Our community will come together for a Rosh Hashanah Dinner and time of repentance. Registration for this event will be available after each service in the foyer. You may also register by calling (210) 679-6050. This event will begin in our gymnasium then we will transition to our sanctuary. We will end the night at our Galilee Prayer Garden.
Annually in this season we highlight the importance of repentance through three types of turning: 1) turning to God (teshuvah); 2) turning to others we’ve harmed or offended (mechilah), and 3) turning to those in need (tzedakah). In all three cases we can genuinely return to God only by choosing to embrace the truth about our lives.
Many of the traditions of Rosh Hashanah can be genuinely helpful for Christians. Undergoing self-examination and doing teshuvah are commanded by God and inherently valuable exercises for followers of Jesus (Yeshua) (see Lam. 3:40; Haggai 1:5; Psalm 119:59; Matt. 7:3-5, Gal. 6:3-4, 1 Cor. 11:28, 2 Cor. 13:5, James 5:16, 1 John 1:8-9, etc.). Setting aside several days each year to help us turn away from sin is a healing custom, especially if it’s done in light of truth of the gospel message. After all, Christians will stand before the Throne of Judgment to give account for their lives to God (see 2 Cor. 5:10). As it is written: “Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is” (1 Cor. 3:13). The foundation of every true work of God comes from trusting in the finished work of Jesus (Yeshua) the Messiah, and the work of our faith will be tested and judged. We have great consolation in our testings: if we are honest with the Lord and appeal to Him for help, He promises to be there for us (Heb. 4:15-16).
Scripture reference: “In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe a day of solemn rest, a memorial proclaimed with blast of trumpets, a holy convocation.” – Leviticus 23:24