Jewish Roots of Christianity
Knowing the roots of our faith…will release the richness of their nourishment.
Times of Refreshing Come…when we follow the stream of our faith back to the fresh waters of its source. Our faith in God, as Christians, is purified from confusing doctrines and deepened by wisdom and understanding when we allow God to open the floodgates of truth.
Abraham is father to all who, by faith, receive the grace found in Messiah, as seen in Romans 4:13-23:
13 It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 14 For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless, 15 because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.
16 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. 17 As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.
18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22 This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” 23 The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, 24 but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. NIV
In writing to Gentiles in Rome, Paul explains the Jewish roots of their (and the Church of today’s) faith:
11 I say then, have they (Israel) stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles. 12 Now if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness! 13 For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, 14 if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them. 15 For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?
16 For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches.17 And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, 18 do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you. (Romans 11: 11-18) NKJV
Jewish Roots Resources
Website Choice Video Series on Jewish Roots
Our Jewish Roots: A Six-Part Video Series by Dr. Dean Haun, President/Founder of Harvest of Israel
Our Jewish Roots: The Source & Sustenance of Our Faith
The Jewish Roots of Our Savior
Rediscovering the Jewish Roots of Scripture
The Jewish Roots of Our Salvation
The Jewish Roots of Our Society
The Jewish Roots of the Second Coming of Christ
Articles, Books, Videos & Other Resources
Is the Old Testament relevant for Christians nowadays?
More videos from our ministry partner One For Israel
To the Ends of the Earth Ministries
What About Us? (The Israel/Church relationship explained)
Messianic Jewish Publishers & Resources
Bridges for Peace Resources
Why Should Christians Care About the Jewish Roots of Christianity?
The Church and Replacement Theology, by Eddie Hart
Replacement Theology & Five Principles of Hermeneutics by Rabbi Greg Hershberg, Beth Yeshua International, Macon, GA
Disclaimer: Please ask the Holy Spirit to give you discernment as you read. Scripture is your standard for truth. If you read something that is not in line with God’s inspired Word, don’t receive it. Harvest of Israel does not approve of anything unscriptural you may run across as you explore these resources.
Harvest of Israel Events
Harvest of Israel Events are your church or organization’s opportunity to return to the source of our faith. A Harvest of Israel representative will help explain:
…the Jewish roots of our faith
…the sovereign work of restoration God is doing among the Jewish people during our lifetime
…the responsibility of the Church to Israel at “such a time as this”
…the opportunities God has made available through Harvest of Israel for you to join God in blessing Israel.
The Church does not replace Israel as God’s Chosen People. True Jews and true Gentile believers are those who have Abraham’s faith.