Who We Are
Brenham Torah Community is a congregation of believers in Jesus (Hebrew: Yeshua) and the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in and around Brenham, Texas. We are from all countries and ethnic backgrounds, wild and native branches of the Olive tree, united in God’s Covenant Commonwealth by our faith in him, and living according to God’s Biblical instructions.
Our mission is to provide a community-based framework by which the people of Brenham and Washington County, Texas, can know Yeshua, live as his disciples, and grow Godly families. We want to help Brenham be a community of believers in Yeshua, who love God, love our neighbors, and keep the commandments.
In-person ministries in the Brenham area:
- The Bridge Bible Study – Teaching and discussion focused on specific, high-priority topics.
- Brenham Torah Study – Community discussion of the Torah, Prophets, and New Testament, chapter-by-chapter.
- Breakfast on the Farm – Shabbat morning Bible study for men using First Fruits of Zion’s Torah Club studies.
Online ministries available from anywhere in the world:
- Conversations of the Way podcast – Down to earth exposition of basic spiritual principles for disciples of Yeshua.
- Common Sense Bible Study – Online Bible study, discussions, and courses.
- American Torah – Written and audio commentary on a wide range of Biblical topics.
What We Believe
In Romans 11, Paul described the influx of gentile believers in the first century as the branches of wild olive trees grafted into the cultivated tree of Israel. In Ephesians 2:13, he said that we “who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” We want to become integral members and citizens of the Commonwealth of Israel without losing distinctive qualities that make us valuable additions to God’s Kingdom. Through the cross of Christ, Jew and gentile have been made “one new man in place of two”, sons and daughters together in the one household of God.
We believe that Yeshua (Jesus) is the Messiah and King of Israel, the only begotten Son of God, conceived in Mary by the Holy Spirit, and that He died and was resurrected on the third day.
We believe that the sixty-six books of the Bible are a divinely-inspired, accurate record of God’s interaction with mankind, that the Torah (the first five books) is the Law of God in written form and the foundation for all other Scripture. We believe that the rest of the Bible builds on and clarifies Torah, but can never overrule or change it. No one is authorized to change the Law of God, and although traditions and teachings concerning Torah can be good and helpful, they are not themselves Torah. We believe that the Torah is God’s standard of behavior for all mankind.
We believe that gentile believers are grafted into Israel through faith in God’s mercy as evidenced in the blood of Yeshua, and that no one can earn citizenship or eternal salvation through any action of their own. We believe that the physical descendants of Jacob are natural born citizens of Israel and Israel will always be God’s chosen people.
Who We Are Not
We are not a Messianic Jewish synagogue, Christian Identity, Hebrew Roots, or Black Hebrew Israelites; all who are willing to set aside their differences and submit to Israel’s Messiah are welcome. We do not believe in salvation by works. We are not a debate club. We are not an arm of the civil government or a public welfare system. We are not beholden to extra-biblical commentaries and teachers. We are not enforcers of doctrinal purity. We are not on a mission to convert Jews to Christianity nor Christians to Judaism.
When & Where We Meet
We meet in private homes in Washington County on Saturday afternoons and for the biblical feast days. Since our locations and times do fluctuate occasionally, please add your contact information below to get reminders and up to date information.
While our focus is Washington County, Texas, Brenham Torah Community is just one small part of the whole body of Messiah and part of the Central Texas Torah Community, along with our sister fellowship in Bastrop, Seeking Messiah.