THE WORD OF GOD
We believe the Bible is fully and verbally inspired by God and is contained within the sixty-six books of the Tanakh (commonly called the Old Testament) and Apostolic Writings (commonly called the New Testament). These books are without error in the original writings and are the infallible, inerrant, sufficient and sole and final authority for all matters of faith and conduct. No other writings can claim divine inspiration or authority. Therefore, the Bible must not be replaced, added to, changed or diminished by tradition, extra-biblical revelation, or human wisdom. All doctrines—whether expressed as a creed, confession, theology, philosophy, or any other system of belief and/or lifestyle—must be proved by the full counsel of God’s Word (Deuteronomy 5; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 19:7-9; Matthew 5:17-19; Mark 7:6-13; John 10:35; 16:12,13; I Corinthians 10:11; II Timothy 3:16,17; Hebrews 1:1-3; 8:8-12; II Peter 1:20,21; Revelation 14:12).
We believe there is one God, eternal, infinite, and perfect, revealed in three distinct persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three equally share being, nature, power, glory, attributes, and perfections. We believe this God is the eternal God and Creator of all things, who is holy, all-powerful, all-knowing, present everywhere, and the sovereign ruler over all the universe (Genesis 18; Exodus 3:14,15; 34:6,7; Deuteronomy 6:4; 33:27; Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 19:1-4; 90:2; Isaiah 6:1-3; 44:6; John 1:1,2; 14-18; 10:30; 14:16,17,26; 16:7-15; Romans 4:17; II Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 11:3).
We believe Jesus the Messiah is the only begotten Son of God and is fully deity. We believe He has existed eternally, was before all things, is the Creator of all things, and in Him, all things hold together by the word of His power.
We believe He was conceived miraculously by the Holy Spirit, born from a virgin, and became fully human without ceasing to be God. We believe in His sinless life; perfect nature; miracles; vicarious and atoning sacrificial death offered once for all for the sins of all people; literal, physical resurrection from the dead on the third day; ascension to heaven to sit at God’s right hand to exercise authority over all things; continual intercession as our High Priest, Mediator, and Advocate; and visible return in power and glory to reign as King over the entire universe. We believe Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life and no one can come to the Father except through Him (Psalm 16:9-11; 110; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6,7; 53:1-12; Daniel 7:9-14; Zechariah 12:10; Matthew 1:18-25; 4:23-25; 11:1-6; 28:1-20; John 1:1-18; 14:1-4; Luke 1:35; Acts 1:1-11; 2:24-32; Romans 3:21-31; 8:34; I Corinthians 15:20-28; II Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:7; 1:20-23; Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 1:1-3; 7:25; 4:14-5:10; 9:1-10:39; 12:24; I Peter 1:3-5; 2:24; I John 2:1-2).
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit has existed eternally and fully possesses deity and personality. We believe the Holy Spirit bears witness that Jesus is the Messiah. We believe the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment and that He is the supernatural agent who causes humans to repent, be regenerated, and confess Jesus is Lord. We also believe the Holy Spirit is the promised Comforter, the One sent to dwell in believers for the express purpose of fulfilling God’s purpose in and through them (Matthew 28:18-20; John 3:3-5; 14:15-21, 25-27; 16:8-13; Acts 1:8; 2:38,39; 5:3,4; 19:1-7; Romans 8:1-39; I Corinthians 2:10,11; 6:9-11; 12:1-14:40; II Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1:13,14; 4:30; 5:18; Titus 3:5).
We believe man was created in the image and likeness of God but through Adam’s transgression, sin came into the world. As a result, humanity fell into the bondage of sin and death, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. Because of their tainted nature, propensity to sin, and corrupt lifestyle, humanity is condemned to eternal death. We believe humans are unable to remedy their condition, earn or merit divine righteousness, or escape eternal judgment (Genesis 1:26-28; 3:1-24; Romans 3:8-23; 5:12-21; Ephesians 2:1-3).
We believe the Gospel is the power of God to redeem, reconcile, and restore all things to Himself through Jesus the Messiah. God’s salvation redeems, which means it frees humans from the bondage of sin, death, and the devil. God’s salvation reconciles, which means it returns humans to a life-giving relationship with God. And God’s salvation restores, which means it returns humans to their God-given identity and dominion.
We believe salvation is a free gift of God’s grace ministered exclusively through Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, ascension, and current reign. Jesus’ death was the perfect, complete expression of the Father’s love, showing His unfathomable commitment to rescue humans from sin and rebellion. Jesus died as the perfect substitute for every human and gave His life as the necessary atoning sacrifice. Additionally, His death completely satisfied God’s justice. Through the shedding of Jesus’ blood, God made a way for humans to receive the fullness of His salvation including justification, sanctification, and glorification. We believe salvation becomes operative in humans, whether Jew or Gentile, exclusively by grace alone through faith in the person and ministry of Jesus.
When a person exercises faith in Jesus as the Messiah and repents, his sins are forgiven, he is freed from the law of sin and death, he receives Jesus’ righteousness as his own, he is reconciled to God in covenant relationship and is thereby fully accepted as a son of God, his identity is restored, his heart is new, he receives the promise of eternal life, and he is sealed for the day of redemption. We believe salvation is received apart from works of any kind and apart from the Law of God. We believe Jesus is exclusively the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Him (John 1:12; 3:16; 14:6; 6:29, 40, 44; 10:10; Acts 2:38; Romans 3:19-25; 5:8-10; 6:23; I Corinthians 12:12,13; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; I Peter 1:18,19; I John 5:11,12).
We believe in the necessity of water baptism by immersion in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit into Jesus the Messiah as a public act of conversion from death to life, from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light, from Satan’s domain to God’s domain. While water baptism is not efficacious in regard to justification, water baptism symbolizes our repentance from sin and trust in God for new life. We believe water baptism is the circumcision of the believer’s heart, separation from the power of sin and the sin nature, God’s work to raise us to a new life in the Messiah, and the believer’s union with the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah. We believe water baptism is intended only for those who have been saved through faith in Jesus the Messiah (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:37,38; Romans 6:1-23; Colossians 2:11-13).
THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit is the indwelling presence of the Father promised to all those who trust Jesus is the Messiah. The Holy Spirit sanctifies and seals believers unto the day of redemption; teaches and guides them into all truth; indwells and empowers them to obey the righteous requirement of the law and overcome the power of the flesh; comforts, helps, and encourages them in their weakness; produces the fruit of the Spirit in; and anoints them to be witnesses of Jesus and the Gospel as ministers of the New Covenant We believe the baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion and is the means by which God places the believer into Jesus’ body. We also believe the Holy Spirit fills each believer subsequent to regeneration. And we believe Christians are to seek the infilling to of the Holy Spirit continually so they can walk in the power, fruit, and gifts of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11; John 14:16,17; 16:8-11; Acts 1:8; 2:38,39; 19:1-7; Romans 8:1-39; I Corinthians 12:1-14:40; II Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 5:18).
We believe saving faith is naturally accompanied by sanctification and repentance from sin. Sanctification is a definite yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation through resurrection. Biblical repentance is characterized by trust in God’s grace, conformity to God’s nature, reliance on God’s Spirit, and obedience to God’s Word.
We believe that those who are saved have been given a new identity and raised to new life in the Messiah, which empowers them to walk in newness of life. Because believers possess Jesus’ new life, they are in the process of being conformed to His image and as a result will bear good fruit. Though indwelling sin remains a reality, the Holy Spirit is active in our sanctification, seeking to produce His fruit in us. He leads us to grow in faith, knowledge, and obedience; to cultivate a life of complete dedication to Jesus and His Kingdom; to serve others with the love of God; and to remain faithful to Him so all people may see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven. We are to persevere in the faith, based on the promise of God to preserve His people until the certain end, knowing we will give an account to God for our every thought, word and deed (Exodus 20:1-17; Deuteronomy 5:1-21; Matthew 7:24-27; Romans 6:1-23; Romans 8:28-30; I Corinthians 1:30; II Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 5:13; Philippians 3:12-14; I Thessalonians 5:23; Titus 2:11-15; Hebrews 12:14; Jude 1:23,24; Revelation 14:12).
THE COMMUNITY OF BELIEVERS
We believe God created the community of believers—also called “the church”—through the power of His Word, the ministry of Jesus the Messiah, and the indwelling Holy Spirit. God’s community began with Abraham and his family, through whom the blessing of abundant, eternal life was restored to the earth. Through Abraham’s family, God created and called the nation of Israel, the covenant community through whom the Messiah would come. When Jesus died and was raised, God’s covenant community was expanded by the inclusion of non-Jewish people who came to believe Jesus was the Messiah. This was the fulfillment of God’s promise that Israel and the nations would be saved and joined together in one body.
Therefore, we believe the community of believers—the Body and Bride of Jesus—is comprised of Jews and Gentiles in every age who have trust in God’s salvation, which is appropriated only by trusting in God’s provision for salvation, revealed two thousand years ago to be Jesus the Messiah. Jew and Gentile alike have access into relationship with God by grace through faith and are heirs of the blessings of Abraham, and His Seed, Jesus the Messiah. Through His intercessory heavenly ministry, Jesus alone builds His church and prepares her for the day when she will be forever united with Him in marriage.
We believe Gentiles who trust in Jesus the Messiah are grafted into Israel and adopted into Abraham’s family and household. Their incorporation in Israel results in a new identity: a child of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Everyone grafted into Israel and adopted into Abraham’s family is a full member and fellow heir of the covenants of promise made to Israel. The Gentiles who are grafted into Israel do not replace her. Rather, they participate with her as the chosen ones from among the nations who are also called to be a part of His treasured people Israel. Because they’re full participants in God’s covenants, Gentiles who follow Jesus the Messiah are to be treated as if they were native-born descendants of Jacob. They are to be accorded all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of full members of the commonwealth of Israel and fellow heirs of the covenants of promise made to her. Jew and Gentile are one in Messiah. As a result, Jewish and Gentile believers are called to live together in unity in the context of local congregations (Genesis 12:1-3; Exodus 12:37-38; 19:4-6; Deuteronomy 29:10-15; 31:9-13; Isa. 49:6; 56:1-8; Ezekiel 47:21-23; Matthew 16:18; 18:15-20; 28:18-20; John 10:1-18; Acts 15:1-28; Romans 2:28,29; 9-11; I Corinthians 7:17-19; 12:12-14; II Corinthians 11:2; Galatians 3:1-4:6; Ephesians 1-3; Hebrews 10:24,25).
RESURRECTION & JUDGEMENT
We believe in the personal, visible, physical return of Jesus the Messiah in power and glory. We believe He will return to the earth, to the nation of Israel, to reclaim the nations as His rightful inheritance. He will fulfill the promised restoration of the entire universe by creating a new heaven and a new earth. When Jesus has put all His enemies under his feet, He will then glorify the Father by relinquishing the Kingdom to Him. We believe Jesus’ second coming will commence the Day of Judgment and the resurrection. On this Day, Jesus will judge the living and the dead. Those who trust Jesus is the Messiah—whether living or dead—will receive a glorious, physical, immortal body through resurrection. They will reign with Jesus forever in His kingdom, serving and worshipping Him eternally, receiving rewards commensurate with their faithfulness to Him. Those who are lost, who refused to trust Jesus is the Messiah, will be resurrected, stand before Jesus to receive His final word of judgment, and then be finally and completely annihilated, experiencing eternal, irreversible destruction of both the body and soul. We believe Satan and his hosts will be cast into the lake of fire to suffer eternal torment. We also believe the great enemy of humanity, death, will be finally and completely destroyed (Daniel 7:9-14; 9:27; Zechariah 14:4-11; Matthew 10:28; 24:29-31; 25:46; 26:57-64; Mark 13:24-27; Luke 21:25-27; John 3:36; 5:19-29; 14:1-4; Acts 1:9-11; I Corinthians 15:20-28; I Thessalonians 1:10; II Thessalonians 1:8,9; Hebrews 9:23-28; II Peter 3:13; Revelation 1:1-18; 14:11; 19:11-16; 20:1-15; 21:1-22:6).
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