Articles of faith
- We believe there is one G-d, eternally existent in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that G-d is all knowing, all powerful, ever present, and changeless. He is holy, righteous, faithful, merciful and loving (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10-11, 48:16).
- We believe that the Father is all fulness of the G-dhead 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 that come to Him through faith in Messiah Yeshua (Exodus 4:22; Matthew 3:17; John 1:12, 3:16, 8:24; Galatians 3:26).
- We believe that Messiah Yeshua is the eternal and only begotten Son of G-d, conceived of the Holy Spirit, and 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 Ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit) is a person of the G-dhead; and as such, He 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 Chadashah (New Covenant), the Ruach Ha Kodesh permanently indwells, regenerates and seals the believer. He empowers every believer, sovereignly imparting at least one spiritual gift to each for the purpose of edifying and equipping the Body of Messiah. He guides, teaches, sanctifies and fills believers, and convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgement.
We believe the immersion of the Ruach Ha Kodesh is both initiatory and universal. Believers should therefore seek to identify, utilize and develop their G-d given gifts for service in the Lord (Genesis 1:2; Psalm 139:7-8; Nehemiah 9:20; 1 John 5:6; 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).
- We believe that the Bible is G-d's completed Word, that it was inerrantly 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).
- We believe that humanity was created in the image of G-d. We believe that because of the original sin that all men are by nature and choice sinful and alienated from G-d. Man has no possible means of reconciling himself to G-d and that, by persisting in the sinful state of unbelief, man is justly condemned by G-d 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).
- We believe that man is reconciled to G-d, being justified by grace through faith in the atoning work of Messiah Yeshua. Being reconciled, man has peace with G-d and direct access to Him through Messiah Yeshua, and has the hope of eternal glory in Heaven with G-d. Further, there is no way of salvation apart from faith in Messiah Yeshua for any person, Jewish or Gentile (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 Messiah Yeshua are kept eternally secure by the power of G-d through the new birth, the indwelling and sealing ministry of the Ruach Ha Kodesh, 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 all who have trusted in Messiah Yeshua, though forgiven, still have to contend with the power of sin in this life. Each believer has the ability to choose sin or righteousness. G-d 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 G-d (John 17:17-19; Romans 6:1-11, 7:15-25, 8:11-13; 1 John 1:8-2:2).
- We believe the Congregation is a living, spiritual body of which Messiah Yeshua is the head and all true believers are members. The body of Messiah Yeshua began at Shavuot (Pentecost) when believers were filled with the Ruach Ha Kodesh after the ascension of Messiah Yeshua. It will be completed when the Messiah returns for His bride. The body of Messiah is distinct from Israel and is composed of both Jewish and non-Jewish (Gentile) believers made into one new man by faith in Messiah Yeshua (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 Mikveh/Te'vilah (baptism) by immersion 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 Z'keinim (Elders) and is not ruled by any outside political authority. Its purpose is to glorify G-d through worship, instruction, accountability, discipline, fellowship and outreach (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:42-47; Ephesians 4:11-13; Hebrews 10:19-25). We believe Messiah Yeshua commands Zicharon (the Lord's Supper) and a believer's Mikveh/Te'vilah (baptism) by immersion for observation by the Congregation (Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
- We believe that Satan is the chief enemy of G-d and our souls, and that while he continues to rule this present world, Messiah Yeshua'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 Messianic reign (2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:1-3; Colossians 2:15; Revelation 20:10). Satan is the father of lies and anti-Semitism and hostility toward Israel. Believers can, and should, resist him and his demons by faith, applying Spiritual truth. We believe that though believers cannot be demon possessed, 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 G-d ordained ministry of holy angels to bring about G-d'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).
- We believe the people of Israel, comprised of the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, are chosen by G-d. The Abrahamic Covenant expressed G-d'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 Yeshua. Non-Jewish believers become adopted sons and daughters of Abraham, and partakers of the spiritual blessings of Israel, and are therefore grafted into the Jewish Olive Tree for service. We believe that it is the believer's duty and privilege to communicate the Good News of Messiah Yeshua to the Jewish people first, and also to the Gentiles, according to the Scriptures, in a clear yet sensitive way. It is also the believer's duty to support the G-d given rights of Israel to the land while opposing anti-Semitism according to the provisions of the Abrahamic Covenant. We believe G-d 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; Matthew 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 jurisdiction of the Law of Moses (Torah), and therefore are not obligated to practice the Law of Moses. However, both Jewish and non-Jewish believers have the freedom in Messiah to enjoy those aspects of the Law of Moses (i.e., festivals, Shabbat), which are non-salvific (i.e., sacrifices) in light of New Covenant revelation. These aspects of the Law are not, nor ever were, a means of justification or sanctification, which are by grace through faith alone. For non-Jewish believers, such observances are a means of identifying with the Jewish community and expressing the Jewish 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; Colossians 2:16-17).