Vision

A day is coming when Jew and Gentile will live in peace (Shalom) because they worship the one true God and are following the one true savior – Jesus / Y’shua / Isa. The Bible tells us that Christ is our peace (Ephesians 2:14) and that he has already torn down the dividing wall of hostility between otherwise warring factions.

The Isaac-Ishmael Initiative exists to be part of tearing down the walls of hostility between the descendants of Abraham’s two sons – Isaac and Ishmael – who will be reunited in the Kingdom of God. Today we wait expectedly for that fulfillment.

We are not naive; today there are more than 400 peace plans in the Middle East. None of them are working very well. And yet the peace (shalom) offered in and through Jesus the Christ is the ultimate hope for Jew and Arab alike.

Values

  1. Our work centers entirely on the person of Jesus Christ – his teaching, his claims, his life, death and resurrection. God’s grace is expressed most exactly in Jesus. People come to a personal understanding of and submission to Jesus Christ to be in relationship with God. (Romans 10:10-14)
  2. Jews and Muslims have a common heritage through the bloodline of Abraham to Isaac and Ishmael. The descendants of Isaac are people of the Covenant and the descendants of Ishmael are given a specific blessing of God. (Genesis 17:4-14, 17:22-27, 21:12-13)
  3. Both children of Abraham will inherit the Kingdom of God as prophesied through Isaiah in chapters 59 and 60, as well as in the book of Revelation (the Great Multitude).
  4. The Great Commission (Matthew 28) is core to life in the Kingdom of God. The Great Commission extends to the Jewish and Muslim communities.
  5. The purpose of Israel and the Church is to be a blessing to the nations and to bring people to God and into His Kingdom – the Missio Dei (God’s Mission). The Church and Israel each have unique places in God’s redemptive plan. The Church has not replaced Israel. The nation of Israel today is not equivalent to Israel in the Bible. Our theology is a broad Kingdom mission theology that includes Israel and the Church in God’s purposes.
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