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Statement of faith
 
 

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We believe that the Scriptures, both the Tenach (Old Testament) and the Brit Chadashah (New Testament), are fully inspired and God’s complete and final revelation to man until the Messiah returns.  The Bible from Genesis to Revelation are inerrant in the original writings.  They are authoritative in every category of knowledge to which they speak, including faith, practice, science and history.

(Proverbs 30:5-6;  Isaiah 40:7-8; Matthew 5:18;  John 10:35;  II Timothy 3:16;  II Peter 1:21).

 

We believe in the unity of God as reflected in the Shema: "Shema Yisrael, ...Adonai Echad", Hear Israel, the Lord is one. God is the creator of all things, infinite and perfect, eternally existing in three equal persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, nature and the perfection of deity, as well as the characteristics of personality.

(Deuteronomy 6:4;  Isaiah 48:16;  Matthew 28:19;  John 6:27;  II Corinthians 13:14;  Acts 5:3-4; Hebrews 1:8).

 
The Father

We believe He is Father over all creation, thus its sovereign ruler, Father of Israel whom He has chosen as His unique people, and Father of Messiah Yeshua
(Jesus), whom He sent into the world to redeem mankind and creation.

(Exodus 4:22;  Matthew 3:17;  John 1:12;  3:16; Acts 17:29;  Galatians 3:26).

 

We believe that God the Son became flesh in the person of Yeshua of Nazareth, the promised Messiah of Israel, who was conceived by the Spirit of God and born of the Jewish virgin, Miriam (Mary).  He is both fully God and fully man, united forever without division or confusion.

(Isaiah 7:14; 9:6-7;  Jeremiah 23:5-6;  Micah 5:2).

We believe that Messiah Yeshua died as a substitutionary sacrifice for man’s sin and that all who believe in Him and accept Him as the Lord of their lives and as a personal Saviour, are declared righteous on the basis of His shed blood. The Messiah’s substitutionary death was the purchase price for our redemption and was foreshadowed in the Tenach in the slaying of the Passover Lamb, the sin and trespass offerings and the sin offerings on Yom Kippur.

(Leviticus 16:15-16;  17:11;  Psalm 22:16; Isaiah 53:4-6;  10-12;  Daniel 9:26;  Zechariah 12:10;  Mark 10:45;  Romans 3:24-26;  5:8-9;  II Corinthians 5:14, 21;  I Peter 3:18).

We believe that Messiah Yeshua arose from the dead bodily, ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  Presently He serves as our Kohen Gadol (Great High Priest) according to the priesthood of Melchizedek.  As such, He is intercessor and advocate before the Father on behalf of all believers.

(Genesis 14:17-20;  Psalm 16:10-11;  110:4;  Zechariah 6:12-13;  Acts 1:9-11;  I Corinthians 15:4-8;  Hebrews 7:1-25; 8:1;  I John 2:1).

 

We believe the Ruach haKodesh (The Holy Spirit) is a person. He does not call attention to Himself and is ever present to glorify and testify to Messiah Yeshua.

(Genesis 1:2;  Psalm 139:7;  Nehemiah 9:20;  John 15:26-27;  I Corinthians 2:10-11;  12:11; II Corinthians 13:14;  Ephesians 4:30).

We believe that during the period of the Old Covenant, the Spirit of God was active in creating the world and temporarily gifting, empowering and filling individuals for specific services to God.

(Genesis 1:2;  Exodus 31:3; Numbers 27:18;  Judges 6:34).

We believe the Spirit of God is active today convicting the world of sin, righteousness and judgement.  He regenerates, seals and sets the believer apart to a holy life.  At the moment of salvation each believer is baptized (immersed) with the Spirit of God into the body of Messiah and is permanently indwelled by the Spirit of God.  Therefore, all believers are complete in Messiah and possess every spiritual blessing.  It is the privilege and responsibility of all believers to be constantly filled (controlled) by the Holy Spirit, thereby manifesting the Spirit’s fruit in their lives.

(John 14:16;  16:7-15;  Romans 8:9;  I Corinthians 12:13, 28-30, Ephesians 1:13;  5:18;  Colossians 2:10;  II Thessalonians 2:13).

We believe that a born-again believer is able to use at least one of the spiritual gifts for the purpose of edifying and equipping the Body of the Messiah. Individual believers should never seek to obtain spiritual gifts, because they are given according to the sovereign choice of the Spirit of God.

(I Corinthians 12:7-11;  12:27-30;  Ephesians 4:11-13; I Peter 4:10).

We remark that overemphasizing some gifts, like the gift of tongues and healing can be harmful in the Body of Messiah. The center-point in the believer's life is the work of the Spirit within the believer which produces godly character and behavior. Therefore, believers, in their local bodies, should seek the more excellent way of life.

(Romans 8:13;  I Corinthians 13:1‑3,13; Galatians 5:22-23).

We believe that God has promised to heal according to His will.  This may occur miraculously, medically or naturally.  Supernatural healing may occur in response to prayer and accordance with God’s sovereign will.  However, healing cannot be claimed unconditionally in this age as a result of atonement, as is salvation.

(Exodus 4:11; I Timothy 5:23;  II Timothy 4:20;  James 5:14-15;  I John 5:14-15).

 

We believe in the reality and personality of Satan, that he had the highest rank of the created spiritual beings known as angels.  He sinned through pride and carried a great company of angels (who are now known as demons) with him in his moral fall.

(Isaiah 14:12-17;  Ezekiel 28:11-19;  I Timothy 3:6;  II Peter 2:4).

We believe that Satan is the originator of evil.  He and his agents are active in blinding mankind to spiritual truth, inciting anti-Semitism and hostility towards Israel, and attempting to defeat believers.  Believers can and should resist by applying Scriptural truth.

(Genesis 3:1-19;  Luke 10:18,  II Corinthians 4:4;  Ephesians 6:10-19; James 4:7-8;  I Peter 5:8-9;  Revelation 12:13).

We believe Satan, as god of this world, now rules the non-believing world system.  He was judged by the Messiah Yeshua’s death, though not executed.  Satan will suffer eternal punishment by being cast into the lake of fire after the Messiah’s one thousand year Messianic reign.

(II Corinthians 4.4;  Ephesians 2:1-3;  Colossians 2:15;  Revelation 20:10).

We believe a great company of angels remained holy and are before the throne of God praising, worshipping, adoring and glorifying Him.  They are sent forth as special agents 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 7:12).  

 

We believe that man was created in the image of God.  Adam sinned and consequently experienced not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. The consequences of this sin affected the entire human race.  All human beings are born with a sinful nature, and sin in thought, word and deed.

 

We believe that anyone who by faith trusts Messiah Yeshua as Savior and Redeemer and accepts Him as a personal Saviour, giving to Him the domination over every area of his/her life, confess his/her sins and repent, is immediately forgiven of sin and becomes a child of God.  This salvation is not the result of any human effort or merit. Salvation is entirely dependent on the undeserved favor of God.

(Genesis 15:6;  Habakkuk 2:4;  John 1:12;  John 3; Ephesians 1:7;  Titus 3:5).

We believe that all believers who are children of God, are sure that they have salvation, that is they are kept eternally secure by the power of God through the new birth, the indwelling and sealing of the Holy Spirit, and the intercession of Messiah Yeshua.

(Zechariah 6:12-13;  John 10:28-30;  14:16-17;  Romans 8:38-39;  Ephesians 4:30;  I John 2:1;  I Peter 1:23).

We believe that all believers, though forgiven, still have a sinful capacity in this life.  In spite of this, God has made full provision for believers to live in obedience to Him through identification with Messiah Yeshua, reliance upon the Holy Spirit’s power, and the knowledge of the Scriptures.

(John 17:17;  Romans 6:1-11; 7:15‑21;  8:11-13;  I John 1:8-2:2). 

 

We believe that all believers accepting Messiah Yeshua as personal Saviour are members of the universal Body and bride of the Messiah.  The Body of Messiah began at Shavuot (Pentecost) with the baptism of the Holy Spirit after the ascension of Messiah Yeshua.  It will be completed when the Messiah returns for His bride.  The membership of the Body is not based on any earthly organizational affiliation but is based on faith in Messiah Yeshua.  This Body is distinct from Israel and composed of both Jews and gentiles made one by the Messiah’s death.  These members are under the solemn duty to keep the unity of the Spirit and the bond of love with a pure heart.

(Matthew 16:18;  Acts 1:5;  2:14-36;  I Corinthians 12:13;  Ephesians 2:11-22;  Colossians 1:18; 3:14‑15).

We believe that water baptism is based on Jewish ritual immersion but under the New Covenant it symbolizes the work of the Messiah.  The Lord’s supper is based on the Passover seder and is a memorial of the Messiah’s death and sacrifice at Golghota, until He returns.  They are ceremonies of the New Covenant which the Messiah commanded His Body to observe.

(Matthew 28:19;  I Corinthians 11:24-26).

We believe the resurrection and ascension of Messiah Yeshua.

We believe that the local bodies are organized to glorify God through worship, instruction, accountability, discipline, fellowship and outreach.  The Body of the Messiah operate hiddenly by the Holy Spirit in the local communities . Entrance to the local body is required and based on an act of volition.

(Matthew 28:19-20;  Acts 2.42-47;  Ephesians 4:11-13).

 

We believe Israel is God’s special people chosen by Him to be a holy nation and kingdom of priests.  The election of Israel is irrevocable, despite her national rejection of Yeshua the Messiah.  God will purge Israel of unbelief during “the time of Jacob’s trouble”, ultimately resulting in her national acceptance of Yeshua as her true Messiah.

(Isaiah 52:13-53:12;  Jeremiah 30:7;  Ezekiel 20:33-42;  Daniel 9:27;  Zechariah 12:10;  13:8-9;  Romans 11:26).

We believe Israel is distinct from the Body of Messiah.  However, Jewish believers in Yeshua have a unique two fold identity.  First, as the spiritual remnant of physical Israel, and second, as part of the Body of Messiah.

(Exodus 19:6;  Amos 3:2;  9:8;  Romans 10:1;  11:2,5,28-29;  Ephesians 2:14-16).

We believe the Abrahamic Covenant is an irrevocable, unconditional covenant given to the Jewish people.  This covenant provides title of the land of Israel to the Jewish people, promises a descendant (the Messiah) who would come to redeem Israel, and blessing for the entire world through Israel and her Messiah.  God will ultimately fulfill every aspect of the covenant in the Messianic kingdom, both physical and spiritual.  At that time the Jewish people will know God personally through Messiah Yeshua and will possess the entire land of Israel according to its biblical boundaries.

(Genesis 12:1-3; 15:17-18;  Jeremiah 31:31-34;  Romans 11:25-28).

We believe that since the Gospel was given pre-eminently to the Jewish people, it is the believer’s duty to represent the Gospel in his/her own life, and it is a privilege to communicate the good news of Messiah Yeshua to them in a bold yet sensitive way.  It is also the believer’s duty to support and love Israel, whilst opposing anti-Semitism according to the provisions of the Abrahamic Covenant.

(Genesis 12:3;  Numbers 24:9;  Jeremiah 31:35-37;  Matthew 28:18-20;  John 4:22;  Acts 13:46;  Romans 1:16).

We believe the Law of Moses as a rule of life has been fulfilled in the Messiah, and in our everyday life we should keep it in the guidance and freedom of the Holy Spirit. Jewish customs based on Judaism of Moses, which are biblical truths as well,  these customs are biblical expressions of a God-given Jewish identity. For Gentile believers it is a means of identifying with the Jewish community and expressing the Jewish roots of their faith.

(Matthew 5,17-48; Acts 21:24-26;  Romans 6:14;  8:2;  10:4; Galatians 6:2;  3:3,11;  Ephesians 2:14).

 

We believe that upon physical death believers enter into the joyous presence of God, whereas non-believers enter into conscious suffering apart from God.

(Luke 16:19-31).

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men.  Believers shall be resurrected to enjoy eternal life with God.  Non-believers shall be resurrected to experience judgement and then eternal suffering apart from God.

(Psalm 49:13-20;  John 5:28-29; I Corinthians 15:52;  I Thessalonians 4:16;  Revelation 20:4-6, 12-15;  21:1-8).

We believe in the total fulfilment of the written prophecies in the Bible and the prophecies given by the Holy Spirit.

We believe in the imminent, personal return of the Lord Yeshua the Messiah for His Body.  All members of the Body of the Messiah, living or dead, will at that time be gathered to the Lord forever.

(I Corinthians 15:51‑53;  I Thessalonians 1:10;  4:13-18;  5:1-11;  Titus 2:13;  Revelation 3:10).

We believe in the personal, bodily, visible return  to the Earth of the Lord Yeshua, according to Isaiah's prophecy.  At that time He will lift the corruption which now rests upon the whole creation, totally restore Israel to her own land, give her the realization of God’s covenanted promises, and bring the whole world to the knowledge of God.

 
 
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