Saturday, October 11, 2008

Excerpt from Emmanuel Messianic Jewish Congregation

Yom Kippur - A Practical Guide for Believers in Messiah

Some believers question whether to fast since they are already forgiven in Messiah. True, believers do not fast to obtain forgiveness, yet there are some benefits for fasting, nonetheless.

Yeshua spoke of the blessings of a fast. Although the question of salvation is already settled by faith in Yeshua, believers are still in constant need of returning to a pure walk with the father. We have sins to confess and repent of (I John 1:7-9). Fasting can sensitize our spirits to the heart of God.

Many Messianic Jews and Gentiles fast on Yom Kippur for another reason also. As it is the one day of the religious year on which Jews around the world are packed into synagogues and praying, many believers have found it to be a special day to pray for the salvation of Israel (Romans 10:1).

The evening of Yom Kippur is a wonderful time for a messianic worship service. For those who live near a messianic Jewish congregation, attending a formal Yom Kippur service can be a spiritual highlight. The music, liturgy and message all celebrate the true meaning of the day: atonement in Yeshua the Messiah!

Emmanuel Messianic Jewish Congregation
The Gathering Place
6120 Day Long Lane
Clarksville, MD 21029

Phone: 410-531-2093