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Fundamental Doctrinal Statement

Fundamental Doctrinal Statement

The basic fundamental doctrine shall be the Apostolic Message of repentance, baptism in water by immersion exclusively in the name of the Messiah (as appropriately spoken in any language) for the remission of sins, and the baptism of the Holy Spirit with initial evidence manifested through Spiritual Gifts.

We proclaim His Eternal Kingdom which shall restore all things and reign in peace. The Law of this Kingdom is given by the Creator Himself in the 10 Commandments (including the 7th Day Sabbath) and written in the hearts of those who will have right to the tree of life and enter through the gates into the city. The culture of this Kingdom encompasses the celebrated Festivals, and Kingdom Concepts revealed in Holy Scripture.

We will endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit until we all come into the unity of the faith, at the same time admonishing all saints that they shall not contend for their different views to the disunity of the body.

1. The Holy Bible

The Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, is God’s inspired Word. Inerrant in its original writing, the Bible is the only authoritative and infallible rule of faith and conduct for humanity.

2. Deity

The sovereign deity of the universe is YHWH the “I AM”, who is to be worshiped in spirit and in truth. He is eternal, infinite, holy, self-existent Spirit who created, sustains, rules, redeems, and judges His creation. He is one in nature, essence and being. God has manifested in Scripture as Father in creation, as Son in redemption, and as Holy Spirit indwelling the Saints.

God the Father

God the Father of whom are all things, whom no one has seen nor can see, reigns in the heavens and transcends our complete knowing. He is revealed as our loving heavenly Father. Ultimately, God the Father will restore perfect harmony to all creation through Christ and reign eternally over the redeemed.

Jesus the Son

Jesus Christ is God’s only “begotten” Son. As “the man Christ Jesus” he is begotten, the “express image” of the nature, and attributes of God in flesh. Jesus humbled himself and in flesh is subordinate to the Father in rank and, became obedient unto death. From eternity, the pre-incarnate Word, was with God and was God. Jesus the Christ (Messiah) was born of the virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit, and is declared by the Angel Gabriel to be “God With Us”. He lived without sin, died as an atoning sacrifice for sin, was entombed for three days and three nights, was resurrected bodily, and ascended to the Father as our incarnate mediator and high priest. He reigns as Lord in heaven and will return to earth as judge and King.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the promised divine helper. The Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) literally translated is “Holy Breath” and is God’s presence and power in the world indwelling believers. Thus the Holy Spirit is not “A” person “IN” the Godhead, but is rather the Spirit of God Himself. By His Holy Spirit, God inspired and illuminates the Scriptures; convicts and regenerates sinners; sanctifies, teaches, comforts, guides, and preserves believers; and empowers them for service.

3. Man, Satan, Sin, and Death

Humanity was created in the image of God: sinless, though not naturally immortal. Through Adam and Eve’s disobedience, all human beings became sinners by nature and by choice. The penalty for our sin is alienation from God, physical death (without consciousness) and, ultimately eternal death for those who do not receive the salvation offered by Christ. It was Satan, the adversary of God, who tempted our first parents in the garden. The Devil is still capable of transforming himself into an angel of light but will finally be destroyed in the lake of fire.

4. Man, Salvation, and Life

Sinful humanity may be saved from the penalty of eternal death and receive eternal life instead. Atonement for sins, with its attendant promise of eternal life, comes through Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection on our behalf.  We are able to connect to these three elements through…

1) The Death – Repentance: We believe that repentance is initiated through Godly sorrow, and is a call to turn from sin and mortify the deeds of the flesh.

2) The Burial – Water Baptism: We believe Scriptural water baptism to be sacramental for the “remission of sins” and is commanded in the scriptures to be done in the singular “Name” of the Messiah, rather than the nameless trinitarian titles.

3) The Resurrection – Infilling of the Holy Spirit: We believe that true believers are filled with the Holy Spirit in the same way throughout the whole of the church age. Thus, evidenced by the supernatural gifts of the Spirit. (Acts 10:44-46)

5. The Congregation

The Congregation in Scripture is a spiritual body of believers who hold the faith of Jesus and keep the commandments of God. Under the lordship of Mashiach and the authority of His Word, the Congregation is His Government of Kings and Priests, and exists universally and locally for purposes of worshiping God, preaching the Kingdom, nurturing believers, and serving humanity. All Saints should participate in this mission by service to others and fellowship with believers.

6. The Ten Commandments & The Book of the Law

We believe that the Bible goes to great lengths to distinguish God’s Ten Commandments from the “Book of the Law of Moses”. The Ten Commandments written by the creator in stone forever establish the Law of His Kingdom while the “Book of the Law” written by Moses on scrolls contains instructions rather than law and guides in understanding the “Culture of the Kingdom”. Justification cannot be accomplished by the “Book of the Law of Moses”.

We believe that the penalties “added” and required by the Book of the Law have all been paid by the sacrificial Blood of the Lamb of God which takes away the sins of the world. These penalties and Mosaic Law obligations have been “Nailed to his cross”.

7. The Sabbath

The seventh-day Sabbath is God’s gift to humanity from creation, was written into the Ten Commandments by God’s finger, kept and taught by Jesus, and observed by the apostolic church. A memorial of both creation and redemption, the Sabbath should be faithfully celebrated by believers now as a day of rest, worship, and well-doing.

8. The Moedim

The annual feasts of YHWH are moedim (divine appointments) throughout the year. They mark the sequence of specific events in God’s redemptive plan, and stand in stark opposition to the pagan festivals of Mystery Babylon. They were observed by Apostolic example throughout the New Testament record. They will be observed in the coming millennial Kingdom of Jesus Christ, and are celebrated by His faithful Congregation in the present era.

9. Marriage

Marriage is an institution of God and is an exclusive lifetime union between a man and a woman for the purpose of perpetuating humanity and enriching human experience. Reflecting the bond between Christ and His church. Like the Sabbath, marriage dates to Creation week, is intrinsic to the moral law, is reformed in Christ’s teachings, and finds its ultimate meaning at His return.

10. Christian Living

Christians are called to holiness in thought, word, and deed and to express faith in Christ through devotion to God and godly interaction with others. As a result — not a cause — of redemption, believers should …

1) develop their relationship with God through Bible reading and study, prayer, fasting, worship, and obedience;

2) relieve the physical and spiritual needs of humanity by compassionate social action and gospel witness;

3) oppose pride, envy, indolence, lust, covetousness, and other evils in the spirit;

4) refuse immoral amusements and practices such as pornography, sexual immorality, and homosexuality in the flesh; and

5) observe these Bible principles: give tithe and freewill offerings for the support of the church and its gospel ministry; avoid intermixing Christianity with extra-biblical practices, as in the common observances of Sunday, Christmas, Easter, Lent, and Halloween. Holidays which were originally celebrations to the pagan gods have no place in the culture of the Kingdom. As kings and priests in the coming Kingdom of Jesus Christ it is our place to teach the Biblical celebrations given in scripture. These Holy Days are understood in greater clarity in our covenant and rehearse God’s great plan of Salvation.

11. Sacraments

A Sacrament is defined as:

1a :  a Christian rite (as Baptism or the Eucharist) that is believed to have been ordained by Christ and that is held to be a means of divine grace or to be a sign or symbol of a spiritual reality.

According to scripture, two sacraments are connected to the remission of sin. They are water baptism exclusively in the Name of Y’shua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah) and subsequently the Blood of the New Covenant which we have in the cup which we bless. Both Sacraments are wrapped in the scriptural phrase “for the remission of sins”. Thus, the New believer has remission in the Water, and remission for subsequent sin in the Blood of the New Covenant; the cup of blessing.

12. The Kingdom of God

The kingdom of God (kingdom of heaven) is realized in three phases:

The Present Kingdom

The spiritual kingdom exists now as God rules in the lives of obedient believers. This kingdom was announced and revealed through the prophets and the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. We enter this kingdom when we turn from sin to serve God through faith in Jesus Christ.

The Millennial Kingdom

Jesus will return to earth in power and glory to resurrect the righteous dead in the first resurrection, bestow immortality and eternal life upon the resurrected and the living righteous, avenge the saints, and be glorified in them. This great Sabbath Rest of one thousand years will be a universal kingdom in which all principalities, powers, and enemies are overcome. At its conclusion, the rest of the dead will be resurrected, judged before the great white throne, and those who are not found in the book of life will suffer annihilation in the second death.

The Eternal Kingdom

After the annihilation of the final rebellion, God’s eternal kingdom will last through ages without end. God will dwell with the redeemed in a new heaven and a new earth where no disappointment, defilement, or death can enter and where righteousness and peace will prevail forever.