Romans 11:17 "you, a wild olive, were grafted in among them, have become equal sharers in the rich root of the olive tree."
1. 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. Since it is the foundation for the New Testament, The Old Testament answers many theological questions that the New Testament doesn’t address.
2. Do you believe in Hebrew Roots? Romans 11 very clearly states that gentile believers were grafted into the great and mighty promises of God through Christ Jesus. Since we are now part of the family of God, it is only fitting that we learn to connect with the culture of the family we have been adopted into (Romans 8:15-17). Our spiritual family heritage, Biblical writings, and Messiah are distinctly Hebrew so we are missing out in our understanding if we neglect to learn in the context of our faith.
3. Does IACM try to turn Christians to Judaism? No. We do not advocate gentile Christians practicing observant Judaism, nor do we practice observant Judaism, but is of great benefit for gentiles to understand the context of Jewish worship and participate as they feel led. Because of the Holy Spirit indwelling a believer, a believer is able to see the kingdom of God (John 3) whether they know about the feasts or not. The Biblical Feasts and Jewish context of scripture are very helpful in learning, but are not mandatory for salvation.
4. Is the Law still valid? Very much so, but Jesus's sacrifice on the cross ratified the new covenant and transformed the way it is expressed. The law was not done away with, but fulfilled through Christ as Jesus Himself taught at His Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:17-20. 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.
6. Does the Law save us? No. Only 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.
6. Does violating the Law affect or even end our salvation? No. Violating the Law is called sin, and Jesus died to atone for our sins (our violations of the Law).
7. Should we call our Messiah Jesus or Yeshua? It depends on the context of who we are speaking to. This website is geared primarily for equipping Gentile believers who are new to Jewish roots so we use terminology which is most familiar to them. The purpose of this is to build a bridge and not a wall, which is in keeping with Paul's ministry approach in 1 Corinthians 9:19-22. "I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some". NKJV
8. Do you celebrate the Jewish (Biblical) Feasts and the Sabbath? Yes, but we do not follow a strict code or set of rules. Our worship reflects the freedom Christ purchased for us and we celebrate as the Lord moves on our hearts. The Biblical Feasts and the Sabbath give us great understanding of our Messiah’s ministry. Therefore understanding and operating in them is very beneficial to our faith. They help solidify our identity as children of God and help us to relate to our Jewish brethren. Without them we would not be here and it is important to reach out to them especially as we strive to tell people about the good news of Christ Jesus.
9. 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.
10. Does IACM stand with Israel? Yes! Israel is not just a country, but is a divinely chosen land with divinely chosen people which God has a covenant with. Genesis 1:1-3 declares that "God will bless those who bless you, but I will curse anyone who curses you." It is important for us to be a blessing to Israel!