage festivals mentioned in Leviticus 23. Unlike Passover and the fall festivals of Yom Teruah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot, the date for the festival is not given in scripture, but is instead derived by counting a "week" of weeks (49 days) from the Sabbath after Passover. Thus Shavuot is often called "the Feast of Weeks".
Shavuot marks the day that YHVH, the God of Israel, reached out to Israel and betrothed her to Himself. To seal the relationship, He gave them copy of the "ketubah" - the wedding covenant - what we know today as the "Ten Commandments", the words of life that would ensure a happy marriage as well as success when they came to live in the Promised Land. But Israel soon turned from God, and according to the terms of the covenant, were scattered throughout the nations. 1500 years later in the city of Jerusalem, YHVH once again reached out to Israel, this time to the remnant who would walk in His ways, and they once again became His people.
The Ami Yisrael Fellowship will again be celebrating Shavuot with a weekend campout. You are invited to share the event with us as we spend the weekend praising YHVH through song and dance, with thoughtful messages, meaningful Bible studies, and fun games for young and old.
According to scripture, Abraham was a righteous man. He was not Jewish and he was not Christian. He was a Hebrew (Gen. 14:13). The term " Hebrew " is rooted in the concept of crossing over. Abram forsook the ways of his father and crossed over the Jordan River into a new life - a life of following the Creator of the Universe. Nearly 400 years later his descendants, the children of Israel, left Egypt and eventually crossed over that same Jordan into the Promised Land to begin a new life as free men - governed by a code of laws and instructions spoken by the mouth of God to His servant Moses. Though Abraham was neither Jewish nor Christian, both Judaism and Christianity are rooted in and are called to be a part of the covenant God made with this righteous man, Abraham the Hebrew. Thus God calls Himself "the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Hebrew Roots is an "awakening" - an awakening to the walk God gave the Hebrew people and an attempt to pattern one's life after the model God gave to them - especially that of the Hebrew of Hebrews, Messiah Yeshua.
Have you ever wondered why when you go to many churches today, some of the topics of discussion between members include things like politics, sports, recipes, the last school board meeting, etc.? Probably one of the last things you'll hear discussed is . . . THE BIBLE! Why? Because people just don't want to "argue about the Bible" . . . and that's GOOD! Arguing is simply not acceptable. But should that keep us from having a healthy discussion of Biblical topics? Certainly not!
At the Ami Yisrael Fellowship, we have lively open discussions about various Biblical topics. Our Torah Study session is a moderated interactive study where participants are able to bring up questions, offer opinions, and provide supporting evidence of their "take" on the scriptures being discussed. After giving a teaching, speakers are required to take and answer topic-pertinent questions. We believe that if a person speaks to the congregation, he must be willing to support his or her views.
How do we do it without arguing? It's quite simple. Our "statement of beliefs" is very concise, thus no one has to fit into our "theological box". In addition, our discussions and Q&A sessions are conducted with this overlying rule - "be orderly, respectful of each other's opinion, and considerate of the speakers" . . . after all, the Torah teaches that "you shall love your neighbor as yourself" (Lev. 19:18).
Check out the latest teachings from our fellowship presenters:
"Teach Your Children" - Does God want us to "be converted" or would He rather us return to the Godly walk in which we should have been raised?
"the Doorposts" - Why was the blood put on the doorposts and not the roof or the door. The message becomes more clear with every passing year.
"How God Describes God" - God's use of anthropomorphisms to describe Himself.
"Death and Resurrection" - the Scriptures contain the answers to our deepest and most intimate questions about life and death . . .
"the Shaliah" - Agent of God - Why the first century Jewish leaders were wrong about Yeshua's claims of sonship.
"Yeshua to Jesus" - is it wrong to call our Messiah by the name "Jesus"?
These and other enlightening articles are on our Resources page.
Sivan - 3rd Month
Monday Evening, June 6, 2016
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