A Concise Messianic Statement Of Faith

Statement of Faith
Originally developed by Pastor Mark McClellan of The Harvest in Denver CO and adopted for HeartofIsrael Internet Ministries by Rabbi Yossef Applegate - a true community project between Gewntile and Jewish believers developed long before this wiki was established. Permission is hereby given to use this statement of faith in whole or in part as part of any messianic congregation or ministry.

1. THE SCRIPTURES (IN GENERAL) - We believe by perfect faith that the Holy One, Blessed be He, is the author of the Bible (The TaNaKH and B'rit Chadashah in their original autographs), and that it (in contradistinction to other religious scriptures) is the only inspired Word of HaShem (a reverent title for the memorial name of God). This verbal, plenary Word of HaShem has been made available to all men. The product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved upon by the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit), we accept it as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine (2 Tim. 3:16; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21)
2. . THE UNITY OF HASHEM- We believe by perfect faith that there is one God (Y-H-V-H), eternally existent in a Unity of Three (…); the Father, the Son, and the Ruach HaKodesh (Deut. 6:4; John 1:1-2, 14:18; 10:30; 14:16-17, 26; 16:7-15).
3. YESHUA, THE MESSIAH - We believe in the deity of Yeshua HaMashiach (John 1:1-18), and his virgin birth (Is. 9:6; Is 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25), in his sinless life (Is. 53; 2 Cor. 5:21; Lk. 1:35), in his miracles (Matt. 4:23-25), in his vicarious and atoning death through his shed blood (Is 53; Dan. 9:24-27; Rom. 3:21-31; Heb. 9&10), in his bodily resurrection (Zech. 12:10 & ch. 14; Matt. 28), in his ascension to the right hand of the Father (Ps. 16:10 & ch. 110; Acts 1:1-11; Heb. 1:1-3), and in his personal and physical return in power and glory (Dan. 7:9-14; Matt. 26:57-64; Rev. 1:1-18). We believe that Yeshua is the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through him (John 6:29, 40, 44; 14:6; 1 John 5:11-12).
4. MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION - We believe by perfect faith that the Holy One, Blessed be He, is the Creator of all men, and that all men are made in the likeness and image of HaShem, but through Adam's transgression and fall, sin came into the world. "…since all have sinned and come short of earning God's praise." "As the TaNaKH puts it, "There is no one righteous, not even one!"" Yeshua, the Messiah, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the work of haSatan (the Adversary) and gave his life and shed blood to redeem and restore man back to HaShem (Rom. 3:10, 23; 5:14; 1 John 3:8). Salvation is the gift of HaShem to man, separate from works and the Torah, and is made operative by grace through faith in Yeshua, producing works acceptable to HaShem (Eph. 2:8-10).
5. ETERNAL LIFE AND THE NEW BIRTH- We believe by perfect faith that the Holy One, Blessed be He, is not willing that any should be destroyed, but that everyone should turn from his sins (2 Peter 3:6). Man's first step towards salvation is godly sorrow that leads to repentance. In order to become a genuine follower of HaShem, the New Birth is necessary to all men and, when fulfilled, produces eternal life (2Cor. 7:10; John 3:3-5; 1 John 5:12 ).
6. BAPTISM IN THE RUACH HAKODESH (HOLY SPIRIT) - We believe by perfect faith that the Holy One, Blessed be He, desires that all of his children appropriate and internalize the power and fullness of his gracious Spirit. The Baptism in the Ruach HaKodesh and fire is a gift from HaShem as promised by Yeshua the Messiah to all believers and is received subsequent to the New Birth (Matt. 3:11; John 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; 2:38, 39). The gift of tongues is but one of the many manifestations of the Ruach HaKodesh (Acts 2:4; 19:1-7; 1 Cor. 12:1-13; ch. 14). We believe in the operation of all of the gifts of the Ruach HaKodesh as enumerated in HaShem's Word. We embrace the complete ministry of the Ruach HaKodesh (Rom. 12; 1 Cor. 12:1-13).
7. SANCTIFICATION- We believe by perfect faith that the Holy One, Blessed be He, commands his genuine followers to be holy, even as he is holy. The whole of the unified Word of God (TaNaKH and B'rit Chadashah) teaches that without holiness no man can see HaShem. We believe in the Doctrine of Sanctification as a definite, yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation (1 Cor. 1:30; Phil. 3:12-14; 1 Thess. 5:23; Heb. 12:14; 2 Peter 3:18; Rev. 14:12).
8. THE TORAH- Etymologically the word Torah is taken from the root Hebrew word "yarah" meaning "to shoot an arrow" or "to hit the mark". Properly used, the word "torah" means, "to teach". In a broad sense, Torah is the revelation of HaShem to His people. Within this framework, and depending on the context used both by many rabbis and some evangelical scholars, the term "Torah" can mean: (1) The five books of Moshe; (2) that, plus the Prophets and the Writings; (3) that, plus the Oral Torah, which includes the Talmud and later legal writings; (4) that, plus all religious teaching from the rabbis, including ethical and "aggadic" materials; or (5) all of the above as understood and interpreted in light of what Yeshua the Messiah and the rest of the New Covenant Scriptures have said about it. For the most part, we will use definitions number (1), (2), and (5). We believe that it is crucial for us to understand theologically, that the primary purpose in HaShem's giving of the Torah, as a way of making someone righteous, only achieves its goal when the person, by faith, accepts that Yeshua is the promised Messiah spoken about therein. Until the individual reaches this conclusion, his familiarity of the Torah is only so much intellectual nutrition. Only by believing in Yeshua will the person be able to properly understand HaShem, and consequently, his Word. Therefore, we strongly encourage all believers, both Jews and Gentiles, to affirm, embrace, and practice these foundational laws (Torah) and ways (halakha, i.e., practical applications) as clarified through the Torah (teachings) of Messiah Yeshua (Ex. 19 & 20; Deut. 5; Jer. 31:31-34; Matt. 5:17-19; Rom. 3 & 4; 1 Cor. 7:19; Heb. 8:10; Rev. 14:12).
9. THE DECALOGUE - We believe that the Asarat HaD'varim (Ten Words/Commandments) are a comprehensive summary of HaShem's foundational laws and ways, as found in both the original and renewed covenants (Ex. 19 & 20; Deut. 5; Jer. 31:31-34; Matt. 5:17-19; Heb. 8:10). Therefore, we strongly encourage all believers, both Jews and Gentiles, to affirm, embrace, and practice these foundational teachings (Matt. 5:17-19; Rom. 3:29-31; 1 Cor. 7:19; Rev. 14:12).
10. ISRA'EL - We believe in HaShem's irrevocable choice of the Jewish People as His Family; the Land of Israel as His special place; the City of Yerushalyim as His royal capital; the family of David as His royal dynasty (Gen. 12:1-3; 13:14-17; 17:9-14; 22:15-18; Ex. 19:5; Deut. 4:5-8; 6:4; 12:5, 11, 21; 14:23, 24; 2 Sam. 7:13, 25-29; 1 Kings 2:45; Ps. 76:1, 2; 102:18-22; Is. 2:1-3; Jer. 31:35-37; Ez. 34:20-24; 37:21-28; Rom. 9:1-13; 11:1-6, 11-29).
11. THE CONGREGATION OF HASHEM - We believe by perfect faith that the Holy One, Blessed be He, commands his true sheep to worship him in spirit and in truth, therefore we believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in the only True Shepherd, Yeshua the Messiah. We believe that Jewish followers of Yeshua are called to maintain their Jewish, biblical heritage and remain a part of their people Isra'el as well as the universal Body of Believers. This is part of their identity and serves as a witness to HaShem's faithfulness. We believe that Gentile Believers in Messiah are grafted into the Jewish Olive Tree, Isra'el (Rom. 11), thereby making them fellow citizens and full-participants with the Commonwealth of Isra'el (Eph. 2), thus granting them the divine privilege of following the whole of the Torah (see paragraph 8 above). We believe that HaShem has written this very same Torah upon every heart (Jew and Gentile) of those who have placed their trusting faithfulness in Yeshua (Jer. 31:31-34; Heb. 8:7-12). We believe that this same Torah is a foundational revelation of the righteousness of HaShem and serves as a description (along with the rest of the Scriptures) of the lifestyle of the Redeemed Community (James 1:16-27).
12. THE RESURRECTION- We believe in the personal return, in power and glory, of Yeshua the Messiah to judge the living and the dead (Dan. 7:9-14; Matt. 26:57-64; Rev. 1:1-18). We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, they that are lost to the resurrection of damnation (John 5:19-29).
13. THE SPIRIT WORLD - We believe by perfect faith that the Holy One, Blessed be He, is the Creator of all heavenly principalities, and that in submission to their rebellious leader haSatan, one third of the order of angels also fell into rebellion and direct disobedience to HaShem (Is. 14:12-19; Ez. 28:12-19; Rev. 12:1-9). We believe that through the redemptive work of Messiah Yeshua these fallen angels, along with their leader, are a defeated foe, and that one day God the Father will indeed vindicate his Holy Name by casting them completely down to the sides of Sh'ol (Hell) and the Lake of Fire, which was prepared for haSatan and his evil minions (Is. 14:15-20; Ez. 28:16-19; Dan. 7:11; Matt. 25:41b; Col. 2:15; 2 Thess, 2:8, 9; Rev. 19:20). We believe that the angels of light are ministering spirits unto those who in genuine trusting faithfulness name the name of Yeshua as Salvation unto all men, and that in conjunction with Yeshua's mighty name these faithful followers have also been given power and dominion over the works of haSatan (Matt. 9:32-10:8; 17:14-21; Mark 6:12, 13; Lk. 10:17; John 14:12; Acts 10:38; Eph. 6:10-18; Phil. 4:13;; Heb. 1:4-14).

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