- 1. God: We believe that YAHUAH (YHWH) the Father is perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, and measureless in power. Yahuah showed His love for all people by sending His Son Yahusha to die for our sins so that we might have eternal life with Yahuah in heaven. Luke 18:27; John 3:16,17; Romans 11:33; 1 Peter 1:16; 1 John 4:7-10; Revelation 4:8
We believe that there is only One true YHWH (GOD) Deuteronomy 6:4; Mark 12:29; 1 Corinthians 8:6, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Ruach ha Kodesh and that He became completely man, conceived through the power of the Ruach ha Kodesh, He was born of the virgin Miriam (Mary). Yahusha lived a sinless life, and chose to die as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people. He was bodily resurrected from the dead and appeared to many people. He now sits at the “right hand of Yahuah” (the highest place of honor and power), interceding (standing in to provide protection) for the sins of His people (those who accepted him as Savior and Messiah). He will come in glory to righteously judge all people based on their acceptance or rejection of Him. Yahusha is the only way to bridge the gap of sin between Yahuah and Mankind, thus He is the only way to have a relationship with Yahuah now, and eternal life with Yahuah in heaven. Matthew 16:16,17 and 25:31-46; Mark 14:61,62; Luke 1:34,35 and 2:7; John 1:1 and 1:14 and 5:22-30 and 10:30 and 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 2:22-24
2. Scripture: We believe that Scripture is YHWH's (YAHUAH's/God’s) “Holy Word” (communication to us) written by men, but directed and inspired by God through the Ruach HaKodesh. It is the complete, final, and only authority in all matters of faith and conduct. 2 Timothy 3:16,17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; and 2 Peter 1:20,21
3. Yahusha: Yahusha of Yahudah (Judah) is the Messiah of Israel and Redeemer for all mankind. Yahusha is a
compassionate, sinless, and perfect High Priest and mediator which makes Him suitable to be the eternal and final sin
bearer for all who will unite with Him by faith (Isaiah 53:12; Hebrews 4:15; Hebrews 10:10-14; 1 Timothy 2:5-6).
Yahusha has always existed and His nature is divine (Isaiah 9:6-7; John 8:58-59; Hebrews 1:3). Yahusha came into the
world miraculously through the womb of a virgin named Miriam (Mary) (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23).
- In Yahusha the Messiah, Yahuah took on the form of man and the fullness of humanity to intercede for the sins of man (Isaiah 53:5-6; Philippians 2:6-8; Hebrews 2:17). Yahusha died, rose from the dead, and later ascended to the right hand of Yahuah where He presently dwells (1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Acts 1:9; Psalm 110:1; Hebrews 10:12). Yahusha the Messiah will return the same way in which He left - visibly to the Mount of Olives with the clouds of heaven, in order to usher in the final stage of Yahuah’s kingdom on earth (Daniel 7:13-14; Zechariah 14:3-4; Acts 1:6-12).
We believe that Salvation depends on accepting Yahusha as both Savior and Messiah of our lives and receiving the indwelling of the Ruach ha Kodesh. (John 1:12; Acts 2:38,39 and 8:26-40 and 16:25-34; 1 Peter 3:21,22) and that Yahusha is the ONLY way to heaven and to the Father!
4. The Spirit of Yahuah: The Ruach Ha Kodesh is a distinct aspect of the Yahuah of Israel. The Spirit of Yahuah was active in the creation of all things and continues to be (Genesis 1:2). He is received in full when someone gets right with Yahuah through faith in Yahusha snd invites him into their lives, so all true Believers “have the Ruach ha Kodesh.” He is the power that Believers have that enables them to live a Yahusha-like life (as Yahuah leads them). The Ruach ha Kodesh is our pledge (or “down-payment”) of eternal life. (John 16:8-11; Acts 2:38; Romans 8:9; Galatians 5:16-26; 1 John 3:24)
The Ruach ha Kodesh convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8). The Ruach ha Kodesh regenerates, sanctifies, in-dwells, seals, keeps, illumines, guides, and bestows his gifts upon all who are believers in Yahusha the Messiah (Romans 8:9-11). Yahuah lives inside His people today through the Ruach ha Kodesh (1 Corinthians 3:16).
5. Mankind: We believe that at creation, Yahuah created man perfectly in His image (Genesis 1:26-27) and given rule over all the earth. Man forfeited everything when he exercised his Yahuah-given free will to rebel against Yahuah’s protective instructions (Genesis 3) and chose to disobey Yahuah (in the Garden of Eden) in spite of warnings regarding the consequences for doing so. The chief consequence of this “fall” was that people would now be born with anature that is broken and intent upon going their own way, as opposed to Yahuah’s way (Genesis 8:21). As a result sorrow, tears, pain, sickness, death, and all that is “not good” came into existence.
- Only through accepting Yahusha as Savior and by making Him Messiah of your life and receiving the The Ruach HaKodesh can you spend eternity with Yahuah in heaven. Those who reject or ignore Yahusha will suffer Yahuah’s wrath for their sins and will suffer eternally separated from Yahuah's Love in Hell. (Genesis 1:26,27; Matthew 25:31-46; Romans 3:23 and 6:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10; Revelation 20:11-15 and 22:3-5)
6. The Good News of the Messiah: Scripture says that the good news “is the power of Yahuah for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Gentile [Gentile]” (Romans 1:16). It is incredibly good news that despite our broken and helpless condition, Yahuah demonstrated His love for us in that while we were still sinners, the Messiah died for us (Romans 5:8). History bears out the fact that people continually stray from Yahuah (Genesis 8:21; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:23). Even the greatest spiritual leaders of Israel were way off track at times (Micah 3). Thus we are continually amazed by this good news that Yahusha did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many by laying down His life for His sheep (Mark 10:45; John 10:11). This good news, or gospel, that Yahusha lived, died, and rose from the dead for the forgiveness of sins is of first importance (1 Corinthians 15:3) and is available to all people who will unite with Yahusha by faith (Romans 3:28). The purity and centrality of the gospel should be protected and maintained at all costs (Galatians 1:6-9).
7. Atonement: Throughout Scripture, Yahuah’s formula for atonement is consistent: Blood sacrifices plus a heart of repentance (teshuvah) and faith (emunah) = Atonement. In other words, there must be a sacrifice and there must be a right heart in order for an individual to obtain atonement. (Leviticus 17:11), and the entire Torah, make it explicit that blood must be shed in order for Yahuah’s justice to be satisfied and for sins to be wiped away (Leviticus 16). However, a sacrifice means nothing if it is not coupled with a heart that is broken over sin and is trusting Yahuah for mercy and forgiveness (Isaiah 1; Hosea 6:6; Micah 6; Acts 3:19). As promised, Yahuah sent forth the Messiah, His eternal son, to be the final sacrifice and atonement for sins so that people can experience forgiveness and fellowship with Yahuah once and for all (Jeremiah 31:34; Isaiah 53; Hebrews 10:11-14). People obtain justification before Yahuah by uniting in faith with the atoning work of Yahusha the Messiah (Romans 5:1-2). This is the one way that Yahuah has provided for salvation and it is available to all people (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:4). We rejoice over the words of Paul: “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith, apart from works of the Torah” (Romans 3:28). Those who have genuinely experienced Yahuah’s salvation in the Messiah will persevere and not turn away from the faith (John 10:28-29).
8. The Body of Messiah: The Body of Messiah is comprised of Jews and Gentiles who have been reconciled to Yahuah through the atoning work of Yahusha the Messiah (Ephesians 2:14-19). This united congregation, also known as the church (Greek – ecclesia) is lead by Yahusha the Messiah (Ephesians 2:20-22; Colossians 1:18). That Jews and Gentiles would unite to worship and follow the Yahuah of Israel is a fulfillment of Yahuah’s prophetic plan (Genesis 12:3; Daniel 7:13-14; Isaiah 2:3). Yahuah’s will for the Body of Messiah is that there be unity, while respecting diversity (John 17:23; 1 Corinthians 7:18-20).
9. Israel: Israel (the Jewish people worldwide) remains a covenant people today (Romans 9:3-4). Yahusha rose from the dead first for the Jewish people (Acts 3:26) and there continues to be a present priority in bringing the good news of Yahusha to the Jewish people (Romans 1:16). Tragically, Israel continues to oppose the gospel (Romans 11:28). One day, the nation will embrace Yahusha on a massive scale (Romans 11:26) which will lead to unprecedented blessings for both Israel and all the nations (Romans 11:12, 15). Israel is God’s firstborn son (Exodus 4:22). Yahuah does not have a partial love for Israel (Romans 2:10). Yahuah has given Israel a unique role for the glory of His name. Israel therefore possesses unique responsibilities and privileges that Yahuah holds the nation accountable for (Romans 2:9-10; Romans 3:1).
10. Immersion in Water (Baptism): Immersion in water is an ancient Jewish practice. The Torah records multiple instances and laws where immersion in water was utilized for purification purposes (Exodus 19:10; Leviticus 8:6; 16:4; Numbers 19 and 31:21-24). These examples formed the basis for the Jewish mikveh laws. Early Jewish tradition also utilized immersion in a mikveh for Gentile converts to Judaism. This is still done today in conversion ceremonies to Judaism. Shortly before the time of Yahusha, Yochanan ben Zechariah (also known as John the Baptist) utilized immersion in water as a symbolic act of cleansing and consecration to Yahuah in anticipation of the Messiah who would shortly arrive (Mark 1:4; Luke 3:16;Acts 19:4). Once Yahusha arrived, then died and rose from the dead, immersion in water came to symbolize a person’s public identification with the life, death, and resurrection of Yahusha the Messiah (Romans 6:3-5). All people who have identified with Yahusha by faith should follow His instructions to be immersed in water in order to publicly identify with the new life that they have received from Yahuah (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 8:12).
11. The New Covenant: The death of Yahusha inaugurated the New Covenant that the prophets of Israel spoke of (Jeremiah 31:31-36; Luke 22:20). The ground of the New Covenant promise is the forgiveness of sins for the nation of Israel (Jeremiah 31:34). Yahusha’s death and resurrection provided forgiveness of sins and serves as the basis from which the remainder of the New Covenant blessings will ultimately come to fruition (Luke 17:24-25; Hebrews 9:15). Jews and Gentiles can now become beneficiaries of the blessings of the New Covenant by uniting with the Messiah Yahusha by faith (Romans 11:17-19). When we take the matzah (bread) and the cup, which is also known as Yahuah’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:20-34), we remember that Yahuah’s promised New Covenant, which was sealed on Passover, brought freedom from sin and death. This is the ultimate freedom for our lives (Hebrews 10).
12. Torah: The Torah of Moses reflects Yahuah’s perfect standard and character and is therefore good and spiritual and still applies today (Romans 7:12, 14). The New Covenant makes it clear that there is no problem with the Torah, rather the problem is with human sin (Romans 7:13; Hebrews 8:7-8a). Yahusha came not to destroy the Torah, but to bring it to its fullness (Matthew 5:17-18). The goal at which the Torah aims is the Messiah (Romans 10:4). The Torah is our tutor to lead us to the Messiah (Galatians 3:24), Therefore, the fullness of Yahuah’s “torah” for believers in Yahusha today is to live in light of the completeness of Yahuah’s torah revelation to us in the Messiah. As believers in Messiah, our focus is to be on the life of Yahusha the Messiah and to obey His instructions (Matthew 28:19-20; John 15:10-11).
- As we live His life and follow His words, we are truly following the fullness of Yahuah’s “torah” for today. It is Yahusha’s life and words that define “torah observance” in this age. Believers in Yahusha are free to identify with the applicable aspects of the Torah of Moses today as they are led by Yahuah to do so (1 Corinthians 9:20-21). But they are under no obligation to follow the Torah of Moses as the required rule of life (Galatians 3:25).