New Covenant Christian Church

A Messianic Torah Observant Congregation

Statement of faith

  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 Triune 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 ( HaAa ) as the Son (HaBen) Yeshua, and as the (Ruach HaKodesh)  Holy Spirit.

We believe that Jesus/Yeshua the Living Torah 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. John 1:14, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” Colossians 2:9, “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily…”

 

Salvation

We are messianic because we believe that Messiah Yeshua died as a substitutionary sacrifice for man’s sin and that all who believe in Him are declared righteous on the basis of His shed blood.

We believe, concerning mankind:

 

The Holy Spirit (Ruach Hakodesh)

 

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) 

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. We believe that sanctification (made holy and set apart by the Holy Spirit) is a process throughout the life of a Christian.

 

 

The Nation of Israel 

We believe the Nation of Israel, comprised of the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, is chosen by God. The Abrahamic Covenant declared this to be so and is an irrevocable, everlasting covenant. The Jewish people are re-grafted into the Olive Tree through faith in Yeshua as Messiah and non-Jewish believers in Yeshua are grafted into the same Olive Tree which is redeemed Israel. (Romans 11:11-24; Jeremiah 31:33)

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 and thus should celebrate their heritage and traditions.

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) This grafting in does not make them Jewish (who are not Jewish by birth) but they are granted the privilege of adoption into the family of Yeshua Messiah. (Romans 8:15)

We believe that everyone who trusts in Yeshua is grafted into the Olive Tree granting them the privilege of following the Torah [God’s instruction], having had it written upon their hearts as participants of the New Covenant. (Romans 11:11-24; Jeremiah 31:33)

 

The Last Days

We believe that Yeshua will come again physically at the appointed time, during the restoration of all things as foretold by the prophets. (Acts 3: 19-21)

 

 

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 being grafted into the Olive Tree then become members of the commonwealth of Israel. (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 believers does not replace physical Israel in God’s plans and purposes. (Romans 3:1-2, 29-31)

 

 

The Torah ( Instructions )

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), for it is 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 and we will walk out Biblical Judaism. (Isaiah 2:3-3) 

We believe that fulfillment of the Law by Yeshua does not negate the Law (Matt. 5:18). That 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), for it is 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 and we will walk out Biblical Judaism. (Isaiah 2:3-3)

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

We are Torah Observant in that 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, (on the seventh day—Saturday) the seventh day of the week. (Deuteronomy 5:12)

 


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