Member Highlight: King of Kings Community

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December 19th, 2017

“In that day the branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall be the pride and honor of the survivors of Israel.” Isaiah 4:2

King of Kings is a dynamic congregation in the heart of Jerusalem where believers gather together to fellowship, worship and pray, be empowered by the truth of God’s Word and encourage one another through Spirit-empowered ministry. This is a genuine life-giving fellowship where the love of Yeshua abounds and overflows into the surrounding community through acts of mercy and loving compassion.

“King of Kings Community is called to be a compelling, Messiah-centered, Spirit-empowered, disciple-making community that reveals the true face of Yeshua (Jesus) to Israel and the nations. This is our vision.”

The King of Kings family is motivated by a strong commitment to love and serve one another in a healthy environment that fosters genuine community. They are dedicated to the commission to “go and make disciples” and impart the “whole counsel of God” through the power of the Holy Spirit. Their goal: to equip people to live wholly according to God’s design and to effectively share their faith in Yeshua.

“Because much of the Church is cut off from her Hebrew roots, Jewish people have often seen a distorted picture of Yeshua. Consequently, we strive to reveal His true face in a loving, culturally relevant and sensitive manner. We also believe that our testimony is made real and compelling when Jewish and non-Jewish disciples serve together as “one new man”. (Ephesians 2:15)”

From its inception in 1983 until today, the seeds of faith which have been planted and nourished by the team at King of Kings have taken root and flourished into a broad network of like-minded ministries.

“But you, O mountains of Israel, shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to my people Israel, for they will soon come home.” Ezekiel 36:8

King of Kings has grown and multiplied into a multi-faceted network of ministries, which represents many sectors of society that meet a wide range of needs. These branches continue to grow and multiply—and the fruit is nourishing many.

“We are committed to inspiring and equipping people for pioneering new congregations and ministries that identify with our vision and core values.”

This is a growing and developing family of local ministries and congregations that are interrelated and connected. The King of Kings network is based on the premise that we are better together. When we join hands to work together in unity for common goals and mutual edification, the Lord “commands a blessing” (Psalm 133:3).

What does this synergy look like?

Whether by facilitating inter-congregational worship nights or Hanukkah parties, leadership training opportunities, men’s or women’s events, or providing volunteer labor to help a network congregation meet practical needs—the goal is always to foster greater unity in the Body of Messiah.

“When you work together and help in practical ways, you see a different side of ministry. When you serve one another, it builds trust and chips away at any sense of competition.”

The ministries and congregations that are a part of the King of Kings network are meeting many relevant needs in Israel today. Some of these include: family counseling services, worship and music training, mentoring and pastoral care for the Ethiopian community, distribution centers and food services for the needy, providing household appliances for new immigrants, houses of prayer, youth and children’s ministry, and a growing constituency of local Hebrew-speaking congregations throughout Israel. The need is great; and by the grace of God the laborers are increasing.

In a recent interview with one of the pastors at King of Kings, we discussed some of the challenges and breakthroughs that the Body of Messiah experiences here in Israel today.

“The church in Israel is really small—representing less than 1% of the entire population. It’s not like the US or other places where you can go and plant a church and it grows immediately. Growth here can be slow and painstaking.”

“Congregationally, our greatest challenge is that the community of believers is often ostracized from society. There are many misunderstandings about who we are and what we represent. There isn’t an open dialogue on the table—at least not yet. We see little pockets of openness here and there, but it continues to be a daily challenge regarding how to express Yeshua in a culture that tends to be very resistant to Him.”

So how do we break down those walls of separation so that the love of Yeshua might go forth in a way that can be readily received by the surrounding community?

“We initiate this dialogue by building trust and genuine relationship with one another. It’s such an honor to be a part of what God is doing in Israel today. We are excited to see depth of maturity, health, unity and greater connection among congregations and ministries in the Body of Messiah.”

“We truly believe that God is doing something significant in our day that is representative of what He desires to do in a broader scale. He is bringing greater unity and synergy in the Body of Messiah, connecting the branches for greater fruitfulness.”

“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35

“Our prayer is that, we as part of the Body of Messiah, would be a place that—when Yeshua reveals himself to His people—there would be outlets for them to go where they could find genuine fellowship and community and be a part of God’s bigger plan.”

How can we join in prayer for King of Kings Community and the many ministries and congregations that are a part of this network?

“Pray for unity—that we would overcome any sense that we could do it alone. The general culture in Israel (due in part to the diversity of religious expressions and demographics) is not a culture that excels in unity…to put it mildly. Conflict abounds here. We want to create a pathway where we can connect with people and build lasting trust, work together and avoid any sense of competition or superiority. We are better together.”

Check out the many ministries that are a part of the King of Kings Community:

Join us this week as we pray for favor, unity, resources and great faith for this dynamic synergistic community!

FIRM is a global fellowship of Biblically-grounded believers committed to cultivating Messiah-centered relationships that bless the inhabitants of Israel—Jews, Arabs, and others—and the Jewish community around the world.
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