Q? What does "Shabbat Shalom" mean?
A."Shabbat Shalom" is a traditional greeting that means "Peaceful Sabbath."
Q? What does "Kehilat Sar Shalom" mean?
A. It means "House of the Prince of Peace."
Q? What is a Messianic Congregation?
A. The most distinguishing characteristic of our Messianic congregation is that it is Messiah-focused and Spirit-led, knowing that he wants a personal relationship with all who proclaim Him as Lord. We study Scripture from a first-century Hebrew perspective and strive to worship as Yeshua and the disciples. (See Acts 2:43-47 and our Statement of Faith and Vision)
Q? Why do you call Jesus "Yeshua?"
A. "Yeshua" means "salvation" In Hebrew and was the name he heard while on this earth. "Jesus" is a translation of a translation, first from the Hebrew to Greek "Iesous" and then to the English "Jesus," losing much meaning.
Q? Are you Jewish?
A. Many of us are Jewish, but most of our members are non-Jews who choose to worship the God of Israel. We do not make distinctions between Jew and Gentile, as all are one in Messiah (Galatians 3:28).
Q? Are you Christians?
A. "Christian" is taken form the Greek word "Christanos" and means "followers of Christ." While we are believers in Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah, we prefer to call ourselves "Messianic believers" to recognize our Hebraic heritage. Messiah is the Hebraic term for the one sent by God to redeem His people.
Q? What is the Torah, and why do you make such a big deal over it?
A. The Torah is the first five books of the Bible and it reveals Messiah Yeshua. The Book of Hebrews tells us "Behold, in the volume of the Scroll it is written of me" and then goes on to say that "me refers to Messiah. Torah literally means "instruction," not "law" as is commonly understood. In the Torah, we can learn the theological concepts expressed in the rest of the Bible, such as sin, sacrifice, salvation, and redemption. Everything in the Torah points to Messiah! One of the titles for Yeshua is "the living Word" or "the living Torah," so when we display the Torah Scroll, it is to remind us of Yeshua. We do not observe Torah in order to be saved; Torah is the lifestyle for the already-redeemed.
Q? Isn't all Scripture equally inspired?
A. We believe the Holy Scripture in its original text to be the infallible Word of God.
Q? Why do you worship on Saturday instead of Sunday?
A. We worship on the seventh day because it was the day that God called holy. The Shabbat, or Sabbath is a day of rest given by God to Adam and later to Israel as an eternal covenant. Since our God is unchanging, we believe it is His desire that we keep the Sabbath. The Shabbat is a day to focus on God and fellowship with His people - a day to remember God's deliverance, to rest, and to honor God by "not going our own way" or "doing as we please" (Isaiah 58:13). The early believers met on the Sabbath (Acts 2:46; Acts 13:14,42,44; Acts 16:13; Acts 18:4) and we will worship on the Sabbath in the Messianic kingdom (Isaiah 66:23).
Q? Why do you celebrate Jewish festivals instead of Christian holidays?
A. What are known as "Jewish holidays" are really Feasts of the LORD. They are appointed times for all God's people, and we are commanded by God to observe them. Their very substance is Messianic and everything about them teaches and points us to Messiah. We celebrate them to learn more of Messiah and keep God's commands.
Q? What does "Oneg" mean?
A. "Oneg" is the Hebrew word for "delight." The Lord asks His people to delight in His Sabbath. The meal and fellowship we share as a congregation following the Sabbath service is truly a delight! Visitors are encouraged to stay for the Oneg following the service.
Q? Do you eat kosher?
A. Not in the sense that "kosher" is understood by observant Jews today. While some members in our congregation do maintain a kosher diet in this sense, it is important to understand that the rabbis developed many extra-Biblical laws that we do not enforce. However, we do not eat animals that the Torah tells us are unclean.
Q? How do you select the passage of Scripture each week?
A. The "parashat" or portion of Scripture read each Sabbath is in keeping with the ancient Jewish tradition of reading through the Torah in a yearly cycle. This tradition goes back to the time of Ezra and Nehemiah, and is referred to by the Apostle Paul in Acts 15:21: "For Moses has been proclaimed in every city from the earliest times and is read in the meeting places on every Sabbath."
Q? Why do you keep your eyes on the Torah while it's in motion?
A. It is a reminder to us to always keep our eyes on God's Word. You will notice some showing other signs of affection and respect for God's Word.
Q? Why do you quote from rabbinical sources like the Mishnah and Talmud? Do you consider them inspired?
A. No, we do not accept the body of Jewish literature as inspired by God, but we do believe these sources can be valuable in helping us to understand the culture and context of Scripture.
Q? What is the Amidah?
A. The Amidah refers to the "standing prayers" and were the prayers given by God for the Temple services. They are referred to in Acts 3:1-2.
Q? Why do you observe Jewish traditions?
A. Acts 21:20 tells us that "myriads" (which translated means "tens of thousands") of Jews believed and were zealous for the Law (Torah). Jesus is a Jew, and the disciples were Jewish. They dressed like Jews, worshiped in the Synagogue, observed the dietary laws of the Torah, and celebrated the holidays. Later Christian theology often pares Jesus against Judaism, but the anti-Jewish Jesus is not the biblical Yeshua. Instead, it is a creation of the anti-Semetic and anti-Torah climate of the developing Gentile church. To remove Jesus from His Jewish context is to misunderstand Him.
Q? Is there a dress code at Kehilat Sar Shalom?
A. Yes, Click Here.