The Union of Messianic Jewish
Congregations (UMJC) envisions Messianic Judaism as a movement of Jewish
congregations and groups committed to Yeshua the Messiah that embrace the
covenantal responsibility of Jewish life and identity rooted in Torah, expressed
in tradition, and renewed and applied in the context of the New Covenant. Messianic
Jewish groups may also include those from non-Jewish backgrounds who have a
confirmed call to participate fully in the life and destiny of the Jewish
people. We are committed to embodying this definition in our constituent
congregations and in our shared institutions.
Jewish life is life in a concrete, historical community. Thus, Messianic
Jewish groups must be fully part of the Jewish people, sharing its history and
its covenantal responsibility as a people chosen by God. At the same time, faith
in Yeshua also has a crucial communal dimension. This faith unites the
Messianic Jewish community and the Christian Church, which is the assembly of
the faithful from the nations who are joined to Israel through the Messiah. Together the Messianic Jewish community and
the Christian Church constitute the ekklesia, the one Body of Messiah, a
community of Jews and Gentiles who in their ongoing distinction and mutual
blessing anticipate the shalom of the world to come.
For a Messianic Jewish group 1) to fulfill the covenantal
responsibility incumbent upon all Jews, 2) to bear witness to Yeshua within the
people of Israel, and 3) to serve as an authentic and effective representative
of the Jewish people within the body of Messiah, it must place a priority on
integration with the wider Jewish world,
while sustaining a vital corporate relationship with the Christian Church.
In the Messianic Jewish way of life, we seek to fulfill Israel's
covenantal responsibility embodied in the Torah within a New Covenant context. Messianic
Jewish halakhah is rooted in Scripture (Tanakh and the New Covenant writings), which
is of unique sanctity and authority. It also draws upon Jewish tradition, especially
those practices and concepts that have won near-universal acceptance by devout
Jews through the centuries. Furthermore, as is common within Judaism, Messianic
Judaism recognizes that halakhah is and must be dynamic, involving the
application of the Torah to a wide variety of changing situations and
Messianic Judaism embraces the fullness of
New Covenant realities available through Yeshua, and seeks to express them in
forms drawn from Jewish experience and accessible to Jewish people.
Committee; affirmed by delegate vote, July 20, 2005.