our beginnings

This ministry started in May of 1986 when pastors Bruce and Kathleen Dowell “planted” the Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Crestline. The church grew out of a home fellowship that was dedicated and committed to establishing a “charismatic” church here in the mountains of San Bernardino, California.

With the fulfillment of the original vision, the ministry refocused it’s vision towards equipping the saints for the work of the ministry, reaching our community with the Gospel, and learning about the Hebrew roots of our faith so that we can be used by the Lord as a bridge between Jew and Gentile. Our goal as a Messianic “One New Man” Congregation, is to bring together both Jews and Gentiles under the Lordship of Yeshua HaMashiach – (Jesus The Messiah) and to walk in the ways of the ancient paths! Additionally, we are laying the foundation for an association of “One New Man” Congregations internationally! (To learn more about this vision, contact us).

our vision

Ephesians 2:11-22

“For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one, and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in his flesh the enmity, which is the Law of Commandments contained in ordinances that in himself He might make the two into “One New Man,” thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by having put to death the enmity.”

Messianic Judaism is a biblically-based, God-inspired, movement of people who, as committed Jews and Gentiles, believe in Yeshua (Jesus) as the Jewish Messiah of Israel, and hold to the teachings of Torah, of whom the Torah and prophets spoke.

In the first century of the Common Era (A.D.), tens of thousands of Jewish people followed Yeshua (Jesus), (Acts 21:20), believing Him to be the promised Messiah of Israel. They didn’t renounce their heritage, their customs, or their people. They remained Jewish in every way.

As Gentiles came to faith in Messiah Yeshua, they grafted into the Messianic Jewish faith, the customs, and the people of Israel. (Ruth 1:16,17) (Rom. 11)

Two thousand years later, thousands of Jewish people still follow Yeshua, also believing that He is the Messiah. They, too, have not renounced their heritage, customs or their people. Today, Biblical Messianic Judaism is the modern movement that is bringing it all together – Jews and Gentiles worshipping Yeshua together in the Spirit of the Truth!

The foundation of Biblical Messianic Judaism, therefore, is each individual’s personal relationship with the God of Avraham (Abraham), Yitz’shak (Isaac) and Ya’akov (Jacob) through Messiah Yeshua. Every Messianic Jew and Gentile alike, recognizes his or her own sinfulness and has accepted that Yeshua Himself paid the price, through his blood, for our sin. The adherence to Torah therefore, has nothing to do with sin, but rather, obedience to the will of God.

We at Shiloh Messianic Congregation have, as a cornerstone of vision, a passion for Yeshua (Jesus), and compassion for people. Our God-given mandate can be stated in three basic commitments.

First, and foremost, we bring praise, thanksgiving and glory to His Name. (Rev. 4:11)

Second, we are advancing His kingdom both in quality and quantity, by seeking and saving the lost. (Matt. 28:19-20)

Third, we are training, disciplining and bringing believers to maturity fruitfulness in the lives of believers by restoring them back to Torah! (Col 1: 9 – 10)

1. We were created for Adonai’s pleasure. (Rev. 4:11) Therefore, the bringing of praise, thanksgiving and glory becomes the foundation of everything we do. Individual and corporate prayer and devotion on a regular basis is the only way to maintain true intimacy, fellowship and connectedness with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Because we believe that lives are changed in the presence of God, we always seek to allow for the Spirit and power of God to be seen, felt and experienced in our midst.

2. In advancing His kingdom, we look for every opportunity to bring salvation to the lost through Messiah Yeshua (Jesus the Messiah). We believe we are called to be a bridge to both Jew and Gentile, by bringing them together as One New Man, following the instructions of God, the Torah – not the teachings and traditions of man. (Matt. 15:9)

3. Quality of life can only come as we are trained, discipled and brought into maturity with Yeshua. (John 15:4-5) We are training, equipping, and encouraging all believers to serve Messiah through the restoration of Torah.

At Shiloh Messianic Congregation we see ourselves as a holy people; set apart and committed to the Lord through a deep and meaningful relationship. We are a people wholly committed to seeking and saving the lost and helping others to grow, mature, and live a lifestyle of obedience and holiness to the Lord.

our beliefs

Written by Messianic Pastor Allan Moorhead

Reprinted with permission

It’s all about Yeshua

Messianic Judaism believes that Yeshua Ha Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah) is the Divine resurrected Saviour for all mankind. Messianics believe that the word of God includes both the TaNaK (older covenant books) and the B’rit Chadashah (new covenant books). In other words, this means the whole Bible. TeNacK is an acronym for Torah, Neviim, and Ketuvim. Torah is the first five books of the older covenant which is usually translated as ‘Law’ but really means ‘teaching’. Neviim means the prophets and Ketuvim consists of all other writings in the Bible such as Psalms and Proverbs. Other Judaica writings such as the Mishnah (Oral Torah) and the Talmud (Rabbinical Commentaries) may be used for historical information but are not considered inspired by God.

Are all Messianic congregations the same?

There are some differences between Messianic congregations. Some operate in the Gifts of the Spirit and others don’t. Some are more strict in following the Torah commandments. However, most, if not all, understand the Spirit of the Torah and apply it properly to their lives according to the Grace and Mercy of God through the atoning power of Yeshua. Some congregations honor Jewish traditions such as the wearing of Kippahs (little caps on the head), wearing of prayer shawls, blowing of shofars, and others as long as they glorify God and Yeshua and His Word.

Last Days Movement

Messianic Judaism is believed to be a Last Day’s movement ordained of God in bringing the Jewish people to faith in their Messiah. Jews and non-Jews come together in these congregations to worship Yeshua. The land of Israel, Jerusalem, and the Jewish people are of primary importance to Messianic congregations. Most Messianic followers focus on teaching the Christian Church its Hebraic foundations, so that a better understanding of the Word of God is reached.

What do Messianic Congregations teach and how do they worship?

Most Messianic Congregations will teach from the complete Bible. All Messianic congregations will teach, demonstrate, or conduct services about the seven Biblical feasts mentioned in Leviticus 23. Messianics recognize that the feasts are shadows or symbolic of major events concerning Yeshua. For instance, Yeshua died on Passover, was buried on the Feast of Unleavened Bread, rose from the dead on Feast of Firstfruits, and the Ruach Ha Chodesh (Holy Spirit) was given on Shavu’ot (Pentecost).

Messianic services occur on the Sabbath in honor of God’s commandment “Remember the Sabbath and Keep it Holy”. The Sabbath runs from Friday night to Saturday night. Most Messianic congregations don’t have a problem with churches worshipping on Sunday since it is based on the day of the resurrection of the Messiah. However, they recognize that Sunday is not the Biblical Sabbath.

During worship you most likely see these items take place: lighting of the Sabbath candles, lighting of Menorahs (7 branch candlestick or 9 branch candlestick during Chanukah), blowing of the shofar, Davidic dance, waving of flags and banners, lively music, some Hebraic liturgy, prayer, and strong teachings from the Word of God. Some congregations are very charismatic and move in the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Of course, every Messianic congregation is different.

How did the Modern Messianic movement begin?

The movement began to rapidly grow in 1967 during Israel’s Six Day War. Many Israelites saw visions of Yeshua. Currently, in 2009, there are over 150 Messianic congregations in Israel. All over the world Messianic congregations are springing up. God is beginning to reveal the Messiah to the Jewish people. The LORD is using saved born-again Gentiles to reach His Covenant people as well as giving them signs to bring them to faith. It is a huge work of God in these last days.

Are Messianics going back under the Law?

This is an important question that requires many scriptural points to be able to give a good answer. It certainly cannot be answered properly in this context. Here is a quick synopsis. Messianics are Born Again Believers who believe in the Grace and Mercy of God through Yeshua. They also believe that the Torah (translated as ‘law’ in most Bibles, but a better translation would be ‘teaching’) has not been done away with based on Matthew 5. However, Messianics understand that Yeshua brought a new fulfillment, understanding, and application to Torah. If Yeshua says the Torah has not been done away with, then every believer needs to take a fresh look at it.

Do I have to be Jewish to Attend?

The quick answer is no. The mixture of Jews and non-Jews can be different in each congregation. Non-Jews who attend Messianic congregations actually dominate the attendance in most parts of the world. This is simply because these individuals want to understand the Hebraic concepts of their faith, move into a deeper understanding of God and His Word, and support Israel along with Jerusalem. It is also because there are a lot more Gentiles than Jews in the world. Understandably, Messianic congregations in Israel, generally have a larger Jewish percentage of members. It must be understood that individuals who attend these congregations do not become a Jewish if you are a non-Jew. Nor does a Jew become a non-Jew just because he or she believes in Yeshua.

Many Jews are beginning to see that Yeshua is the Messiah and they don’t stop being Jewish because of it.

What is Messianic Judaism?

Are you ready to feel the heartbeat of God?

These are two important questions that can only be answered by attending a Messianic congregation and experiencing the presence of the Living God. It’s time to understand the prophetic movement that God has ordained in order to bring Jews and Non-Jews to the Messiah all over the world!