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A Messianic Community

Hello! If you are here, you may be looking for a Messianic fellowship in the Boise area of southwestern Idaho. We are a small, growing, and passionate community who loves each other and the Lord. We see the beauty of His Torah and calendar and applying them to our lives, and we highly value learning more about God and drawing close to him through study and worship.

We began meeting just after Sukkot 5776 (Oct. 2015) in our home, and now meet in Meridian. For more information about what to expect in a service, please click here: Shabbat Service. Our services incorporate Spirit-led worship, liturgy, a Torah midrash, and a message. For the current week's Scripture portion, please check here: Torah Portions. We also have a Torah study at 9:30am, and eat lunch together on a weekly basis. You are welcome to join us for any part of our Shabbat day!

 

Meet Mark & Judy

We were both raised in faith-filled homes and felt a calling to ministry at a young age. Shortly after getting married in 2004, we began attending a Messianic Foursquare congregation in the Seattle area. We grew there and formed a foundation for our family until the Lord moved us here to Idaho in 2012. We have felt a strong calling from the Lord for a few years now to form a healthy, vibrant Messianic congregation in the Treasure Valley. We have been waiting on the Lord and His timing, and now feel that the time has come to put hands and feet to our calling! Mark is currently working toward ministerial licensing through the Foursquare denomination and we plan on becoming affiliated with the MJAA as well.

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Torah Kids

Kehilat Yeshua is a family-centered community. As a family with five kids, we know how important it is to teach our children the truth of God's Word, and we believe in the value of modeling worship and study to our children. Families are encouraged to worship together with their children, but we also provide a nursery for those who would like to use it for their younger kids (5 and under).  It is our desire to serve families and help parents reach their children with the love of HaShem, Torah, and community!

Our Vision

To build a thriving Messianic Jewish community in the Treasure Valley that supports, encourages, and strengthens each other and serves as a bridge between Christianity and Judaism.
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Our Values

  • Seeking after God with prayer, worship, and by studying His Word.
  • Honoring God by keeping His Torah, including the Sabbath and holy days.
  • Building a community of authentic relationships rooted in love, dedicated to growing closer to God and one another.
  • Reaching out to the world around us with the love of God.
  • Standing in solidarity with the Jewish people, rejecting replacement theology, as a community of Jews and Gentiles.

What Does “Kehilat Yeshua” Mean?

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Kehilat Yeshua (keh-hee-laht yeh-shoo-ah) is the name of our congregation and it means "Community of Yeshua (Jesus' original name in Hebrew)". A Kehila is a community, a group of people who have come together with shared purpose and in fellowship.

Our Beliefs

  • We believe in one God, a composite unity, as he has revealed himself in the Scriptures. "Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One." (Deuteronomy 6:4) We believe that He is a personal God who created us, and that He exists forever as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe that Yeshua is the Son of God, the promised Messiah of Israel, the Eternal One in whom all the fullness of deity dwells in bodily form, and who is the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us. (John 1:1-14; Colossians 2:9) We believe He came first as the the suffering Messiah to make atonement (covering) for sin and that He will one day return again to reign on earth as King.
  • We believe that the Spirit of God comforts, teaches, leads, indwells and empowers all whom God regenerates. (Acts 1:8, 9:31; 1 John 2:27; John 16:13; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 2 Timothy 1:7) We believe that the Holy Spirit has always existed (Genesis 1:2) and that he is "the Comforter" Yeshua promised would come to his disciples after He was gone. (John 14:15-26)
  • We believe that the Bible, both the Tanach (Old Testament) and the Apostolic Scriptures (New Testament), are the only inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • We believe that all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
  • We believe Yeshua's death and resurrection accomplished the atonement for all who place their faith in him. Whoever trusts in God, in his work alone, is made a new creation in Yeshua, indwelt by the Spirit of God, and is transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of his own Son. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 5, 6)
  • We believe in justification by faith through the grace of God alone, and not by human efforts. One may not earn, merit, or keep this eternal salvation by his own efforts. A new creation is the work of God alone. (Ephesians 2:8-10; Romans 8:29-39)
  • We believe in the spiritual unity and equality of all believers in Yeshua the Messiah. (Ephesians 2:11-22)
    • We believe in the continuity of God's covenants with the Jewish people, the physical people of Israel (Jeremiah 31:35-36 and parallel passages). Part of the fulfillment of these covenants is the physical return of the Jewish people to their promised land. (Deuteronomy 30)
    • We believe that all non-Jewish people who trust in Yeshua are grafted into Israel. While this does not make them Jewish, they are participants in the covenants of promise through adoption. (Ephesians 2:12; Romans 11:11-24; Jeremiah 31:33)
  • We believe that the Torah is a revelation of the righteousness of God and a description (along with the rest of Scripture) of the lifestyle of the redeemed community. (Matthew 5:17-19; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • We believe in the literal, physical return of Messiah to rule and reign upon the throne of David in Jerusalem. (Zechariah 14; Revelation 19-20)

(We do not ascribe to any of the following doctrinal offshoots of Messianic faith: One-Law, Two-House, Lunar Sabbath/Moon Sighting, or Sacred Name.)

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For more information about what we believe, click on these links below:

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