• 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 Forrest 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.

    JGIG occasionally links to to sites that sometimes change hosting sites or remove content, forums that periodically cull threads, sites/posters that appear to ‘scrub’ content from their sites (or YouTube posts, pdf files, etc.) when that content receives negative attention, and others that over time simply cease to exist.

    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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Comments Policy

Comments are welcome at JGIG!

A few of the comments I’ve received at JGIG lately made me realize that a comment policy was long overdue.  Unfortunately I did have to go to moderated comments last year when some abusive stuff came through =o( .  So here’s the scoop:

1.  Please comment on issues related  to a specific post.  Some like to vent their frustration with this blog by picking a post and letting loose with an ad hom tirade, not addressing ANY points in the post on which they’ve chosen to ‘comment’.

2.  Some who are in the Hebrew Roots/Messianic Judaism streams of thought like to pontificate on their entire belief system in the comments section.  Comments are for discussion.  If you have that much to say, start your own blog.  I’ve gotten comments here as long as 6000 words.  Seriously.

3.   Think of commenting as a conversation.  Would you talk for 6000 words non-stop in a conversation?  Well, maybe you would, but don’t do it here.

4.   Dissent is welcome here.  Dissenting comments will be approved.  Even ad hom stuff will  be approved.  Just keep it of a reasonable length and at least loosely related to the content of the post on which you’ve chosen to comment.

5.   Obviously no abusive language or vulgar personal attacks will be entertained here at JGIG.  There is no profit for anyone in reading that stuff.

6.   No plagiarizing.  If you want to quote something or use another source to make your point, that’s fine.  Just cite your source.

7.   Comments building on the content of the post and edifying comments will be approved =o).

8.   Encouragement to the author will also be approved =o).

9.   Note that this entire post (not including the cartoon) is less than 300 words long.

Thanks, guys.  This information can also be found on a ‘Comments Policy’ page in the sidebar for future reference.


One Response

  1. 6000 words???? wow. Great guidelines! Love the cartoon.. had to send that to my husband!! He’s probably heard me say that!!! lol. I hope you approve this comment. =)

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