Our Beliefs

The Nation of Israel

 We believe in the continuity of God’s covenants with the physical people of Israel according to (Jeremiah 31:35-36) and corresponding passages.   Part of the fulfillment of these covenants is the physical return of the people of Israel to their Promised Land.  (Deuteronomy 30)  We further believe that those Jews who place their faith in Israel’s Messiah have not disowned, or separated themselves from their Jewish race and heritage; rather they remain sons and daughters of Israel according to the flesh, and part of the Body of Messiah according to the Spirit.  (1 Corinthians 7:17-20)

We believe that Jews who accept Yeshua as their Messiah do not step outside of Biblical Judaism.  Jews do not convert to another religion when they accept Yeshua’s Atonement, thus should celebrate their heritage and traditions.

We believe that everyone who trust in Yeshua is grafted into the “olive tree” granting them the privilege of following the Torah [God’s Teachings], having had it written upon their hearts as participants of the Renewed Covenant.  (Romans 11:11-24; Jeremiah 31:33)  Non-Jews who place their faith in Israel’s Messiah, Yeshua, are also spiritually sons and daughters of Israel and thus also share in this rich and meaningful heritage.  (Romans 2:28-29; Acts 21:7-26; Galatians 3:28-29; Deuteronomy 28)  While this does not make them Jewish, who are not Jewish by birth, they are granted the privilege of adoption into the family of Yeshua Messiah.  (Romans 8:15)

  Last Days/Eschatology

We believe that Yeshua will come again at the appointed time after all things have been restored as foretold by the prophets.  (Acts 3: 19-21)

  The Torah

We believe that the Torah is a revelation of the righteousness of God and the description, along with the rest of the Scriptures, of the lifestyle of the redeemed community.  (Matt. 5:17-19; 2Timothy 3:16-17)

We believe that fulfillment of the Law by Yeshua does not negate the Law. (Matt. 5:18) The keeping of Biblical Law is valid as God gave the practices of Torah for moral instruction as well as for cultural-national practice which pointed forward to Messiah’s work.  [We acknowledge a great distinction between Biblical Law as found in Torah and Rabbinical Law.]   

We believe that the Torah is valid as a reflection of God’s righteous standards and as a means of preserving Israel as a distinct nation.  Therefore, the keeping and practice of the Torah by believers in the body of Messiah is a natural expression of their heritage.  We emphasize, however, that the keeping of the Law does not justify man to God or help earn salvation.  Righteousness with God is solely by grace through faith in Yeshua’s atonement.  (Ephesians 2:8-9)  We consider the Torah to be the gift of God to all His children (Jews and non-Jews alike), being God’s eternal and unchanging revelation and instructions in righteousness.  We further believe that Yeshua will continue to teach Torah during His messianic reign upon the earth.  (Isaiah 2:3)

 We believe that the New Testament (B’rit Chadashah) does not replace or supersede the Old Testament (Tanakh), but that they are one book completing Gods revealed Word to man by fulfillment of the Promise. (Galatians 3:19)

 We observe and celebrate the Biblical Feasts of the LORD as commanded by God for all generations. (Leviticus 23)

 We obey the Forth Commandment by observing the Sabbath of the LORD, the seventh day of the week.  (Deuteronomy 5:12)

 The Church - The Body of Messiah

 We believe that those who accept the atoning work of Yeshua become members of the universal people of God as part of the Body of Messiah.  This one spiritual family includes both Jews and non-Jews, who by their being grafted into the tree then become members of the commonwealth of Israel as adopted sons and daughters of the Promise.  (Romans 8:16-17; Ephesians 2:11-14, 5:30-32; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13)  Both Jews and non-Jews in Messiah are equal members of the Body of Yeshua, however, this body of adopted sons and daughters does not replace physical Israel in God’s plans and purposes.  (Romans 3:1-2, 29-31)  

 

 The Scriptures

 We believe that the Bible, both the (Tanakh) Old Testament and the (B’rit Chadashah) New Testament, is the only inspired, infallible and authoritative Word of God.  (2 Timothy 3:16-17)  We further believe that the Bible is the self revealed revelation of God and of His will for His creation, and as such, all other beliefs must be drawn from and be consistent with His Word. (Isaiah 55:9; Psalm 119:160)

 The Nation of God

 We believe in one God, as He has revealed Himself in the Scriptures.  “Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God is One.”  (Deuteronomy 6:4)  We believe that the intended meaning of this word “one”, as found in the Hebrew scriptures, [echad] means a “composite unity.”  He alone is ADONAI, (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10-11), and He has chosen to refer to Himself in the following primary contexts:  as the Father (HaAv), as the Son (HaBen) Yeshua, and as the (Ruach HaKodesh) Holy Spirit.

 We believe that Jesus (Yeshua) is the Son of God, the Messiah (Who is the Christ), the Eternal One in Whom all the fullness of the deity dwells in bodily form, and who is the Word who became flesh and dwelt amoung us, and whose glory we behold, the glory of the only begotten Son of God, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1,14: Col.2:9)

 Salvation

 We believe, concerning mankind, that all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God,  Romans 3:23, and that Yeshua’s death and resurrection provided the atonement for all who would place their faith in Him; that whoever trusts in God, in His work alone, is made a new creation in Messiah, indwelt by the Spirit of God, and is transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of His own Son.  (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 5 & 6)

 We believe that salvation through the atoning work of Yeshua is by faith through the grace of God alone, and not by human efforts.  One may not earn, merit or keep this eternal salvation by his own efforts.  A new creation is the work of God alone.  (Ephesians 2:8-10; Romans 8:29-39)

 The Holy Spirit

 We believe that the Holy Spirit regenerates all who confess Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and that the Spirit of God comforts, teaches, leads, indwells and empowers all whom He regenerates.

 

 

 


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