SHABBAT, 29 Heshvan 5778 — יוֹם שַׁבָּת כט חֶשְׁוָן ה' תשעח Saturday, 18 November 2017
Core Beliefs

1. There is one sovereign God, all holy, wise, powerful and loving. He is revealed as echad (a composite oneness): Father, Son (Yeshua the Messiah), and Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) (Deut. 6:4, Zech. 14:9).

2. God has fully and completely revealed Himself and His plan to humanity through the Scriptures (comprised of the Tanach (Hebrew Scriptures) and Brit Hadashah (New Testament)), which are divinely inspired, completely inerrant in the original writings and of supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and life. We recognize the value of other Jewish and Christian literature, but only where it is supported by or conforms to Scripture (2 Tim. 3:16).

3. God created the universe and all it contains, seen and unseen, physical and spiritual, and purposes that His creation be in union with Him, holy and sanctified. God has continued to be active throughout history and His purposes will be accomplished in this world (Isa. 43:10-13, 44:6-8}. God, through His Spirit, is also active in our personal lives. At the same time, humans have free will and our choices matter (Deut. 20:15-20,Josh. 24:14-15, Pr. 1:28-33).

4. The creation became tarnished by sin and impacted by death. As a result, all human beings, with the exception of Yeshua the Messiah, are sinners by nature (Rom. 3:23-24).

5. God chose the Jewish people to receive His perfect Law (Torah) and show forth His righteousness to the nations, bringing blessing into the world. He has made a special covenant with the Jewish people, which is permanent and irrevocable (Gen. 17:7-9, Jer. 31:35-37, Jer. 33:20-26, Ex. 19:5-8, Ex. 24:3, Isa.42:1-8, Rom. 11:28-29).

6. Yeshua the Messiah was pre-existent as God. As a Jew, he lived a sinless life. He died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as a representative and atoning sacrifice. Yeshua was buried, rose from the dead and ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father, making intercession for us as the great high priest (Pr. 30:4, John 1:1-5, John 1:14-15, Heb.5:5-10).

7. All who believe in Yeshua are justified, not by their own works of righteousness, but by Yeshua's perfect righteousness and atoning blood. There is no other name under heaven by which we may be redeemed (Jer. 33:14-18, Ps. 2, Isa. 53, Isa. 49, John 14:6, Acts 4:12).

8. Jews and Gentiles who acknowledge Yeshua as Messiah and Redeemer are part of God's universally covenanted people. Two key practices by believers in Yeshua are: undergoing the mikveh (water immersion) upon confession of faith in Yeshua as Messiah and participation in remembrance of Yeshua's last Passover seder (Matthew 26:26-29, 28:19). The mikveh symbolizes both one's faith in Yeshua as well as one's own death to sin and rebirth to new life (Acts 8:26-39, Rom. 6:3-5). Remembrance of Yeshua's last Passover seder commemorates the covenant sealed through Yeshua's atoning death and our living relationship with him. Though we seek to be obedient to God in these practices, we do not regard either as a means of salvation.

9. Yeshua will return at the end of time in power and glory to rule the earth. Then will occur the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of those who believe in Yeshua and the everlasting separation from God of those who reject Yeshua.


Core Values