Statement of Faith

STATEMENT OF FAITH

 The Scriptures (Bible)

We believe the Scriptures (Bible) is that collection consisting of the Tanakh (Old Testament-39 Books) and the Brit Hadashah (New Testament-27 Books). This entire collection as originally written not only contains the Word of God but is the very of Word of God and therefore infallible (without error) and fully authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.

The Scriptures are “inspired” (God-breathed) meaning that they were written by holy men who were moved by the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) in such a way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired. Therefore, we do not accept the Apocryphal Writings as being “inspired.”

Due to so many translations today, we hold that the truest translations are those, which are Word-for-Word rather than thought-for-thought. The real understanding of Scriptures in one’s own personal life, is to study the Scriptures in their original language. Since the Scriptures were written in a cultural, historical context, they must be interpreted as such, and must be interpreted as a unit (echad).

2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Acts 1:16; 28:25; Psalm 19:7-11; 119:89, 105, 130, 160; Luke 16:31; 24:25-27, 44-45; John 5:39; 5:45-47; 12:48; 17:17; Proverbs 30:5-6; Romans 3:4; 15:4; 1 Peter 1:23; Revelation 22:19; Isaiah 8:20; Ephesians 6:17

The True God

We believe that the cornerstone statement of all Judaism, the Shema, “Hear O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD One (Deuteronomy 6:4),” reflects the unity of the Godhead consisting of Father (abba), Son (haBen), and Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh). Therefore, the Shema expresses the One and only true God, Who is infinite and intelligent, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor. The word One or Echad means a composite unity as reflected in Genesis 2:24 where Adam and Eve were to be one flesh (basar echad). That the Godhead is a unity of three as found in Matthew 28:18-20 (Immersing in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and Romans 8:14-17 (Father, Spirit, Messiah). Each in the Godhead are equal in every divine perfection and executes distinct but harmonious offices (functions) in the great work of redemption.

Exodus 15:11; 20:2-3; Genesis 17:1; 1 Corinthians 2:10-22; 8:6; 12:4-6; Ephesians 2:18, 4:6; John 4:24; 10:30; 15:26; 17:5; Psalm 83:18; 90:2; 147:5; Jeremiah 10:10; Revelation 4:11; 1 Timothy 1:17; Romans 11:33; Mark 12:30; Matthew 28:19; Philippians 2:5-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14

1. God the Father (Abba)

He is our Heavenly Father and the Authority over all Creation, heaven and earth.

John 1:14; 4:23; 5:17-26; 6:28-46; 6:27b; 1 Corinthians 1:3; Galatians 1:1; Revelation 3:5, 21; Jeremiah 3:4, 19; 31:9; Malachi 1:5; Matthew 6:9, 32; Luke 10:21-22; Romans 8:14-15

2. God the Son (haBen)

The Tanakh declares that God has a Son Who was and is and will return (Psalm 2; Proverbs 30:4-6) (cf. Hebrews 1); Luke 12:35-37; John 1:29-34, 49; 3:14-18.

As God (Deity) is reflected in worship:

  • As God, having existed eternally [Psalm 110:1; (cf. Hebrews 1:13); Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 28:18-20; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15-19; Revelation 3:21]
  • By angels (revelation 4:8; 5:5-14)

He came to this world through the natural birth of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; cf Luke 1:30-35) and was named Yeshua (Jesus), meaning salvation.

He is:

  • the promised Mashiach (Messiah) of Israel both Mashiach ben Yosef (the Suffering Messiah) and Mashiach ben David (the King Messiah) (Isaiah 9:6-7; 53; 11:1; Daniel 9, note verses 20-26; John 1:17, 40-4, 45, 49; Mark 8:29)
  • the root and offspring of David, the bright and morning star (Numbers 24:17; Revelation 22:16)
  • our Passover, the Lamb of God (1 Corinthians 5:7; Revelation 5: John 1:29)

We accept the Scriptures at face value in that He died on the cross for our sins and on the third day, He rose from the grave bodily. After spending forty days with His disciples, He ascended into Heaven and He will come again in the same way. At which time, He will set up a thousand year reign as King over all the earth from Jerusalem where He will restore the Jewish Nation and its people to glory again.

Mathew 27:32-65; 28:1-10; Acts 1:4-11; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Revelation 20:1-6

3. God the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh)

In the Tanakh, the Spirit of God came upon individuals for specific tasks or anointing such as Moses, David, the prophets, etc. (see 2 Samuel 23:1-3) He is the Promise of the New Covenant, the Spirit of Truth, Who would guide into all truth and would glorify the Messiah. He empowers for service and seals believers. His indwelling Presence is the evidence that we belong to God. His indwelling Presence enables believers to live a godly life.  (Jeremiah 31:31-34; John 16:13-15; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30; Romans 8:9; Acts 2:38; 1 John 2:18-23)

The Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) administers all the gifts of the Godhead. We believe these gifts are still active within the body of Mashiach. (1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Romans 12:3-8; Ephesians 4:7-11)

Lucifer aka the Devil, Satan

We believe that Lucifer was the greatest of all the angels that God created and at one time was holy. Through pride and ambition to ascend the throne of God, he fell and a host of angels followed him. He is now the malignant prince of the power of the air and unholy god of this world. He is man’s great tempter, the enemy of God and His Messiah, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, and the chief power behind the present apostasy. He is the lord of the antichrist and the antichrist spirit, and the author of all the powers of darkness. He will be defeated by Yeshua HaMashiach at His coming and cast into the Lake of Fire along with hell and death. Hell being the place prepared for him and his angelic followers.

Revelation 12:9-10, 12:7-9; 13:13-14; 19:11, 15, 20; 20:1-3, 10; 1 John 2:22; 3:8; 4:3; Matthew 4:1-3; 13:39; 24:41; Isaiah 14:12-15; John 14:30; Ezekiel 28:14-17; Jude 6; 2 Peter 2:4; Ephesians 2:2; 1 Thessalonians 3:5; 1 Peter 5:8; Luke 22:3-4; 2 John 7; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15;; Mark 13:21-22; 2 Thessalonians 2:8-11.

Mankind

We believe that humans, male and female were created in the image of God and were placed in the Garden of Eden to care for it. Here they had a perfect relationship with their Creator.

Through the temptation of the woman and through the choice of the man, humanity fell from their perfect state and perfect relationship with their Creator. Due to this voluntary transgression, all humans are now sinners (born) by choice and under just condemnation without defense or excuse.

Genesis 3:1-6; 3:24; Romans 1:18, 20, 28, 32; 3:10-19; 5:12, 19; Ephesians 2:1, 3; Ezekiel 18:19-20; Galatians 3:22.

Salvation

1. Atonement and Redemption

We believe that the salvation of sinners is completely of grace (a gift) through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, Yeshua HaMashiach. Appointed by the Father, He freely took upon Himself our nature, yet without sin (honoring the divine Torah by His personal obedience). By His death, He made a full and vicarious atonement (covering) for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example as a martyr, but the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the just dying for the unjust. The shedding of His blood became the payment that purchased the sinner from the power of Lucifer. Mashiach the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; that, having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven interceding for the believer with the most tender sympathies and divine perfection. He is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all-sufficient Savior.

Ephesians 2:8; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24-25, 15:11; John 2:2; 3:16; 10:18; Matthew 18:11; Philippians 2:7-8; Hebrews 2:14; 7:25; 9:12-15; 12:2; Isaiah 53:4-7, 11-12; 1 John 4:10; 1 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:4; 1 Peter 2:4; 3:18.

2. Repentance and Faith

We believe that Repentance and Faith are solemn obligations and are inseparable graces fashioned in our spirits by the quickening of the Spirit of God. This “quickening of the Spirit” brings deep conviction of our guilt, danger, and helplessness pointing to the way of salvation by Mashiach. Therefore, the sinner turns to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy and at the same time heartily receiving Adonai Yeshua HaMashiach by openly confessing Him as their only and all-sufficient Savior. This is known as being “born again.”

Acts 2:37-38, 20:21; Mark 1:15; Luke 12:8; 18:13; Romans 10:9-11, 13; Psalm 51:1-4, 7; Isaiah 55:6-7; John 3:3, 6-7

3. New Creation

We believe that any person who has received the free-gift of God’s salvation, Yeshua HaMashiach, and is born again is now a new creation in Mashiach Yeshua. This is an instantaneous act and the person is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free-gift of God. It is not a process but is instantaneous.  The concept of the new creation is brought about in a manner above man’s comprehension, which is not by culture, not by character, nor by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel. The evidence of the new creation appears in the holy fruits of repentance, faith, and the newness of life.

John 1:12-13; 2 Corinthians 5:17, 19; Luke 5:27; 1 John 5:1; Acts 2:41; 2 Peter 1:4; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1; 5:9; Colossians 2:13; Galatians 5:22

4. Freeness of Salvation

We believe in God’s electing grace and that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel. It is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial penitent heart and an obedient faith. Nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner but his/her own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel. This rejection submits the person to an aggravated condemnation.

1 Thessalonians 1:4; Colossians 3:12; 1 Peter 1:2; Titus 1:1; Romans 8:29-30; 10:13; Matthew 11:28; Revelation 22:17; Isaiah 55:1, 6-7; Acts 2:38; 1 Timothy 1:15; Ephesians 2:4-5; John 3:15-16, 18, 36; 5:40; 6:37; 1 Corinthians 15:10

5. Justification

We believe that the great gospel blessing which Mashiach secures for all who believe in Him is Justification. Justification includes the pardon of sin and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness. This righteousness is the righteousness of the Redeemer’s blood, which is imputed to the believer and is not earned by any works of righteousness.

Acts 2:37-38; 13:39; Mark 1:15; Luke 12:8; 18:13; Romans 10:9-11, 13; Psalm 51:1-4; Isaiah 55:6-7

6. Perseverance of the Saints

We believe that those who are real believers will endure unto the end. Their persevering attachment to Mashiach is the grand mark, which distinguishes them from superficial professors. They are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation.

John 8:31-32; 10:28-29; Colossians 1:21-23; 1 John 2:19; Matthew 13:19-21; Romans 8:28, 25-29; Psalm 121:3; Hebrews 1:14; 1 Peter 1:5; Philippians 1:6

Judgment & Resurrection

We believe in the eternal state of the human spirit. There is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked. Those who through faith in the substitutionary work of Mashiach are justified in His Name and are sanctified by the Ruach HaKodesh. As such, they are truly esteemed to be righteous in His sight. Those continuing in impenitence and unbelief are still wicked in the sight of God and are under the curse. This distinction continues after death where the righteous are in everlasting blessedness and the wicked in everlasting conscious suffering.

Malachi 3:18; Genesis 18:3; Romans 1:17; 6:16-18, 223; 7:6; Proverbs 11:31; 1 Peter 1:18; 1 Corinthians 15:22; Acts 10:34-35; 1 John 2:29; 5:19; Galatians 3:10; Luke 9:26; 16:25; Matthew 7:13-14; 25:34-41;John 8:21; 12:25

We believe in the resurrection of the dead, both the righteous and the wicked, the former to everlasting life and bliss and the latter to everlasting torment.

Job 14:14; 19:25-27; Daniel 12:2-3; John 3:36; 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5-6, 10-15; 21:7-8