We are an open book that is all about the Lord our G-d. We do our best to lead Torah observant lives and avoid legalism wherever and whenever possible. We are free indeed.
Statement of Faith
There is only one G-D (Deuteronomy 6:4). He is the Creator of heaven and earth, of all living beings, and of everything both visible and invisible (Genesis 1:1, Colossians 1:15-17). Although He is limitless in power, authority, time, matter, and space, He has chosen, in His infinite wisdom, to reveal His nature to humanity in perceivable and comprehendible manners.
Scripture records G-D revealing Himself in the following manners:
As fire (covenant with Avraham between the two halves of the cow; Genesis 15:17)
As the form of a man not born of a woman, (when He approached Avraham with the two angels; Genesis 18)
As a burning bush (spoke to Moshe; Exodus 3:2)
As the fourth Man in the furnace, (Daniel 3:25)
As the promised Messiah being a Man made of flesh and born of a woman (Isaiah 7:14, Galatians 4:4).
Although there are numerous examples of G-D revealing Himself to humanity in various ways and forms, of those ways and forms, He has chosen to refer to Himself in the following primary contexts: as the Father (HaAv), as the Son (HaBen) Yeshua, and as the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit). What makes these primary contexts important is not only the fact that G-D used these forms to reveal Himself to humanity, but in doing so, He refers to Himself in these primary contexts as the one and only true and living G-D.
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
We believe that the Holy Scriptures, consisting of the Tanakh and the later writings commonly known as the Brit Chadashah (Renewed Covenant), are the only infallible and authoritative word of G-D. We recognize their divine inspiration, and accept their teachings as our final authority in all matters of faith and practice (Deut. 6:4-9; Proverbs 3:1-6; Psalms 119:89,105; Isaiah 48:12-16; Romans. 8:14-17; II Timothy. 2:15, 3:16-17).
We believe that Yeshua HaMashiach came not to destroy the Torah but to give it meaning and substance.
We believe that Yeshua HaMashiach is our only Master teaching us Torah through His words, actions and Spirit.
We believe that by fulfilling the Torah in loving obedience Yeshua HaMashiach perfectly embodied Elohim in our world. Thus we believe that Yeshua is the Torah become flesh and dwelling among us as the light of the world.
We believe that all believers in Yeshua are called to become the body of Mashiach through the keeping of the Torah.
We believe that when the Spirit of the Holy One fulfills the Renewed Covenant promise that the Torah will again be written on the hearts of all believers restoring the image of Elohim in man and in the world.
We believe that neither fear of hell, nor hope of salvation is the proper motivation for keeping the Torah, but rather love, for Adonai Elohim and His Mashiach, alone is the reason we keep the Torah.
We believe that those who keep the Torah to escape hell or to gain heaven are still under the law. Those who keep Torah out of genuine love for Elohim without thought of reward or punishment are living out the true spirit of the law.
We believe that the Torah, the Self-Revelation of Elohim, is a gift of grace to every believer.
We believe that those who love Yeshua keep Adonai’s commandments joyfully and do not find them to be grievous. Thus obedience to the Self-Revelation of Elohim is the fruit of the sanctifying work of the Spirit of the Holy One.
We believe that the Torah was neither destroyed, nor annulled, nor contradicted by the life, teaching, ministry, death or resurrection of Mashiach. Rather, the Torah contains pertinent revelations about the Mashiach’s life, sacrifice, ministry, and return.
We believe that Elohim has called us to restore the teaching and practice of Torah among believers in Yeshua HaMashiach that they may again embody the image of Elohim in the world and become a light of hope for the nations.
We believe that man was created in the image of GOD (Genesis 1:26-27)
Through disobedience, fell from his first state and became separated from GOD (Genesis 2:17; 3:22-24). Therefore, according to the Scriptures, all men are born with a sinful nature (Psalms 14:1-3; 49:7; 53:13; Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:9-12, 23; 5:12).
Man's only hope for redemption (salvation) is through the atonement made by the Messiah (Lev. 17:11; Isaiah 53; Daniel 9:24-26; I Corinthians. 15:22; Hebrews 9:11-14, 28; John 1:12, 3:36), resulting in regeneration by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5), which is the new birth (John 3:3-8). For by grace we are saved through faith, it is a gift of GOD (Ephesians 2:8-9).
RESURRECTION AND JUDGMENT
We believe in the resurrection of both the redeemed and the lost: the former to everlasting life and the latter to eternal separation from GOD, a state of everlasting punishment (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).
THE MESSIAH – THE REDEEMER
We believe that Yeshua (Greek name Jesus) is the true Messiah. The Scriptures promised two "comings" of the Messiah:
First coming promised in Daniel 9:24-26. Its purpose was to make an atonement for sin (Daniel 9:24-26; Isaiah 53; Romans. 3:21-31; Hebrews 9-10; John 3:16-17).
Second coming promised coming in the air to receive the believers to Himself (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; John 14:1-6; I Corinthians. 15:51-57).
Messiah's return to the earth. The Redeemer shall come to Zion (Isaiah 59:20-21; Zechariah 14:4). Israel's spiritual redemption (Zech. 12:8-13:1; Romans. 11:25-27; Hebrews 9:28; Jeremiah 31:31-40; the New Covenant). Israel's national restoration is to recover the remnant of His people Israel from the four corners of the earth, and restore the Davidic Kingdom (Isaiah 11 - to re-establish the throne and kingdom of David, which will last forever) [Isaiah 9:6-7 (cf. Luke 1:30-33); Jeremiah 23:3-8].
ISRAEL IN PROPHECY
We believe in G-D's end-time plan for the nation of Israel and for the world. A central part of our belief is in the physical and spiritual restoration of Israel, as taught in the Scriptures. The greatest miracle of our day has been the re-establishment or rebirth of the State of Israel according to prophecy (Ezek. 34:11-31; 36-39; Hosea. 3; Amos 9:11-15; Zechariah 12-14; Isaiah 11; 43; 54; 60-62; 66; Romans. 11:1-34).
We recognize that the Jewish people (physical descendants of Avraham through Isaac and Jacob, whether through the mother's or the father's blood-line) who place their faith in Israel's Messiah, Yeshua, continue to be Jewish according to the Scriptures (Romans. 2:28-29).
Those of the Nations who place their faith in Yeshua, are "grafted into" the Jewish olive tree of faith (Romans. 11:17-25) becoming spiritual sons and daughters of Avraham (Galatians 3:28-29). We observe and celebrate the LORD’s Holy Days given by G-D to Israel, with their fulfillment in and through the Messiah Yeshua.
We believe that true "Biblical Judaism," the faith of first century believers, which we seek to practice, acknowledges the continuity of faith in the one true G-D, revealed throughout the Scriptures, and ultimately manifested in Yeshua the Messiah. We believe that salvation has always been "by faith," and that works of law, or righteous acts, have never saved anyone (Genesis 15:6; Romans. 2-6; Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 11:6, 39).
We acknowledge that the New Covenant body of believers is composed of both Jews and those called out of the Nations who have received Yeshua the Messiah as the Promised Redeemer. The "middle wall of partition" has been broken down and now we worship the G-D of Israel together (I Corinthians. 12:13; Ephesians 2:13-14).
BEING BORN ANEW
According to the Scriptures, one must be born into the Kingdom of G-D. Entrance into the Kingdom of G-D is not based on merit (Genesis 15:6; Romans 2-6; Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 11:6, 39). Scripture does not define this birth into the Kingdom of G-D as the physical birth that occurs when a mother gives birth to her child. It does, however define this birth as a spiritual birth (John 3:1-6). This spiritual birth is referred to and described by the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua, as Besurat HaGe’ulah (the Good News; Mark 13:10 and 16:15) from G-D to all mankind starting with the Jews and proceeding to the Nations (Romans 1:15-17).
As the Scriptures declare in Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16, and Luke 24:47 (not an exhaustive list of references), the spiritual birth consists of Teshuvah (repentance), Tevilah (Immersionin water), and an act by G-D in which he fills an individual with His Ruach HaKodesh (His Holy Spirit). Following this spiritual birth and entrance into the Kingdom of G-D, the believer should display a willingness to submit his/her own will to the will of G-D expressed in His Commandments, which were given by G-D in the Scriptures John 14:15, 15:10 (Tanakh and Brit Chadashah)
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