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What We Believe

STATEMENT OF BELIEFS

  1. The Bible is the only infallible, inerrant and authoritative Word of G-d. This consists of the Tanakh (Holy Scriptures), and the later writings commonly known as the B’rit Chadashah (New Covenant). We recognize the plenary verbal inspiration and accept its teachings as our final authority in all matters of faith and practice.

  2. We believe the Shema (“Hear O Israel, the LORD is our G-d, the LORD is One”, Deut. 6:4) teaches that G-d is the One (Echad) as so declared. This is a united One, a composite unity, eternally existent in plural Oneness. The following passages express this belief.

    • As G-d (Elohim) in “Let us make man in our image”, Genesis 1:27

    • LORD G-d (Elohim) in “The Lord G-d said, ‘Behold, man has become like one of us,” Genesis 2:2

    • LORD in “Let us go down and confound their speech,” Genesis 11:7) and in “Then I heard the voice of the LORD (Adonai) saying ‘Whom shall I send” Who will go for us?’” Isaiah 6:8.

  3. We believe He is a personal G-d Who created us and that He exists forever in the plurality of the three Personalities, Father, Son and Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit), as mentioned in Romans 8:14-17, (Father, Messiah Son, and Holy Spirit).

  4. We believe in the Diety of the Lord Yeshua, the Messiah, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His return in glory and power.

  5. We believe man was created by G-d in His image with a free will. However, man willfully sinned, thus subjecting himself to spiritual and physical death.

  6. We believe that there is salvation of lost and sinful man, with regeneration by the Ruach HaKodesh being essential.

  7. We believe in the present ministry of the Ruach HaKodesh. By His indwelling, the believer is enabled to live a godly and obedient life through God’s grace.

  8. We believe in the resurrection of life, and they that are lost, unto the resurrection of damnation.

  9. We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in the Lord Yeshua, the Messiah. The purpose of the Body of Messiah is to share the Good News of the Lord Yeshua, worship G-d, serve Him, and to encourage believers to grow in holiness and spiritual understanding.

  10. We believe in the process of discipline and conflict resolution taught in Matthew 18:15, as applicable to all congregants and leaders.

  11. We believe that we are to separate ourselves from that which is evil and dedicate ourselves to G-d. As Jewish followers of Yeshua, we are called to maintain our biblical Jewish heritage and remain a part of our people, Israel, and the universal Body of Believers. This is part of our identity and a witness to the faithfulness of G-d.

  12. We believe Yeshua the Messiah will return to earth, and the Believers who have died, along with those who are alive, will live with Him forever.

Beginnings of the Messianic  Movement

The messianic movement traces it beginnings to the scriptures and the beginning of the Messianic/Jewish movement as found in Acts chapter 2.  The early groups that met as believers in the messiah were primarily Jewish in faith and as such followed Jewish customs and practices as well as incorporating new belief systems as taught by the apostles and disciples. 

The messianic synagogues were made up of both Jewish and Gentile believers in Yeshua.  After the destruction of the second Temple by the Roman Empire in 70 CE, the movement took on a Gentile flavor and became what we call today “The Church.”  The modern messianic movement traces it roots to the Jewish Christian Mission from the late 19th century.  It began to truly grow after the establishment of Israel as a Nation in 1948.  Most agree that the modern messianic movement became normalized as a part of the religious expression in America in the late 1960’s. 

Currently there are hundreds of messianic synagogues throughout the world, including in Israel.  Although the practices and theologies of the movement are as varied as the Church and Christianity, the unifying factor of the Messianic Movement is the love for Israel, the belief in Yeshua and in His atoning sacrifice for sins and the promise of eternal life after the resurrection