Etz Chaiyeem, the Tree of Life Congregation, is dedicated to be a place that honors the Presence, Purpose & Power of the Most High God; Creator & Redeemer of Heaven & Earth, eternally co-existent and revealed in three persons; God, the Father (Elohim, HaAhv), God, the Son (Elohim, HaBeyn) & God, the Holy Spirit (Elohim, HaRuach HaKodesh).
We choose to give pre-eminence to Y’shua (Jesus) the Messiah, in ALL things, as He has endured unimaginable pain & horror when He suffered and died for our sin, purchasing us as His eternal, spotless Bride, with His own blood, satisfying the incalculable, universal debt of sin for ALL Humanity, throughout ALL time & eternity.
We desire to live a Biblically authentic New Covenant Jewish life before God as is defined by the root meaning of the word “Jew,” which is from Judah (Yehuda) which means “Praise.” Our primary focus on Jewish life & practice will be those traditions, practices & beliefs which will ignite our faith to passionate demonstration of who God is and why we believe in Y’shua as the long awaited, promised Messiah, foretold by Moses & the Prophets.
We will diligently seek to love & honor both God and man as we live out our faith individually and corporately. ALL of our services or ministry functions will endeavor to give opportunity for each member of the ONE NEW MAN (Jew & Gentile, Male & Female, Young & Old, Rich & Poor; ONE in Messiah) to be used in their God given gifts, enriching the Tree of Life and ultimately blessing those we touch in our sphere of influence. Our purpose is not to be a “Bless Me Club,” but to take what we learn in our corporate times together and share it with others, touching and changing their lives in a REAL and tangible way.
Mat. 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go therefore, and teach all nations, immersing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost (the LORD Y’shua, the Messiah (the Anointed One): Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, behold, I AM with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
We will make Worship, Word & Witness priorities in our services as well as in our daily lives. Our primary mission is to make Disciples (Talmideem = devoted Students of the Master Rabbi, Y’shua, Jesus the Messiah) in the Biblical order of Covenant connection, to the Jews first and then to ALL Nations. It is not enough for us to just believe in God; we must live out our faith through words & deeds that will have the result that His Kingdom will come & His will, will be done, in Earth (in each of our lives and the lives of those we impact) as it is in Heaven.
Mark 16:15-20 And Y’shua said unto them, Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is immersed shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
Isa 61:1-4 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness (trees of Life), the planting of the LORD, that He might be glorified. And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.
1Cor. 14:26 How is it then, brethren? when you come together, every one of you has a psalm, has a doctrine, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
Thusly, we will seek to implement Mark 16:15-20 & Isaiah 61:1-6 in our lives every day, and 1 Corinthians 14:26, whenever we gather together. Our highest goal is to bring honor & glory to God in all we say and do, covering the Earth with the knowledge & glory of God, as the waters cover the sea.
We are a 5-Fold Ministry Training Center. We welcome apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors (rabbis) & teachers. This is the model used in the 1st Century New Covenant assemblies to equip the Believers for the work of the Ministry. This Biblical pattern was meant to be continually used until we all come into the fullness of maturity in Messiah, which obviously has not happened yet. Rather than have just one person doing ALL the teaching, we allow those God calls & sends to us, to impart a more balanced, well-rounded spiritual diet of the Whole Counsel of God! So we have chosen to receive all those that God truly sends to us (those we are in covenant relationship with or come highly endorsed by those we trust) and allow Him to unwrap the gifts that He is giving to bless, strengthen, encourage, heal & build us up in our faith.
Ephesians 4:11-16 And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Messiah: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Messiah:
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Messiah: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
We are no longer accepting a faith that is only reasonable, worship that is barely adequate & lives that are basically average and ordinary. Our vision & mission is to SO radically give our lives to God each day, with such complete surrender; that He can use us anywhere, at any time, to do anything He wants us to. Sounds pretty exciting, eh? Come on, let’s get on with the adventure of a Living Faith, serving the one true God of limitless love!
The following quotation gives a succinct and penetrating insight into the kind of ALL IN commitment we are challenging each other to make as we press on to know the LORD!
The Fellowship Of The Unashamed was written by Dr. Bob Moorehead. The following is an excerpt from his book, “Words Aptly Spoken.” According to Dr. Moorehead’s son, a man in Africa who was murdered for his faith had a copy of this prayer on him when he was martyred.
I’m part of the Fellowship of the Unashamed. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I’m a disciple of Y’shua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah) and I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.
My past is redeemed. My present makes sense. My future is secure. I’m done and finished with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living, and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need preeminence, lavish wealth, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, or first, or tops, or recognized, or praised, or rewarded. I live by faith, lean on His Presence, walk by patience, lift everything in prayer, and labor by Holy Spirit power.
My face is set. My gait is fast. My goal is Heaven. My road may be narrow, my way rough, my companions few, but my Guide is reliable and my mission is clear.
I will not be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed.
I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice or hesitate in the presence of the adversary. I will not negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I won’t give up, shut up, or let up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and preached up for the cause of my Messiah.
I am a disciple of Jesus the Messiah, the Holy One of Israel. I must give until I’m spent, preach until all know, and work until He comes. And when He does come for His own, He’ll have no problem recognizing me. My colors will be clear!