Welcome to Hephzibah, Cambridge!
We are a non-denominational group of local Christians who have a heart for God’s ongoing work in Israel and amongst Jewish people, everywhere.
In common with most believers, we hope and pray that Jewish people – and all people– will have the joy of encountering Yeshua ha Massiasch as Lord and as Saviour, and to experience the life changing wonder of the gospel of grace.
WHAT DOES HEPHZIBAH MEAN?
Hephzibah (literal English “my delight is in her”) figures briefly in the Bible’s Second books of Kings (2 Kings 21:1). More importantly Hephzibah is a symbolic name for Zion once it has been restored to the favour of God (Isaiah 62:4). It reminds us that God has made certain promises to Israel, and ultimately to give Israel a new name. In our Cambridge group, we seek to understand these truths and to work out what they mean for life in the twenty first century – as well as what they mean for the future of this God-rejecting world.
An interesting blog on the word Hephzibah is found here.
Hephzibah Cambridge seeks to be
- a meeting group of believers who share this passion
- an advocate for God’s ongoing purposes for Israel and the Jewish people
- a place where we can hear about the wonderful things that God is doing amongst His ancient covenant people
At Hephzibah we are very mindful of the appalling and inexcusable anti-Jewish rhetoric and actions of much of the “institutional church” down through the past 1,800 years. We disown this rhetoric and specifically reject “Replacement Theology” in all its guises. We embrace what is known as “Enlargement Theology” – the evident biblical truth that God’s covenant people is eternally expanded (or “enlarged”) to cover peoples from “every tribe and tongue” (Revelation 7:9). We honour the Hebraic root of the Christian faith.
Meeting Point is our monthly meeting in Cambridge. We usually meet at a church located a few minutes drive from Addenbrooks hospital. The date for your diary is the third Tuesday of each month, excepting August, when we do not meet.
After ‘coffee and biscuits’ we join for a brief time of worship, followed by a talk by one of our extensive list of international contacts. After this there is a short time of prayer related to the topic or ministry that our invited speaker has brought to us. There is often a “book stall” with materials from our visiting speakers – and usually free literature is available too.
Meetings begin to gather at 7.30 p.m. for an 8.00 (20.00 hrs) start, and finish by 9.30. We know many people have a busy professional life, or student life, and need to leave promptly.
A retiring gift may be left to support Hephzibah and to bless the ministry of our various guest speakers.
God “cut” a covenant with Abraham and his descendants that He would be their God and they would be His people (Genesis 15:18). Various other covenants (particularly the Moses, David and Messiah covenants) support and expand the Abraham covenant. These covenants have not been withdrawn (abrogated) by God. God promised His chosen people a land and a home of safety – something that evidently has not yet happened. God also promised to Israel a Saviour, which Christians see as being Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus the Messiah (Yeshua ha Massiasch)
Down through history there has been a broad understanding amongst many Christians that God would return His ancient chosen people to their own land. At Hephzibah we would consider these books to be a great introduction to God’s ongoing purposes:
Christians and Israel – the heart of the matter (David Evans)
For the Love of Zion – Christian witness and the restoration of Israel (Kelvin Crombie)
Has God Finished With Israel? – a personal journey through biblical prophecy (Rob Richards)
The Land of Many Names – towards a Christian understanding of the middle east conflict (Steve Maltz)
Hebraic Church – thinking differently (Steve Maltz)
Israel in the New Testament (David Pawson)
The Messiah Factor (Tony Pearce)
Why Still Care About Israel? (Sandra Teplinsky)
Israel and end-times teaching:
There are many views about Israel’s role in the parousia – the fulfillment of all things. Hephzibah does not have a single or a simplistic view on this. Our supporter base is broad and we are not a church – or even a para church. There would be little point in trying to devise a ‘position’ on these complex themes. We do, however, take seriously the idea that God’s end-time purposes shall have a specific outworking in events in and around Israel. As they will across planet Earth.
Basis of faith:
Hephzibah has no basis of faith as we are non-denominational. However our supporters would be broadly sympathetic to the Evangelical Alliance basis of faith statement.
What it means to be a disciple of Jesus
Jesus was quite clear that unless a man be born again (and obviously He was including women in this) that such a person could neither see nor enter the Kingdom of God (John 3:3 and 5). A disciple of Jesus is someone who seeks to follow Jesus as Lord, and as Master, and as Friend. A disciple of Jesus is someone who has “done the ABC test” – and passed!
A = Admit their need of Jesus
B = believed in what Jesus achieved on the cross of crucifixion
C = committed their lives and their eternal futures to Jesus
In saying this we recognize, of course, that Salvation is about God’s initiative and God’s sovereignty – not our ‘performance’, as though we might ‘earn’ our salvation of God’s love. Even so, the ABC framework is a useful one to help us understand the great commission of Jesus (Matthew 28: 18-20).
A prayer for visitors to this website
Lord we pray your richest blessing on all who visit this website. May they encounter the risen Lord Jesus, Yeshua ha Massiasch, in a new way today.
Lord we marvel at Your promise that Israel’s ‘hardening of heart’ is to be a blessing to Gentiles everywhere UNTIL the full number of Gentiles has come into Your Kingdom (Romans 11:25). We praise You, risen Lord Jesus, for your inexhaustible wisdom and mercy.
We echo the words of the apostle Paul:
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them? For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen (Romans 11: 33-36).