Welcome

Shalom!

I would like to invite you to come to Immanuel Lutheran Church. To check us out, worship with us, and celebrate with us the fact that we are a Lutheran Church with a long history (since 1904) here in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel. However, we are also a Lutheran Church that recognizes that we stand on the foundation of Judaism and the Jewish People. You will notice this immediately upon entering our church building and you see in our stained-glass windows the crown of thorns worn by Jesus at His crucifixion in the shape of the Star of David. Also, in our stained-glass windows is a Menorah and another Menorah on our altar that we light and use during worship services. And finally, the Hebrew translation of John 3:16 on the wall behind the altar.

All together, we believe that there are five specific things that Immanuel Lutheran Church has received from Judaism and the Jewish People that can be listed: The Holy Scriptures (Old and New Testaments), the Savior who is Y’shua HaMashiach, eternal salvation, the model of the local church, and spiritual blessings.

  1. The Holy Scriptures – The first thing that Immanuel Lutheran Church has received from Judaism and the Jewish People is God’s Word. The Old and New Testaments. Check out Deuteronomy 4:7-8; or Psalm 147:19-20; or Romans 3:1-2; or finally, Romans 9:4.
  2. The Savior who is Y’shua HaMashiach – The second thing that Immanuel Lutheran Church has received from Judaism and the Jewish People is the Savior in that Y’shua HaMashiach was a Jew. The whole concept of His redemptive work is closely tied into the fact that Y’shua was a Jew. Check out Matthew 1:1-25, the genealogy of Y’shua.
  3. Eternal Salvation – The third thing that Immanuel Lutheran Church has received from Judaism and the Jewish People is God’s salvation. As He was speaking to a Samaritan woman who had her own way of salvation, Jesus stated in John 4:22: You don’t know what you’re worshiping. We Jews know what we’re worshiping, because salvation comes from the Jews. There are three ways that salvation is from Judaism and the Jewish People. First, the promise of Messianic salvation was given to Judaism and the Jewish People. Secondly, there is the plan of salvation in that it required Jewish blood. And thirdly, the first proclaimers of salvation were Jewish People.
  4. The Model of the Local Church – The fourth thing that Immanuel Lutheran Church has received from Judaism and the Jewish People is the model of the local church. This comes from the idea of the assembly, the local synagogue, which is an entirely Jewish model. Even the term “elder,” which is the main term used for church leadership, has Jewish origins, because there were elders in the Jewish community. So, the whole idea of the local assembly is a Jewish model.
  5. Spiritual Blessings – The fifth thing that Immanuel Lutheran Church has received from Judaism and the Jewish People is spiritual blessings. This is brought out very clearly by this passage from Romans 15:27, For they were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have come to be partakers in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings. This verse clearly states that Gentile believers have become partakers of Jewish spiritual blessings. Immanuel Lutheran Church has not become “taker overs,” but “partakers.” The spiritual blessings of salvation, things like, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, provision, care, and answered prayer are all Jewish spiritual blessings of which Gentile believers have become partakers.

In His service . . . and yours,

Pastor Robert

Rev. Dr. Robert M. Roegner

Interim Senior Pastor

 

 

Visit the Church

Open Church is now available for visitors.  We are following the Israeli Health Ministry recommendations, and will require everyone to wear a mask, as well as social distance, while inside the church.

Open church will operate on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week from 10:00 to 14:00.

Groups are asked to book in advance by WhatsApp or by calling Pastor Bob Roegner at +972 58-402-6778.

 

Worship Service

Shabbat Worship at 11.00:  Hebrew/English service. Service is live-streamed via Immanuel Lutheran Church’s YouTube channel.  The sermon is recorded and available here on the website, as well as on Immanuel Lutheran Church’s YouTube channel.

 

Bible Study (Currently no in-person Bible studies are taking place due to government coronavirus restrictions.)

Tuesday Zoom topical Bible study at 19:00.  The Bible study is recorded and available here on the website.

If interested in a Zoom link for the Bible study, contact Pastor Bob Roegner via WhatsApp or by calling him at +972 58-402-6778.

 

Young Adults

Meeting on Thursdays each week at 19:30 in the Congregation House, Bar Hoffman 9, Tel Aviv-Yafo. We are following the Israeli Health Ministry recommendations, and will require everyone to wear a mask, as well as social distance, while inside the building.

If interested, please contact our volunteer, Kyle Britton, via WhatsApp or by calling him at +972 58-772-2912.

 

You can find a presentation of the organ by Juan Onasiss, Immanuel’s former organist, HERE.