Statement of Faith

 

 

We Believe

1. We believe there is one God, eternally existent and manifested as – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that God is all- knowing, all-powerful, ever-present, and changeless and that He is holy, righteous, faithful, merciful and loving (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10-11; 48:16, Psalm 2; Proverbs 30:4).

We believe that the Father is all the fullness of the Godhead invisible. We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through faith in Messiah Yeshua (Exodus 4:22; Matthew 3:17; John 1:12,3:16; 8:24, 58; Galatians 3:26).

We believe that Messiah Yeshua (Christ Jesus) is the eternal and only begotten Son of God, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of a Jewish virgin, Miriam (Mary). He was sinless in His life, and He made atonement for the sins of the world by the shedding of His blood unto death. We believe in His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension, His high priestly work in Heaven for us, and His visible pre-millennial return to the world according to His promise. (Leviticus 17:11; Psalm 22:16; 110:4; Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Daniel 9:26; Zechariah 12:10; Mark 10:45; Romans 3:24-26, 5:8-9; 2 Corinthians 5:14, 21; 1 Peter 3:18; Isaiah 7:14,9:6-7; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Micah 5:2; John 1:1, 8:58; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:2-3; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Hebrews 7:1-25,8:1; 1 John 2:1).

We believe the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) is a manifestation of the Godhead, and as such, possesses all the distinct attributes of Deity. He is ever present to glorify and testify of Messiah Yeshua. We believe that according to the Brit Chadasha (New Testament or Covenant), the Holy Spirit permanently regenerates, indwells, and seals the believer. He empowers, sovereignly imparting at least one spiritual gift to every believer for the purpose of edifying and equipping the Body of Messiah. He guides, teaches, sanctifies, and fills believers, and He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment.

We believe the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is both initiatory and universal. Believers should, therefore, seek to identify, utilize and develop their God-given gifts for service in the Lord (Genesis 1:2; Psalm 139:7-8; Nehemiah 9:20; 1 John 9:20; John 14:16,17,15:26,27, 16:7-15; 1 Corinthians 2:10,11, 12:4-31; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 1:13,14, 4:30).

2. We believe that the Bible is God’s completed Word, that it is inerrant in the original manuscripts, having been written by divinely inspired men, that it is the supreme, infallible authority in all matters of faith and conduct, and that it is true in all that it affirms. (Proverbs 30:5-6; Isaiah 40:7-8; Jeremiah 31:31; Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21).

3. We believe that humanity was created in the image of God. We believe that because of the original fall, all men are by nature and choice sinful and alienated from God. Man has no possible means of reconciling himself to God and that, by persisting in the sinful state of unbelief man is justly condemned by God to eternal punishment. (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:17,3:6; Isaiah 53:6, 64:6; Jeremiah 17:9; Mark 7:20-23; John 2:24-25; Romans 5:12-15; Ephesians 2:1-3).

4. We believe that man is reconciled to God, being justified by grace through faith in the atoning work of Messiah Yeshua. Being reconciled, man has peace with God and direct access to Him through Messiah Yeshua and has the hope of eternal glory in Heaven with God. Furthermore, there is no way, nor has there been any other way of salvation apart from faith in Messiah Yeshua for any person, Jewish or Gentile, from the beginning of time. (Genesis 15:6; Habakkuk 2:4; John 1:12-13, 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:28; Ephesians 1:7, 1 Timothy 2:5; Titus 3:5).

We believe that all who have truly trusted in Yeshua are kept eternally secure by the power of God through the new birth, the indwelling and sealing ministry of the Holy Spirit, and the intercession of Messiah Yeshua (John 10:28-30,14:16-17; Romans 8:38-39; Ephesians 4:30; 1 John 2:1; 1 Peter 1:23).

We believe that those who have trusted in Yeshua, though forgiven, still have to contend with the dynamic of sin in this life. Each believer has the ability to choose sin or righteousness. God has made full provision for believers to live in obedience to Him through the complete atonement of Messiah Yeshua and the indwelling of the Spirit of God (John 17:17-19; Romans 6:1-11, 7:15-25, 8:11-13; 1 John 1:8-2:2).

5. We believe the Congregation is a living, spiritual body of which Messiah is the head, and all true believers are members. (Matthew 16:18; Acts 1:5,2:14-38; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 2:11-15, 5:23-27; Colossians 1:18-20, 3:14-15).

We believe that the local congregation is an organized body of believers in Messiah Yeshua who have been through Mikvah (baptism) upon confession of faith and who associate for worship, fellowship, teaching, and service. We believe the local congregation is governed by its members through the Zakanim (Elders) and is not ruled by any outside political authority. Its purpose is to glorify God through worship, instruction, accountability, discipline, fellowship and outreach (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:42-47; Ephesians 4:11-13; Hebrews 10:19-25).

6. We believe that Satan is the chief enemy of God and our souls, and that while he continues to rule this present world, Messiah’s atoning death and resurrection have defeated him. Satan will suffer eternal punishment by being cast into the lake of fire after the Messiah’s one- thousand- year reign (2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:1-3; Colossians 2:15; Revelation 20:10).

Satan is the father of lies, anti-Semitism and hostility toward Israel. Believers can and should resist him and his demons by faith, applying Scriptural truth. We believe that believers cannot be demon possessed, but they can be demon oppressed (Genesis 3:1-19; Luke 10:18; John 8:44; Ephesians 6:10-19; James 4:7-8; 1 Peter 5:8-9; Revelation 12:13).

We believe in the God-ordained ministry of holy angels to bring about God’s intended plans and purposes and to minister to all believers (Isaiah 6:1-7; Daniel 10:10-21; Luke 15:10; Ephesians 1:21; Hebrews 1:14; Revelation 7:11-12).

7. We believe the people of Israel, comprised of the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, are chosen by God. The Abrahamic Covenant expressed God’s choice of Israel and His irrevocable, unconditional covenant to the Jewish people. Jewish believers have a unique two-fold identity as both the spiritual remnant of physical Israel, and as members of the body of Messiah. Non-Jewish believers become adopted sons and daughters of Abraham and partakers of the spiritual blessings of Israel and are, therefore, grafted into the believing olive tree. We believe that it is the believer’s duty and privilege to communicate the Good News of Messiah Yeshua to the Jewish people chiefly, and also to all people, according to the Scriptures, in a clear, yet sensitive way. It is also the believer’s duty to support the God-given rights of Israel to the land while opposing anti-Semitism according to the provisions of the Abrahamic Covenant. We believe God has a special purpose and role for the nation of Israel and the Jewish people. We believe in the full physical and spiritual restoration of Israel at the Second Coming of the Messiah as proclaimed in the Scriptures (Genesis 12:1-3,17:7-8,26:3-4,28:13-15; Exodus 19:6; Amos 3:2; 9:8; Zechariah 12:10; 14:2-4; Mt. 23:39; John 4:22; Acts 3:19-21; 13:46; Romans 1:16; 9:3-5; 10:1-5; 11:2-5, 23-26, 28-29; Ephesians 2:14-19).

Believers are not under the condemnation of the Law of Moses. Both Jewish and non-Jewish believers have the freedom in the Messiah to enjoy all of the aspects of the Torah (e.g., festivals, Shabbats). These aspects of the Torah are not nor ever were a means of justification. Justification is by grace through faith in Yeshua alone. For non-Jewish believers, observances such as the festivals and Shabbat are a means of identifying with the Jewish community and expressing the Hebraic roots of Biblical faith (Acts 21:24-25; Romans 6:14-15; 8:2-9; 10:4-9; 14:1-6; 1 Corinthians 9:20-21; 2 Corinthians 3:1-11; Galatians 3:3,11; Col. 2: 16-17).

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