The congregation has shown steady growth from its founding in 1982 by Murray and Kay Silberling. Each weekend the congregation ministers to more than 200 people, and is one of hundreds of messianic congregations worldwide which incorporate Jewish tradition into their services.
The last three decades have seen unprecedented numbers of Jewish people coming to know their Messiah. Our goal at Beit Tikvah is to present the Biblical message of salvation with its unique Hebraic roots. We desire to reach the "lost sheep of the house of Israel" by the demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit.
The liturgy of Beit Tikvah is that of the Jewish community, yet we are Jews and Gentiles worshiping together, celebrating the joy of salvation in Yeshua.
When the Silberlings began meeting, they started with a Friday night Erev Shabbat service, where the Sabbath is welcomed with Hebrew blessings over the wine and the bread. The woman of the house lights the candles, reminding us that Yeshua is the Light of the World. This is a time of celebration with much praise and adoration. The oneg, a fellowship time after the service, may last another hour or more when people dance, share snacks and visit.
Eventually, a Shabbat service started on Saturday morning, using traditional Jewish liturgy and Hebrew prayers. The reading and meditation from an authentic handscribed Torah scroll is part of the service.
Restoring the meaning of the Festivals of Israel is another one of our goals. Beit Tikvah highlights major Jewish holidays as part of our worship. Remembering the death of Messiah, and keeping within Jewish context, the resurrection of Yeshua is celebrated on the Sunday of Passover week. This day on the Jewish calendar is called Yom HaBikurim, the Feast of First Fruits. Fifty days later is the celebration of Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks (also called Pentecost). In anticipation of the return of Messiah and the judgment day to come, Rosh Hashanah (New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) are commemorated. We see each feast as having prophetic fulfillment in Messiah Yeshua.
Also distinctly Hebraic is praise and worship through song and dance. King David danced before the Lord. Numerous scriptures instruct us to praise God in the dance and with song. We dance before, during and after services at Beit Tikvah. God has allowed the dance to be a means of outreach to Jew and Gentile alike.
Throughout the centuries, the "Jewishness" of the Gospel has been lost. Understanding the meaning of our Jewish traditions is helping us break down prejudices and misunderstandings which keep fellow Jews from receiving their Messiah. And it is helping bring new understanding to the Church about its biblical heritage. Beit Tikvah provides a form for practicing our faith in a Jewish context. Yeshua proclaimed, “Do not think that I came to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill." (Matthew 5:17).
We view the Torah, the five books of Moses, as the foundation of the scriptures. Yeshua said to the disciples: “All things which are written about me in the Torah of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” (Luke 24:44).
We accept the Tanach and the Brit Chadasha as inspired writings, and endeavor to live our lives accordingly. May God be pleased. Come and see what the Lord is doing at Beit Tikvah. You'll be glad you did.