STATEMENT OF FAITH We believe in one God (Elohim). That the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is “Echad.” A composite unity who revealed Himself to man as Father in Heaven, the Son Yeshua HaMashiach (Messiah) who is the Word made flesh, and as the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh), the Spirit of truth. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 48:16, 1 John 5:7,) We believe in the divine authority of Yeshua, the Messiah, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His personal return in power and glory. (Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, Micah 5:2, Matthew 1:22-23) We believe in the present ministry of the Ruach HaKodesh, by whose indwelling the believer is enabled to live a godly life. We also believe water immersion (Tevilah) is essential for remission of sins and to receive the gift of the Ruach HaKodesh. (Matthew 28:19, John 16:13-15, Acts 2:38) We believe we are born in sin. For one to achieve Salvation, regeneration by the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) is absolutely essential and comes through repentance and through the washing of rebirth in Yeshua HaMashiach. (Romans 10:9-10, Titus 3:5-7) We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost – the saved resurrected to eternal life with God and the lost separated from God. (Daniel 12, Rev. 20:11-15) We believe that the Bible, the Tenakh & Messianic Scriptures inclusive (Old & New covenants, respectively) is the inspired, authoritative, infallible, eternal Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21) We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in the Lord Yeshua HaMashiach. That the middle wall of partition, which in times past separated Jews and Gentiles has been broken down, the enmity between them eradicated by Yeshua HaMashiach. (Ephesians 2:12-24; Acts 10:34, 1st Corinthians 12:13) We believe in the process of discipline and conflict resolution taught in Matthew and following as applicable to all congregates and leaders. (Mat. 18:15-17) We believe that the Jewish followers of Yeshua are called to maintain their biblical heritage and to remain part of their people Israel as well as of the universal body of believers. This is part of their identity and a witness to God’s faithfulness. That if one’s blood line, (descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, regardless whether the blood line of the mother or the father), if that person places their faith in Israel’s Messiah Yeshua, they have not disowned or separated themselves from their race and Judaic heritage, but remain sons and daughters of Israel. (Galatians 3:28-29; Romans 2:28-29, 11; Genesis 15:6) We believe that Gentile believers in Yeshua HaMashiach are grafted in are spiritually, the sons and daughters of Israel and thus are encouraged to understand and appreciate their roots, and to support the interest of Jewish people around the world. (Rom. 11) We believe that the return of the Jewish people to their land, Israel, is a fulfillment of Biblical Prophecy. The day will come when Israel as a nation will accept Yeshua HaMashiach. Then shall the Word of God go forth from Zion. Upon His return, Yeshua HaMashiach will establish His worldwide rule from Jerusalem. (Gen. 12:1-3, Isaiah 11, Zech. 12:10, Zech. 13:1) We believe that with respect to Torah observance, Congregation Beth Emeth will not require anyone to be Torah observant. Rather it will be left to the individual based on how the Ruach HaKodesh so leads them. And too, Torah observance will only apply to the portion of the original written Torah Law given by God to Moshe on Mt. Sinai that has not already been fulfilled in Yeshua HaMashiach. Those who are Jewish followers of Yeshua, who see themselves as the remnant nation of Israel, may have biblical justification to observe the fulfilled Law, while those Gentiles who were never came under Torah Law, may not. Congregation Beth Emeth is a place where both the Jewish and non-Jewish believers can worship and rejoice in the love of Yeshua HaMashiach. For we believe Yeshua is the “Living Torah” who came to fulfill Torah, not abolish it. Torah therefore, is living in the heart of all believers and again, observance of the fulfilled Torah Law is to be left to the individual based solely on how the Ruach HaKodesh so leads them. (Jeremiah 31:31) We believe there is no scriptural justification to the belief that “Once saved, always saved,” as it pertains to mans’ understanding of salvation and the gift of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit). For anyone to assume one’s salvation is “guaranteed”, is to ignore the fact that all are sinners and prone to the deception of self-will and self- justification. It is through this self-will and self-justification that man can potentially go against God’s Word, rejecting the testimony of the Holy Spirit, sometimes in the most grievous way. That is why the one unpardonable, eternal sin, for which salvation will be with held, is to grieve the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit), with whom we were sealed for the day of redemption. From mans’ perspective, he must never assume that his salvation is assured since he knows not what the future holds for him. On the other hand, from God’s righteousness perspective, that once one is saved, they are always saved because God knows that the person will never grieve the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit). Thus for man to believe “Once saved, always saved,” is nothing more a demonstration of mans’ ignorance, corrupt, misguided understanding of God’s purpose for the salvation of mankind. (Matthew 12:31-32, Mark 3:29, Luke 12:10, Ephesians 4:30, Colossians 1:22-23, I John 5:16- 17).
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STATEMENT OF FAITH We believe in one God (Elohim). That the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is “Echad.” A composite unity who revealed Himself to man as Father in Heaven, the Son Yeshua HaMashiach (Messiah) who is the Word made flesh, and as the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh), the Spirit of truth. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 48:16, 1 John 5:7,) We believe in the divine authority of Yeshua, the Messiah, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His personal return in power and glory. (Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, Micah 5:2, Matthew 1:22-23) We believe in the present ministry of the Ruach HaKodesh, by whose indwelling the believer is enabled to live a godly life. We also believe water immersion (Tevilah) is essential for remission of sins and to receive the gift of the Ruach HaKodesh. (Matthew 28:19, John 16:13-15, Acts 2:38) We believe we are born in sin. For one to achieve Salvation, regeneration by the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) is absolutely essential and comes through repentance and through the washing of rebirth in Yeshua HaMashiach. (Romans 10:9-10, Titus 3:5-7) We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost – the saved resurrected to eternal life with God and the lost separated from God. (Daniel 12, Rev. 20:11-15) We believe that the Bible, the Tenakh & Messianic Scriptures inclusive (Old & New covenants, respectively) is the inspired, authoritative, infallible, eternal Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21) We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in the Lord Yeshua HaMashiach. That the middle wall of partition, which in times past separated Jews and Gentiles has been broken down, the enmity between them eradicated by Yeshua HaMashiach. (Ephesians 2:12-24; Acts 10:34, 1st Corinthians 12:13) We believe in the process of discipline and conflict resolution taught in Matthew and following as applicable to all congregates and leaders. (Mat. 18:15-17) We believe that the Jewish followers of Yeshua are called to maintain their biblical heritage and to remain part of their people Israel as well as of the universal body of believers. This is part of their identity and a witness to God’s faithfulness. That if one’s blood line, (descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, regardless whether the blood line of the mother or the father), if that person places their faith in Israel’s Messiah Yeshua, they have not disowned or separated themselves from their race and Judaic heritage, but remain sons and daughters of Israel. (Galatians 3:28-29; Romans 2:28-29, 11; Genesis 15:6) We believe that Gentile believers in Yeshua HaMashiach are grafted in are spiritually, the sons and daughters of Israel and thus are encouraged to understand and appreciate their roots, and to support the interest of Jewish people around the world. (Rom. 11) We believe that the return of the Jewish people to their land, Israel, is a fulfillment of Biblical Prophecy. The day will come when Israel as a nation will accept Yeshua HaMashiach. Then shall the Word of God go forth from Zion. Upon His return, Yeshua HaMashiach will establish His worldwide rule from Jerusalem. (Gen. 12:1-3, Isaiah 11, Zech. 12:10, Zech. 13:1) We believe that with respect to Torah observance, Congregation Beth Emeth will not require anyone to be Torah observant. Rather it will be left to the individual based on how the Ruach HaKodesh so leads them. And too, Torah observance will only apply to the portion of the original written Torah Law given by God to Moshe on Mt. Sinai that has not already been fulfilled in Yeshua HaMashiach. Those who are Jewish followers of Yeshua, who see themselves as the remnant nation of Israel, may have biblical justification to observe the fulfilled Law, while those Gentiles who were never came under Torah Law, may not. Congregation Beth Emeth is a place where both the Jewish and non-Jewish believers can worship and rejoice in the love of Yeshua HaMashiach. For we believe Yeshua is the “Living Torah” who came to fulfill Torah, not abolish it. Torah therefore, is living in the heart of all believers and again, observance of the fulfilled Torah Law is to be left to the individual based solely on how the Ruach HaKodesh so leads them. (Jeremiah 31:31) We believe there is no scriptural justification to the belief that “Once saved, always saved,” as it pertains to mans’ understanding of salvation and the gift of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit). For anyone to assume one’s salvation is “guaranteed”, is to ignore the fact that all are sinners and prone to the deception of self-will and self-justification. It is through this self-will and self-justification that man can potentially go against God’s Word, rejecting the testimony of the Holy Spirit, sometimes in the most grievous way. That is why the one unpardonable, eternal sin, for which salvation will be with held, is to grieve the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit), with whom we were sealed for the day of redemption. From mans’ perspective, he must never assume that his salvation is assured since he knows not what the future holds for him. On the other hand, from God’s righteousness perspective, that once one is saved, they are always saved because God knows that the person will never grieve the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit). Thus for man to believe “Once saved, always saved,” is nothing more a demonstration of mans’ ignorance, corrupt, misguided understanding of God’s purpose for the salvation of mankind. (Matthew 12:31-32, Mark 3:29, Luke 12:10, Ephesians 4:30, Colossians 1:22-23, I John 5:16-17).
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