STATEMENT OF FAITH
STATEMENT OF FAITH
“The Lord God, the LORD Is one.” The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the only God and Creator; there is none beside Him, and all the attributes of God are His alone. His unique unity consists of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each eternally and fully God. The Son, our Messiah, having taken on sinless flesh when born to the virgin Miriam, is also fully human.
Man and Sin
God created man in His image and likeness to be in loving and obedient fellowship with Him forever. Adam and Eve sinned by disobeying God’s command and, because of this deed, all men sin. Sin is punished by separation from God; this penalty has fallen upon every member of the human race.
The Bible, consisting of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament, is the believer’s sole authority in all matters of faith and practice. It is inspired by God and without error in the original manuscripts.
Atonement and Salvation
God has always provided man with a means of atonement. Prefigured by animal sacrifices, the only satisfaction of God’s wrath is provided by Messiah’s death on the cross. This death is the full and final atonement for sin. God accepted this atonement as proved by Yeshua’s resurrection. Any person who repents of his sin and trusts in Yeshua is saved by God’s grace. This grace leads men to loving and obedient fellowship with God forever. The Holy Spirit has a necessary role in man’s recognizing God’s holiness, man’s need for a Savior, and the salvation provided in Messiah. His work is further necessary in man’s repentance and faith, and in the ensuing process through which they are made increasingly holy.
The people of God
The people of Israel are God’s chosen people whom He loves with an everlasting love. God continues to fulfill all of the promises given to the Fathers. The body of the Messiah consists of Jews and Gentiles who trust in the One God and in His Messiah for the forgiveness of sin. Both share, without loss of national identity, in the spiritual promises, which God made to Israel, and are equal before God.
Yeshua the Messiah will return to establish God’s manifest kingdom, to resurrect the dead and determine the eternal destiny of all men, eternally blessing the believers and eternally punishing the wicked.