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!
"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)
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)