The Bible makes clear that Christians owe a debt of gratitude to the Jewish people because it was out of Israel that God brought Jesus Christ into the world.
As a church we partner with Maoz Israel as one way of honouring this nation loved by God.
Maoz Israel Ministries is a Messianic Jewish non-profit organisation founded in 1976, and whose ministry headquarters is based in Tel Aviv, Israel. Its founders, Ari and Shira Sorko-Ram (who we were privileged to have speak at one of our meetings) also founded a Messianic Congregation, Tiferet Yeshua (the Glory of Yeshua) in downtown Tel Aviv, and manage a non-profit publishing company in Israel that prints and distributes Bible-based books for outreach and spiritual growth in the Hebrew language.
Maoz Israel also manages humanitarian aid organisation, istandwithisrael.com, in Israel that supports widows, orphans, the needy, oppressed and victims of terrorism. This organisation also grants scholarships for educational advancement in Hebrew language studies (for new immigrants), job skills and career courses, and university studies for Israeli Messianic Jews.
The Christian church not only has a local mandate but a national one as well. However, it is not always possible for a local church to have a direct influence into the national spheres of politics, law and the media; that’s why we partner with Christian Concern.
Christian Concern have a passion to see the United Kingdom return to the Christian faith.
Our nation has been shaped and defined by this faith for hundreds of years. Yet in the last few decades, the nation has largely turned her back on Jesus and embraced alternative ideas such as secular liberal humanism, moral relativism and sexual licence. The fruit of this can be seen in widespread family breakdown, immorality and social disintegration.
Christian Concern believe that this nation has a hope, and that hope can be found in Jesus Christ. On this basis they seek to awaken the Church so that we are passionate about our faith and become a light and a witness to the nation.
Whilst engaging with the church Christian Concern work to infuse a biblical worldview into every aspect of society. They seek to be a strong Christian voice in the public sphere, arguing passionately for the truth of the Gospel and defending the historic freedoms that we have enjoyed in this nation for so long. We believe that by doing so, society as a whole will benefit.
They seek to highlight injustice, change public opinion on issues of key importance and affect policy at the highest levels. Christian Concern engage on a broad large range of issues, including abortion, adoption and fostering, bioethics, marriage, education, employment, end of life, equality, family, free speech, Islamism, religious freedom, the sex trade, social issues and issues relating to sexual orientation.
As part of our partnership with Christian Concern it has been great to have Ade Omooba, co-founder of Christian Concern, come to speak at a couple of our Sunday meetings.
Every day, millions of Christians risk their lives to follow Jesus. In more than 60 countries, Open Doors supports them by supplying Bibles, providing emergency relief and helping persecuted believers stand strong for the long-term. In the UK and Ireland, Open Doors helps the church to pray, give and speak out for those who share our faith but not our freedom.