Mission Statement of Messianic Jewish Theological Institute
Teaching and living a prophetic vision of Jewish life renewed in Yeshua.
Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (MJTI) seeks to be a prophetic sign of Israel’s destiny by exemplifying and advancing Jewish life renewed in Yeshua. This foretaste of Israel’s destiny in Yeshua is realized as MJTI serves as the theological and prophetic vision center for the Messianic Jewish community; a leadership-training center rooted in a contemporary Jewish experience of Yeshua and a contemporary Messianic interpretation of Judaism; a dialogue center for open and respectful theological encounter between faithful Christians and Jews; and a Jewish school born in the diaspora but oriented to Israel.
A prophetic sign of Israel’s destiny. To live out a prophetic vision of Jewish life renewed in Yeshua is to become a prophetic sign. Israel’s prophets presented scenarios of Israel’s final destiny accompanied by signs that illustrated and validated their prophetic vision. That vision points to an Israel renewed by the Spirit of the crucified and risen Yeshua, who unifies the nation and brings Israel to covenant faithfulness. In every aspect of its operation, MJTI seeks, as a representative portion of our people, to live out today this prophetic vision of Israel’s national tomorrow.
The theological and prophetic vision center for the Messianic Jewish community. The scholars, teachers, staff, and students of MJTI seek to express theologically and exemplify communally a creative and faithful vision for the Messianic Jewish community capable of pointing the way through a century filled with promise and challenge. This vision is both theologically rich and prophetically guided, shaped by the past and pulled forward by God’s future encountered now through Israel’s risen Messiah.
YESHUA & JUDAISM
A leadership-training center rooted in a contemporary Jewish experience of Yeshua and a contemporary Messianic interpretation of Judaism. At the heart of MJTI is a community of scholars and leaders who seek to form the next generation of Messianic Jewish leaders in a contemporary way of life in which they see Yeshua through the lens of over twenty-five hundred years of Jewish thought and experience. At the same time, the Judaism through which they see Yeshua is transformed and reconfigured by the crucified and risen Messiah whom they find revealed at its center.
JEWS & CHRISTIANS
A dialogue center for open and respectful theological encounter between faithful Christians and Jews. Jewish life renewed in Yeshua is of importance not only to Jews. According to the Apostle Paul, the renewal of the entire creation hinges on Israel’s renewal (Rom. 11:15). In particular, the Christian Church cannot express its true universality nor fulfill its mission of reconciliation apart from its bond with the
Jewish people (Eph. 2:11-22). MJTI aspires to serve the Christian Church by providing a doorway for a new relationship between Christians and Jews, different from the patterns of antagonism developed during the preceding nineteen centuries. The new relationship provides a way for Christians to honor the Jewish people and their tradition while developing a deeper understanding of the Messiah to whom they remain radically faithful. For Jews, the new relationship encourages greater respect for the integrity of the Christian faith, its connection to historical and contemporary forms of Judaism, and its role in bringing knowledge of the God of Israel to the nations of the earth.
DIASPORA & ISRAEL
A Jewish school born in the diaspora but oriented to Israel. Most Jewish movements that have transformed Jewish life have begun in the diaspora. However, they have always been oriented to the promise of Israel’s life in the Land. Likewise, our prophetic vision of Jewish life renewed in Yeshua, conceived in the diaspora, anticipates the future fulfillment of God’s promises to the people of Israel in the Land of Israel. In confident hope of that future fulfillment, MJTI now seeks the welfare of our people in the Land, and stands with all Jews and Christians who pray and labor for the peace of Jerusalem. MJTI also aims to promote the prophetic vision of Jewish life renewed in Yeshua in the Land where it will be realized in its fullness.