Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Our Beliefs

 

THE BASIS OF OUR FAITH

We believe that the Scriptures, both the Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures) and the Brit Chadashah (New Covenant), were fully inspired and are God's complete and final revelation to man until the Messiah returns.

We believe that God is One but has manifested Himself in three separate and distinct Persons. God is a Tri-unity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is the Creator of all things. He is eternally existent, perfect in His judgments, Omnipresent, Omnipotent, and Omniscient, the Sovereign Commander of the universe.

We believe that God the Son took on flesh in the Person of Yeshua (commonly known as Jesus) of Nazareth, the promised Messiah of Israel, Who was conceived by the Spirit of God and born of the Jewish virgin, Miriam (Mary). We believe in His full deity and full humanity, His sinless life, and His sublime miracles as recorded in the Brit Chadashah. We believe that Messiah Yeshua arose from the dead bodily, ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for believers. He will come again in glory at a time known only to the Father.

We believe that the Ruach HaKodesh (The Holy Spirit) possesses all the distinct attributes of deity and personality and that He is active today convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and coming judgment. He calls, seals, and regenerates the believer to live a life of holiness and righteousness. We believe that, at salvation, the Holy Spirit sovereignly imparts at least one spiritual gift to each believer for the purpose of edifying and equipping the community of believers to serve Him.

We believe that man was created in the image of God but that he willingly sinned by disobeying the express command of his Creator. Since that fall, all human beings are born with sinful, corrupted natures and that they therefore sin in thought, word, and deed. Man's nature has been so infected by the fall that he is unable to choose God's provision of redemption in Messiah Yeshua by himself without the express work of the Holy Spirit to convince him to so choose.

We believe that anyone who by faith trusts Messiah Yeshua as Savior and Redeemer is immediately forgiven of sin and becomes a child of God. This salvation is not the result of any human effort or merit but it is the undeserved grace of God. Further, there is no other way of salvation apart from faith in Messiah Yeshua for any person, whether Jewish or Gentile. Messiah Yeshua died as the atonement for man's sin and all who trust in that atonement are declared righteous on the basis of Yeshua’s shed blood alone.

We believe that all those who place their faith in Yeshua are members of the universal body (community) and bride of the Messiah. This body is composed of both Jewish people and Gentiles united in Messiah. These members are under the solemn duty to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

We believe that the purpose of the local congregation is to glorify God through worship, instruction, accountability, discipline, fellowship, and outreach. Its eldership is open to men who fulfill the qualifications for elder as set forth in the Brit Chadashah. The Scriptures encourage the active participation and regular assembly of believers in the local body.

We believe that Israel was created by God and remains His chosen people, distinct within the body of Messiah, called by Him to be a holy nation and a kingdom of priests. The election of Israel is irrevocable. Jewish believers in Yeshua therefore have a unique twofold identity: they are the spiritual remnant of physical Israel and, at the same time, part of the body of Messiah.

We believe that the Abrahamic Covenant is an irrevocable, unconditional covenant God extended through Isaac and Jacob to his descendants, the Jewish people. This covenant provides title to the land of Israel for the Jewish people and promises a descendant, the Messiah, who would someday come to redeem Israel and bless the entire world.

We believe that both Jewish and non-Jewish believers have the freedom in Messiah to maintain any aspects of the Laws of Moses that the Lord leads them to do. Salvation does not, and never has, come from keeping these Laws.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all believers and non-believers. Believers will be resurrected to enjoy eternal life with God. Non-believers will be resurrected to experience eternal suffering and separation from God.

 

Weekly Scripture Reading

For
Shabbat HaChodesh
The Shabbat of the New Month

 

Parashah: Vayakhel - "And Assembled” & Pekudei — “The Reckonings”

— Torah:
Exodus 35:1 – 38:20 & 38:21 – 40:38

Chazak! Chazak! Venischazeik! (Be strong! Be strong! And may we be strengthened!)

— Haftarah Shabbat HaChodesh: Ezekiel 45:16 — 46:18


From the fact that the commandment to observe the Shabbat precedes the building of the Mishkan, the sages concluded that labor is of value only if it can have a sacred as well as a secular purpose; otherwise, it is innately trivial - all our labor for the earthly things is just vanity and striving after wind...

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