“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?
And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?
And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
And how can they preach unless they are sent?
As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.’”
Bringing the Message to the Original Messengers
To successfully communicate the Gospel in a culturally relevant way to Jewish people in Australia by raising the truth that one can be Jewish and believe in Yeshua.
Celebrate Messiah Australia exists because we recognise the biblical imperative to share the Gospel with God’s ancient people – the Jewish people. We recognise that the Jewish people, in Australia and worldwide, represent an unreached people group that need to hear about the love of God demonstated in Yeshua the Messiah.
- Through creative evangelism, personal visitation and evangelistic presentations.
- By developing and planting outwardly focussed Messianic congregations of committed Jewish and Gentile believers, who worship together in a way that is sensitive to Jewish people.
- By instructing the church about the necessity of bringing the Gospel to Jewish people.
- By empowering and encouraging Jewish believers and those involved in related ministries around Australia and the rest of the world.
- By providing intelligent, visionary and servant leadership in missionary work amongst Jewish people in Australia and the rest of the world.
Celebrate Messiah exists to pray for, evangelize, disciple, and serve Jewish people everywhere and to help fellow believers do the same. We affirm our commitment to the essence of historic, evangelical faith and our core theological emphases when it comes to Jewish evangelism.
The history of the Jewish people in Australia began with eight Jewish convicts from England, who arrived at Sydney Cove with the First Fleet in 1788. Today there are an estimated 120,000 Jewish people living in Australia with most of them living in Sydney and Melbourne.
Our Caulfield Messianic Centre
Lawrence and Louise Hirsch
Celebrate Messiah was founded in 1995 by Lawrence and Louise Hirsch, and began reaching to Jewish people initially in Melbourne. Lawrence is a Jewish believer in Yeshua and the current Executive Director of Celebrate Messiah, as well as the Rabbi of Beit HaMashiach, a messianic congregation planted by Celebrate Messiah in the heart of the largest Jewish community in Australia, in the suburb of Caulfield, Melbourne.
Celebrate Messiah, joined together in partnership with Chosen People Global Ministries in the year 2000, and is now one of the 19 countries around the world that form this dynamic ministry network.
Celebrate Messiah is directly accountable to a Board of Directors and a Board of Reference, made up of clergy and lay-persons of various denominations. For more information about our Boards, visit Meet our Boards.
Our Core Values
1. PRIORITY OF JEWISH EVANGELISM
We are deeply committed to bringing the Gospel “to the Jew first…” (Romans 1:16). We believe that the Bible gives priority to Jewish evangelism within the broader context of Yeshua’s command to preach the Gospel to all peoples.
2. MOTIVATED BY LOVE
We firmly believe that the core motivation of sharing the Gospel with any people is the love of God demonstrated in the Person of Yeshua the Messiah.
3. EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
We are committed to sharing the Gospel in a culturally relevant and effective way, without compromising the claims of Messiah.
4. UNITY IN MESSIAH
We deeply value the unity of the whole body of Messiah, and will seek to maintain fellowship with all people involved in the Church and associated missionary organisations. We believe in the equality of all believers in Messiah.
5. MUTUAL ACCOUNTABILITY
We value the need to be accountable to each other, to associated ministries and to the wider body of Messiah.
6. INTENTIONAL DISCIPLESHIP
We believe that the fruit of evangelism must be preserved by the intentional disciplining of new believers into worshiping communities and Messiah-like lifestyles.
7. SPIRITUAL INTEGRITY
We firmly believe that the messenger must honestly seek to live a life that is consistent with the Message.
8. HUMAN DIGNITY
We strongly believe that since all human beings are made in the image of God, how we treat them is a reflection of our love and respect for Him. We also believe that the worker is more important than the work.
Our Ministry Initiatives
Host Israelis, which was founded in partnership with Chosen People Ministries, trains potential hosts for inviting Israeli backpackers into their homes. It is an opportunity to show hospitality and the love of Yeshua to young Israelis who have just completed their military service.
The Messianic Training Centre is a ministry for the training of believers in Jewish evangelism and teaching from a Messianic Jewish perspective.
Tikkun Olam is a benevolent ministry to distribute food hampers to Jewish people in need around Australia, and hold monthly luncheons for the community at our Caulfield Messianic Centre.
Beit HaMashiach is a Messianic congregation planted by Celebrate Messiah in Melbourne, Australia. It is overseen by Lawrence and Louise Hirsch.
Brit Chadashah is a Messianic congregation planted by Celebrate Messiah in Sydney, Australia. It is overseen by Daniel and Monica Valle.
Hineh Yeshua is a Messianic congregation planted by Celebrate Messiah in Canberra, Australia. It is overseen by Robert and Eleanor Miles.
Celebrate Messiah Australia Inc. is a non-profit organisation. We are supported by individuals and churches who see the need to share the Gospel with God’s ancient people.
If you would like to support the mission of Celebrate Messiah Australia, you can choose to give a donation or join our Romans 1:16 Partnership Program.