Baptist Messianic Fellowship
in Yeshua recently asked me this question.
do Messianic Jews use liturgy during Worship Services?
following is my answer to my brother.
Messianic Jews Use Liturgy During Their Worship Services
was recently asked why Messianic Jewish Believers use liturgy form a
Messianic Jewish Siddur, in their
Worship Services. The answer
is simple. Here are some
The liturgy that we use in our Worship Services relates directly to
The liturgy that we use illustrates the Truth in the Word.
The liturgy that we use comes from the liturgy used in Jewish
The liturgy that we use in our Messianic Worship Services
illustrates the Mashiach (Christ) that is in the original Jewish liturgy.
The liturgy that Messianic Jews use will teach our members the
prayers, praise and worship, Jewish people use in their Worship Services.
This liturgy is the Word and the regular usage of it is a way to
teach it to our brothers and sisters in the L-rd.
Speaking on a common ground can speak the Truth to those who
don’t know Yeshua or understand the connection between Abba, Yeshua (the
Son) and the Ruach HaKodesh.
The Siddur is an order of service prayer book, known to Jewish people and
Messianic Jews alike. The liturgy in the Siddur that Messianic
Believers use, is ordered to be similar to the order of Service in a
Jewish Synagogue's Siddur.
are three distinct and main functions in our use of Hebraic Jewish
This is how we worship the L-rd. Different people groups have different ways that they
communicate their Worship to the L-rd.
As Jews we worshiped using Biblical Hebrew in the Word in song,
prayer and praise. As
Messianic Believers we do the same thing.
You may know that there are prayers and teachings in some Jewish
Siddurs (Jewish Prayer Books) that relate to salvation by works.
As Messianic Believers we omit these prayers related to the works
of man to Salvation. We
understand where our Salvation comes from. (Titus 3:4-7; Philippians
3:7-11; Romans 11:5-6)
comes by believing in Mashiach Yeshua, asking Him to be L-rd of our lives
and asking Him to forgive our sins. He
is the blood sacrifice for the sins of the world (Romans 6:5-11).
There is no Temple to bring our sacrifice for sin.
G-d knew that the Temple would be destroyed. He came to the world
in the form of the Son of Man to be the only true sacrifice for our sins.
When you teach someone about Yeshua you need to speak in a way that
they will understand (Acts 2:1-16).
When you teach the truth in Mashiach to Jewish people, you need to
speak their language. Using the liturgy that Jews have used since they first came
to a Worship Service, brings them to an understanding that the same L-rd
is L-rd of all. The same G-d
is G-d for all. There is only
one True G-d and the G-d of the Christians is the same one as they have
worshiped, all their lives (John 17:1-5).
"In our contact
with the saints we should have only one motive: To minister Mashiach
(Christ) to them so that they may grow in the L-rd. Then G-d will send His Word as the rain and snow that water
his people to sanctify, transform, and conform them to His image for the
building up of the Body." (Marty Roberts, Chicago, Illinois) (Isaiah
55:10-11; Ephesians 4:15-16).
We must build up the Saints (ha'Kadoshim) in
Mashiach so they can go out to tell the Good News of Salvation in Yeshua
to others. Saints who are healthy in their relationship with Yeshua,
pass on the gift of Salvation to others. (2 Timothy 1:13; Titus 1:9)
are required to teach our brothers and sisters in the L-rd to speak forth
the Truth to all people groups. To
do this we must teach them to speak in a language and way that those
people groups will understand.
Jewish Blessings and Prayers that Messianic Believers use illustrate
the Christ (Mashiach) in the language that a Jewish person understands.
I am not speaking just about the Hebrew language.
I am speaking about a paradigm view and understanding from that
viewpoint. (Acts 2:1-16)
Jewish person will not come to Services on a day other than the Shabbat
(The Sabbath). Besides
believing in keeping the Sabbath many Messianic Jews meet on the Sabbath
to open the doors to Jewish people who also wish to keep the Sabbath.
Most Messianic Believers and Jewish people alike believe that the
Words of Leviticus 23 are Laws that G-d has given us to worship Him. We Believers know that this is not a matter of salvation.
Salvation is a free gift of grace, given to those who choose the
true Messiah, Mashiach Yeshua. Most Messianic Believers understand that Salvation is not about
our works, but His grace (Titus 3:4-7; Philippians 3:7-11; Romans
11:5-6; Ephesians 2:4-10;).
We understand that keeping the Shabbat has no connection to our
salvation. Keeping the
Shabbat is about honoring G-d. Messianic Believers Worship G-d on His Shabbat to honor Him and lead
Jewish people to Yeshua, by offering them the venue of a Worship that they
job here on earth is to lead others to G-d so they can make a choice to
follow Him or not (Deuteronomy 30:19-20).
As Messianic Believers
we teach the Truth in the Word, the whole Word
(the Tanach and the Brit Hadashah). In
other words we teach the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation (2Timothy
liturgy we use illustrates the connection between the Tanach and the
Brit Hadashah (the Old Testament and the New Testament).
purpose and reasons are obvious. There
are three functions in the good work we do in Mashiach.
When it is not about bringing others to Yeshua we should forget
about it. If it is not about our gaining more of Yeshua in our
lives, we must forget about it. If it is not about Yeshua we better
forget about it. It is about Him, and service to Him. He is
the giver of Salvation. We can do nothing except choose Life in
Yeshua and yet He chose us first (John 15:6-17).
learn how to speak Christ to specific people groups we should ask those
who minister Christ to those people groups.
All questions are welcome. Our
job at the SBMF is to equip others to speak forth Mashiach Yeshua to our
Jewish kinsman. I pray that
this helps you understand why we use a Messianic Jewish Siddur (Messianic
Jewish Prayer Book) in our Worship services.
the Word in love to all.
These are the Words of Yeshua. As Christians we speak the Word forth
to tell the Good News. How often do we use the following to tell the
Good News of Yeshua? This is also using liturgy.
there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; this
man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, " Rabbi, we know that You
have come from G-d as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do
unless G-d is with him." Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly,
truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of G-d."
Nicodemus said to Him,
"How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time
into his mother's womb and be born, can he?" Jesus answered, "Truly,
truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot
enter into the kingdom of G-d. "That
which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is
spirit. "Do not be amazed
that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'
" The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it,
but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who
is born of the Spirit." Nicodemus
said to Him, "How can these things be?" Jesus answered and said to
him, "Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these
things? "Truly, truly, I
say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and
you do not accept our testimony. "If
I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I
tell you heavenly things? "No
one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of
Man. "As Moses lifted up
the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up;
so that whoever believes will in Him have
eternal life. "For
G-d so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever
believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
"For G-d did not send the Son into the world to judge the world,
but that the world might be saved through Him.
"He who believes in Him is not judged; he
who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in
the name of the only begotten Son of G-d.
"This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world,
and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.
"For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to
the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
"But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his
deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in G-d." (John
"The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of
G-d is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel."
(Mark 1:15 NASU}
was compiled as a preaching outline by:
to all. “The grace of the Adonai Yeshua Ha'Mashiach, and the love of Elohim, and the fellowship of the Ruach
Ha'Kodesh, be with you all.”
Ha’ba B’Shem Adonai
is he who comes in the name of the L-rd! [Ps
L-rd bless you, and watch over you; The L-rd make His face
shine on you, And be gracious to you; The L-rd lift up His
countenance on you, And give you peace. [Numbers
be with you
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