Statement of Faith

Shema Yisrael: hwhy eloheinu, hwhy echad. Baruch shem kevod malchuto, leolam va-ed. Yeshua haMashiach hu hwhy.

(Hear O Israel: YHWH our Elohim, YHWH is One. Blessèd is He whose glorious kingdom is forever and ever. Yeshua the Messiah, He is YHWH.)

We declare that those who believe in Yeshua haMashiach are, by that faith, grafted into the Commonwealth of Israel (Ephesians 2:12; Romans 11:17-24), and that the God of Israel is therefore their God. We believe that the House of Judah and the House of Ephraim will one day be reconciled into one House of Israel (Ezekiel 37:15-23), and we believe that reconciliation was begun when Yeshua declared that His sacrifice on the Cross would bring the Renewed Covenant promised in Jeremiah 31:31-34.

We believe the entire Bible, from Bereshiet (Genesis) to Hit Galut (The Revelation) is inspired—in the original autographs—by the God of Avraham, Yitzak and Yaakov (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob), and that its entire message is inerrant, unchanging and eternal.

We are convinced (although not as an article of faith) that the original autographs of both the Tanakh (the Hebraic Scriptures or the so-called “Old” Testament) and the Brit Chadashah (the Apostolic scriptures or the “New” Testament [better translated “Renewed Covenant”]) were originally written in Hebrew. There is good evidence that translations from these autographs—first into Greek and Aramaic, then into English and other languages—have obscured some of the meanings that would have been clear to the Hebrew-speakers to whom the message was first addressed; in addition, the interpolation of doctrines of men over the intervening centuries and millennia has further obscured the original clear message. We trust that careful study of a first-century Hebraic understanding of the Scriptures will help us to obey better YHWH’s Torah (which, properly translated, means “guidance and instructions”, not “Law”).

We believe that YHWH Sabaoth (the Almighty God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) does not change (Malachi 3:6) and that from the beginning (Bereshiet) YHVH has declared the end. We believe the instructions for living that He has said are eternal—His Torah, given at Sinai—are therefore valid throughout all time. It is our ardent desire to learn how to obey this pure Torah of YHWH—not for salvation, which we know is by grace through the gift of faith, but as an act of love (Yeshua said, “If you love Me, you will obey My commandments” (John 14:15 & 15:10).

We believe in Yeshua haMashiach (called “Jesus Christ” in English Bibles), and we are certain that He was not a rebellious Son, and did not come to change what His Father had declared was eternal. (John 5:19; 6:38; 7:16; 8:28,40; 9:4; 10:30) We believe—although not as a required article of faith—that His proper name is Yeshua, which in Hebrew means “salvation”; He certainly would not have been called “Jesus” in first-century Judea, for there is no letter ‘J’ in Hebrew; nor is there a ‘J’ in Greek; and indeed, the letter ‘J’ was only introduced into English around 1630. Therefore we normally use His Hebrew name, Yeshua.

We believe that Yeshua kept the Torah of Moses perfectly (if He had not, He could not be the sinless sacrificial Lamb of God, since I John 3:4 declares that “sin is the transgression of Torah”); however, He openly disputed with the Pharisees over their addition of a man-made “oral torah”—which is itself a violation of Torah (Deuteronomy 4:2 & 5:22).

We believe that faith in the Father and Son is the only means to salvation, and that keeping the Torah without that faith is futile; “… the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life” (2 Corinthians 3:6). However, once we have been redeemed by faith in the Father and the Son, obedience is the very best expression of our love and gratitude. Salvation comes by faith; but the blessings promised in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 28:1-14 and Vayikra (Leviticus) 26: 1- 13 come through obedience. When we fail (and all human beings who live in a fallen, not-yet-redeemed world will fail), forgiveness is available to those who believe through teshuvah (a word commonly translated “repentance”, but which implies “returning” to the correct path).

We keep the Biblical Shabbat, the seventh day; we keep the Biblical moëdim (YHVH’s appointed times, also called “feasts”); and we keep the Biblical laws of kashrut, abstaining from what the Bible declares to be unclean.

We do not require all these observances of newcomers to our fellowship, although we encourage them; we only require that those who come to us believe that Yeshua is the promised Messiah, the incarnate Word of God; and that they believe in and desire to acquire a deeper understanding of God’s written Word, and to learn to obey it.

We declare that what you believe He is calling you to obey, you should obey. We desire to obey only His Word, not the doctrines of men that have been added over the centuries.