Who are we?
We are Messianic Believers, meaning we believe that the promised Messiah of Israel has come. His name is Yeshua! We need him because He is our only hope to live life in the way the Creator of the Universe intended.
God created us in His image for a personal and eternal relationship with Him. He wants us to be encircled by His love and live at peace with all His creation. There is no need to describe how far this is from our reality. The Bible says clearly what the reason is: sin. The root of the word sin in Hebrew is ח.ט.א. In use, this word means there is a designated target that we have failed to hit. As a result, we experience the completely destructive consequences of that failure. Every attempt humans make to solve the problem of sin fails. Neither ignoring sin, nor relying on intelligence or emotion, nor following any form of spiritualism or religion can remove sin or help us hit God's target of righteousness. As the Bible describes the depth of this problem, it also describes the singular solution: the Messiah, who will bring redemption to all, who will be the atoning lamb without blemish who will take on Himself the payment for sin. To those who trust in Him, God promises complete forgiveness of sins, true peace and eternal life.
We are here today because the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac,
and Jacob keeps His promises!
We believe that God wants the community at Beit Eliyahu to be a place where there is growth!
Because God is the essence of our life and existence, the One who has brought us to this point in time, we know that only in Him is strength to grow and bear fruit to His honor. We want to see growth in three ways, and it's impossible to separate them from each other.
We want to grow closer to the Messiah.
We want to grow closer to each other.
We want to grow closer to the world around us.
In relationships that are honest and living, there is always growth. We want to know our Lord and all the time to grow deeper in Him. He is the source of life. Only in His light do we see light. In the same way, we want the congregation to be a place where we worship Him, praise His name, and seek His face. It's impossible to grow and know the LORD without listening to His living Word. He is the highest authority. In Him is all the wisdom and all blessing. Growth in the Messiah isn't an issue of emotions, but rather it is standing in the truth while being filled with the Holy Spirit.
We want to grow up - in the Messiah!
God not only created our relationship with Him, but He wants to create and build relationships between each of His children -- relationships that are founded on His grace and truth. In His family at Beit Eliyahu, He wants to build a congregation who loves, and in which there are people who are prepared to give and sacrifice personally for the good of one another.
We want to grow in - towards each other
God proclaims in His Word how precious each and every person is to Him, and how much He desires to have a living and personal relationship with each one. As people experience the grace and love of the LORD, there is nothing more natural than wanting to share what we have experienced as well as demonstrating it in good activities. All this is done in His perfect and complete strength, in His grace and mercy, and all for His honor.
We want to grow out - towards our neighbors
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Leaders in the Congregation
My name is Shmuel.
I am a Haifa native and I love the city of my birth. I grew up in a Messianic congregation in Haifa that was founded at the same time as the founding of the State of Israel, and the original members were holocaust survivors. Its name is "Beit Eliyahu" and it is located in the German Colony. We believe in the Tanach and in the New Testament (which, by the way, was promised in the Tanach). Why in the world is our congregation called "House of Elijah"? The people of Israel are a people of the book. The land of Israel is the land of the book. As a believer in the Tanach, I know the uniqueness of Jerusalem (without loving Betar, obviously...), but as a native of Haifa, when I read about what happens here, on Mt. Carmel, it does something inside me.
I grew up in rural Missouri in a family where both of my parents demonstrated a love of God and faithfully brought me to congregational meetings from the time I was born. It was in such a meeting that I came to understand that Yeshua died on the cross for me. At that time, I accepted Him as my Messiah.
My faith in God continued to develop during the years following my decision. As time approached to leave home for college, I desired to continue growing in my relationship with God. I was excited when I was accepted to study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but that excitement was tempered by my fear of finding my faith undermined. At this prestigious institution...
I work in the congregation as a deacon, which means I take care of the practical side of things that happen in the congregation. These days, I work on the accounting and help as a family financial counselor. I enjoy working with the congregational team, and it’s fun for me to work on all sorts of projects.I immigrated to Israel in 1994 from Russia with my family. I was not interested in God until I saw dramatic changes in my wife. In ulpan, she met a Messianic believer and began to attend a congregation. The change in her drew me to go with her and know what was the source of this change. I got to know the pastor and began talking with him each Friday. I asked all the questions I had in my mind and most of the time, he had good answers.
Shalom, my name is Simon Sabbah. I was born into an Arabic speaking Christian family and grew up in the German Colony in Haifa. When I was a boy, I played football (soccer, to my American readers) and in our neighborhood group, there were Jewish, Muslim and Catholic kids. I always thought that Jewish people only knew half the truth because they only read the Tenach, and I thought that Catholics were idol worshipers because they always called on Mary and wore golden crosses. I didn’t know a lot about muslims so I thought they were totally lost.
I always thought I was the best between all of them, because my parents were protestants.