Vision

The Isaac Ishmael Initiative exists because SHALOM is at the heart of God’s creation and we are called to restore peace between people.

In the New Testament, we are told that Jesus “is our peace” and that he is “tearing down the walls of hostility” between the descendants of Abraham’s two sons – Isaac and Ishmael. (Ephesians 2) We exist to see the fulfillment of this promise.

Values

  1. Our work begins and ends with the person of Jesus Christ – his teaching, his claims, his life, death and resurrection. God’s grace is expressed most exactly in Jesus. (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 blessed by 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 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.
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