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We train local people to live as effective disciples of Messiah building loving and sincere communities of faith. We uphold the Tenach (Old Testament) and the Brit Hadasha (New Testament) as our ultimage authority for life teaching our congregants to be "salt and light" in Israeli society and beyond.

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About us - 'the Living Stones'...

Beit Asaph is an Israeli congregation strongly connected to the national Messianic "mainstream" in many vital areas of ministry, including service to our youth and soldiers, biblical education and reconciliation initiatives.

Beit Asaph was established in the late 1970's with the consolidation of two Bible study/ prayer groups led by David and Lisa Loden and Pat and Judy Hoaldridge.

During the early 80's the congregation began to express a clear local identity with consistent biblical teaching, celebration and interaction with the small number of Messianic communities throughout Israel.

The congregation consists of approximately 200 committed believers and seekers, is predominantly Jewish in identity and has a diverse makeup of Russian, English and Spanish speaking immigrants as well as "Tsaberim" (native born Israelis). Our primary worship language is Hebrew with translation provided into both Russian and English. A system of language-specific home groups provides support and ease for congregants to study and fellowship in smaller groups in their mother tongue. These groups are effective 'evangelistic stations' where seekers can comfortably integrate into Messianic life and belief before committing to the general Body. Approximately 45% of the congregation is under 18 years of age. We provide a comprehensive spiritual education system for our children and youth. Although challenging, this presents many opportunities for people to become involved in different areas of work in the Shabbat School and youth ministry.

Social outreach is a cornerstone of Beit Asaph. For many years we have served a number of severely disabled local believers by providing experienced volunteers and a specially equipped vehicle to assist them.

A weekly distribution center based in our worship facility provides food, clothing and a hot meal to the poor and elderly of Netanya.

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Our Leadership

Beit Asaph is presently served by Evan Thomas and Lev Guler as co-equal elders supported by a team of three deacons. Evan and his wife Maala immigrated to Israel from New Zealand in 1983 and have one daughter. Lev and his wife Ora immigrated to Israel from Russia in 1994 and are parents to 5 children.

Elders

Evan Thomas: "We are cognizant of the enormous responsibility we carry to challenge our Israeli society with a clear message of God's salvation (Rom 10:14). We provide a safe and nurturing 'spiritual home' for those who would seek to be His disciples – a warm welcome! Come worship with us!"

Lev Guler: "What a privilege it is to serve God's people in this extraordinary land and to see our people grow up in Messianic faith as followers of God (Deut 6:7). We want to encourage them to be witnesses of Yeshua in a way that is relevant to our Israeli Jewish society and beyond – come join us in the task!"

Statement of Faith

We believe that the Bible, consisting exclusively of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments (Hebrew: Tanach and Brit Hachadasha), was written by men inspired by the Holy Spirit, was inerrant in the original manuscripts, was then and is today the authoritative Word of God, alone infallible in all matters of faith and doctrine; God’s complete and final revelation to man until the Messiah returns.

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Our friends

House of Light – Kings Kids youth outreach with Arab and Jewish kids & Prison ministries http://www.houseoflight.net
KAMTI – Classical Music  arts outreach.  www.kamti.org.
Israel College of the Bible– National Messianic education institute. http://www.biblecollege.co.il
Netivah – National youth ministries, training seminars, Messianic soldiers ministry. http://www.netivah.com
Musalaha – National  reconciliation ministries, Palestinian Arab Christian/ Israeli  Messianic. http://www.musalaha.org

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