Beth Am Echad (House of One People) Messianic Congregation

 

Statement of Faith

 

·         We believe that the Bible, consisting of the Old Testament (Tanach) and the New Testament (Brit Chadasha), is the only infallible and authoritative Word of God.  We recognize its divine inspiration and accept its teachings as our final authority in all matters of faith and practice.  (Prov. 3:16; Ps. 119:89, 105; Isaiah. 40:8, 48:12 16; Jn. 1:1, 1:14; Rom. 8:14-17; 2Tim. 2:15, 3:16-17).

·         We believe there is only one, true, living God.  We believe He is a Triune Godhead and that through Him came all things.  We believe He exists forever eternally and has always existed eternally as three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  (Gen. 1,2; Deut. 6:4-6; Jn. 1:3; Acts 17:23-24; 1Tim. 1:17).

o        God the Father (Abba) – Jn. 6:27b; 1Cor.1:3; Gal. 1:1; Rev. 3:5, 21; Jer. 3:4,19; 31:9; Mal. 1:6; Matt. 6:9, 32; Lk. 10:21-22; Jn. 1:14; 4:23; 5:17-26; 6:28-46; Rom. 8:14-15.

o        God the Son, called Yeshua or Jesus, meaning salvation,

§         God does have a Son.  (Ps. 2; Prov. 30: 4-6; Heb. 1; Lk. 12:35-37; Jn. 1:29-34;  49; 3:14-18).

§         The Son came to this world born of a virgin, Mary.  (Isa. 7:14; Lk. 1:30-35).

§         The Son is God (Deity), and is worshipped as God, having existed eternally.  (Ps.110:1; Heb. 1:13; Isa. 9:6-7; Matt. 28:18-20; Phil. 2:5-11; Col. 1:15-19; Rev. 3:21; :Heb. 1; Rev. 4:8, 5:5-14).

§         HE is the promised Mashiach (Messiah) of Israel.  (Isa. 9:6-7; 11:1; Dan. 9:20-26; Isa. 53; Jn. 1:17, 40-41, 45, 49; Mk. 8:29).

§         HE is the root and offspring of David, the bright and morning star.  (Num. 24:17; Rev. 22:16).

§         HE is our Passover, the Lamb of God, perfect and sinless. (1Cor. 5:7; Rev. 5; Jn. 1:29)

o        God the Holy Spirit, Ruach Ha Kodesh

§         Introduced in Gen. 1:2b.

§         In the Tanach, the Spirit of God came upon individuals during the times of our forefathers, like Moses, David (see 2Sam. 23:1-3), and the Prophets, for specific purposes.

§         In the New Covenant, the Messiah, Yeshua, promised His disciples that “the Comforter” would come to them after He was gone, described as the Spirit of Truth (John 14:17, 26), who was with them and would be with them.  Yeshua further declared that the Spirit of Truth would guide us into all truth and would glorify Him – the Messiah (John 16:13-15).  He (the Spirit) empowers us (Acts 1:8) and seals us (Eph. 1:13, 4:30).  If we have not the Spirit, we are not His (Rom. 8:9).  He leads us and teaches us (Rom. 8:14-17).  His indwelling enables us to live a godly life.  Acts 2:38 says, “Repent, be immersed, and receive the Holy Spirit.”

·         We believe

o        Man was created in God’s image.  (Gen. 1:26-27). However,

o        Man, through disobedience, fell from his first state and became separated from God (Gen. 2:17; 3:22-24).  Therefore, according to scriptures, all men are born with a sinful nature.  (Ps. 14:1-3; 49:7; 53:13; Isa. 64:6; Rom. 3:9-12, 23; 5:12).

o        Man’s only hope for redemption (salvation) is through the atonement made by Yeshua the Messiah (Lev.17:11; Isa. 53; Dan. 9:24-26; 1Cor. 15:22; Heb. 9:11-14, 28; Jn. 1:12, 3-36), resulting in regeneration by the Holy Spirit (Tit. 3:5), which is the new birth (Jn. 3:3-8).  For by grace we are saved through faith, it is a gift of God (Eph. 2:8-9).

·         We believe in the resurrection of both the redeemed and the lost: the former to everlasting life and the latter to eternal separation from God, a state of  everlasting punishment.  We further believe that Satan was once holy and enjoyed heavenly honors.  However, through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, he fell and drew after him a host of angels.  He is now the malignant prince of the power of the air.  We hold him to be man’s great tempter, the enemy of God and His Christ, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power behind the present apostasy, the lord of the antichrist, and the author of all powers of darkness – destined to final defeat at the hands of God’s own Son and to the judgment of an eternal justice in Hell, a place prepared for him and his angels.

·         We believe Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus Christ, is the only Messiah and Redeemer spoken of in the Scriptures.  We further believe that salvation can come only to those who put their faith in Him and who can honestly say, “Jesus, or,  Yeshua, is my Lord and Savior.  He came to earth as a man, born of a virgin, died for my sins, was resurrected on the third day, and, sits at the right hand of God.”   We further believe that the Scriptures promised two “comings” of the Messiah:

o        First coming

§         Promised in Dan 9:24-26.

§         Its purpose was to make an atonement for sin (Dan 9:24-26; Isa. 53; Rom. 3:21-31; Heb. 9-10; John 3:16-17).

o        Second coming

§         Promised coming in the air in power and glory to receive the believers to Himself (1Thess. 4:13-18; John 14:1-6; 1Cor. 15:51-57).

§         Messiah’s return to earth.

·         The Redeemer shall come to Zion (Isa. 59:20-21; Zech. 14:4).

·         Israel’s spiritual redemption (Zech. 12:8-13:1; Rom. 11:25-27; Heb. 9:28; Jer. 31:31-40; the New Covenant).

·         Israel’s national restoration is to recover the remnant of His people Israel from the four corners of the earth, and restore the Davidic Kingdom [Isa. 11 – to re-establish the throne and kingdom of David, which will last for one thousand years] (Isa. 9:6-7; Lk. 1:30-33; Jer.23:3-8).

·         We believe in God’s end-time plan for the nation of Israel and for the world.  A central part of Messianic Judaism is the belief  in the physical and spiritual restoration of Israel, as told in the Scriptures.  The greatest miracle of our day has been the re-establishment or rebirth of the State of Israel according to prophecy (Ps. 105:8-10; Ezek. 34:11-31; 36-39; Hos. 3; Amos 9:11-15; Zech. 12-14; Isa. 11; 43; 54; 60-62; 66; Rom. 11:1-34).

·         The Jewish People

o         We believe that Jewish people (physical descendants of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob, whether through mother’s or father’s bloodline) who place their faith in Israel’s Messiah, Yeshua, continue to be Jewish according to Scriptures.  We also believe that Gentiles who place their faith in Yeshua, are “grafted into” the Jewish olive tree of faith (Rom. 11:17-25) becoming spiritual sons and daughters of Abraham (Gal. 3:28-29).

o        We observe and celebrate the Jewish Holy Days given by God to Israel, with their fulfillment in and through the Messiah Yeshua.  We believe that true “Biblical Judaism,” the faith of first century believers acknowledges the continuity of faith in the one true God, revealed through the Scriptures, and ultimately manifested in God’s Son, Yeshua the Messiah.  We believe that salvation has always been “by faith,” and that works of the law, or righteous acts, have never saved anyone (Gen. 15:6; Rom. 2 – 6 ; Eph. 2:8-9; Heb. 11:6, 39).

o        We acknowledge that the New Covenant body of believers is composed of both Jews and Gentiles who have received Yeshua the Messiah as the Promised Redeemer.  The “middle wall of partition” has been broken down and now we worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob together as one body (1Cor. 12:13; Eph.2:13-14).

o        We acknowledge and accept the concept of the “One New Man” as set forth by Scriptures as well as the doctrine concerning the “New Commandment” of “Love Thy Neighbor” (Jn. 13:34; 2Cor. 5:17, Eph. 2:19).

·         Furthermore, we affirm the following:

o        That faith in Jesus the Messiah is humanity’s only way to come to know God the Father, according to Christ’s own Word: “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through me.”  (Jn. 14:6)

o        That “The Great Commission” (Matt. 28:19-20) is the responsibility of the entire Body of Christ.

o        That the Church’s obligation to share saving knowledge of Christ with the whole human race includes the evangelizing of Jewish people.  (Rom. 1:16)

o        That scriptural giving is one of the fundamentals of faith.

o        That Jewish people who come to faith in Yeshua have liberty before God to either observe or not to observe traditional Jewish customs and ceremonies that are consistent with the New Testament and do not hinder fellowship with the rest of the Body of Christ.

o        That the idea of a Jewish homeland, and the nation of Israel itself, with secure borders and a just peace has our unconditional support.

o        That the historical status of the Jews as God’s people, by itself, does not bring salvation to any Jew who does not accept Yeshua Ha Mashiach, Jesus Christ, as their Lord and Savior.

 

 

 

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