FORT MILL — Special to the Fort Mill Times
Although theirs is not a Messianic congregation, members of Antioch International Church enjoy celebrating the Jewish feasts. Their pastor, Dr. Peter Wyns, has a Jewish heritage, but was raised in a Christian home and is a Christian pastor.
The church loves to teach the Christian community about their Jewish roots while explaining the differences that occur because of Christ and the New Covenant.
Passover celebrates the exodus of the Jewish people from slavery in ancient Egypt. For Christians, it also points to the Easter theme of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. The Bible teaches that Jesus is the Passover Lamb, the Unleavened Bread and the First Fruits of those who will one day be raised from the dead.
The Jewish Passover ceremony involves a full course meal and an order of service called the Haggadah. Haggadah means “the telling of the story” and every part of the meal tells a different part.
AIC follows the Haggadah as well, but the church adds the Christian emphasis that sees Christ as the fulfillment of the Passover story. AIC has produced its own Messianic Haggadah so the Christian community can appreciate the Jewish faith, understand their Jewish roots and celebrate their own faith in Christ at the same time.
On March 29 at 7 p.m., the public is invited to enjoy a roast lamb dinner and an evening of biblical teaching. Attendees will read the Scriptures, sing worship songs and discover how Jesus has become the Resurrected Christ.
Register by calling the church at 803-792-4365. Antioch International Church is located at 8180 Regent Parkway, Fort Mill.