WHAT WE BELIEVE

The Father

Creation owes it’s existence to the only one, living God of Avraham (Abraham),

Yitzchak (Issac) and Ya’akov (Jacob); the great “I AM” who always was, is, and will forever be. YaHWeH, our Heavenly Father, is the source of all authority and power. We will serve Him in truth, worshiping and loving Him with all of our heart, soul and mind, with reverence and respect for His holiness.

Humankind

God created humankind in His image to worship and bless Him. Unfortunately, because of humankind’s pride and our lust to be gods ourselves, Adam and Chava (Eve), succumbed to the temptation to choose their own way apart from the perfect life the Father had given. The price of their willful rebellion was a hopeless, eternal separation from the intimate relationship humankind shared with their Creator.

His Son

To atone for their mistake and restore Humankind’s broken relationship with their Creator, God in His Mercy sent us His Son Yeshua (Jesus), which literally means “God Is Salvation”, to redeem humankind from physical and spiritual death. He was conceived through His Father’s Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) into the womb of a Hebrew virgin. He came first as Messiah ben-Yosef (the suffering servant), to surrender His divine, perfect life as the only possible payment for the worst possible crime, rebellion against God. Fulfilling every Messianic prophecy in the T’nach (Hebrew Bible) of His first coming, He was God’s Word that became flesh ministering and teaching with the correct Spirit and understanding. He came to change nothing the Father had given, but to renew the covenant God had made for those that will choose to be His people. His malicious death and burial is Humankind’s greatest tragedy, His resurrection our only hope. He will return again as Messiah ben-David conquering all evil and tyranny. Death will be swallowed up forever with the whole world worshipping the one true God of Isra'el.

Holy Spirit

Those who turn from the World’s way and commit to God’s, who by faith believe in Yeshua’s atoning work and submit their lives to His Lordship, are Born Again and filled with God’s essence, His Ruach HaKodesh. Their bodies become the Temple or dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. Believers are empowered with the “greater gifts” of knowledge, understanding and wisdom in order that he or she can, too, become Talmidim (disciples) of God, bringing the Good News of Yeshua to the misled and deceived of the world.

God’s Ruach manifests gifts and supernatural works in the life of the believer so that as a community we can do even greater acts of healing and service than those of the Messiah.

The inward change of our character and behavior together with the outward expression of our Shalom (peace), joy and love are proof we are truly living a Spirit-filled life.

Mikveh

At the moment of our confession of Yeshua as Messiah, our souls are still unclean from the spiritual death wrought by our sins. Therefore, to prepare our beings so that God’s pure and holy essence is able to enter and dwell within us, we publicly declare our decision to turn from our old ways by descending into a spiritual immersion or Mikveh (baptism), to first wash ourselves of the darkness of death, then arising to receive God’s Holy Spirit. The outward sign of this act thereby seals the inward work of our rebirth.

The Scriptures

All that we know of God the Father, Yeshua the Messiah, the Ruach HaKodesh and God’s plan of redemption for all creation is documented in the inspired, infallible Holy Word. The T’nach and Messianic Writings inerrant in their original texts, are God’s complete revelation of His will for the salvation of Humankind, and the divine and final authority for all believers. Our standard for faith and conduct, living a Torah-observant lifestyle or according to God’s instructions and principles to the best of our human ability, is living a perfect life. Of course, knowing that we will miss the mark, God mercifully maintains the righteousness of those who put their faith in He who is perfect, Yeshua.

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