Statement of Beliefs
We believe that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who revealed Himself in the Tanach (Old Testament) and Brit Chadasha (New Covenant/Testament), is God the Father, the one true God, possessing all knowledge (omniscient), all power (omnipotent), and being present in all places at once (omnipresent). He is the sovereign, unchanging, self-existent creator of the universe who is spirit, eternal, and personal.
(Deuteronomy 34:10, Isaiah 42:5, Isaiah 46:10, Psalm 90:2, Psalm 139:7-10, Matthew 19:26, John 4:24, Ephesians 1:11, James 1:17)
We believe that Yeshua (Jesus), who was born in Bethlehem and grew up in Nazareth, is the divine Son of God, the Son of David of the Tribe of Judah, the true messiah prophesied in the Torah (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, & Deuteronomy), the Prophets and the holy writings.
(Genesis 49:10, Deuteronomy 18:15-18, Isaiah 53, Jeremiah 23:5-6, Micah 5:2; Psalm 2, Psalm 22, Proverbs 30:4; and many more)
We believe That the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) has been given to us to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgement, and as a helper to the saved and a guide into truth.
We believe that the Torah, the prophets, and the holy writings were given by God through ancient holy men who wrote as God directed them. We believe that this collection of inspired writings, the Tanach, is true and inerrant.
We believe that the Brit Chadasha is the fulfillment of the prophesies of the Tanach, especially of Jeremiah 31:31 (verse 30 in some translations) in iwhich God promised to give to Israel a new covenant. We believe that the Tanach and the Brit Chadasha comprise the divinely given, ineerant Word of God, which is God’s complete and final revelation.
We believe that all people of the world are invited to be a part of Israel’s new and renewed covenant by trusting in Israel’s Messiah Yeshua.
(Isaiah 42:6-7, 49:6, 60:3)
We believe that forgiveness of sin comes only through a blood atonement as stated in the Torah (Leviticus 17:11) and that the only atonement God accepts today is the atonement made by Messiah Yeshua’s death on the cross, a permanent atonement.
(Psalm 2:12, Isaiah 53:10-11; John 14:6, Acts 4:12)
We believe that Messiah Yeshua was resurrected from the grave to be the eternal Priest of the New Covenant.
We believe that Messiah Yeshua is coming back to earth to rule the earth in a Kingdom of Righteousness. We believe that He came the first time as the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53 to make atonement for sin and that He is returning to set up God’s kingdom on earth.
(Isaiah 2; Isaiah 11; Daniel 7; Matthew 19:27-28)
1. The worship of Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messaiah) as Lord and Savior.
2. The evangelism of the world’s Jewish and gentile population in the belief that Yeshua is the Jewish messiah as
well as the Son of God and savior.
3. To encourage Jewish believers that their ethnic and historical heritage need not be lost upon their commitment
4. To encourage planting of messianic Jewish congregations and fellowships as worship homes for Jewish
believers and their families.
5. To encourage the Church to partner with us in evangelizing the Jewish people.
6. To follow the scriptures in all matters of faith and life.
We are ready to meet the people in churches to discuss and bring the message of the need for this biblically mandated ministry. (Romans 1:16)
Since we believe that Yeshua is the true Jewish Messiah who takes away the sin of the world, and that we are scripturally obligated to present this “good news” to everyone, we resolve that:
1. We will try to present the message of redemption through the atonement of Messiah Yeshua with love and
compassion to Jews and gentiles throughout the world.
2. We strongly condemn anti-Semitism and all derogatory statements or actions against any ethnic, racial,
or religious groups.
3. We will abstain from the use of trickery or deception in presenting the message of salvation through Messiah
Yeshua. Also, it is not our intent to forcibly present this message during our attendance at traditional Jewish
places of worship, religious gatherings, or at public or private events which are organized by the traditional
4. Since it is commonly accepted in the Jewish community at large that “it is not what you believe that makes a
Jew, but who you are,” those of us who are Jewish and believe that Yeshua is the true Messiah of Israel will
continue to identify ourselves as Jews.
5. Those of us who are Jewish believers in Messiah Yeshua and follow the cultural ways of our ancestors will not
claim to represent traditional Judaism.
Our Congregational Leaders
Michael & Connie Saffle
Sabbath Peace Fellowship (SPF) is a Messianic congregation in Eagle River, Alaska. We are a mission and church plant of the First Baptist Church (FBC), Eagle River, Alaska, of the Alaska Baptist Convention, and the Southern Baptist Convention. SPF is associated with the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship, the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, and the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism Worldwide.
Rabbi Michael Saffle is an ordained Pastor and Rabbi of the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship and the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention. He is the congregational leader of SPF and an Associate Pastor with FBC with pastoral, preaching and teaching responsibilities at both. Michael stopped teaching Special Education in 2018 to do ministry full time.
Eagle River and Chugiak is a very diverse area between Anchorage and Wasilla, Alaska with a population of nearly 400,000 people. This represents over 50% of the entire state population. There are 99 languages spoken in the Anchorage school district; the most diverse district in the nation. We minister to a lot of homeless people through different para-church ministries. The homeless population is around 8,000 in Anchorage and 500-600 the Wasilla area. The Jewish population is between 5,000 and 6,000.
Our primary mission is to reach out and minister to Jews though we share the message of the gospel of Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah) with all we minister to. It is our goal to meet people where they are at, help find the Truth of the Gospel of Messiah, and help them to grow as individuals and contributing members of the body of believers. We see Him throughout Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation. We teach the truths of Messiah Jesus prophesied in The Old Testament and fulfilled in the New Testament. We celebrate Jewish culture and tradition to engage the Jewish people and to give the Gentile a reference point for understanding their friends and families who are Jewish.
We minister through teaching, children’s ministries, relationship evangelism, and outreaches. We have four major outreaches every year:
a Passover Seder in the spring;
a Jewish Cultural Festival at the end of July;
a Wedding Feast for the feast of Sukkot; and
a Channukah Celebration in December.
Weekly Saturday Messianic Shabbat services includes several families going through a Messianic Jewish liturgy and having a fellowship meal immediately followed by Torah study. Our children’s ministries include Trail Life and American Heritage Girls troops which ministers to 50 plus children weekly. We also host a Davidic Dance class in cooperation with other local Messianic congregations. It is our desire to partner with us in our ministry to Israel and the Jewish people. We are looking for people to help us strengthen our voice among those called the Apple of GOD’S eye.
The Last Five Years Accomplishments in Alaska:
We have developed a Mission and Vision Statements and Constitution for Sabbath Peace Fellowship.
8 full Seders, Five at Sabbath Peace open to the public. The other three for other congregations or churches.
4 Jewish Cultural Festival in July.
5 Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) services. This included one this year with 95 people in attendance including several unsaved Jewish people.
5 full Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Wedding Feasts.
5 Chanukah Party Outreaches
Short Term Needs:
Assistance with setup and food preparation for the Jewish Cultural Festival
Advertising/PR for the Jewish Cultural Festival
Funding assistance for various ministry activities of SPF
Assistance for future community outreach events
Assistance in funding our website
Long Term Needs:
Funding to procure real estate
Funding to build a building
Accounting assistance with funding and tax forms
Assistance with design and construction of a building
Long term financial assistance for ministry sustainability
Vision For A Church Building:
Since the beginning of Sabbath Peace Fellowship, there has been a vision of providing a faith-based community center for the residents of the Eagle River/Chugiak area. Currently, there are no community centers of any kind, whether faith based or secular. There are a couple of food pantries but they are limited in the food they're able to provide. There is clothing ministry provided by FBC that we can utilize. Many of our members participate together to meet food and clothing needs when possible but we would like to do more.
In building a community center, we would provide centrally located retail space at near free to very low rent for the Heart-to-Heart Pregnancy Resource Center, a food pantry, and coat closet to further assist those in need. We can provide athletic courts and such for kids to play in a safe location. We also want to have meeting rooms/classrooms for after school tutoring, ESL classes, youth activities sponsored by the SPF, and community events that could offer benefit to the citizens of the Eagle River/Chugiak area. Through a centrally located community center, we could give back to the community and provide the message of the Messiah to all who walk through the doors.
To reach Rabbi Mike Saffle: firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-282-4058.