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Talmidei Yeshua Fellowship
95 Milvan Drive, North York, Ontario

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We at the Talmidei Yeshua Fellowship have been deeply convicted to gather together not as the typical congregation but as a Believing community. There are many important differences between these two concepts. Understanding these differences and realizing why we should assemble as a community as opposed to a typical congregation is critical to both individual and collective growth, to spreading the Word, and to serving others as Yeshua commanded us. 

The first distinction is found in the very purpose of assembling. While a great deal of emphasis has been placed on assembling together throughout the millennia, the idea of a congregation does not pay much attention to why believers should gather together. Many people will answer saying that it is a Biblical order (for indeed it is) to do so, but they do not truly understand the heart of this commandment. Some find it an effective, entertaining pastime for an otherwise long, tedious day without work. Others believe it is a place to learn new things about Scriptures. Still others believer it is a place to socialize with people of similar belief and priorities.

None of these emphases, though, properly align with the Scriptural explanation. The idea of a community, on the other hand, is based on Hebrews 10:24-25: "And let us be concerned for one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging, and so much more as you see the Day coming near." In a community, believers are told by the Word to focus themselves on encouraging and helping each other to prepare vigorously for the coming Day. Believers gather to learn from each other, to be encouraged by one another, and to compliment each other’s abilities to better glorify our Father, not through mere attending of services but through working together continually to further the Kingdom of Heaven.

 To make the community possible, believers must recognize a critical obstacle that will inevitably be met – slander and gossip. These two sins of the tongue (which reflect the evil of the heart, Luke 6:45) are the root of nearly all strife and quarreling in both congregations and communities: “Where do fights and strivings come from among you? Do they not come from your pleasures that battle in your members?” (James 4:1) Surprisingly, vanquishing these two destructive vices is very simple, though very challenging: “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Master, and He shall lift you up” (James 4:10). The key to fellowship in the Body of Messiah is to set aside one’s pride and to selflessly live for others, serving one another, as our Master demonstrated.

The second distinction is a result of the permanence of the assembly. While a congregation focuses on the individual attending a non-human entity, the community is itself a collection of dedicated believers. While growing a congregation entails creating better “goods and services” to attract more members, growing a community involves its constituents to grow of themselves. Raising children from within the Body becomes an important focus. After all, bringing up a new generation founded on the wisdom of Scriptures since childhood is a powerful method for growing the kingdom. These young believers will be able to compliment the older believers and work together in unity for Elohim’s glory. Believers within the community lose the individualistic mentality, a denizen of the congregation, and unlock a powerful resource for the Father’s Glory.

The third distinction is found in the unsung fabric of the two concepts. The congregation runs as a said non-human entity. Sadly, in many instances, this further deteriorates into a business mentality where competition is created between communities. Improving “experiences” to attract more members soon becomes an ugly reality. On the other hand, communities recognize that the Body of Mashiach is not restricted to a single group – becoming involved and fellowshipp with other communities is an important mark of Biblical unity. Cutting apart the Body due only to the fact that different communities play different roles is totally against Scriptures (see Romans 12:4-5). Communities seek to help and encourage other communities that are based on the Truth. “Winning” more congregants is not the goal – fitting into Elohim's plan for the community is the paramount objective.

We at the Talmidei Yeshua Fellowship have detached ourselves from the traditional idea of a congregation and turned to the Biblical principles of a community, a group of individuals who gather together to encourage one another, to work together in ministries, to study with each other, and to prepare each other for the coming Day. We are dedicated not only to help and growth within our community of believers but to help and encourage the dedicated communities around us.

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