Who We Are

We are a spiritual brotherhood whose love for one another stretches across the boundaries of nationality, race, and culture. Our spiritual life and the love we share comes from the God who is love, the One who made every good thing.

We never intended to form a community or band together for a common cause. Instead, our way of life came about naturally. In the early '70s a man named Gene and his wife Marsha were touched in their hearts by the great love that our Creator had for them. They understood how He tenderly cares for us and wants us to escape the death and decay all around us. They realized that He had provided a sacrifice for our sins — a way out of the endless cycle of hurting and being hurt. In the only way they knew how, they began sharing their faith with others, inviting people into their home and loving them in practical ways.

Those who visited this house found people willing to sacrifice their own time, energy, and possessions for the sake of others. They were introduced to a God whose love was so great that He Himself experienced death for us so that we would not have to pay for our own sins in death. As His love dawned in their hearts, many of these visitors were compelled to love as He did — no longer living for themselves, but for Him who suffered death and overcame it for their sake. Devoted to Him, they began to obey His commands, loving Him with all their heart, soul, and strength and loving one another as He loved them. When they did this, a community formed as an inevitable result.

We do not think of ourselves as a new religious movement. We did not invent a new teaching and gather followers. We just responded to His love and started obeying what has been recorded in the Scriptures for thousands of years. We began as a small group of disciples in the United States, but before long, people of other nationalities were gathered to us. Soon this life of love spread to other nations.

We consider ourselves to be part of the restoration of all things, something spoken of by all the holy prophets since ancient times. We see our communal life as very much like the tribal life that Abraham experienced. Our hearts are being turned toward our fathers, the men of faith who went before us and suffered many things to remain true to their God. At the same time, our hearts are turning toward our children to command them to keep the way of our God by doing what is right and just. By doing this, we hope to see the promise to Abraham fulfilled.

We speak of ourselves as Messianic communities, for we live in the hope of Messiah and are being made ready for Him. This is not an organizational title; each local community is free to call itself whatever it wishes. Community itself is a very rich word for us, however. It means a gathering of those who love one another so greatly that they are of one heart and mind, voluntarily sharing all they possess, living together, taking their meals together, devoted to one another because they are devoted to the One who saved them from death and misery. You can visit us at any of our locations.

The Twelve Tribes is a confederation of twelve self-governing tribes, composed of self-governing communities. We are disciples of the Son of God whose name in Hebrew is Yahshua. We follow the pattern of the early church in Acts 2:44 and 4:32, truly believing everything that is written in the Old and New Covenants of the Bible, and sharing all things in common.

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