BUILDING THE PEOPLE IN THE LAND
I will give you a new heart
and put a new spirit inside you;
I will take the stony heart out of your flesh
and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26
WHY WE EXIST
Builders of Israel exists to build the remnant of Israel and to be a light to the nations. We abide in the Messiah of Israel. He who was, who is, and who is to come. The Aleph and Tav. His name is Salvation. He is our Lord, King, and Friend. He who became sin who knew no sin. He who conquered death and now holds the keys to death and Sheol. The Son of Man who came as our Passover Lamb and perfect sacrifice. The son of Joseph who came as Priest and the Son of David who will return as King. We exist to follow Yeshua of Nazareth and the command to bring his good news of a New Covenant to the Nation of Israel first and also to the nations.
WHO IS BUILDERS OF ISRAEL?
Thank you for visiting Builders of Israel. Builders of Israel exists to build the remnant of Israel (Romans 11:5) and to be a light to the nations. We look to do this in two ways which answer the command to make disciples of all nations and to do so going to the Jewish people first in order and priority (Romans 1:16). We first look to share the Jewish messiah with the Jewish people and also the gentile world. We secondly look to disciple those within the Ecclesia in what ever stage of faith they exist.
In today's world this seems counter intuitive. In today's culture to place one person or people group in front of another is deemed criminal, bigoted and down right shameful. However, if we read the word of God and use our reasonable faculties we quickly see that God has made promises to the nation of Israel which cannot and will not be denied or unfulfilled.
We see that God does not show favoritism, but instead order in all things according to his perfect will. He does NOT show favoritism in regards to Salvation yet prescribes an order to which his will is to be obeyed. (Romans 1 and 2)
Who then is the nation of Israel/the Jewish people? The Bible is clear the that nation of Israel consists of the descendants of Jacob/Israel, the 12 tribes of Israel. Commonly known as the Jewish people, Israel is a nation created by God to bring forth the Messiah in order that the whole world might be reconciled back to the God who created all things. Israel is a nation unique to itself regardless of political status, or current geographical location. In other words, Israel is both a people in the Land of Israel and also outside the Land of Israel. It also consists of both believers in Yeshua and non-believers in Yeshua. The remnant of Israel are who Paul in Romans and Galatians calls the Israel within Israel and the Israel of God- Jews who trust in Jesus for their salvation.
Unfortunately, the Jewish people have long been neglected, marginalized, and persecuted by not only the secular world but yes the Church. Our mission is to do the most Jewish thing a person can possibly do which is to share the Jewish Messiah Yeshua/Jesus with the Jewish people. Specifically within Israel.
The bad news is that Israel is among the least-reached people groups in the world. Over 99% of people within Israel have never heard the gospel.
The good news is that Israelis are coming to faith in the messiah at a rate of 2 1/2 times that of the rest of the world. That's right! The church in Israel is growing two and a half times faster than the rest of the world. This is remarkable considering the reality that there are literally just a handful of missionaries within Israel. The local church is less than 1% of the entire population. Approximately 50,000 believers in Yeshua in a greater population of approximately 8.7 Million.
Our mandate as believers is to bring the Gospel to all mankind with the order of Israel first and then the nations.
Romans 1:16 specifically states "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel for it is the power of God unto salvation for any who believe, to the Jew first and also to the Greek."
The Greek here is very clear. Protos/proton meaning "first" in the Greek has the meaning of first in importance, priority, and order. The Gospel is to go to the Jew first. This isn't a statement meant solely for the first-century believer. The two clauses here in the Greek are written in the present perfect tense using present indicative active verbs. This means that if the Gospel remains the power of God unto salvation, then the Gospel is still to go in order and priority to the Jew first. This is not showing preference but order as God is a God of order. This is done to fulfill the promise of God to Israel of the New Covenant in Jeremiah 31:31.
Statement of Truth/Doctrinal Statement of BOI
Builders of Israel Doctrinal Statement
(Some sections have been taken from ariel.org's statement of faith)
We believe that the Scriptures are the inspired Word of God; that inspiration of the original autographs was plenary and verbal and, hence, the sixty-six books of the Bible are inerrant in the original documents; that it is the sole authority for faith and practice in all matters to which it speaks.
The God Head
We believe there is one God eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; that all three possess equally all the same attributes, nature, perfections, and characteristics of personality.
Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus The Christ
Section One - The Deity of Messiah
We believe in the full deity of the Lord Jesus Messiah who always was and will be God and did not cease to be God at the incarnation.
Section Two - The First Advent
We believe that the Man, Yeshua, was conceived by the Holy Spirit; that He was born of the virgin Miriam; that He possesses both a divine and human nature both distinct and unmixed; that He was without sin; that He died a penal substitution for the sin of all men; that He was buried; that He arose on the third day in the same but glorified body in which He lived and died; that He ascended to the right hand of God the Father; that by His death He provided atonement for all men, but it is applied only to those who trust in Him.
Section Three - The Present Session
We believe that the God-Man Yeshua-Messiah now sits at the right hand of God the Father; that He functions as the High Priest for all believers ever making intercession for them.
Section Four - The Second Advent
We believe in the personal and physical and bodily return of Messiah Yeshua as king of Israel to sit on David's throne in Jerusalem for 1000 years.
Ruach HaKodesh, The Holy Spirit
We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit; that He is the infallible author and interpreter of the infallible Word; that He convicts, regenerates, indwells, empowers, instructs, and guides the believer in living, service, and worship through His gifts; that in this age He baptizes and permanently indwells and seals all believers into one body; that His chief purpose is to witness and glorify Messiah; that His fullness and power and control are appropriated in the believer's life by faith.
We believe that the dispensations are stewardships by which God administers His purpose on earth through man by varying responsibilities; that they are chronologically successive; that they are not ways of salvation nor different methods of the administration of the "Covenant of Grace"(a covenant that does not exist in the Biblical text and is only assumed to exist in Reformed Covenant Theology which BOI rejects) but are a test of man's submission to God based on progressive revelation; that they are a necessary view of Scripture based on literal interpretation, a consistent distinction of believing Israel and Gentile believers, and that the ultimate purpose of God is His own glorification; that they are not different ways of salvation but in every dispensation the justification of salvation was always the blood of Messiah, the means of salvation was always by grace through faith, the object of faith was always God, but the content of faith changed in different dispensations dependent upon progressive revelation.
Section - The Means of Salvation
We believe that salvation is wholly a work of God's free grace and not the work of man in whole or in part, nor due to man's goodness or religious ceremony; that it is a gift to man received by personal faith and God given free will at which time the righteousness of Messiah is imputed to the sinner, thereby justifying him in God's sight. Salvation is obtained by the individual’s free will choice to accept or reject salvation through the work and accomplishment of Yeshua’s perfect life, death and resurrection.
The Great Commission
We believe that it is the responsibility of both the ecclesia and the individual believer to evangelize and disciple all nations both actively (doing the work of evangelism) and passively (supporting those doing the work of evangelism): that the specific procedure for discipling the nations is “to the Jew first” and this is also true in both active and passive evangelism. Romans 1:16.