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Messianic Jews believe in the one and only living God—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—Creator of heaven and earth.

We are those who believe that the foundation of Judaism established by Torah, the Prophets and the whole of Scriptures is completed in Yeshua (Jesus), as recorded in the B’rith Hadoshah (the New Covenant). Yeshua is Israel’s promised Messiah, the redeemer of all. His life, death, resurrection and ultimate return fulfill the Messianic prophecies from the Holy Scriptures (Tenach).

We believe that Yeshua is the way of man’s reconciliation with God.

As Messianic Jews, we rejoice in the rebirth of the nation of Israel, and believe this to be a sovereign work of God in our time.

We firmly believe that there is perfect consistency and harmony from Tenach through the B’rith Hadoshah. Therefore, as Jews who believe in Yeshua, we remain faithful to our God-given heritage.

We invite you to join us on Shabbat as we worship the God of Israel together.

 

Statement of Fundamental Truths
WE BELIEVE:

I. That the BIBLE, consisting of the Tenach (Hebrew Scriptures) and the later writings commonly known as the B’rit Hadoshah or the Messianic Writings, are 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. (Deut.6:4-9; Prov.3:1-6; Ps.119:89, 105; Isa.48:12-16; Rom.8:14-17; 2Tim.2:15, 3:16-17)

II. God- We believe that the Shema, “Hear O Israel, the L-rd our God, the L-rd is one” (Deut.6:4), teaches that God is “echad” (one), as so declared: a united one, a composite unity, eternally existent in plural oneness (Gen.1:1 Elohim: God); Gen.1:26 “Let us make man in our image”; Gen.2:24 Adam and Eve were created to be as one flesh (basar echad), that He is a personal God who created us (Gen.1 & 2), and that He exists forever in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as mentioned in Rom.8:14-17 (Father, Spirit and Messiah-Son) and Matt.28:18-20 (immersing in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit).

a. God THE FATHER
Jn.6:27b; 1Cor.1:3; Gal.1:1; Rev. 3:5, 21; Jer. 3:4, 19; 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

b. God THE SON (HaBen)

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

ii. The Son, called Yeshua, (Jesus: meaning salvation), came to this world born of a virgin [Isa.7:14,(cf. Lk. 1:30-35.)].

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

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

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

vi. He is our Passover, the Lamb of God (1Cor.5:7; Rev.5; Jn.1:29)

c. God THE RUACH HAKODESH (Holy Spirt)

i. Introduced in Gen.1:2b

ii. In the Tenach, 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.

iii. 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 (Jn. 14:17, 26), who was with them and would be in them. Yeshua further declared that the Spirit of Truth would guide us into all truth and would glorify Him—the Messiah—not himself (Jn.16:13-15). He empowers us (Acts 1:8). He seals us [Eph.1:13, 4:30 (see NIV and Jewish New Testament versions)]. 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.”

III. MAN

a. Created in the image of God (Gen.1:26-27), but:

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

c. Man’s only hope for redemption (salvation) is through the atonement made by 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).

IV. RESURRECTION AND JUDGMENT

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 (Job 14:14, 19:25-27; Dan.12:2-3; Jn. 3:36, 11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-6, 10-15, 21:7-8).

V. THE MESSIAH—THE REDEEMER

The Scriptures promised two “comings” of the Messiah:

a. First Coming

i. Promised in Dan.9:24-26.

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

b. Second Coming

i. Promised coming in the air to receive the believers to Himself (1Thess.4:13-18; Jn.14:1-6; 1Cor.15:51-57).

ii. Messiah’s return to the earth.

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

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

3. 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 reestablish the throne and kingdom of David, which will last forever) [Isa.9:6-7 (cf. Lk.1:30-33); Jer. 23:3-8].

VI. ISRAEL IN PROPHECY

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 taught in the Scriptures. The greatest miracle of our day has been the reestablishment or rebirth of the State of Israel according to prophecy (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) (see also Scriptures under V. THE MESSIAH).

VII. MESSIANIC JUDAISM

a. We recognize that Jewish people (physical descendants of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob, whether through the mother’s or the father’s bloodline) who place their faith in Israel’s Messiah, Yeshua, continue to be Jewish according to the Scriptures (Rom.2:28-29). Gentiles who place their faith in Yeshua are “grafted into” the Jewish tree of faith (Rom.11:17-25) becoming spiritual sons and daughters of Abraham (Gal.3:28-29).

b. 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, which we seek to practice, acknowledges the continuity of faith in the one true God, revealed throughout 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 law, or righteous acts, have never saved anyone (Gen.15:6; Rom.2:6; Eph.2:8-9; Heb.11:6-39).

c. 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 Israel together (1Cor.12:13; Eph.2:13-14).