|Address:||PO Box 600845 Jacksonville, FL 32260 Add Meeting address: 7950 Belfort Pkwy #900 Jacksonville, FL 32256 (River City Church)|
Vision – Taking the message of the New Covenant through Yeshua (Jesus) from Israel to the ends of the earth.
Mission – We are a diverse community of nationalities … worshipping, serving, and growing together in unity. We offer a variety of worship and teaching expressions that honor both the Jewish and Christian histories of the faith – ancient and modern. Our teaching focuses on entering into the New Covenant through Jesus (Yeshua) the Messiah, along with living out a lifestyle that is faithful to the New Covenant. Our style of faith is both reverent and approachable, with a desire to see the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) impact our lives for personal growth and outward service. We seek to implement the mutual blessing of Jew and Gentile as “One New Man” (Acts 10-15, Ephesians 2). We hope to expand the kingdom of God in Northeast Florida – assisting those seeking out the faith, establishing Life Groups, and raising up new leaders.
What is Elim?
Elim was an oasis in the desert. Here is the ancient story behind Elim. The Israelites left Egypt after the conflict with Pharaoh. Yet they did not leave alone. People from other nations, presumably Egyptians and other nationalities, left Egypt with them to form a new nation that worshipped one God. This is found in Exodus 12:38 where a mixed multitude also went up with them. After a few weeks, they came to Elim.
Exodus 15:27 – Then they came to Elim where there were twelve springs of water and seventy date palms, and they camped there beside the waters.
This verse has been interpreted by scholars as follows: The twelve springs represent the 12 tribes of Israel. The number 70 has typically represented the number of the nations, as pictured by the seventy date palm trees. The Elim logo contains 12 waves to represent the twelve springs of water, along with 7 branches to represent the seventy date palm trees. When the righteous amongst the nations and Israel partner together, this creates an oasis in the desert. The themes of interdependence and mutual blessing are also seen in this imagery. The trees cannot survive without the water, and the water needs the shade of the trees to avoid evaporation in the desert. The passage in Ephesians 2 is possibly linked when it describes how He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace.