We believe that the Scriptures were mainly written from the time, location, terminology, and culture of the Jewish people.
In no way do we believe that the Bible is only written for the Jewish people. We believe the Bible is for the entire world, all people groups, for all time. It is God's special revelation to man as to how to reconcile their depraved condition back into a personal relationship with God.
God chose to use a specific time and culture to write His word. And therefore, one should seek to understand what certain words and phrases meant to the original audience, and how the meaning is applied to life today.
There are a few notable examples. First, the Unpardonable Sin is the rejection of Jesus as the Messiah by the leadership in Israel (Mark 3:30). Second, the phrase "three days and three nights" (Matthew 12:40; Esther 4:16) appears to be a Jewish idiom which can mean an entire 24 hour period. Finally, the word atonement had to do with Old Testament sacrifices that merely "covered" sin and did not completely remove them. Thus necessitating the coming of Christ to fully remove one's sins (Hebrews 9-10).
Due to the rise of Replacement Theology (and recently Fulfillment Theology), many people are believing a false view that the Church has replaced Israel. Therefore, all the promises and covenants God made with national Israel have been transferred to the Church in this dispensation.
We support Ariel Ministries, which was founded by Dr. Arnold Fructhenbaum. Their website is https://www.ariel.org/
No, we are an Independent Fundamental Baptist (in name only) that seeks to understand the Bible from the Jewish culture of which it was written.
While we do not liturgically celebrate Jewish feasts, we believe they are a part of the "whole counsel of God." Therefore, we may take time to teach about them, which would include Pesach (Passover), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets), Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), and others holy days.
Undertanding the Jewish Seder
The Day of Atonement
The Feast of Trumpets
Feast of Tabernacles
Interview w/Pastor Ken Stodola
Interview w/Hutson Smelley