Who are you people?? Are you Jewish?
- We are a group of very flawed human beings who worship YHVH, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Exodus 6:2-3). We are works in progress!
- Some of our members are indeed of Jewish (Hebrew) descent (genetically), while the rest of us are adopted, or “grafted in” to the olive tree, the Root of which is Yeshua (See Romans 11), alongside those “natural branches” who have accepted Yeshua. If you have a testimony of salvation through Yeshua (Jesus), then you also are grafted in.
- We have many things in common with those of the Jewish faith; however, we wholeheartedly believe and proclaim the life, death, and resurrection of Yeshua/Jesus, and that He is The Way, The Truth, and The Life, as stated in John 14:6.
- We believe that Yeshua/Jesus is the Living Word of God, that He Existed in the Beginning, and that He is God (John 1:1).
- We believe that our salvation is from God (Psalm 68:20), through Yeshua (John 10:9).
- We strive to keep the Commandments (Torah, instructions) of God as a sign of our love for Him (John 14:15), including the commandments of Biblically acceptable foods and keeping the Sabbath day holy.
- We observe the Appointed Times (Moedim, Feasts, or Festivals) of the Lord (Adonai in Hebrew), which are: Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, First Fruits (Resurrection of Yeshua), Feast of Weeks (Shavuot, or Pentecost), Day of Trumpets (Yom Teruah), Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), Tabernacles (Sukkot), and Shemini Etzeret.
- We believe that God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8), and that He changes not (Malachi 3:6).
- We believe that the ENTIRE Bible is true and relevant to us today.
- We believe there is JOY and FREEDOM in obedience to God’s Word.
- We have a heart for Israel and its people–all 12 tribes– whether in the Holy land, or scattered abroad.
- We do NOT teach the following:
- Olive Branch Fellowship does not teach that we have all the answers! It is imperative that you take everything we say with a BIG spoonful of prayer, asking the Father reveal to you HIS truth, not ours. We pray for Him to use us to bless others, and that we would help each other grow in our walk with the Lord.
- Olive Branch Fellowship does not teach that one gains salvation by following the commandments of God, which would be the worst form of “legalism.” We seek to obey out of love and gratitude for the free gift of Salvation through Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). We believe that “because Father said so” is good enough.
- Olive Branch Fellowship does not teach that one must pronounce the name of God (the Tetragrammaton, YHVH or YHWH) in order to gain salvation. Many of us do pronounce the name of God with reverence. Many others of our congregation prefer instead to use the English words Lord and God, and the Hebrew terms Adonai (Lord), Elohim (God), HaShem (The Name), etc. Those of us who do pronounce the name do so with the understanding that none of us can be 100% sure of the exact proper pronunciation (Yahweh, Yahveh, Yehova, Yahuah, etc.), until that time when Yeshua comes back to straighten us all out!
- Olive Branch Fellowship does not teach that one must use the Hebrew name Yeshua, or any of its variants, instead of the name “Jesus,” in order to gain salvation. We believe that Yeshua is the name given to our Lord and Savior, the Son of God; however most of our congregants have a testimony of salvation through Jesus, long before they knew His Hebrew name. Because of our interaction with local churches through the multi-denominational Abba’s Tables outreach ministry, along with our educational classes open to the public, we alternately use the names Jesus and Yeshua in our prayers, worship music, and teaching.
- Olive Branch Fellowship does not teach that one becomes a physical Jew or Israelite upon accepting Yeshua (Jesus) as Savior.
- Olive Branch Fellowship does not teach the celebration of Easter (sunrise service, bunnies and eggs), but we do celebrate our Risen Savior Yeshua on the day of First Fruits.
- Olive Branch Fellowship does not teach the celebration of Christmas. We believe in the miraculous conception and virgin birth of Yeshua; however, we believe there is sufficient historical evidence showing that the choice of December 25th as His birthday, along with most Christmas traditions, are deeply rooted in pagan practice. We believe that Yeshua was born in the Fall season, probably during the Lord’s Appointed Time of Sukkot, or Feast of Tabernacles.
- Olive Branch Fellowship does not teach that believers who celebrate Easter and Christmas are pagan and doomed to Hell. We believe that we have all been deceived by the enemy in many ways, and that the Holy Spirit is prompting more and more of us to earnestly seek the truth about many of the traditions we hold so dear–not to gain salvation, but in order to offer a more pure worship to our Creator.
- Consider this:
Deuteronomy 10:12-13: “And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,
To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?”
Do we really need ANOTHER church in Ada?
Olive Branch Fellowship is not just “another church.”
Olive Branch Fellowship, Inc. was formed from a passionate desire to share the Hebraic Roots of Christianity with fellow believers.
What if I already go to Church?
Hallelujah ! Olive Branch Fellowship is not interested in taking you away from your Church home! We simply seek to serve as an additional place of worship, education and fellowship for Ada’s entire church community.
So, keep worshiping, participating, tithing, and fellowshipping with your Church family, as the Holy Spirit (Ruach Ha-Kodesh in Hebrew) leads you to do. Most of our activities will not interfere with your usual church schedule.
We believe that your faith will be greatly enriched by learning more about the Hebraic (Hebrew) language and culture of the Bible. We also believe that the Body of Messiah will be enriched as people from many churches come together to learn and fellowship during our classes, events, and Saturday worship services.
We meet on Saturdays for a Sabbath service, which includes Praise and Worship, Davidic (or Hebraic) Dance, and a study of the scriptures that Yeshua/Jesus and His disciples read and taught from (aka “Old Testament”).
In addition to our weekly Sabbath service, we have learning opportunities throughout the year to help you further your understanding of the Bible, and deepen your Faith. These include classes on the Hebrew language and various Hebraic Roots subjects, and observances of the Holy Days that Yeshua and his disciples kept.
Why is all this Hebrew stuff important?
Think about your closest friends for a moment–the people who really “get” you. They understand where you came from, and what you have been through during your life. Even though they may not have lived it with you, they have taken time time to listen to your life story, ask questions, and get to know you. That means a lot to you, doesn’t it?
Now, think about this:
- God made His Covenants with the Hebrew people–known as “Israelites,” which included the 12 Tribes of Israel, along with any “foreigners” or “gentiles” who wanted to join with Israel and follow the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
- God chose Hebrew authors to pen His Word, the Bible.
- God even chose the family line of King David, a Jew (of Judah, one of the 12 Tribes), to bring forth Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha-Mashiach in Hebrew).
- Yes, in case you missed it, Jesus (Yeshua) walked the earth as a Jew. He lived, ate, dressed, and even acted like a Jew. Jesus followed the Commandments of God, and taught his followers to do the same.
Doesn’t it make sense to spend some time learning more about where God is “coming from?”
Steve & Nikki Gustine