• What JGIG Is:

    Joyfully Growing In Grace engages in an examination of beliefs found in the Hebrew Roots Movement, Messianic Judaism, and Netzarim streams of thought and related sects.

    The term “Messianic” is generally understood to describe Jews who have come to believe in Yeshua/Jesus as their Messiah. Jews who are believers in Jesus/Yeshua typically call themselves Jewish/Hebrew Christians or simply, Christians.

    Many Christians meet folks who say they are ‘Messianic’ and assume that those folks are Jewish Christians. Most aren’t Jewish at all, but are Gentile Christians who have chosen to pursue Torah observance and have adopted the Messianic term, calling themselves Messianic Christians, adherents to Messianic Judaism, or simply, Messianics. Some will even try to avoid that label and say that they are followers of "The Way".

    These Gentiles (and to be fair, some Messianic Jews) preach Torah observance/pursuance for Christians, persuading many believers that the Christianity of the Bible is a false religion and that we must return to the faith of the first century sect of Judaism that they say Yeshua (Jesus Christ) embraced. According to them, once you become aware that you should be 'keeping' the edicts and regulations of Mosaic Covenant Law, if you do not, you are then in willful disobedience to God.

    It has been my observation that Christians who adopt the label of Messianic identify more with the tenets of Judaism than they do with the tenets of Christianity. Many reject the label of Christian altogether and some eventually even convert to Judaism.

    1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 says, "But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil."

    Joyfully Growing in Grace examines the methods, claims, and fruits of the Hebrew Roots Movement, Messianic Judaism, and Netzarim streams of thought and related, law-keeping sects.

    To borrow from a Forest Gump quote, “Law ‘keepers’ are like a box of chocolates - ya never know what you’re gonna get!” The goal of JGIG is to be a resource to help those affected by the Torah pursuant movements to try and sort out what they’re dealing with. Make use of the tabs with drop-down menus found at the top of this site – there’s tons of info there, and it’s very navigable.

    Be sure to click on the many embedded links within the posts here - there's lots of additional and related information for you to access that way, as well.

    Welcome, and may God grant you wisdom and discernment as you consider all of these things.

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    Do you find it frustrating when you're directed to a link that does not exist? Me too! My apologies for any broken links you may find here.

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    Please let me know via the 'Contact JGIG' drop-down menu item under the 'About' tab at the top of this page if you come across a link that is broken so that I can try to repair or remove it. Please include the name of the post/article where you found the broken link as well as the link itself. You may be able to find content specified by doing a search and viewing a relocated or cached page/post/video.

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    - JGIG

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Blogs I Like

  • 8thDay4Life’s Weblog  –  Thoughtful blogging from one formerly in the Hebrew Roots.
  • Afflicted 4 Christ  –  A blogger looking to get involved!
  • Come Away With Me  –  Another excellent blog from the author of 8thDay4Life.
  • Confessions of a CF Husband  –  I started following this blog a few years ago (along with millions of others!).  A testimony of faithfulness, by both CF Husband and God.
  • CROSSward  –  Blog from a Jewish Christian.  From a Calvinist perspective, but I don’t hold that against him =o).
  • Escape To Reality – EXCELLENT teaching site in blog form – the Gospel of Grace ‘full-preach’.  Highly Recommended.
  • First Life – Then ChangeFrom the guys at BasicGospel.net.  Highly Recommended.
  • For The Love of Truth  –  Good articles dealing with many facets of the HRM from one formerly in the Hebrew Roots.
  • Lighting The Way Worldwide  –  The blog counterpart to Lighting the Way International.
  • Pass The Toast  –  Inactive now, but some really neat teaching and perspective there.
  • Persecution Blog  –  Voice of the Martyrs blog.
  • Proslogion  –  “Thoughts from a scientist who is a Christian (not a Christian Scientist)”  Great blog.
  • TerryIvy.com – Balance.  I really like balance.  Great perspectives on the Body of Christ.
  • The Rosh Pina Project  –  “An alternative look at Messianic Jews”.  Lively banter and interesting perspectives.
  • Under Much Grace Blog  –  “Resources for Recovery  from Spiritual Abuse”  Emphases on controlling spiritual groups, hyper-patriarchy in the homeschooling community, and other controlling groups.  Excellent resource.
  • Valerie Kingsbury – Raindrops in the Storm – For refreshment =o)!
  • Welcome Home Blog – Heartwarming Videos of our Soldiers’ homecomings

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