• 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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    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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Series – Hebrew Roots/Messianic Judaism

Following is a compilation of posts here at JGIG regarding how I became exposed to the Hebrew Roots Movement/Messianic Judaism/Netzarim streams of faith and a refutation of certain beliefs to which they hold.   To clarify, I have never been in the HRM/MJism.  I do, however, know people in the movement as well as some who were in it and are now out.

My style is straightforward and sometimes blunt.  Some interpret blunt as unloving.  If you are one of those people, please know that I love you in spite of whether or not you ‘get’ bluntness =o).

To clarify:  If you keep the Feasts of God and a seventh-day Sabbath because you find blessings there and a deeper understanding of God and Who He is, I think that’s fine.  If you think that you need to do those things to be obedient to God, be blessed by Him, because if you don’t, there will be consequences, or tell other Christians that they should be Torah Observant/Pursuant and if they don’t they’re disobeying the commands of God, then I think you’re out of bounds. 

You may want to read “The Hebrew Roots Movement: So What?” before reading anything else here to hear my heart on the matter. 

There are a number of links provided in most of the posts here at JGIG, either to source the information provided, links to Scriptures, or links from which you can garner more information.  Make use of them, and if you find a broken link, please email me at joyfullygrowingingrace at gmail dot com so that I can repair it. 

Two other pages that have lots of good information are the Glossary pages and the Articles page.

Blessings as you go, and may God grant you wisdom and grace as you consider all of these things.

-JGIG 

 “Law Keepers” Series

  

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