We worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as followers of the The Way of Holiness, which some call a heretical sect of Christianity. This Way is for the redeemed of yod-hey-vav-hey (His memorial name) where no evil-hearted man may walk. We believe everything that agrees with the Torah (Law) and that is written in the Prophets as our witness of two for Yeshua as Messiah of Isra’el. We put our hope in God that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked; so we strive to keep our consciences clear before God and man. We have been crucified with Messiah Yeshua and no longer live, but Yeshua lives in us through the Ruach haKodesh (Holy Spirit). The life we now live in the body, we live by faith in the Son of God, the offspring of David, who loves us and gave Himself for us (Isaiah 35:8, Acts 24:14).
Salvation: Justification, Sanctification, Glorification
The simple good news according to Yeshua is “repent and turn back to God” (Matthew 3:2). Repentance returns a person from a life of sin, death and separation from God to a life of righteousness, eternal hope and a relationship with their Creator. Sin is defined as disobeying God’s teachings and instructions that begin in the first five books of the Bible and continue through Revelation (1 John 3:4). True repentance will bear fruit for the Kingdom (Matthew 3:7-9, Luke 3:8). Repentance will ultimately bring the corporate redemption of Israel as preparation for the return of King Messiah (Acts 5:30-32, John 14:15).
“So, since we have come to be considered righteous by God because of our trust, let us continue to have shalom with God through our Lord, Yeshua the Messiah” (Romans 5:1).
Sanctification is the lifelong process of maturing in faith as we become more set apart for God, become more ‘holy’ –– a saint or holy one. Sanctification prepares the follower of Yeshua to receive the highest callings –– the resurrection and the Bride of Messiah (Philippians 3:12-16, Revelation 19:7-8).
Sanctification comes through obedience to God’s commands; the same commands that Yeshua obeyed. We believe that sanctifying our lives according to Torah is evidence of God’s Ruach haKodesh (Holy Spirit) in our circumcised heart working out our salvation (Proverbs 7:2) bearing fruit for the Kingdom (Galatians 5:22-23)
“Sanctify them by the Truth; Your word is Truth” (John 17:17).
Glorification: Resurrection and Immortality
We anticipate the coming Kingdom when there will be a resurrection of the righteous and they will rule and reign with King Yeshua from Jerusalem. We soon expect the beginning of the Messianic Era when the Torah of Adonai will come forth from Zion and Word of Adonai from Jerusalem (Isaiah 2:3, Micah 4:2). We expect the restoration of all things –– the hope of Eternity with a new heaven and new earth and a restored Jerusalem where Adonai will dwell with His people in an eternal Sabbath shalom.
“Blessed and holy is anyone who has a part in the first resurrection; over him the second death has no power. On the contrary, they will be cohanim (priests) of God and of the Messiah, and they will rule with him for the thousand years” (Revelation 20:6).
“I heard a loud voice from the throne say, “See! God’s Sh’khinah is with mankind, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and he himself, God-with-them, will be their God” (Revelation 21:3).
Yeshua, the Messiah of Israel
We believe Yeshua is the Word or devar in the flesh; every devar coming from the ‘mouth of Adonai’ is not only Yeshua, but the very words he taught and lived out perfectly (John 1:14).
We believe that Yeshua is the visible image of the invisible God (Colossians 1;15).
We believe a person must be born again by Water and Spirit to enter the Kingdom of Adonai just as Yeshua told Nicodemus (John 3:1-10).
We believe Yeshua is the only Rabbi to teach Torah completely, fully, and correctly (Matthew 5:17-20). All of the commandments Yeshua said we are to teach, the least and the greatest, are found in Torah and the Prophets as he only had the Hebrew Scriptures from which to teach. Obedience is our witness to Yeshua’s Lordship in our lives; it is and our training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). We obey Adonai’s commands because we love Him (1 John 5:3). When we obey a command, Yeshua asks His Father to give us understanding through the Spirit of Truth (John 14:15).
“I and the Father are One” (John 10:30).
Israel and the New Covenant
We believe the ‘new covenant’ was given uniquely to the House of Israel and the House of Judah (Jeremiah 31:31, Hebrews 8). As gentiles, we receive the promises of ‘new covenant’ when we become grafted into the Olive Tree of Israel as adopted children (Romans 11:16-22). Through faith in Yeshua’s faithfulness, we are no longer separated from the covenants and promises given to Israel, but have the privilege to join with the Jewish people as ‘one new man’ and take part in the ‘Commonwealth of Israel’ (Jeremiah 31:31, Hebrews 8:8, Ephesians 2:1-24).
We believe Yeshua instituted the ‘new covenant’ at Passover and asked his Father to pour out His Spirit on His people at Shavuot (Ezekiel 36:24, Luke 22, Acts 1:8). We believe the Ruach haKodesh (Holy Spirit) convicts us of sin (breaking God’s commandments) and empowers us to be victorious over sin (1 John 5:18). The Spirit of God gives us unique gifts to encourage the Body of Messiah and to be witnesses to the world (1 Corinthians 12). We believe the Ruach haKodesh is God’s signet ring ‘seal’ on those who walk in Spirit and Truth, especially loving the Jewish brothers and sisters of Yeshua (Zephaniah 3:18, Ezekiel 9:4-6, John 4:24, 14:16).
We believe the Feasts of The Lord are Adonai’s prophetic ‘appointed times’ that reveal Yeshua’s past work (Passover, Unleavened Bread, Feast of Firstfruits), present work (Feast of Weeks), and future work (Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles) into Eternity (Sabbath) (Leviticus 23). These Feasts are not Jewish, but are for all who will call on the name of Adonai.
We believe that our expression of a first-century Biblical faith will challenge those of the nations to fulfill their calling of provoking the Jewish people to jealousy. We believe it will encourage them to leave behind all idolatry and everything that is not Biblical Truth (Jeremiah 2:13, Acts 10, Romans 11:11-15).
We believe, according to Yeshua’s own words as he entered Jerusalem during the Feast of Passover, that it is only when his brothers and sisters repent and cry out “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD” that he will return to stand on the Mount of Olives. Only then will all Israel will be saved and there will be a resurrection of the dead (Matthew 23:39, Luke 13:35).
“Baruch haba b’shem Adonai.”
We believe that as one of the nations who put their faith in the Lamb of Adonai, we become the stars in the sky and the grains of sand that were promised to Abraham. We honor our ‘father Abraham’ by being like him –– faithfully obeying and keeping Adonai’s mitzvot, and leaving behind all pagan culture with its celebrations in order to become part of the nation set apart for God in this world Isra’el, and part of the Way of Holiness (Genesis 26:5, 1 John 5:3).
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