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What We Believe

 

  1. What is Torah Class? Torah Class is a congregation of gentile and Jewish Believers in Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach. We honor Israel as God’s chosen people, and we also honor both Testaments of the Bible. We believe that the Bible is God’s Word to humankind, and so we study it in depth, verse-by-verse, and publish our teachings.
  2. What is Torah? Torah is a Hebrew word meaning teaching or instruction. It is also the word for the first 5 books of the Bible.
  3. Does Torah Class only teach the first 5 books of the bible (the Torah)? We started out more than 10 years ago with that intention, but things changed! We now have lessons for most of the books of the Old Testament and add to it each week. We have many lessons on the New Testament as well.
  4. Why teach the Old Testament? The Old Testament makes up about 60% of the entire bible. When we ignore it, we ignore the bulk of God’s Word. The Old Testament (which is valuable in and of itself) is alive and well and forms the necessary basis for proper understanding of the New Testament.
  5. Is there a charge or fee for taking Torah Class lessons? No! It’s free. No gimmicks. The local Torah Class congregation pays for the Torah Class website as a ministry (although donations are needed and welcomed).
  6. Do I have to sign-up or register for Torah Class? Yes. Please click on Log in/Register at the top of the Homepage,  and then Register Now. Registration is free.
  7. Is there a certain order I’m supposed to take the lessons? We recommend that you begin at Genesis and go in order of the books of the bible to get the most from Torah Class; however, it is up to the needs and purposes of each individual.
  8. What does Torah Class teach? Torah Class teaches the Bible in verse-by-verse exegetical form, from Genesis to Revelation. We tend to concentrate mostly on the Old Testament because that has traditionally been the least studied and understood part of the bible by Christians.
  9. Does Torah Class believe in and teach the New Testament? Yes of course! However, we see the Old Testament as critically important because it forms the foundation for a proper context and understanding of the New Testament, and it answers many theological questions that the New Testament doesn’t address.
  10. Does Torah Class think that gentiles need to become Jews to worship Jesus? No! There is no need for a gentile to “become a Jew” and coming to salvation does not physically change gentiles to Jews, or Jews to gentiles.
  11. Does Torah Class try to turn Christians to Judaism? No. We do not advocate gentile Christians observing Judaism, nor do we as a congregation practice Judaism.
  12. Is the Law still valid, or is it dead and gone and nailed to the cross? Torah Class teaches the reality that Jesus Himself taught at His Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:17-20 that the Law remains alive, and that not the tiniest bit of it will be abolished until Heaven and Earth pass away. The issue is how to use and apply it in the life of a modern day Believer, in various cultures, as guided by the Holy Spirit within us.
  13. Does the Law save us? No. Only Yeshua, Jesus Christ, saves us. The Law is NOT for salvation, and NEVER was for salvation. Rather it explains what sin is, and it lays out God’s divine principles by which every Believer in the God of Israel is to live AFTER they’ve been redeemed.
  14. Does violating the Law affect or even end our salvation? No. Violating the Law is called sin, and Yeshua died to atone for our sins (our violations of the Law).
  15. Do you celebrate the Jewish (Biblical) Feasts? Yes we do. The 7 biblical feasts were not only ordained by God to be observed literally, they were also prophetic of Messiah’s ministry and foreshadows the redemptive process. It is also a means for Christians to identify with the Jewish people as our elder brothers and sisters in the faith and to join with them in common celebration of our mutual God.
  16. Do you celebrate Christmas and Easter? We understand and agree with the desire to celebrate Christ’s birth and resurrection. Yet Christmas and Easter are undeniably manmade celebrations that over time have been co-opted by the secular world and so we have chosen different occasions to celebrate the Believer’s intent of Christmas and Easter. Therefore, while there is no God-ordained biblical feast after which we can model a celebration of Jesus’ birth, there is a 3 part series of God-ordained biblical festivals that precisely speak of His death, entombment, and resurrection: the Biblical Feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Firstfruits. We celebrate those feasts in lieu of Easter.
  17. Does Torah Class celebrate the birth of Jesus? Yes. But we have chosen to celebrate it on Hanukkah. We know that He was not born on Hanukkah (and neither was He born on December 25th!) and that Hanukkah was not created for that purpose; however, it does afford us an occasion to remember and thank the Lord for the birth of Our Savior. And it gives us another way to be celebrating at the same time as our Jewish friends.
  18. Does Torah Class observe a Saturday Sabbath? Yes. There is historically and biblically no such thing as a “Sunday” Sabbath. Saturday is the 7th day, while Sunday is the 1st day of every week. Sunday was designated as the “Lord’s Day” circa 350 A.D. by the Roman Church at the Synod of Laodicea, and at the same time Sabbath for gentile Christians was officially abolished by the Roman church leadership. There is only one biblical Sabbath: the 7th day, Saturday (Friday sundown to Saturday sundown as reckoned by the Hebrew day). Sabbath was ordained at Creation and it remains a holy day for all mankind to observe.
  19. Is the Law for Jews only, and Christ for gentiles only? The Law and Christ are for both Jew and gentile, but the Law and Christ each have different purposes. The Law is not a means of salvation for Jews, and Christ an alternative means of salvation meant only for gentiles.
  20. Does Torah Class think it’s wrong to meet on Sunday? No. Torah Class also meets on Sundays as well as Saturdays. That the bulk of the Church meets to worship on Sunday is a perfectly good thing for all Believers. However, meeting on Sundays is NOT Sabbath observance and it should not be mistaken as such.
  21. Should Jews who become “Christians” go to a traditional gentile Church? That is entirely up to the individual. If a Jewish Believer prefers to go to a traditional Church, great. Often a Messianic Synagogue is more comfortable for a Messianic Jew because they tend to hold their services in a more culturally Jewish setting. Messianic Synagogues are Jewish synagogues where Yeshua (Jesus) is worshipped as the Messiah. But no Jew who comes to belief in Yeshua should be asked to give up any element of his or her Jewishness. There is NO biblical or spiritual requirement for a Jew to stop being Jewish when he or she comes to faith in Messiah.
  22. Is Torah Class part of the Hebrew Roots movement? Hebrew Roots or Jewish Roots is a term that has been abused, misused, and not precisely defined. In one sense it merely means to acknowledge that the Christian faith sprung from the Hebrew faith, has a Jewish Messiah, and that our holy text (the bible) is a Hebrew document written entirely by Hebrews. In another sense Hebrew Roots indicates a love for (and spiritual connection with) Israel and the Jewish people, and an acknowledgement that Jesus did NOT create a new religion of, by, and for gentiles. Torah Class believes in these first two tenets. However, some other folks have taken a rather different view and tend to ask their gentile adherents to more or less “become Jews” often by observing many Orthodox Jewish Traditions, and also thinking that by becoming saved a gentile literally goes through a physical transformation of some kind and becomes a physical Jew or national Israelite. Torah Class does NOT accept this because it has no biblical basis.
  23. What is a Messianic Jew? A Messianic Jew is merely another name for a Jewish person who has come to faith in Yeshua (Christ). Usually a Jew who calls himself a “Messianic” attends a Messianic Synagogue as opposed to a traditional Church, and may observe some number of cultural Jewish Traditions, but otherwise believes essentially the same as a gentile Christian and relies on the same Savior.
  24. Are Jesus and Yeshua different people? No, they’re the same person. Jesus is an Anglo-Saxon name given to Our Messiah by English speakers as a result of the bible being translated from Hebrew and Greek into the European languages. Since He was born a Jew, to Jewish parents, in the Jewish Holy Land, He of course was given a Hebrew (not an English!) name by his parents. His given name was Yeshua (Hebrew meaning God Saves). In Torah Class we acknowledge both names as valid, but favor “Yeshua” as it is His real and original name in His own language and culture and is easily pronounceable.
  25. Is Yeshua (Jesus) God? Yes He is. Jesus is 100% God, and 100% man. He is one with the Father and the Holy Spirit. They are not separate “gods”.
  26. Does Torah Class stand with Israel? Yes. We see Israel as God’s land, given as a permanent inheritance to the Israelites. Therefore we affirm Israel as a Jewish State, and that all the land described in the bible as belonging to Israel still belongs to Israel alone even if at the moment some of that land is either disputed or not fully in their possession..
  27. Does Torah Class support Israel with ministries and money? Yes. Seed of Abraham Torah Class supports, owns and operates HolyLand Marketplace. HolyLandMarketplace.com is an online store that sells products made primarily by Believers living in Israel. The store is staffed by unpaid volunteers, is not-for-profit, and all proceeds are used to benefit Israeli Believers. Seed of Abraham also has two ministries located in Israel. LoveIsrael.org operates a Messianic Learning Center and transmits Bible teaching on various cable and satellite TV stations in the Middle East and America. Hope For Israel is operated by Jewish Believers and designed to serve the Israeli people in a variety of ways from offering Biblical proof of the Gospel for those who seek it, to helping the needy, even building rocket-proof shelters for protection from attacks.
  28. Has the Church replaced Israel (replacement theology)? No. The Church has joined Israel, but has not replaced Israel. The “joining” that Paul calls “grafted in” takes place on a spiritual level. Israel remains the apple of God’s eye and His chosen people; He has not rejected them in favor of the gentile Church. Israel remains at the center of God’s plan of redemption and one of the proofs of this is their miraculous return to their homeland in 1948.
  29. Is Torah Class and Seed of Abraham Ministries “two house”? There is an erroneous doctrine floating about that says that because Israel was divided into two “houses”, one of those houses (called Ephraim) has become the gentile Church. We do NOT believe this as it is but a subtle form of Supersessionism (Replacement Theology). Rather, there is no doubt that historically and Biblically Israel was split into two houses (the house of Judah and the house of Ephraim-Israel) after King Solomon died; and these 2 houses together make up the whole house of Israel. Ezekiel 37 explains that these 2 houses (consisting of Hebrews) shall remain separated by exile until the Jews return and Israel is re-born as a nation (which has happened). Then the other house, Ephraim-Israel, will come to join them. This process is currently underway. 

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