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The Scriptures
We believe that the Scriptures, both the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) and New Testament (Brit Chadashah), are the inspired Word of God; that inspiration of the original autographs was plenary and verbal and, hence, the sixty-six books of the Bible are inerrant; that it is the sole authority for faith and practice in all matters to which it speaks. Accordingly, we derive our doctrine from the teachings of God’s Word, the Bible, and not from the traditions of men, however venerable our ancient sages might have been.

 

God
We affirm the Sh'ma: "Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is One." (Deuteronomy 6:4) The Hebrew word for "One" can imply compound unity. Our best understanding of God’s nature and make up comes from the biblical relationship of marriage, using the Hebrew “Echad (One)” from Genesis 2 and Matthew 19. “Therefore a man will leave his father and his mother, and will join with his wife, and they will be one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24 [WEBME] “and He answered, “Haven’t you read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall join to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh?’ So that they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, don’t let man tear apart.”” (Matthew 19:4-6 [WEBME]) Who God is, is a mystery beyond human definition and understanding, but we get a glimpse of it through the biblical idea of marriage. (Ephesians 5:31,32)

As the creator of all things, God is Father over all creation, and thus its sovereign ruler; Father of Israel, whom He has chosen as His unique people; Father of Messiah Yeshua, whom He sent to redeem mankind; and Father of all who trust in His gracious provision.

We believe that God the Son became flesh in the person of Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth, the promised Messiah of Israel, who was conceived of 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 miracles. We believe that Messiah Yeshua’s death was the sacrifice for the sin of the whole world. He will return in glory establishing His literal kingdom on earth.

We believe in the Ruach HaKodesh (The Holy Spirit). He possesses all the distinct attributes of deity and personality, hence He is God. We believe that the Spirit of God regenerates, seals, and helps the believer live a holy life. At the moment of salvation, every believer is baptized with the Spirit into the body of Messiah and is permanently indwelt by the Spirit.

 

Salvation
We believe that anyone, whether Jewish or Gentile, who by faith, and in their heart trusts Messiah Yeshua as Savior and Redeemer is immediately restored to the spiritual life that was lost in Adam, and becomes a child of God. This salvation is not the result of any human effort, merit or works, it is the gift of God.

 

The Body of Messiah
We believe that all true believers in Yeshua are members of the universal community of the Messiah. This community of Messiah began at Shavuot (Pentecost) with the coming of the Holy Spirit after the ascension of Yeshua. Membership in the body is based solely on faith in Messiah. It is distinct from Israel and is composed of both Jews and Gentiles dwelling in unity in Messiah.

Israel
We believe Israel is God’s special people, distinct from the body of Messiah, chosen by Him to be a holy nation and a kingdom of priests. The election of Israel is irrevocable. We believe the Abrahamic Covenant is an irrevocable, unconditional covenant God made with Jewish people. This covenant provides title to the land of Israel for the Jewish people and promises a descendant (the Messiah) who would come to redeem Israel and bless the entire world.

The Believer and the Law of Moses
We believe the Law of Moses as a rule of life has been fulfilled in the Messiah and therefore Jewish believers are no longer under it’s obligation or condemnation. However, both Jewish and non-Jewish believers have the freedom in Messiah to observe or not observe the Law of Moses, according to their individual preference, realizing that observance of the Mosaic Law has no salvific or sanctifying benefits. For Jewish believers who choose to maintain aspects of the Mosaic Law, those observances are seen as intrinsically biblical expressions of a God-given Jewish identity and a means of fulfilling their responsibility to testify of God’s faithfulness to the entire world. For Gentile believers who seek to live out such observances, it is a means of identifying with the Jewish community and expressing the Jewish roots of their faith.

 

Regarding the Hebrew Roots Movement (Two House/Sacred Name/One Law Teachings)

We have borrowed a statement from the Associaton of Messianic Congregations that we feel covers this matter well. If you believe in these things, and you are a believer in Yeshua, you are welcome to fellowship with us, but we are not interested in any further teaching, discussion or indoctrination on these matters. Jesus is the King of the Jews, which shows that even the Romans knew who Israel was.

1. The Ten Northern Tribes were taken captive by Assyria. After a hundred years Babylon defeated Judah with its 2 Tribes and defeated Assyria and took all their captives, including the Hebrews of the Ten Tribes. So there was a reunion of sorts, albeit in captivity, of all the 12 Tribes. After more years, Persia defeated Babylon and guess what they did? They let everyone go home, including the members of all 12 Tribes, together. The New Testament records members of several of the Northern Tribes back in Israel in the First Century. So, they weren't "lost", they were reunited with the rest of the Hebrew people, and the myth of "10 Lost Tribes" is the product of poor Bible exegesis or an intentional effort to invent a scenario that names some group or church as descendants of a tribe.

2. Scripture uses the terms Jewish and Israel interchangeably, trying to invent some difference between the terms is really "reading back" into the Scriptures a recent false teaching. A good example of the interchangeability is Romans 11:1, where Rabbi Sh'aul (known generally as Paul) calls himself an "Israelite" of "the Tribe of Benjamin". Of course, Benjamin was part of Judah.

3. Gentile Believers in Messiah Yeshua are beloved of God and do not need to invent, imagine or make up a false Jewish/Hebrew/Israel lineage to be top-ranked "players" in the family of God. God loves Gentiles who love the Messiah.

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