The 5 Pillars of Sha’arey Tzion
Sha’arey Tzion is firmly dedicated to proclaiming the Messiah and His Torah to the Jewish and Messianic communities and within the larger body of Messiah. Our goal is to encourage and assist families and leadership in education through the study of the Jewish foundations of the Bible. Our Jewish lifestyle and heritage are rooted in the belief that Yeshua is Messiah and Lord of Israel and the nations. It is important that we never lose the attitude of a learned. We must always be teachable and willing to grow.
Prayer and Worship
Prayer and worship is an essential component of the body of Sha’arey Tzion. For Jewish followers of Messiah Yeshua prayer and worship is not something that happens in synagogue once a week. It is an integral part of our everyday life. We believe it is important for followers of Messiah Yeshua to continually be reminded of God’s presence and relationship with Him throughout the day. In today’s fast pace mobile world, most do not see the need for regular prayer. “I pray when I feel the need to”. This approach overlooks one of the greatest purposes of prayer. We pray to increase our awareness of God in our lives and the role He plays in it.The most important point that the Sages express in terms of prayer is the need for “kavanah” meaning “direction of the heart”. Prayers should be an earnest seeking of a relationship with the creator of the universe. Prayer in the form of liturgy, song, recitation of psalms, or unscripted words of expression must be filled with our very being.
Tzadekah in Hebrew means righteousness. By the 1st century the term took on a second meaning, “acts of charity”. However, Tzadekah means more than just charity, but justice and fairness. Sha’arey Tzion is committed to giving assistance and help to the poor and needy or other worthwhile causes. Sha’arey Tzion gives a minimum of 10% of its income to tzadekah, but regularly far exceeds that amount. Sha’arey Tzion also gives through supporting various clothing, books, special need items, and food drives. Matthew 25:40 “‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”
Sha’arey Tzion is firmly dedicated to growing and strengthening the community of Messiah in Colorado Springs for His glory. We desire not only confession of the truth of God’s revealed Word, but to live it out through life to life interaction with each other. Living it out is the truest statement of what we really believe. Simply confessing the truth reveals little about who we are; it is only through applying the truth in our lives that our faith is demonstrated. James 2:18 “Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”The Bible was never meant to be lived in isolation. We are a part of the whole body of Messiah. Many of the principles found in the Torah are only fulfilled through community.
In Matthew 28, Yeshua the Messiah calls us to go out and “make disciples of all nations”. Within many Evangelical circles “making disciples” is associated with confession of sin and faith. This approach to discipleship, while on some levels true, fall short of the intended words of the Messiah. Confession is only the first step of a disciple. A disciple in 1st century Judaism was deeply commitment to the teachings and lifestyle of a teacher. It was a kin to a father and son relationship. In fact a student would often refer to his teacher as “father”, being a type of spiritual father. A student would mimic all aspects of his teachers life, as he sought how to live Torah in its fullest. Being a disciple of Messiah Yeshua means we seek to live as He lived. We model our lives after His own. He is our beloved teacher, and yet so much more. Sha’arey Tzion is firmly dedicated the great commission of “making disciples of all nations”.