That the Holy Scriptures, consisting of the Tanakh and the later writings commonly known as the Brit Chadashah (Renewed Covenant), is the only infallible and authoritative Word of G-D. We recognize its divine inspiration and accept its teachings as our final authority in all matters of faith and practice (Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Proverbs 3:1-6; Psalms 119:89, 105; Isaiah 48:12-16; Romans 8:14-17; II Timothy 2:15, 3:16-17).
There is only one G-D (Deuteronomy 6:4). He is the Creator of heaven and earth, of all living beings and of everything both visible and invisible (Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:15-17). Although He is limitless in power, authority, time, matter and space. He has chosen in His infinite wisdom, to reveal His nature to humanity in perceivable and comprehensible manners. Scripture records G-D revealing Himself in the following manners: as fire (covenant with Avraham between the two halves of the cow in Genesis 15:17); as the form of man not born of a woman (when He approached Avraham with the two angels in Genesis 18); as a burning bush (spoke with Moshe in Exodus 3:2); as the fourth Man in the furnace (Daniel 3:25); as the promised Messiah being a Man made of flesh and born of an alma (virgin) (Isaiah 7:14; Galatians 4:4). Although there are numerous examples of G-D revealing Himself to humanity in various ways and forms, of those ways and forms, He has chosen to refer to Himself in the following primary contexts: as the Father (HaAv), as the Son (HaBen) Yeshua and as the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Ghost).
Created in the image of G-D (Genesis 1:26-27)
Through disobedience, man fell from his first state and thus became separated from G-D (Genesis 2:17; 3:22-24). Therefore, according to the Scriptures, all men are born with a sinful nature (Psalms 14:1-3; 49:7; 53:13; Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:9-12 & 23; 5:12).
Man's only hope for redemption (salvation) is through the atonement made by the Messiah (Leviticus 17:11; Isaiah 53; Daniel 9:24-26; 1 Corinthians 3:35), resulting in regeneration by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5), which is the new birth (John 3:38). For by grace we are saved through faith, it is a gift of G-D (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Resurrection and Judgement:
We believe in the resurrection of both the redeemed and the lost; the former to everlasting life and the latter to eternal separation from G-D, a state of everlasting punishment (Job 14:14, 19:25-27; Daniel 12:2-3; John 3:36, 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5-6 & 10-15, 21:7-8).
The Messiah - The Redeemer:
The Scriptures promised two "comings" of the Messiah:
Promised in Daniel 9:24-26.
Its purpose was to make an atonement for sin (Daniel 9:24-26; Isaiah 53; Romans 3:21-31; Hebrews 9-10; John 3:16-17).
Israel's national restoration is to recover the remnant of His people Israel from the four corners of the earth and restore the Davidic Kingdom (Isaiah 11 - to re-establish the throne and kingdom of David which will last forever) [Isaiah 9:6-7 (cf. Luke 1:30-33); Jeremiah 23:3-8].
Israel in Prophecy:
We believe in G-D's endtime plan for the nation of Israel and for the world. A central part of Messianic Judaism is the belief in the physical and spiritual restoration of Israel, as taught in the Scriptures. The greatest miracle of our day has been the re-establishment of the rebirth of the State of Israel according to prophecy (Ezekiel 34:11-31, 36-39; Hosea 3; Amos 9:11-15; Zechariah 12-14; Isaiah 11, 43, 54, 60-62, 66; Romans 11:1-34).
We recognize that Jewish people (physical descendants of Avraham through Isaac and Jacob, whether through the mother's or the father's bloodline) who place their faith in Israel's Messiah, Yeshua, continue to be Jewish according to the Scriptures (Romans 2:28-29). Non-Jews who place their faith in Yeshua, are "grafted into" the Jewish olive tree of faith (Romans 11:17-25) becoming spiritual sons and daughters of Avraham (Galatians 3:28-29).
We observe and celebrated the L-RD's Holy Days given by G-D to Israel, with their fulfillment in and through the Messiah Yeshua.
We believe that true "Biblical Judaism," the faith of the first-century believers, which we seek to practice, acknowledges the continuity of faith in the one true of
G-D, revealed throughout the Scriptures and ultimately manifested in Yeshua the Messiah.
We believe that salvation has always been "by faith," and that works of law, of righteous acts, have never saved anyone (Genesis 15:6; Romans 2-6; Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 11:6, 39).
We acknowledge that the New Covenant body of Believers is composed of both Jews and Non-Jews who have received Yeshua the Messiah and the Promised Redeemer. The "middle wall of partition" has been broken down, and now we worship the G-D of Israel together (1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 2:13-14).
Being Born Anew:
According to the Scriptures, one must be born into the Kingdom of G-D. Entrance into the Kingdom of G-D is not based on merit (Genesis 15:6; Romans 2-6; Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 11:6, 39). Scripture does not define this birth into the Kingdom of G-D as the physical birth that occurs when a mother gives birth to her child. It does, however define this birth as a spiritual birth (John 3:1-6). This spiritual birth is referred to and described by the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua, as Besurat HaGe'ulah (the Good News; Mark 13:10 and 16:15) from G-D to all mankind, starting with the Jews and proceeding to the non-Jews (Romans 1:15-17). As the Scriptures declare in Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16 and Luke 24:47 (not an exhaustive list of references), the spiritual birth consists of Teshuvah (repentance), Tevilah (immersion in water), and an act by G-D in which He fills an individual with His Ruach HaKodesh (His Holy Breath). Following this spiritual birth and entrance into the Kingdom of G-D, the Believer should display a willingness to submit his/her own will to the will of G-D expressed in His Commandments, which were given by G-D in the Scriptures (John 14:15, 15:10) (Tanakh and Brit Chadashah).
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Promised in Daniel 9:24-26
Its purpose was to make an atonement for sin (Daniel 9:24-26; Isaiah 53; Romans 3:21-31; Hebrews 9-10; John 3:16-17)
Promised coming in the air to receive the believers to Himself (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; John 14:1-6; 1 Corinthians 15:51-57).
Messiah's return to the earth.
Israel's spiritual redemption (Zechariah 12:8-13:1; Romans 11:25-27; Hebrews 9:28; Jeremiah 31:31-40; the New Covenant).
OUR BELIEFS & DESIRES
It is our desire to honor G-D and love Him with all of our hearts, souls, minds and strength. Many of the traditions we observe are observed in order to have a visual reminder of things we would like people to make a part of their lives. Throughout the Holy Scriptures, we find G-D giving the Children of Israel visual reminders of the things that He has done and the things He will do in the future. This is how we look at the traditional observances we follow during our Torah Service. We want our children to learn to follow the Word of G-D throughout their lives. We want our whole community to always keep our eyes on G-D and His Word. We consistently want to acknowledge that we believe that the Scriptures do not just contain G-D's Word, but that it is G-D's Word. We want to hold the Word of G-D with the utmost respect. Finally, we as a congregation desire to see all men come to a relationship with the G-D of the Holy Scriptures through faith in Messiah of Israel, Yeshua.
OUR TORAH SERVICE
What is the Torah Service? Each week in synagogue all throughout the world, congregations will open the Torah scroll to a specific set of passages and read them aloud. These passages or Parashot are read according to a reading cycle which begins on Simchat Torah (which falls between September and October on the Gregorian calendar) with the reading of Genesis (B'resheet) and the cycle also completes on Simchat Torah with the closing verses of Deuteronomy.
This allows the Torah to be read in a continuing cycle, which in truth never ends. Having a set portion of Scripture reads each week in unity throughout the world allows a point of continuity between the Jewish people and helps us keep our hearts and minds united by the living word of G-D.
Torah Processional - "Vay'hee Beensoah"
We always rise when the Torah is removed from the ark in respect to the Word of G-D which, as Believers, we understand that Yeshua is the Word that became flesh. As we would stand when a king enters a room, we in honor of our King stand when we open the ark and reveal the Torah. We remain standing until after the Torah is redressed and the Shamash sits down. We rise again when we return the Torah to the ark and sit once the ark is closed.
After the Torah is removed from the Ark, it is processed throughout the synagogue. The children of the synagogue are invited and encouraged to follow behind the Torah as it is carried around the building by having our children walk behind the Torah, we are symbolically and visually teaching our children that just as the Children of Israel followed the Ark (which contained the Torah) through the wilderness, we also should always follow the Torah.
While the Torah is being carried through the sanctuary all of those in attendance will keep their eyes upon the Torah turning to follow its movements through the building. This also reminds everyone that we must also always keep our eyes on the Word of G-D as we journey through our life.
You will also notice that as the Torah comes near to the people they will reach out with their Tallit (prayer shawl), Siddur (prayer book) or Bible and touch it to the Torah and then bring it to their lips. By doing this, we are reminded that the Word of G-D is sweet to our lips.
We believe that reading the Word of G-D is the highest honor a person can receive during our service. As part of our service we will have three different people read from the Holy Scriptures. One will read a text from the Torah (Five books of Moses); one will read from HafTorah (The Writings or Prophets) and one from the Brit Chadasha (the Apostolic Writings). We believe that all Scripture is from G-D and should be respected as such.