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A Discussion of Messianic Judaism, the Emerging Messianic Jewish Paradigm, and Related Leadership Issues from the Preoccupied Mind of Rabbi Stuart Dauermann, PhD.

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Friday, June 29, 2007

The Mission Statement of Ahavat Zion and The Prophecies of Balaam

For a more detailed treatment of this topic, see the full article here.

At Ahavat Zion, we have recently streamlined our mission statement to read as follows:

We are a West Side Jewish congregation passing on to the next generation our commitment to:

* Torah living
* Jewish unity
* Spiritual renewal
* The Land of Israel
* Yeshua the Messiah

Ahavat Zion is affiliated with the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations and the Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council.

In large measure, this mission statement is based on future perfect paradigm. This metaphor, developed by Futurist Stanley Davis, advocates planning backwards from te future to the present. To the degree that you know or envision a desirable future, you then seek to plan from here to get there.

Ezekiel 37 is one of the passages that portrays where God is leading the people of Israel. But does this crop up elsewhere in Scripture? Surely it does, and the prophecies of Balaam are one place where that happens.