We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
Who raised Jesus from the dead,
Who created and sustains the universe,
Who acts to deliver His people in times of need,
Whose Will governs the works of His people,
Who rules over the destinies of men and nations,
Who is holy, righteous, and perfect in all things eternally.
We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ,
Came in the flesh to dwell among us,
Announced the coming of the rule of God,
Gathered disciples and taught them,
Died on the cross to free us from sin,
Was Resurrected from the dead to give us life and hope
Reigns in heaven at the right hand of God,
Comes to judge and bring justice to victory.
We believe in the Holy Spirit
Who moves men to faith and obedience,
Who is the guarantee of our deliverance,
Who leads us to find God’s Will in His Word,
Who guides us in discernment,
Who leads us to accomplish the LORD GOD’s Will.
We believe in the forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ
We believe in the resurrection of the body,
And we know for certain that there is life everlasting.
The LORD God
There is one and only one living and true LORD GOD. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience.
God as Father
God the Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through the Spirit of Adoption by their faith in Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ, the Son of the LORD God
Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the Will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind, yet was without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross, He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body through his Resurrection, and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission.
The Holy Spirit of the LORD God
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the LORD God, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
A. Regeneration, or New Birth, is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus at the moment a faithful believer is resurrected out of the Baptismal waters. The Baptism of Jesus Christ brings death to sin, and becomes the grave to which faithful believers in Jesus Christ’s own Resurrection, are Born Again as they come up out of the waters. This regenerative process brings a change of heart, forever changed, and a new life able to receive and be guided by the Holy Spirit.
B. Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer unto a relationship of peace and favor with God.
C. Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God’s purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person’s life.
D. Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.
The Grace of the LORD God
Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. It is the glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, and is infinitely wise, holy, and unchangeable. All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end. Believers may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, and bring reproach on the cause of Christ and temporal judgments on themselves; yet they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
The Baptism of Jesus Christ
The Baptism of Jesus Christ is a baptism of redemption through immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Baptism of Jesus Christ frees the believer from the control of sin, by bringing death to sin through an expression of faith in His promise of redemption and eternal life. When the believer arises from the baptismal waters, he is born again, and resurrected into the new life in Christ Jesus. It is an act of obedience of the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead.
The Word of God
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
WE DECLARE that the Bible, in it’s entirety and as originally composed, is the Word of God written.
We declare that in every detail, both the form and content of the Bible are inspired by God and essential to the message of the Bible.
We declare that the assertions of the Bible are absolutely true regardless of the distances of time and culture.
We declare that any copy of the Bible is profitable and remains the inerrant, infallible Word of God, to the extent that its translation communicates clearly and accurately the meaning intended by the words of the authors of the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek texts at the time they were written.
We declare that the Bible is the only authoritative source for Christian faith and practice, and it is the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions of any kind should be tried.
We declare that there is no realm of life, belief, or investigation over which the Bible does not have supreme authority.
We declare that the authority of the Bible derives solely from the fact that it has God as its author, and not from recognition by any church, individual judgment, experience, practicality or conformity to other beliefs or knowledge.
We declare that the Bible consists by definition of all written material which is inspired by God.
We declare that books of the Bible received entry as they were recognized by Christian consensus to be inspired, and that the composition was not of the church’s making.
We declare that the inspired Bible is the 39 commonly received books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament, each as they were originally composed.
We declare that the order of books is of little or no help in biblical interpretation.
We declare that the words contained within the Bible are all equally inspired and true, and are on the same level of inspiration and truthfulness as the words spoken by Jesus Himself.
We declare that biblical revelation is progressive: while the quality of revelation never changed, the quantity increased, so that the fullest revelation comes with the completion of the later parts of the New Testament.
We declare that the Bible is completely inerrant, meaning that everything it asserts explicitly or implicitly, on any subject, is true in the sense intended by the LORD GOD.
We declare that the believer’s confidence in the Spirit’s authorship of the Bible should derive from the internal conviction of the Holy Spirit Himself, rather than from human authority, tradition, intuition, personal appeal, or evidence.
We declare that the doctrine of the complete inerrancy of the Bible as originally written is absolutely essential to any theology which would call itself Christian, and that anything short of this is heresy and unbelief, and tends toward the destruction of faith.
We declare that perceived inconsistencies or inaccuracies in the words or meanings of the Bible are the reader’s misperceptions.
We declare that it is a worthwhile task to discover the resolutions of such apparent errors, but that some may be beyond present human discovery, and that in any case it is unnecessary to resolve these conflicts to be confident of the complete truthfulness of the Bible.
We declare that the Bible infallibly accomplishes all the purposes for which it was intended.
True and False Teaching
WE DECLARE that faithful teaching is given by the Holy Spirit to those who have been chosen as Teachers by the LORD GOD, as they believingly, prayerfully, and diligently search the Word of God.
We declare that all faithful Teachers of the Word of God must conduct a proper study to obtain complete truth.
We declare that advanced study, intent, ideas or desire does not guarantee true teachings of the Word of God. Only those teachings given by the LORD GOD, through the Holy Spirit, are the Truth completely, and as much as He would have man to understand.
We declare that the teachings by the Holy Spirit are without error. We declare that Teachers of the Word of God are human and can get in the way of the moving of the Holy Spirit and His direction. As a result of this possibility, all Teachers of the Word of God should reference Scripture to support all of their Teachings, so the students can know the source, and uphold or question as appropriate.
We declare that the divinely perfect Holy Spirit will teach others through human Teachers of the Word of God, and divide those teachings to the various levels of spiritual understanding and maturity of each individual student through His indwelling.
We declare that false teachers are those who propagate false doctrines out of disrespect for the Bible, lack of love for God, malicious intent toward their followers and advancement of their offensive positions in End Times.
We declare the most threatening aspect of false teachers in these times is the attempt to discredit the Word of God in subtle and cunning ways.
We declare that false teachers are tricking believers today through false promises of riches, health, power, blessings, special knowledge, or secretive messages to be given by God to those who believe their teachings.
We declare that false teachers are expanding their territory through challenging the foundations of belief established from the Word of God, in support of new revelations, esoteric experiences, visions and manipulated apostolic fervor.
We declare that heresy is teaching those things directly opposing the clear teachings of the Word of God on matters of essential importance to the integrity of Christianity; religious groups claiming the name of Christ but having the foundation of heresies (rather than the Foundation of Jesus Christ), are cults and should be avoided.
We Embrace our Jewish Brothers and Sisters
The LORD God loves his Jewish Chosen People and the Land of Israel.
We want to love those whom LORD God loves.
The LORD God continues to love His people regardless of the inability for God-loving Jews to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as the true Messiah.
In the End Times, the Lord Jesus Christ will make judgment upon the Jews and their obedient upholding of His laws.
We believe at the Judgment Seat of Christ or just prior as end time events unfold, obedient, God-loving Jews will recognize the Lord Jesus Christ as the Messiah, and repent of their sins. At this Judgment Seat of Christ, the obedient and sincere Jews will be separated to the Lord’s right side, away from the non-religious people who hate or are apathetic to Him, which will be sorted to the Lord’s left side.
We know that one day we will share the New Heavens and the New Earth with our Jewish brothers and sisters who love the LORD God, and that they will recognize, know and love the Lord Jesus Christ as much, if not more, than us.
We think that when the things of this world are past, we will find a close and deep spiritual relationship is possible between Jews and Christians as we live in the New Earth with the Lord Jesus Christ leading us together.
Thus, we believe it is fruitful and wise to learn the ways and thoughts of God-loving Jews to prepare for a close relationship together. One of the best ways to know a person is to know his language; therefore, a study of the present-day Hebrew language as well as a study of the Biblical Hebrew language are prudent, wise, and will help nurture our future relationship together.
We Stand for Israel
The Promised Land was given to the Twelve Tribes of Israel by the LORD God.
No worldly authority or power has the right to take from the Israelites the land given to them by the LORD God.
We stand strong and support the right of Israel to exist. We are committed to our support of our Jewish brothers and sisters, and would be willing to fight for their cause and suffer beside them if moved by Him to do so.
Although oceans separate us, our hearts remain focused upon Israel’s survival. We try to make wise effort to support their initiatives to hold and maintain their rightful inheritance of land. We also involve ourselves in the political policy of the United States to encourage a strong and public support of Israel in the face of terrorism and persecution.
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