standard-title Doctrinal Statement

Doctrinal Statement

IN ESSENTIALS, UNITY

IN NON-ESSENTIALS, LIBERTY

IN ALL THINGS, CHARITY

I

We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Bible, which is therefore inerrant and infallible in the original autographs. We affirm the 66 books of the Bible (Old and New Covenants), are the standard of all truth, the final authority for doctrine and practice. Rabbinic Jewish literature is of human origin, and we recognize its value only where it is supported by or conformable to the Word of God. We do not consider it binding upon issues of faith or life. 2 Tim. 3:16; 1 Peter 1:21

II

We believe that there is one God. He is infinite and perfect, eternally existing in three distinct and equal persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – each possessing the nature and perfection of deity, as well as the characteristics of personality. Deut. 6:4; Acts 17:24; Psalm 90:2; Matt 28:19 – 20

III

We believe that the first man, Adam, was created in the image of God. Adam sinned and, though the image of God has not been lost, as a consequence all people are now born guilty before God and with a nature that inherently rebels against Him. Genesis 1:26 – 27, 2:7; Psalm 51:5; Ephesians 2:1 – 3; Romans 5:12

IV

We believe that God made an everlasting and irrevocable covenant with Abraham. It includes the unconditional election of Israel as God’s chosen people, the promise of the Messiah through whom all the world will be blessed, and the gift of the land of Israel to the Jewish people. Genesis 12:1 – 3, 15:9 – 17, 17: 1 – 5; 2 Samuel 7: 12 – 16; Romans 9 – 11

V

We believe that God the Son, the eternal Word, came to Earth in human form and was known as Jesus, or Yeshua, the Messiah. We believe in His full deity; His virgin conception by the work of the Holy Spirit; His full humanity and His sinless life. Isaiah 7:14, 9:6; John 1:1 – 3, 14, 20:28; Colossians 2:9; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:22; Hebrews 4:15, 7:26. We believe Yeshua, the Messiah is the promised Prophet, Priest and King. As the Prophet, He revealed the mind of God in His teaching. As the great High Priest, He offered Himself once and for all as the only effective sacrifice for the sins of men, dying as atonement, which is both penal and substitutionary. He continues His priestly ministry as He intercedes for His people. As the King, He began His reign when He ascended into heaven after His death and bodily resurrection. He will return physically and visibly to reign on earth. Romans 6:9 – 10; Revelation 20:1; Deuteronomy 18:15; Acts 3:22 – 24; Matthew 13:57; Hebrews 1 – 2; Leviticus 21; Hebrews 5 – 17, 7: 1 – 3; 2 Samuel 7:12 – 16; Isaiah 9:7; Luke 1:32 – 33; Matthew 2:1 – 11

VI

We believe in the full deity and the personality of the Holy Spirit. We believe that He bears witness to Messiah Yeshua through the Word of God; that He convicts people of sin; that He regenerates individuals, baptizing them into the body of Messiah; that He indwells, seals, fills, helps, and produces in believers the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 6: 11; Romans 8:15; 1 Corinthians 2:10 – 11; Ephesians 4:30; John 16:8; Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5: 22 – 23; John 16:8 – 11; Titus 3:5; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 12:13 We believe that the Holy Spirit sovereignly gives spiritual gifts to believers. I Corinthians 12:1 – 11, 28 – 30; Romans 12:6 – 8; Ephesians 4: 11

VII

We believe in justification by grace alone through faith alone. Faith in Messiah Yeshua is the only way of salvation, for both Jew and Gentile. True believers in Messiah Yeshua cannot lose their salvation. Ephesians 2: 8 – 9; Acts 4:12; Romans 8:27 – 30; John 10:28 – 30

VIII

We believe that the church is comprised of both Jews and Gentiles who have surrendered their lives to Yeshua as Saviour and Lord. Gentiles who have come to faith in Messiah Yeshua are fellow heirs with Jewish believers of the promises of God. Ephesians 2:15 We believe in the establishment of the local assembly of believers where both Jews and Gentiles are encouraged to live together in unity while freely expressing their respective cultural distinctives. Hebrews 10:24 – 25; Acts 14:23; 1 Timothy 3: Titus 1:5 – 9

IX

We believe that the final state of those who have trusted in Messiah Yeshua will be eternal life in the presence of God. The state of those who have not trusted in the Messiah will be one of eternal judgment. Matthew 25:46; 2 Thessalonians 1:8 – 9