Statement of Faith
Scripture We believe that the entirety of the Tanakh and the B’rit Chadashah (Old and New Testaments) is the inspired, infallible, inerrant, and authoritative Word of G-d (in the original language), and serves as the ultimate authority for congregational life, teaching, conduct, doctrine, principles of faith and perspective. The Holy Scriptures are “valuable for teaching the truth, convicting of sin, correction of faults, and training in right living” (2 Timothy 3:16).
Nature of G-d We believe in the One and Only Living G-d, the Holy One of Israel, eternally existing in a complex unity revealed in three expressions – Av (Father), Ben (Son), and Ruach haKodesh (Holy Spirit), the G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He is all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-present. He creates and guides all creatures, and made, makes, and will make everything. He knows the hearts and actions of all, and one day will reward the righteous and judge the unrighteous.
Yeshua HaMashiach We believe that Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth is the one and only promised Messiah and Redeemer of Israel and of the world. He is the only begotten Son of the Father, full of grace and truth. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, atoning death through His shed blood on the tree, His bodily resurrection on the third day, and His physical return as King of Israel and Master of the Universe in power and glory. By His life, death, and resurrection, He fulfilled the prophecies in the Tanakh related to the Messiah’s first coming. “He bore the reproach of sinners, and was afflicted even unto death on the tree. He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). “He is the visible image of the invisible G-d, the exact representation of G-d’s nature, and the perfect expression of His glory” (Colossians 1:15-20). He is the Word of G-d, the Living Torah, and the fullest representation of G-d to man. He is the Aleph and Tav, the first and last, the beginning and the end (Revelation 2:8; 22:13). He was eternally with the Father in the beginning and was not created. All things are created through Him and by Him. He is fully Divine and yet came in the flesh. The fullness of the Deity dwells in Him in bodily form (Colossians 2:9). He and the Father are One (echad). We believe in the total Deity and total humanity of the L-rd Yeshua HaMashiach.
Sin and Salvation We believe that man was created in the image of G-d, but because of Adam’s disobedience, fell into sin. We believe that sinners must repent from their sin and accept Yeshua as His Messiah, L-rd, and Savior, and actively submit to and place their trust in Him and in Him alone. Without salvation, one is condemned to eternal separation from G-d. Thus, for the salvation and redemption of man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit, through trust in the person and work of Yeshua, is absolutely essential. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father, but through Him. The only provision G-d made for reconciling man to Himself was through the atoning wok of Yeshua, who died as the sacrifice for our disobedience and rose again, manifesting His victory over sin and death.
Holy Spirit We believe in the work and presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Believer. He is the Comforter, Sealer, Guide, Gift-Giver, and by whose indwelling the Believer is enabled to live a godly life. The Holy Spirit brings forth the fruit of righteousness in the lives of all followers of the Messiah. The Holy Spirit also gifts, orders, and leads the local body of Believers, enabling them to become a community of love and service.
The Congregation We believe that those who are of the Holy Spirit become members of the universal people of G-d, or the Body of Messiah. Gentile Believers are grafted into the natural olive tree of Israel and become part of the Commonwealth of Israel. This one spiritual fellowship thus includes both Jews and non-Jews as equal members of His body. We affirm the spiritual unity of all Believers who truly trust in G-d through Yeshua. The L-rd Yeshua is the head of this body, and members find their place of service and worship in the local congregation (Ephesians 2:11-13, 19; Romans 8:15-17; Galatians 3:28).
Covenants with Israel We believe in the continuity of G-d’s eternal covenants with the physical people of Israel. We also believe that the land of Israel is the homeland of the Jewish people, as promised by G-d to our forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as an eternal inheritance. We believe that Jerusalem is the City of the Great King, Yeshua HaMashiach, from which He shall rule and reign upon His Return in power and glory. “For the Torah shall go forth from Zion, and the Word of the L-rd from Jerusalem” (Isaiah 2:2-4; Micah 4:1-3). Jewish followers of Yeshua are called to remain part of the people Israel and to maintain their Jewish biblical heritage and traditions as expressed through the Abrahamic and Mosaic covenants, as properly applied through the lens of the New Covenant Scriptures.
We believe that G-d gave the Torah, Prophets and Writings for moral instruction and prophetic pictures which would point forward to the Messiah’s work. Through His eternal Word, G-d sets forth a righteous standard for holy living and for preserving a distinct nation of Israel. Yeshua’s fulfillment of Messianic prophecy relating to His First Coming in no way annuls the Torah (Matthew 5:17-19), but rather He brings out the fullness of its originally intended meaning, and is our ultimate sacrifice and High Priest, bringing in a better covenant, better sacrifice and better priesthood, built on better promises (Hebrews 8:6). Yeshua is the Living Word of G-d and culmination of all the Covenants revealed in the Scriptures. The written Word of G-d is the revelation of G-d’s heart. They are a reflection of Yeshua’s heart. The Scriptures guide and train us to become more like Him, because this was how He Himself lived and what was in His heart. He is the fullness of the Word. Our lives should be so full.
Obeying G-d’s Word is not merely a matter of outward observance and external conformity. Righteousness with G-d is, as it has always been, solely by His lovingkindness, grace, and mercy, through the free gift of faith. Only by spiritual rebirth through Yeshua, entering into a fully surrendered and committed love relationship with him, and being adopted into G-d’s family through the New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 36:25-27), can any of us receive a new heart and spirit and be empowered to walk in G-d’s ways and obey His perfect will from our hearts. “For man looks on the outward appearance, but G-d looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:17).