The Oneness of God
We believe that God is Echad (One), as declared in the Shema (Deut 6:4). His nature is a compound unity, (echad), not a singularity, (yahid). We believe in the manifestation of the unity of God in 3 ways: YHVH the Father, YHVH the Son, and YHVH the Holy Spirit. He is “a united one” or a “compound unity” eternally existent in three Persons. This truth is expressed in Scripture, as well as in many places in Jewish literature including the Zohar: “can three be one” (Isaiah 48:16; Matt 28:19).
We acknowledge Messiah Yeshua’s divinity as Ben Elohim / Son of God (Heb 1:1-2; Col 2:9; Jn 1:1). We believe that He is the promised Messiah as written in the Torah (5 books of Moses), Ketuvim (Writings), and Neviim (Prophets). We believe that He is the “Seed of the Woman” promised by God in Genesis 3:15, and that His virgin birth was to be a sign to Israel of His Messiahship as stated in Isaiah 7:14. We believe Him to be our Lord and Savior who willingly laid down His life for the salvation of the world (Lk 2:11; Jn 10:17), and who took it up again through His resurrection power (Jn 10:18), and is now seated at the right hand of the Father (Eph 1:20; Heb 1:1-4). Yeshua is the sinless Savior who bore our iniquity and makes intercession for us before the Father (1 Jn 3:5; Isa 53; 1 Jn 2:1-2). We await with anticipation for our soon coming Messiah to take His place as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Isa 9:6-7; Rev 22:12-13).
Sin & Salvation
Sin is transgression of the Law or Word of God, whether done knowingly or unknowingly (1 Jn 3:4). All people are sinners (Rom 3:23; Ps 51:3). All people need a Savior to rescue them from the judgments that their sin and wrongdoing deserves (Isa 53). It is only through the confession of faith and belief in the death and resurrection of Yeshua HaMashiach / Jesus the Messiah that sin and judgment is removed. We believe that this is the only means of salvation from sin. This acceptance is necessary for personal salvation (Eph 2:8-9; 1 Jn 1:7; Lev 17:11; Heb 9:14). The gift of salvation is free and available to all who call upon the name of the Lord (Matt 9:13; Rom 5:6-21; Rom 10:8-13).
Repentance, Correction & New Creation
Sin corrupts our lives, no one is immune. God uses the Holy Spirit and godly people to reveal sin so that we may repent, make teshuvah, and turn from our wicked ways. This is essential to be reconciled to God and to man. Both leaders and congregants (everyone), when in error, need to receive loving correction. From children to adults, no one should be above reproach. In Messiah Yeshua, we are a new creation. We put off the old man of sin and wickedness, and put on the new man, desiring to be holy as He is holy. (Prov 3:11-12; Rev 3:19; Joel 2:12; Heb 12:14-17; 2 Pet 3:9; Lk 15:7; Mk 2:17; Lk 3:8-9; Mk 1:4; Matt 3:11; Lk 24:47; Acts 11:18; 2 Tim 2:25; 2 Cor 7:1; 8-12; Rom 5:10; Matt 5:24; 2 Cor 5:17-21; Matt 18:15-17; Prov 29:15; Lev 19:2; 20:7, 26; Heb 13:17; Eph 4:20-24).
Ruach HaKodesh/Holy Spirit
We believe in the empowerment, conviction, edification, and gifting of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit). We affirm that every believer, who has received the precious gift of the Ruach HaKodesh, has been given spiritual gifts for the work, growth, and service of His Kingdom (1 Cor 12; 1 Pet 4:10-11; Eph 4:11-12; 1 Tim 4:14; Ex 31:1-11; Jn 14:12; Matt 8:2-3). We believe in the empowerment and nurturing of these gifts in the body of believers. Furthermore, we believe in the manifest presence of God, and His continuing desire to speak to His people (Gen 3:8; Ps 68:2, 8; Zep 1:7; Ps 114:7-8; Ps 50:7, 85:8).
Word of God
We believe that the Bible, composed of both the Old Covenant (Tanach) and the New Covenant (Brit Chadasha) is the only infallible and authoritative Word of God (2 Tim 3:16-17). The Bible is our foundation for righteous living. As followers of Messiah, we are required to do our best to be obedient to the Word of God. We understand this as our main expression of love to Him (Jos 1:8; Jn 14:15, 21). The Word of God is truth (Ps 119:142, 160; Jn 17:17; 2 Sam 7:28). It is alive and active (Heb 4:11-14; Jer 1:12). The Word is the embodiment of our Living Redeemer (Jn 1:1-4).
Reward & Punishment
We believe that God rewards those who follow in His ways and are obedient to His voice and the Word of God. And we believe that God punishes those who do not follow in His ways and are disobedient to His voice and the Word of God. (Heb 11:6; Deut 11; Ex 19:5; 1 Sam 12:13-15; 13:13-14; Jer 9:13-16; 18:5-10; Deut 28; Eph 5:1-14; Dan 9:8-15).
Good News & Great Commission & Discipleship
We affirm that the Great Commission is our responsibility and privilege as followers of Messiah to spread the Good News of redemption and salvation which we have received through Yeshua, and to proclaim the Kingship of our Lord (Isa 40:9-11; 52:7; 61:1-3; Acts 13:32-33; Rom 10:10-15; Acts 26:22-23). We have been tasked with the duty to make disciples of all nations. We believe that every member in the congregation must serve, and be equipped to do so…hence discipleship. A body of believers cannot function properly without all of its members taking their place, using their gifts to glorify God, and bearing fruit in season. (Matt 28:18-20; Lk 6:40; 2 Tim 2:2; Jn 15:1-2; Matt 10:17-31).
We affirm that God always keeps His Word. He is a keeper of covenants, even when we fail to hold up our end, He is faithful to hold up His (Deut 7:9; Neh 9:32-33; Dan 9:3-4). It is shown in the Word of God that the Lord has made many covenants with His people, including, but not limited to: circumcision, the promise to never destroy the earth again with a flood, a designated homeland for the Jewish/Hebrew people, the covenant to write the Law on our hearts, and the covenant of salvation through the death, burial and resurrection of our Messiah and Sinless Savior, Yeshua. (Gen 17:1-14; Gen 9:8-17; Gen 15; Gen 13:14-18; Eze 20:5-8; Jer 31:31-34; Luke 22:19-20).
We believe that God created the heavens and the earth, and all that is in them, in six days and completed His creative work by resting on the seventh day. We believe that honoring any graven image or any idol or giving credit to any other entity besides God is a sin. God alone created the universe through His Son. (Gen 1, 2; Isa 42:5-9; Isa 45:18; Eph 2:10; Rev 4:11; Heb 1:1-2; Col 1:15-17; Ex 20:4-6; Lev 19:4; Lev 26:1; 1 Cor 10:14; Gal 5:19-21; Eph 5:5-6; Isa 42:8; 1 Jn 5:21; Isa 44:6; Prov 30:4; Ps 100:3).
Made in His Image
On the sixth day of creation, God made mankind. Male and female, He created them. The Lord then breathed His breath of life into them distinguishing mankind from all other created things. We are God’s special treasure, with spirit, soul and body. God knits us in our mother’s womb, stamping each of us with our own unique traits that reveal the awesomeness of God in us. (Gen 1:26-28, 31, 2:7, 5:1-2; Ps 139:13-18, 119:73; Isa 64:8; Matt 10:29-31; Jer 1:4-5; Isa 49:1; Eph 2:10).
We believe in the resurrection of the dead. Our God is not a god of the dead, but of the living. When the shofar sounds, we, who have been faithful to Messiah, will meet Him in the air to usher in His millennial reign on earth. We will then live with Him forever. Those who have done evil, however, will be resurrected to condemnation. (Job 14:14-15, 19:25-26; Lk 20:34-38; Jn 5:25-30; Jn 11:25-26; Matt 27:51-53; 1 Pet 1:3-5; Rom 6:4-11; Acts 24:14-16; 1 Thess 4:15-18).
We believe that heaven is a real place where God abides and judges from His throne. Heaven is known by different names, including but not limited to: paradise, God’s abode, Father’s House, His sanctuary, etc. Those who receive the sacrifice of Messiah, believe in Yeshua’s resurrection, and live their lives in service to the Lord, theirs is the kingdom of heaven, and they will abide with the Lord forever. (Matt 5:17-20; Jn 14:2-4; Ps 102:18-19, 115:2-3, 119:89, 78:22-24, 53:1-2, 23:6, 20:6, 11:4; Matt 6:19-21; Rev 5:13, Jn 6:51; Matt 5:3, 10, 12, 34; 7:21; 8:10-12; 18:1-3; 19:21; 2 Cor 5:1-8; Luke 23:39-43; 1 Pet 1:3-5; Jn 8:34-35).
One New Man & Jews & Gentiles
We believe that God chose the Jewish/Hebrew people from among all peoples: to serve Him in spirit and in truth, to be a light to the nations, and to reveal His nature to all who would listen. The Gentiles/nations that have been grafted into Israel through their service of God and His Messiah, will share in the World to Come. They have become the children of God through the spirit of adoption. The two sides have joined to become the “One New Man.” (Eph 2:11-22; Eze 20:5-8; Deut 7:6-8; Isa 49:6, 42:6-9; Acts 13:46-48; Rom 11:11-27; Rom 8:12-17; Acts 26:22-23; Dan 7:14; Rev 7:9-10, 15:3-4).