Messianic Movement

All Jewish organisations are faced with the question of "Who is a Jew?" One would think it was an easy question to answer. It is not. The International Messianic Jewish Alliance (and hence the Australian Alliance does as well) accepts, generally speaking, someone as Jewish if at least one parent or grandparent is identifiably Jewish or is the husband or wife or child of such a person.

See Who is a Jew for a more detailed discussion of this topic.

Messianic congregations are a recent phenomenon on the pages of ecclesiastical history, but they have a heritage that extends back to the earliest period of the New Covenant faith.
When a Jewish person becomes a follower of Yeshua, he does not cease being a Jew. That person may still feel called or choose for cultural reasons to still keep the Torah in a fashion they are comfortable with. Scripture tells us that Yeshua said that he did not come to do away with the Law, but to fulfil it (see Matthew 5:17-19). James and the elders of the congregation in Jerusalem told the apostle Paul that tens of thousands of Jewish people had believed in Yeshua and were zealously keeping the Law (Acts 21:20). Thus, the early Jewish believers (some 30 years after Yeshua's death and resurrection) were still keeping the Law. Today, there is a range of views amongst all believers on this issue. There is a lack of census as to who should keep what and why and how. Clearly, Scripture does not condemn Jewish believers who follow Yeshua as their Lord from following the Torah, neither should other believers. This said, there are some who suggest such practices are matters that determine one's salvation. This is not view that is acceptable for a follower of Yeshua.