Statement of Faith
Founded on the rock of Yeshua - what we believe.
Okay, I've read the Statement of Faith on hundreds of websites, and most of them read like a legal contract - some of them complete with double-talk to try to rationalize trinity, and other unbiblical nonsense. So, I've decided to simplify our Statement of Faith:
- There is One True God: YHWH, the God of Abraham (Avraham), Isaac (Yitzak) and Jacob (Yaakov) who was the genetic (as well as the spiritual) progenitor of Israel.
- He is also known as Yeshua, which is His real name, in the language it was given: Hebrew.
- "Yeshua" means "Salvation." Suddenly, Matthew 1:21 makes sense.
- Yeshua grew up Hebrew, spoke Hebrew, and understood Hebrew culture.
- Yeshua is fully God, and walked as a man among us.
- Yeshua is the Maschiach, or "Messiah" in English.
- Jesus is a transliteration of a translation of His real name.
- He is also known as the Ruach HaKodesh, or the Holy Spirit.
- God is a spirit. The Holy Spirit, or Ruach HaKodesh.
- These three are one. Not three. These are three manifestations of God, NOT three persons.
- He (God YHVH/Yeshua/Ruach HaKodesh) wants us to repent and be baptized/Mikvahed/immersed in the name of Yeshua for the remission of our sins. First half of Acts 2:38
- If we repent and are immersed in His name for the remission of sins, He has a gift for us. It's a good one, and it's personal, and you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. Second half of Acts 2:38
- This gift is available to anyone. ANYONE. Acts 2:39
- We can't earn our salvation. All we can do is be obedient to God, and He'll save us, because He loves us. That's called "grace."
- His salvation, grace, mercy, and forgiveness are available to you whether or not you are Jewish.
- Believers in Messiah Yeshua are complete in their faith.
- That is why you will often hear Jewish believers in Yeshua Ha Maschiach refer to themselves as "completed Jews."
- Gentile believers in Yeshua realize that they have been grafted in, and are as much a part of Israel as a Jew.
- The Ruach HaKodesh, or Holy Spirit, is still with us, and will remain with us forever.
- He made EVERYTHING. John 1:3
More details on what we believe
We believe in a perfect, complete, and holy God, YHVH Elohim, maker of all that was, and is, and is to come, the God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob - that He is the Father, who is known through the Son, Yeshua the Messiah, who is God, who became flesh and dwelt among us, and is revealed still today by the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit). Many argue that Elohim is a plural word, thus they say that God is plural - this is also due to a misunderstanding. Some words in Hebrew are deemed so special, that they are pluralized to indicate magnanimity and greatness, not plurality. Another such example is Chai'im, or "Life."
YHWH is echad. God is one. Yeshua is God (YHWH) is the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit). Trinity is a corruption of the understanding of God introduced at the Council of Nicea by Constantinople after studying Aristotle, who was a student of Plato, a pagan polytheist.
The Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit), lives in believers who follow Kefa's (Peter's) admonition as given in the 2nd chapter of the book of Acts to "...repent, and be immersed in the name of Yeshua for the remission of sins..." (Acts 2:38)
This promise is still valid today. (Acts 2:39)
The Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) will bestow power upon us, and we shall be Yeshua's witnesses to the world. (Acts 1:8)
We believe that God made man in His own image for His glory and pleasure in fellowship, that man is separated from God by his sin, and, apart from God's mercy, grace, and loving-kindness, is incapable of being reconciled to Him. The only Mediator between God and man, Yeshua the Messiah, being both fully human and fully God, redeemed man from sin through His death and resurrection. Mediator does not mean another person, but that it is through the sacrificial death Yeshua died, we are saved. YHVH Elohim (God) made for himself a body of flesh to indwell, so He could die this death, on a Roman cross, for us. Through Yeshua, man is brought back into fellowship with God, and a bridge to salvation is available for all who believe in His Name.
We believe that the Ruach HaKodesh comforts and strengthens us, causing us to be obedient to God's Torah (instruction) and confess, (bear witness to the fact) that Yeshua is Lord. Through the atoning blood shed by Yeshua, and the outpouring of His Ruach HaKodesh, we can live a separated (sanctified, holy) life for His glory, assured that we are saved, and will live forever with Him.
God, in His infinite grace and mercy, gives us forgiveness for our sins, and promises eternal life with Him if we are obedient to Him. We can do nothing to deserve His grace or mercy. It is a free gift He offers us in love.
We believe that the whole of Scripture (the Tanakh, "Old Testament," and the Greek Texts - which probably came from an original Hebrew text - "New Testament," or Brit Chadashah, together) is the true, perfect Word of God - that it is complete, solely authoritative, inerrant, and fully trustworthy in its original text. We believe that by studying the scripture in it's original language, with an understanding of the (especially ancient) Hebrew culture, we can begin to know God more fully. We believe that God's greatest desire is to have fellowship with us, and that this is why He gave us His Holy Scripture - to guide us back into communion with Him, after mankind's fall into sin. This is also why God still reveals truth to us who diligently seek Him.
We believe in miraculous healing, and other manifestations of the operation of the gifts of the Ruach HaKodesh.
We believe that if you care about/for God as much as you care about sports teams, you'll show it, by shouting out His praise!
Torah - Is it law, or is it instruction? Find out here!