What I Believe

I believe in one sovereign God, existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, unbounded in power, and measureless in love; that God is the source of all creation and that through the immediate exercise of his power, all things came into being.

I believe that God the Father is the author of eternal salvation, having loved the world and given his Son for its redemption.I believe that Jesus is the Messiah and is co-equal and co-eternal with God the Father; that he took on himself the nature of man through the virgin birth so that he possesses both divine and human natures. I believe in his sinless life and perfect obedience to the Law, in his atoning death, burial, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, high-priestly intercession and his personal return in power and glory.I believe that the Holy Spirit is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Son; that he was active in the creation of all things and continues to be so in providence; that he convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment and that he regenerates, sanctifies, baptizes, indwells, seals, illumines, guides and bestows his gifts upon all believers.I believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are divinely inspired as the infallible and authoritative word of God. We believe that all human beings, with the exception of Jesus our Lord, are sinners by nature and practice and are in need of salvation through the grace of God.

I believe that Jesus the Messiah died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; that all who believe in him are justified, not by any works of righteousness they have done, but by his perfect righteousness and atoning blood, and that there is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.

I believe that as a result of our salvation we are compelled by our own gratitude to live lives of obedience and ever-increasing discipleship to our Messiah Jesus.

I believe the Creation account in Genesis is to be taken literally.

Since the Word of God was given first to the Israelites, and since Jesus was born to a Jewish family in a Jewish culture, with Jewish traditions, I believe that we must understand the Bible in its Jewish context. We believe we gain deeper insight into Scripture by studying the Jewish Roots of our faith.

I believe that all who are born again by the Holy Spirit become members of the Body of Christ. We believe that Gentile believers are grafted into the Jewish olive tree (Romans 11) and become partakers of the unconditional covenants God made to Abraham.

I believe that the divine plan for Israel is to bring the remnant of Israel, who are the faithful Jewish people, and the remnant of those who were formally Gentiles, but who have been recovered from the world by faith, back together and united into one holy nation of Israel under one Shepherd, Jesus, the Messiah.

I believe the entire Word (Torah) of God, both Old and New Covenants, is the instruction of a loving and gracious Father to His children. God’s people delight in His Torah (Ps. 1:2), though the Torah itself was not given for salvation. Only Jesus was a truly Torah-Observant Jew. As followers of Him, we are given new hearts with Torah written upon them (Jer. 31:31) so that we can please God in our daily life.

I believe that all those who are truly born again by the Spirit through faith in the substitutonary death of Jesus are eternally secure.

I believe in the bodily resurrection of all, the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to eternal death and punishment. We believe that we all choose our eternal destination by our acceptance or rejection of God’s truth through belief in the work of His Son.

I believe that Jesus will soon “rapture” those who believe in Him, and then will begin the seven year period of the Great Tribulation. I believe that at the end of the Tribulation, Jesus will return to earth and “all Israel” will be saved.

I believe that Satan and his demons are real. I believe Satan was created perfect by God, but he fell through pride. I believe he is the father of lies, the accuser, the destroyer. I believe He seeks to destroy all those whom God loves, and that he distorts and corrupts the good gifts that God has created. I believe that Satan was defeated at the cross and that Hell was created as a place of punishment/judgement for him and that all who reject God’s truth will follow him there.

I believe that a walk with Jesus is about a relationship with Him, and not merely about trying to follow a bunch of legalistic rules. We follow and obey Jesus out of love and faith in who He is and what He has done for us. We are not saved by our own efforts, and we cannot live a life of faith by our own efforts.

I believe that the “truth sets us free” and God has given us “richly all things to enjoy” so that we can live boldy, freely, and joyfully. However, Christian liberty should not be used as an occasion for careless living.

I believe that believers make up the Church, the Body of Christ. I believe that the true Church is the PEOPLE and not merely the building where they meet or the structure of the organization. The name “church” on the building does not make it THE Church. I believe that “where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there I am in the midst of them.”

I believe that God has given His people gifts to minister to each other and to reach out to the world. I believe that ministry occurs whenever or wherever God’s people reach out in His Name. It is NOT merely what happens within a local church structure.

I believe it is essential that we, as believers, assemble together in fellowship. I believe none of us can make it alone, but we must teach, encourage, and correct each other. However, I do not think that fellowship necessarily occurs while sitting in church on Sunday listening to a sermon. I believe that fellowship/assembling occurs wherever two or three are gathered together in the Name of Christ. This can happen one-on-one, via phone call, on the Internet, or at a local church.

I do not believe that pastors are to be the CEOs of the church “in charge” of everything that happens and expecting total authority and unquestioned submission. Instead, they must model a life of holiness and faith, teaching and equipping believers so that believers can be witnesses/ministers of the truth among their family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors.

I do not believe that power/authority is to be grasped. Instead, whoever wants to be the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven must become the servant (Matt. 20:25-28).

I do not believe that pastors/leaders ought to be placed on a pedestal or expected to live by a higher standard than other believers. I believe that we ALL must live lives of faith and holiness and humility. We are fellow servants, each gifted by the Spirit to minister in an unique way.

I do not believe that women are “less” than men in the eyes of Christ. I do not believe that woman cannot teach men or lead ministries. I do not believe the Bible teaches that all women are under the authority of all men, but that a woman is to be only under the authority of her own husband. I believe that “there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28).

I believe that marriage is a mysterious model of the relationship between Christ and His Bride, the Church (Eph. 3). I believe husbands are a model of Christ, sacrificing for and cherishing their wives as Christ does the Church. I believe wives are a model of the Church, respecting and submitting to their husbands as the Chruch is to respect and submit to Christ. A husband must not demand submission and a wife must not demand love, but each must lovingly and sacrificially give to the other.