OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH
ISRAEL & THE CHURCH
In essential beliefs we are resolute in our biblical conviction. In non-essentials we practice liberty and love.
We contend that the Bible is God’s written revelation to humanity, which is inerrant and infallible in the original writings. We believe in the sole authority of the sixty-six books of the Bible and that there are no other writings similarly inspired by God. In all matters of faith and practice, the Bible is the final authority. In matters where Scripture is silent, believers should conscientiously seek to be led by God because it is to him alone he or she is ultimately responsible to.
We contend that there is only one true God, eternally existing in three distinct and equal persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and that each possesses the characteristics of personality as well as the nature and perfections of deity. We contend that God is sovereign and created all things for his glory.
We contend that God the Son preexisted as the eternal Word, took on human nature, and was known as Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah. We believe in his full deity, his virgin conception, his full humanity, and his sinless life. We contend that Jesus revealed the mind of God, offered himself once and for all as the only atoning substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of humanity, and continues to intercede for his people. As the risen Messiah, He exercises divine authority from God’s right hand and will return to earth, personally and visibly, to consummate the promises concerning his Kingdom.
We contend in the full deity and personality of the Holy Spirit. Sent by the Father and Son, he bears witness to Jesus through the Word of God. He enlightens sinners to their need for salvation, regenerates individuals, and baptizes them into the Body of Messiah. He indwells, fills, guides, instructs, and produces in believers the fruit of the Spirit. We believe the Holy Spirit bestows spiritual gifts to each believer regardless of gender as needed for his or her calling to serve the Body of Messiah and fulfill the Great Commandment and Great Commission.
We contend that God created Adam and Eve in His image and likeness. Through Adam’s sin, all people, with the exception of Jesus the Messiah, are born guilty before God with a nature in rebellion against him that is in need of redemption and restoration.
The central purpose of God’s revelation in Scripture is to call people into fellowship with him. Originally created to be in relationship with God, humans rebelled against him by going their own independent way, resulting in alienation from him. This fall took place at the beginning of human history; since then all people have suffered these consequences and are in need of the saving grace of God that is mediated through the atoning work of Jesus the Messiah and made available by faith to both Jews and Gentiles who repent. This salvation is a gift from God, received through faith alone and not by works. True believers in Messiah are sealed by the Spirit for the day of redemption.
We contend that Israel exists as a covenant people through whom God continues to accomplish His purposes and that the Church is an elect people in accordance with the New Covenant, comprising both Jews and Gentiles who acknowledge Jesus as Messiah and Redeemer. Gentiles who have come to faith in Jesus are fellow heirs in the kingdom of God with Jewish believers. This belief in the universal body of Messiah encourages both Jews and Gentiles to live together in unity. At the same time we affirm the right of individual congregations to express their cultural diversity.
We recognize and respect that there are different views within the Church on the role the nation of Israel plays in the culmination of redemptive history, but we reject any view that marginalizes Israel’s existence, denies their right to self-determination, or subjects them to a different standard than what God expects or allows of any nation-state.
We contend that physical death seals the destiny of each person and everyone will experience a bodily resurrection followed by judgment to determine their eternal fate. Believers will be received into eternal communion with God and will be rewarded for works done in this life; unbelievers will consciously suffer eternal condemnation apart from him.
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Our Statement of Faith was confirmed by our Board of Directors and included in our by-laws