Welcome to Middle Tennessee's Messianic, Hebrew Roots community
Welcome to Middle Tennessee's Messianic, Hebrew Roots community
Our congregation began as a small home group in 1994. Over the years, this group grew and encompassed several home fellowships. This growth resulted in the congregation that we have today, a spiritual community called Mercy Collective. Fueled by our desire to teach Biblical truth and meet the needs of those who have committed to walking with us, we continue to grow in the strength of our unity and His love.
Today, we are a body of dedicated Believers who seek to serve His Kingdom and one another. We embrace His Torah and our Messiah, the Living Word. Through faith and by His Spirit we seek to establish His word as the standard for living within our congregation. All who share our desire for truth, relationship, accountability, and the love of Messiah are welcome.
Moving forward we hope to have significant impact on the lives of His people, Israel. Our desire is to develop true disciples of our Master, Yeshua. We realize that this is a process that takes time and commitment from all involved. Our faith is to be alive in real, tangible, every day action.
The mission of this congregation is to encourage believers to lead Biblical lives. We have been blessed to see the Father use this group to unite and strengthen the Nashville community.
Mercy Collective is led by pastors John and Melissa Diffenderfer and Nathein and Shannon Perkins, with the support of a wonderful community of believers.
Mercy Collective meets on Saturdays at Crievewood Baptist Church. Our congregational service begins at 4 p.m. and usually lasts about two hours. Periodically, we host topical Bible studies, starting at 3 p.m., immediately preceding our congregational service. (Please contact us if you have any questions about our schedule or service.)
480 Hogan Road
Nashville, TN 37220
At Mercy, our faith is firmly planted on Scripture, from Genesis through Revelation. We have summed up the foundation of our beliefs and core theological positions what we call The Messianic Creed. This core is supported by the totality of Scripture, including the following truths.
We believe in the Creator of heaven and earth whose name is Yahweh. "Hear O Israel, Yahweh our God, Yahweh is One" (Deut. 6:4). The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are united in God (Is. 11:1-2, Lk. 4:18-21).
We believe in the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testament in their original, inspired text. They are the inspired and inerrant Word of Yahweh Almighty. They alone are the divine and final authority in determining all doctrinal truths (2 Tim. 3:16).
We believe that Yeshua of Nazareth is the Messiah, God made manifest in the flesh (1 Tim. 3:16). He was born of a virgin (Luke 1:34) and lived a sinless life. He died for us an an atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:10), was resurrected from the dead (1 Cor. 15:4), and has ascended to the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19). Yeshua will return physically as King of Kings and Lord of Lords to reign over the earth (Zech. 14, Acts 1:9-11, and Rev. 19:11-16).
We believe that all have sinned and need the salvation, which is provided only through Yeshua and by the grace of Yahweh (Ps. 14:1-3, Rom. 3-23).
We believe that the Holy Spirit dwells in all believers to lead, guide, teach, comfort, and empower us to live a righteous life (Jn. 14:26, 2 Tim. 1:7, 1 Cor. 14:26).
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and unsaved. The redeemed to everlasting joy in the presence of Yahweh, and the lost to eternal separation from Yahweh (John 5: 28-29 and Revelation 20:11-15).
We believe the Torah of Yahweh is the instruction of a loving and gracious Father to His children. It is the perfect law that gives us liberty (Ps. 119-44-45, James 2:25-26). The commandments of Yahweh will not disappear until heaven and earth disappear (Matt. 5:17-20). We delight in the instruction of Yahweh (Ps. 1:2). The Torah was not given for salvation. It is the loving instruction of how a redeemed people should live. Yeshua kept His Father's commandments and lived in the Father's love. We are instructed to walk as Yeshua walked (1 John 2:3-6). We are to obey Yahweh's commandments and to hold to the testimony of Yeshua (Rev. 12:17).
Family is at the heart of this fellowship. We encourage people to accept all the blessings that Yahweh has given them, children included. We believe that strong families are the building blocks of His Kingdom.
We also believe that each family is its own entity and, while part of the congregation, each family is accountable to Yahweh for how they live out their faith. We respect Biblical headship within the home and encourage parents to lead their families and teach their children the commandments of God.
We believe that worship is a vital part of a Believer's walk. While the expression of worship may vary in each individual, the heart to worship must be the same. Our worship involves music, dance, instruments, study, prayer, and singing.
We worship to draw closer to our Creator and give Him all that we have. Worship is between the one who worships and the One who is being worshiped. It is not a show, yet is both personal and corporate. Our desire is to be a body of believers who worship Yahweh in Spirit and in Truth.
Through Messiah's atoning sacrifice, we are part of Israel. We are from the seed of Abraham's faith and heirs of the promises given to him by Yahweh. As followers of Yeshua who have been empowered by His Holy Spirit, we have a deep love for the land, people, and Scriptures of Israel.
Lamb Fellowship is a collection of families and individuals who truly care for one another. We laugh and cry together. We attempt to meet each others' needs in small and large ways. While separated by geography, we are spiritually united.
Sunday, October 2 | Charlie Daniels Park, Mt. Juliet (Directions) | 5 p.m.
Join us for a festival of praise in the park! This gathering will include live worship, prayer, and a time of teaching, as we look forward to the Final Trumpet and the return of our King, Yeshua (Jesus).
We will provide hotdogs and hamburgers, ice, and paper products. Please bring a side, dessert, and/or a beverage. Some seating is provided at the amphitheater and pavilion, but feel free to bring a blanket or chairs. Feel free to come early to enjoy the park and fellowship with our community of believers.
Tuesday, October 11 | One Stone Church, Nashville (Directions) | 6:30 p.m.
Join us for a night of worship and prayer as we focus on the atonement of Yeshua and our redemption from sin. Our Yom Kippur service will mark the beginning of our day of fasting and prayer, as we unite the promise of deliverance for our lives, our families, and our community.
Sunday, October 16 — Sunday, October 23 | Various Locations
This year, we'll be celebrating Sukkot in intimate settings throughout Middle Tennessee. Each night, families from our congregation are opening their homes, inviting fellow believers to come and experience the joy of the Feast. Each of our host families will provide a unique and welcoming celebration. For more information, please contact us. We will also be hosting special Sukkot services during our regular Sabbath services on Saturday, October 15, and Saturday, October 22, at 4 p.m.
Mercy Collective is supported through the tithes and offerings of our congregation and those who believe in the mission of our community. All donations are tax-deductible. We thank you for your generosity and faithfulness.