Pastor Ed Harris
Ed Harris is a published author, in-demand speaker and relationship coach that is sought after for his wisdom and advice worldwide. His unique ability to connect with groups of all ages and backgrounds, is truly a gift.
Born in Saint Louis, Missouri, Ed Harris grew up in a working middle class neighborhood in North Saint Louis County. Early on, Ed learned the values that his family passed on of hard work, compassion, and integrity when he started working along with his brother Daniel in the family’s small business. However, as a young person Ed saw and felt the pull of being different and desired to be “cool” like all the other “cool” kids in school. This, as a result put Ed on the wrong path. As Ed grew and matured he teetered on this path until confessing his faith in Christ in 1990. Ed quotes, “due to divine circumstances, I was looking at television one day and could not turn the channel. Billy Graham was preaching and I fell to my knees and started weeping. That was it!” Appointments with the Divine didn’t stop as Ed was on the search for more truth and was not satisfied with the answers of many churches and denominations. “I came into the house that night and fell down on the floor, weeping, I asked God, ‘let me know the truth about you and I want a woman that loves you too.’” Within a week Ed had met the woman who would eventually become Mrs. Eddie D. Harris. They have been married for over twenty years and are the parents of 3 beautiful children.
Ed’s wife Jayme aka (Chavah) Harris was and is the main building block to Ed’s Christian – Hebraic Roots journey. Jayme received the name “Chavah” during the very complicated birth of her third child.
Chavah comes from a tradition of Commandment keeping believers that have been in existence since 1896. She also grew up in Saint Louis, Missouri where she grew up also with a traditional working class family in a traditional working class family. She a wonderful wife and mother that loves her family with passion. When visiting Beit Yashua one of the true treats is to be on the receiving end of her wonderful smile.
In addition to spending over 10 years as an itinerate, non-ordained teacher and local radio preacher, Ed and his wife and along with mentor and friend Dr. Arthur Lee and eight other families founded Beit Messiach in 2001. This fellowship was birthed to assist Christians that wanted to understand and walk out the Hebrew roots of their Christian Faith. While serving as the President and Spiritual leader of this new community, Ed was blessed to study and learn from some of the most prominent Rabbis and teachers in America and Israel.
In 2009, Ed received his next assignment to become the Senior Congregational leader of a new fellowship in Dallas, Texas called Beit Yashua, which is translated as House of Salvation (Jesus). Beit Yashua is a multi-cultural, multi-generational fellowship that seeks to observe the whole council of the Word of God.
In 2012, Ed & Chavah launched the brand new online community, My Faith In Focus (myfaithinfocus.org). My Faith in Focus (FIF), provides Biblical assistance to individuals and groups through its subscription based platform. The multimedia content is designed to assist Believers from all walks of life to grow and build their faith muscle through the practical application of the Scriptures.
Ed is a man who is primarily fueled by his pursuit of the truth and is a proponent of personal growth and accountability. Those who know Ed, appreciate the passion that he has for family and his fresh perspective, creative and insightful thinking. Ed’s love of the word truly shines through each one of his passionate, honest, and heartfelt teachings. His knack in developing practical biblical solutions makes him a valuable resource for individuals and groups of all sizes.
1 THE SCRIPTURES (IN GENERAL)
We believe by perfect faith that the Holy One, Blessed be He, is the author of the Bible (The TaNaKH and B’rit Chadashah in their original autographs), and that it (in contradistinction to other religious scriptures) is the only inspired Word of HaShem (a reverent title for the memorial name of God). This verbal, plenary Word of HaShem has been made available to all men. The product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved upon by the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit), we accept it as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine (2 Tim. 3:16; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21)
2 THE UNITY OF YAHWEH
We believe by perfect faith that there is one God (Y-H-W-H), eternally existent in a Unity of Three; the Father, the Son, and the Ruach HaKodesh (Deut. 6:4; John 1:1-2, 14:18; 10:30; 14:16-17, 26; 16:7-15).
3 YASHUA, THE MESSIAH
We believe in the deity of Yashua HaMashiach (John 1:1-18), and his birth (Is. 9:6; Is 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25), in his sinless life (Is. 53; 2 Cor. 5:21; Luke 1:35), in his miracles (Matt. 4:23-25), in his vicarious and atoning death through his shed blood (Is 53; Dan. 9:24-27; Rom. 3:21-31; Heb. 9&10), in his bodily resurrection (Zech. 12:10 & ch. 14; Matt. 28), in his ascension to the right hand of the Father (Ps. 16:10 & ch. 110; Acts 1:1-11; Heb. 1:1-3), and in his personal and physical return in power and glory (Dan. 7:9-14; Matt. 26:57-64; Rev. 1:1-18). We believe that Yashua is the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through him (John 6:29, 40, 44; 14:6; 1 John 5:11-12).
4 MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION
We believe by perfect faith that the Holy One, Blessed be He, is the Creator of all men, and that all men are made in the likeness and image of HaShem, but through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world. “…since all have sinned and come short of earning God’s praise.” “As the TaNaKH puts it, “There is no one righteous, not even one!”” Yashua, the Messiah, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the work of haSatan (the Adversary) and gave his life and shed blood to redeem and restore man back to HaShem (Rom. 3:10, 23; 5:14; 1 John 3:8). Salvation is the gift of HaShem to man, separate from works and the Torah, and is made operative by grace through faith in Yashua, producing works acceptable to HaShem (Eph. 2:8-10).
5 ETERNAL LIFE AND THE NEW BIRTH
We believe by perfect faith that the Holy One, Blessed be He, is not willing that any should be destroyed, but that everyone should turn from his sins (2 Peter 3:6). Man’s first step towards salvation is godly sorrow that leads to repentance. In order to become a genuine follower of HaShem, the New Birth is necessary to all men and, when fulfilled, produces eternal life (2 Cor. 7:10; John 3:3-5; 1 John 5:12 ).
6 BAPTISM IN THE RUACH HAKODESH (HOLY SPIRIT)
We believe by perfect faith that the Holy One, Blessed be He, desires that all of his children appropriate and internalize the power and fullness of his gracious Spirit. The Baptism in the Ruach HaKodesh and fire is a gift from HaShem as promised by Yashua the Messiah to all believers and is received subsequent to the New Birth (Matt. 3:11; John 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; 2:38, 39). The gift of tongues is but one of the many manifestations of the Ruach HaKodesh (Acts 2:4; 19:1-7; 1 Cor. 12:1-13; ch. 14). We believe in the operation of all of the gifts of the Ruach HaKodesh as enumerated in HaShem’s Word. We embrace the complete ministry of the Ruach HaKodesh (Rom. 12; 1 Cor. 12:1-13).
We believe by perfect faith that the Holy One, Blessed be He, commands his genuine followers to be holy, even as he is holy. The whole of the unified Word of God (TaNaKH and B’rit Chadashah) teaches that without holiness no man can see HaShem. We believe in the Doctrine of Sanctification as a definite, yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation (1 Cor. 1:30; Phil. 3:12-14; 1 Thess. 5:23; Heb. 12:14; 2 Peter 3:18; Rev. 14:12).
8 THE TORAH
Etymologically the word Torah is taken from the root Hebrew word “yarah” meaning “to shoot an arrow” or “to hit the mark”. Properly used, the word “torah” means, “to teach”. In a broad sense, Torah is the revelation of HaShem to His people. Within this framework, and depending on the context used both by many rabbis and some evangelical scholars, the term “Torah” can mean: (1) The five books of Moshe; (2) that, plus the Prophets and the Writings; (3) that, plus the Oral Torah, which includes the Talmud and later legal writings; (4) that, plus all religious teaching from the rabbis, including ethical and “aggadic” materials; or (5) all of the above as understood and interpreted in light of what Yashua the Messiah and the rest of the New Covenant Scriptures have said about it. For the most part, we will use definitions number (1), (2), and (5). We believe that it is crucial for us to understand theologically, that the primary purpose in HaShem’s giving of the Torah, as a way of making someone righteous, only achieves its goal when the person, by faith, accepts that Yashua is the promised Messiah spoken about therein. Until the individual reaches this conclusion, his familiarity of the Torah is only so much intellectual nutrition. Only by believing in Yashua will the person be able to properly understand HaShem, and consequently, his Word. Therefore, we strongly encourage all believers, both Jews and Non-Jews, to affirm, embrace, and practice these foundational laws (Torah) and ways (halakha, i.e., practical applications) as clarified through the Torah (teachings) of Messiah Yashua (Ex. 19 & 20; Deut. 5; Jer. 31:31-34; Matt. 5:17-19; Rom. 3 & 4; 1 Cor. 7:19; Heb. 8:10; Rev. 14:12).
9 THE DECALOGUE
We believe that the Asarat HaD’varim (Ten Words/Commandments) are a comprehensive summary of HaShem’s foundational laws and ways, as found in both the original and renewed covenants (Ex. 19 & 20; Deut. 5; Jer. 31:31-34; Matt. 5:17-19; Heb. 8:10). Therefore, we strongly encourage all believers, both Jews and Non-Jews, to affirm, embrace, and practice these foundational teachings (Matt. 5:17-19; Rom. 3:29-31; 1 Cor. 7:19; Rev. 14:12).
We believe in HaShem’s irrevocable choice of Israel (All Twelve Tribes) as His Family; the Land of Israel as His special place; the City of Yerushalyim as His royal capital; the family of David as His royal dynasty (Gen. 12:1-3; 13:14-17; 17:9-14; 22:15-18; Ex. 19:5; Deut. 4:5-8; 6:4; 12:5, 11, 21; 14:23, 24; 2 Sam. 7:13, 25-29; 1 Kings 2:45; Ps. 76:1, 2; 102:18-22; Is. 2:1-3; Jer. 31:35-37; Ez. 34:20-24; 37:21-28; Rom. 9:1-13; 11:1-6, 11-29).
11 THE CONGREGATION OF HASHEM
We believe by perfect faith that the Holy One, Blessed be He, commands his true sheep to worship him in spirit and in truth, therefore we believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in the only True Shepherd, Yashua the Messiah. We believe that Non- Jewish Believers in Messiah are grafted into the Olive Tree, Isra’el (Rom. 11), thereby making them fellow citizens and full-participants with the Commonwealth of Isra’el (Eph. 2), thus granting them the divine privilege of following the whole of the Torah (see paragraph 8 above). We believe that HaShem has written this very same Torah upon every heart Jews and Non-Jews (Greater Israel) of those who have placed their trusting faithfulness in Yashua (Jer. 31:31-34; Heb. 8:7-12). We believe that this same Torah is a foundational revelation of the righteousness of HaShem and serves as a description (along with the rest of the Scriptures) of the lifestyle of the Redeemed Community (James 1:16-27, Rev. 12:17, 14:12, Rev. 22:14.)
12 THE RESURRECTION
We believe in the personal return, in power and glory, of Yashua the Messiah to judge the living and the dead (Dan. 7:9-14; Matt. 26:57-64; Rev. 1:1-18). We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, they that are lost to the resurrection of damnation (John 5:19-29).
13 THE SPIRIT WORLD
We believe by perfect faith that the Holy One, Blessed be He, is the Creator of all heavenly principalities, and that in submission to their rebellious leader haSatan, one third of the order of angels also fell into rebellion and direct disobedience to HaShem (Is. 14:12-19; Ez. 28:12-19; Rev. 12:1-9). We believe that through the redemptive work of Messiah Yashua these fallen angels, along with their leader, are a defeated foe, and that one day God the Father will indeed vindicate his Holy Name by casting them completely down to the sides of Sh’ol (Hell) and the Lake of Fire, which was prepared for haSatan and his evil minions (Is. 14:15-20; Ez. 28:16-19; Dan. 7:11; Matt. 25:41b; Col. 2:15; 2 Thess, 2:8, 9; Rev. 19:20). We believe that the angels of light are ministering spirits unto those who in genuine trusting faithfulness name the name of Yashua as Salvation unto all men, and that in conjunction with Yashua’s mighty name these faithful followers have also been given power and dominion over the works of haSatan (Matt. 9:32-10:8; 17:14-21; Mark 6:12, 13; Luke 10:17; John 14:12; Acts 10:38; Eph. 6:10-18; Phil. 4:13; Heb. 1:4-14).
Family is most important to our mission of restoration. Our desire is to see married couples strengthened, singles encouraged, as well as the widow and the “left out and left behind.” Everyone has a place in our congregation, and as we grow we continue to discover ways that we might strengthen all areas of the Biblical family.
Our community focuses on ministering the “spiritual roots” teachings as a foundational principal for restoration. This undergirds our desire to become that “One New Man” that Abba is making. These teachings are woven into our yearly teachings.
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