This unique form of ministry centres in what we call a "Yeshiva" (pronounced, yeh-sheeva). This term refers normally to a Jewish religious school. However, as an alternative to the regular service of a church we have adopted the appellation for our weekly college where we concentrate on learning more about the contents of the biblical revelation. The Yeshiva takes the form of a lecture from the Bible, with opportunities for those in attendance to both grapple with new ideas, and to respectfully challenge the Rebbe and ask questions. Ignorance is never bliss.
Those who attend our Tweed Heads (Gold Coast, Australia) Yeshiva on a Shabbat (Saturday) afternoon enjoy fellowshipping with other Messianic believers (Christians) and this experience enriches their lives in a spiritual way. Those who would legalistically object to a Shabbat meeting need to be reminded that Roman Catholic historians admit that the Jewish practice of seventh day Sabbath observance continued in the Christian church for centuries, in various locations around the globe, before being supplanted in total by Sunday worship services. Even the great Protestant theologian and preacher, John Wesley, for conscience sake observed both Saturday and Sunday in his "Holy Club" at Oxford. Sunday, along with other pagan festivities, customs and traditions needs to be jettisoned from the lives of true disciples of Christ. At the same time, the Rebbe has often taught and preached at Sunday services in innumerable churches and denominations and taken communion services -- taking these opportunities to expound on Hebrew practices and traditions related to the Torah and displayed in the life and death of Yeshua. The very fact that he has been invited back to some organisations more than once is an indication of the favour authentic ministers of God are now giving to the Chosen People.
Certainly, the BRI exists as a bridge between the people of Israel and the historic Christian church. In proclaiming the Gospel -- which is focused and centred ONLY in Yeshua haMashiach, NOT in or on the nation of Israel -- through our publications and public lectures, some believers may be offended by some of our research findings and conclusions. While this may be the case, doctrinal views should in no way discourage mutually beneficial Christian fellowship among brethren united to the Lord by the same Spirit (1 Cor 6.17). In no way do we wish to offend anyone's personal faith in Yeshua haMashiach as their Lord and Saviour.
For this reason (among others) Christians are welcomed into the growing BRI fellowship without the need to surrender their current affiliation with the church or denomination of their choice. True believers are true believers, no matter where they are found. As such the BRI sees no conflict of interests if one wishes to align with our association without losing their denominational affiliation or church attendance.