What We Believe:
We believe that there is one God and Creator of all as declared in the Shema (Deut. 6:4), who has revealed Himself as Father (Av), Son (Ben), and Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh).
God is good, gracious, & compassionate. (Psalm 136:1).
God is love! (Psalm 145:8).
We believe that every person is created in the image of God to have an intimate relationship with Him but due to disobedience became disconnected and estranged from their Creator.
As a result, all humanity lives in a state of spiritual, emotional, physical, and relational disconnection from God, self, and others. People through their own effort cannot repair or restore the damage that has been done by our disobedience. (Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 2:17; 3:22-24, Romans 3:9-12, 23; 5:12).
Redemption and Transformation
We believe Jesus, Yeshua in Hebrew, willingly gave His life to redeem us so that we might experience spiritual, relational, emotional, and physical transformation and healing (2 Cor. 5:17).
All who ask Messiah Yeshua-Jesus into their lives, by placing their faith in His death and resurrection, experience a renewed relationship with God through the forgiveness of their transgressions and spiritual transformation through the Spirit of God (Romans 10:9, John 3:16).
We believe all followers of Messiah should live for Yeshua and not for themselves.
By faithfully following the wisdom of God’s Word, and yielding daily to the Spirit of God, every believer should mature and be conformed to the image of Messiah (Romans 8:29, Ephesians 4:13, Matthew 16:24).
The Body of Messiah
The Body of Messiah is comprised of the people of all nations who have accepted Yeshua-Jesus as their Messiah and have attached themselves to Jewish people through the redeemed remnant of Israel for the sake of the redemption of all humanity.
As Paul states in Ephesians 2:11-16, therefore, keep in mind that once you—Gentiles in the flesh—were called “uncircumcision” by those called “circumcision”… At that time you were separate from Messiah, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Messiah Yeshua, you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of the Messiah. He is our shalom, the One who made the two into one and broke down the middle wall of separation. Within His flesh, He made powerless the hostility… He did this in order to create within Himself one new man from the two groups, making shalom… by which He put the hostility to death. (TLV)
God’s Presence, power, and provision are always proportional to the unity of His people.
There is a commanded blessing that is released when God’s people, comprised of Jews and Gentiles, join together in unity (Psalm 133:1-3). The critical importance of unity is clearly seen in Messiah’s High Priestly Prayer: I pray not on behalf of these only, but also for those who believe in Me through their message, that they all may be one…so the world may believe that You sent Me…that they may be one just as We are one…that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me and loved them as You loved Me (John 17:20-24).
Only when “these” (the Jewish disciples) and “those” (the future Gentile believers) become one will the Body of Messiah be perfected and the world know that Yeshua is the promised Redeemer sent by God (Ephesians 3:6, 10-12).
God chose Israel, the Jewish people, and entered into an eternal covenant with them. Part of Israel’s role is to be a conduit of blessing and restoration to every nation.
In loving-kindness, God gave to Israel the Torah as a covenantal way of life, and the Holy Land of Israel as an everlasting inheritance. He promised Abraham that all who bless the Jewish people will be blessed and all who curse Israel will be cursed (Gen. 12:1-3; Jer. 31:34-37; Rom. 11:28-29).
We believe the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God and that men were moved by the Spirit of God to write every word of Scripture. Therefore, we believe the Bible is without mistake or error and the ultimate authority on all matters of faith and practice (2 Tim. 3:16).
Every follower of Messiah has been filled, equipped, and empowered by the Spirit of God to live a naturally supernatural lifestyle in which we perform the “greater things than these” that Yeshua promised so that the kingdom of God may be experienced on earth as it is in heaven (John 14:12; 1 Cor.12:4-11).
Additional thoughts on the “Hebrew Roots Movement” Can be found here.
Also, here is a short summary of our beliefs:
- We do not believe that Yeshua-Jesus came to start a new religion
- We do believe that the “Old Testament” is the Spirit-breathed Word of God
- We do believe that salvation is by grace through faith alone
- We do believe that Yeshua was God-made-flesh
- We do believe that God is One(-in-Three): Father, Son, Spirit
- We do believe it is a tragic mistake to dismiss or gloss over Yeshua’s Jewishness
- We do believe that Gentile believers are grafted into the people of God
- We do believe that Sabbath observance and the biblical feasts are still valid
- We do believe that Gentile participation in these is by invitation, not an obligation
- We do believe that Torah observance offers rich blessing to God’s people
- We do not believe that Torah observance is related to salvation in any way