The Messianic Jewish Alliance of Australia (MJAA) is a Bible based, non-denominational organisation that was established in Australia in 1960. It brings together Jewish and non-Jewish people who acknowledge that Yeshua (Jesus) is the Jewish Messiah and who seek to build the messianic community within Australia.
After 1600 years of frequent persecution by ‘Christians’ and the presentation of the gospel stripped of its Jewishness, the Jewish people have come to believe that to follow Yeshua (Jesus) is to leave the faith of their fathers and become non-Jews. This view is a tragic distortion of Scripture and a deplorable part of church history.
An important tenet of the Messianic movement is that Yeshua (Jesus) is the Jewish Messiah, who was born in a Jewish land, of a Jewish mother, as foretold by Jewish prophets in the Hebrew Scriptures. This story has been recorded for us by the Jewish Apostles He appointed. When a Jewish person accepts this they do not become a gentile. Rather, that person becomes a part of the remnant of Israel (Jeremiah 31:7; Romans 9:27 – see also A Theology of the Remnant).
This is a foundational understanding for us. It is not, in any way, an attempt to separate ourselves from the wider body of Messiah. Rather, it represents a legitimate way of integrating belief in Yeshua whilst continuing to be a Jew. The Messianic Jewish Alliance of Australia recognises God’s continuing purposes for the Jewish people and that the Scripture foresees the day when all Israel will be saved (Romans 11:26).
Until then, the Messianic Jewish Alliance of Australia is committed to unite and represent the saved remnant of Israel, and to foster its spiritual and numerical growth, as a united witness of salvation in Yeshua to the wider Jewish community. It is an authentically Jewish organisation as it is led by Jewish followers of Yeshua.
We also recognise that there are a growing number of gentiles followers of Yeshua who both support wish to be associated or a part of the Messianic movement. As such, the Messianic Jewish Alliance of Australia seeks to represent and include all supporters of the Messianic movement within Australia in supportive fellowship.
The Messianic Jewish Alliance of Australia is affiliated with the International Messianic Jewish Alliance (established 1925), which had its origin in the Hebrew Christian Alliance of Great Britain (established in 1866). There are now affiliated Alliances in many countries. They are all non-denominational organisations which cater especially for Jewish believers in Yeshua, the Messiah, together with their families.