Shalom! We are “House of New Beginnings” … Beit Chadash. We are a Spirit-filled, Spirit-driven Congregation of Jews and Gentiles committed to leading people to The Life that God Intends for them… the life He has always intended for them. The world is full of people who are walking around but are not awake; people who are breathing, but are not truly alive.
OUR PASSION is that every person would truly come alive by receiving the Breath of God that only comes through trusting in Messiah Yeshua, so that they will live the life that God intends — that God has always intended, truly alive to the love and beauty of their Creator and fully alive to their purpose.
To a hurting, hopeless, and cynical world, we are called to authentically declare with our lives and with our words His life-giving message of Love, Hope, Freedom and ongoing True and Genuine Transformation. He makes new.
In the midst of the desert, the Life-giving River of His Spirit flows, bringing life, healing and newness. Nearly 100 years after Isaiah prophesied of this chadash - this new thing - of Rivers in the desert, the Jewish prophet Ezekiel prophetically spoke of a "River" flowing from the very Most Holy Place, the Sanctuary of God... flowing into the desert and transforming the desert and the Dead Sea, the Salt Sea, into a sea teeming with life! He wrote, "So everything will be healed and live wherever the river goes" (Ezekiel 47:9)... "On the River, on its bank, on this side and that side, will grow every kind of tree for food. its leaf will not wither; its fruit will not fail; it will bear new fruit every month, because its water flows out from the Sanctuary. Its fruit will be for food and its leaf for healing" (Ezek. 47:12)
The Lord can transform the desert of your brokenness into something NEW... teeming with life. He won't force it, but He invites You to all that He has for you. He is doing a New Thing... a Chadash. And those springs of Living Water can flow from within you! Yeshua said, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture says, 'out of his innermost being will flow rivers of living water'" (John 7:37-39)
YESHUA, THE SALVATION OF "ALL ISRAEL"
We are committed to bringing to our Jewish people and to all the world the life-transforming message that Yeshua is the Messiah and the only hope for salvation. John 14:6: “Yeshua said, "I AM the Way -- and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through me.” In Acts 4:12, two of Yeshua’s Talmidim (who were Jews themselves, of course) stood before the Jewish religious leadership and declared, “Let it be known to you and to all the people of Isra'el that ... there is salvation in no one else! For there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by whom we must be saved!" Placing our faith in Messiah Yeshua, the once and for all sacrifice for our sins, is the only way to be saved. We love our Jewish people - and all people, created in the very image of God - so much that the love of God within us compels us to tell them of Yeshua. We simply must!
COMMITTED TO AUTHENTICITY
(no more fake religion)
God is not interested in fake religious pretensions, and so neither are we. We are committed to being a community of authenticity. The Lord says, "These people come near to me with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, yet their hearts are far from me" (Isaiah 29:13). Yeshua tells us that God desires a people who will worship Him "in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24). He wants our hearts. That's what He's always wanted. And He knows what's really going on anyway, so why play games? So just be honest. If we choose to continue living in denial or to continue performing some religious show in order to impress others or to keep things hidden, we will just find ourselves living in the same destructive isolation that makes us feel trapped or hopeless, and the result will be that nothing of substance will ever change. But... IF we come to the Lord in humility and we walk together in true community, with honesty, then the freedom of a TRUE NEW BEGINNING is available! True and new transformation is available in Messiah Yeshua!
So really, we are committed to NOT PLAYING RIDICULOUS RELIGIOUS GAMES. Why play those games anyway? To impress one another? It doesn't matter what people say. What matters, at the end of it all, is what God says. The Bible says that God "resists the proud - He scoffs at the scoffers - but He gives grace to the Humble" (Proverbs 3:34; Jacob 4:6). "ADONAI is close to the brokenhearted, and saves those crushed in spirit" (Psalm 34:19). If He resists the proud, I don't want Him to resist me. Do you?
What kind of worship is He interested in? Pious pomp?! Nope. "The sacrifices (the gifts God desires) of God are a broken spirit. A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise" (Psalm 51:19). So in This House, we are committed to TRUTH - to the truth of God's Word and to lives of truth - walking in truth and authenticity.
Come in your brokenness, with all your seemingly irreparable flaws, and lay aside all expressions of fake self-righteousness and, in humility, surrender to the Lord. And He will make you new... He will keep making you new... restoring you more and more into the Life He intended for you when He knit you together in your mother's womb (Psalm 139:14-15)
But if you keep clinging to what you think is the answer to life - if you keep clinging to pride and control and self-governance, you're clinging to the very things that are killing you. So the Lord who loves you calls you... saying, "If you will trust Me... trust that I love you - and trust me when I say that if you will lay those things down - lay your way down - then you will finally find real and abundant fulfilling life. (Luke 17:33; Matt 16:25).
transformed to be transformative
Yeshua taught us about the Kingdom of God - about the “Life that God Intends” - and Yeshua also demonstrated for us what Life as God intends looks like! And then He said, “Follow me!… Do as I do!”
In Matthew 28:19-20, Yeshua instructed His followers to “Go and make people from all nations into talmidim (students/disciples)”. Yeshua has TRANSFORMED and is transforming us so that we can be TRANSFORMATIVE in the place where we stand — in our homes, our neighborhoods, our workplace, our schools. Since He loved you enough to transform your desert into an oasis - to restore you to the Life that He intends, He is calling you… calling us… not to hoard that blessing, but rather to go to other ‘desert’ lands and let Him use us to do for them what He has done for us. Having been loved so generously and lavishly, why wouldn’t we share it?
You and I are called to be fully-devoted followers of Messiah, daily being conformed into His likeness - reflecting Life as God Intends. And like Paul, each of us should try to live in such a way so that we can say to others as he did, “Try to imitate me, even as I myself try to imitate the Messiah” (1 Corinthians 11:1).
jEWISH CULTURAL IDENTITY
At House of New Beginnings, you can expect to see sincere and recognizable expressions of Jewish life and practice being lived out in agreement with the Scriptures. For the Jewish families in our congregation, we place value in raising our children to appreciate and understand our Jewish identity and to embrace our Jewish heritage and history, along with the importance of someday teaching their own children that “I do this because of what the lord did for me when I came out of Egypt” (Exodus 13:8) We can live forth the truth in front of our Jewish people that our coming to faith in Messiah Yeshua does not somehow cause us to no longer be Jewish.
Being Jewish and believing in Yeshua (Jesus) are NOT inherently contradictory. In fact, quite the opposite. The prophet Jeremiah spoke of the coming days when the Lord would make a New (Chadash, חדשה) Covenant with the house of Israel and the House of Judah (Jeremiah 31:31-34). In the New Covenant Scriptures, most believers in Yeshua were, in fact, Jewish. Obviously Jesus (Yeshua) was Jewish as were his twelve talmidim and Shaul/Paul.
INTER-MARRIED JEWISH/NON-JEWISH FAMILIES
The largest percentage of the Jewish families in Greater Phoenix are Inter-married families - homes that are trying to figure out, “How can our family as Jew and Gentile dwell together in unity?” As a part of this question, many are trying to answer the question, “How can we raise our children in a way that honors the cultural and faith heritage of each parent?” While most synagogues and churches are missing a key component of what you are seeking, if you are an interfaith Jewish family, we believe you will find the perfect blend of exactly what your family needs here at this House of New Beginnings: Beit Chadash.
Since the entire Bible - the Tanakh (what Christians call the “Old Testament”) and the Brit Chadashah (The “New Testament”) - is a Hebraic book, we feel that it is important that we study and understand the Scriptures from their original Hebraic context. (Read more about Scriptural Continuity). The need to understand the Scriptures in their Hebraic context is not so that we can simply grasp the richness of certain “nuggets of knowledge” -- (if all we walk away with is, “Ahhh... that was interesting”, what’s the point?). By understanding the Hebraic context of the Scriptures, we come to understand the original meaning, i.e. “What was God speaking through those writers to that audience.” Once we have a clear understanding of what was being said then, we can build the bridge to make relevant life application now! The Bible is not just some historical book that happened then. By the power of the Spirit, its life-giving message is living and active (Hebrews 6:4), and has the power to transform our lives.