What we do
Petach Tikvah is committed to help in Gods restoration plan for Israël. Our ‘dna’ is a community of prayer, worship, fellowship, training & support. We are located on a special spot of Holland, close to the former camp Westerbork.
Back to the basics
After all, the Bible is a Jewish book, recorded by Jews. We want to go back to the movement Yeshua started. Twenty centuries of ‘Christian’ anti-Semitism have, unfortunately, taken away any sight upon recognition of their very own Messiah, from the Jews. Nevertheless, the embracing of Jesus as Messiah by the Jewish people is the key to a world-wide awakening (Romans 11:15) and even to the returning of Israel’s Messiah, Jesus.
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Worship and Prayer
Worship is more than just singing to our God. God is a God of relationship and He wants to meet you. Worship is something you do 24/7. It means you commit yourself to God and express your thankfulness and appreciation in your daily life. The first (Messianic) congregation was a worshipping movement and God’s authority and power was upon them.
In Acts 15:14-17 God announces the restoration of the crumbled tent of David following by a world-wide awakening. The secret of this tent (Hosea) was that David had direct contact with God every day, there was no separation between God and David. God wants to restore that, in our lives and especially in Israel.
To train & to equip
We don’t just help you to find your identity (who you are) and destiny (what is God’s plan for you) in Jesus, we also offer you a challenging environment to develop your character. After all, leaders know what it is to serve and then teach discipleship to others. Jesus was our example in this. By equipping we mean that it is not enough to just have spiritual knowledge.
Israel and the Jewish people
We acknowledge Jesus as the Jewish Messiah and his words to Messianic believers in Israel. In the Bible you can read that Israel is God’s key that will put a worldwide awakening into motion. Paul even speaks about ‘reviving from the death’ if Jews accept their Messiah, Jesus. The second coming won’t be before Israel welcomes him as their Messiah (Matthew 23:39).
Paul even says that non-Jewish believers have received the blessing with a goal: to make the Jews jealous (Romans 11:11). It’s a task (!), but the sad thing is that churches hardly see it these days. The fact that this is a satanic battle becomes clear by centuries of ‘Christian’ bloodshed which is the result of replacement-teachings (the teaching that the church has replaced Israel). Don’t think this battle stopped in our days: it’s alive in subtle ways in many churches today.
We believe in a congregation (Ephesians 2:13-16) in which Jewish and non-Jewish believers are one in Jesus without having to give up their identity. We don’t want to convert Jews to the Christian beliefs with all its habits, which by the way, often have a gentile or even anti-Semitic origins. Jews who proclaim Jesus to be their Messiah remain completely Jewish, so with preservation of identity, including Biblical celebrations like the Sabbath, Passover, Yom Kippur and Sukkot.
Practical help, servantship, evangelism
We are aware that only by the Holy Spirit we’re able to make a part of this way of life visible to others. Jesus promised that many supernatural signs will follow those who believe (Mark 16:15-20).
35 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:35-40)
Community and hospitality
We take a lot of time for worship and prayer, we want to meet God and help each other to follow Jesus. Hospitality is important to us: we want people to be and feel welcome. Jesus gives us the assignment to love one another:
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35)