What do we mean by Messianic?

We are a community of both Jewish and Gentile believers who proclaim Yeshua (Jesus) as the Messiah of Israel. Together we serve as witnesses of G-d's faithfulness to His covenant promises, made to the Jewish people, for all people. it is our desire for all Israel to be saved (Romans 10:1). Jewish and Gentile believers are one in Messiah and have unique opportunities, and responsibilities, in our service to the community around us.

Jewish believers have a unique calling to testify of G-d's faithfulness to His covenant promises (Isaiah 43:10)

Gentile believers have a unique calling to provoke Israel to jealousy (Romans 11:11)

We desire to equip both witnesses of the love of G-d in their unique calling to reach Israel and the nations for Messiah. In Him alone we are perfected and made one body, to the glory of the Father!

I pray not on behalf of these only, but also for those who believe in Me through their message, that they all may become one. Just as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You, so also may they be one in Us, so the world may believe that You sent Me.
— John 17:20-21

Our Mission:

  • "To develop": all congregational systems and activities are to effectively develop our members into Messiah’s likeness. (Romans 8:29; Ephesians 4:12-13)

  • "Messianic disciples": the membership are expected to be faithful followers of Yeshua who embrace HOI’s Messianic values and teaching. (Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 11:11, 31)

  • "Who serve": all the membership actively participate in HOI’s ministries of worship, witness or the word. (Ephesians 4:12, 16)

  • "As witnesses": both our speaking and serving testify to HOI’s Messianic values and teaching at our services and in the community. (Acts 1:8)

  • "To Israel": we communicate G-d’s faithfulness in Messiah to the Jewish people (but not to the exclusion of Gentiles) through teaching, outreach, celebration of the feasts, etc. (Romans 1:16)

  • "And of Israel": we testify to the whole body of Messiah of G-d’s faithfulness to the Jewish people through our teaching, etc. (Romans 11:1-2)

Our Values:

  • We value the congregation (Matthew 16:18)

  • We value ministry by the fellowship (Ephesians 4:12)

  • We value unity of faith (Amos 3:3)

  • We value diversity of service (1 Peter 4:10-11; Luke 10:38-42)

  • We value leadership for effective ministry (Proverbs 29:18)

  • We value clarity and orderliness (1 Corinthians 14:40)

  • We value the testimony of Messiah (Romans 1:16)

  • We value the Messianic form of worship (Romans 11:1-2)

  • We value our children (Psalm 127:3)

  • We value discipleship (Matthew 28:19-20)