That we might have unity among us, and that we all speak the same thing as regards the foundation of our faith, and that with integrity we present our witness of Yeshua the Messiah as those who walk in His light, let it be hereby established that Beth Yeshua Messianic Congregation holds that...
1. All Scripture is given by the Breath/Spirit of Elohim [God], and is to be used for doctrine, for reproof, for correction and for instruction in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16.
2. Hear, O Israel: YHVH [the LoRD] is our Elohim. He is One YHVH. He alone is YHVH. Deuteronomy 6:4.
3. The nature of YHVH is a compound unity expressed in the aspects of Abba [the Father], Yeshua [Salvation, the Son, Messiah] and Ruach HaKodesh [the Holy Spirit/Breath] in this age. Matthew 28:19.
4. YHVH and His Word are eternal, that is: He, His Word and His Will has always, and will always, be the same. Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8, Matthew 5:18; 24:35.
5. The Shabbat [Sabbath], the seventh day of the week, is the created holy day of YHVH, which He gave to mankind and covenanted with His people as a sign forever. Exodus 31:16, Genesis 2:2-3, Isaiah 58:13-14, Matthew 12:8.
6. Yeshua (not "Yahshua") of Natzeret is the Messiah of Israel, the Savior of the world, the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is YHVH who appeared among mankind in the flesh, and now is glorified with all power in Heaven and in Earth, at the right hand of Abba. John 1:12-14.
7. Messiah Yeshua is the ultimate and final Passover Lamb required for the removal of sins. He died by execution stake (stagion) on a tree (xulon) and rose from the dead three days afterward. Everyone who repents of their sins, and trusts that Yeshua is the Messiah, who died as our Passover Lamb and rose again, they are forgiven their sins and come into a renewed covenant with YHVH through Him, and therefore become inheritors of all the promises YHVH made with Abraham and Israel. Isaiah 53, Romans 10:9-11, 1 Corinthians 5:7.
8. The Brit Chadashah [Renewed Covenant] in Messiah Yeshua brings with it a new creation of the human spirit. The Torah [Law/Teaching] of YHVH is planted inside (Jeremiah 31:30-33) so that Ruach HaKodesh may indwell there (Ezekiel 36:27) and so that we can walk like our Messiah walked (1 John 2:1-6): in obedience to His Torah (Ezekiel 36:24-28).
Please note: We are saved by faith, not works: "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from youselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Messiah Yeshua to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do " (Eph. 2:8,9). Yet, faith without works is dead: "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also" (James 2:26).
Our works are evidence that He has saved us. Works are the "spirit" of our faith! If we say that we are saved and have no works, it is likely that we are not.
9. Mikveh (baptism). Many Messianics do not use the term baptism. We refer to believer's immersion or mikveh. Baptism again is associated with the "forced conversions and baptisms," perpetrated against Jewish people by anti-Semites of the past, who did these things in the Name of Jesus. We seek to refer to the Messianic MIKVEH, the immersion of believers, which had its origin in Jewish practice. Our purpose in this is to emphasize the true Jewish roots of our faith, and separate ourselves from those people and their actions who profaned the Name of the Messiah by their deeds which were CONTRARY to His teaching. The mikveh is an integral part of the New Birth described in God's New Covenant Scriptures. A complete external immersion in water (mikveh) is performed to declare that an internal change has taken place. We believe in mikveh by immersion; and that all who repent should be mikvehed in the name of Yeshua. Jeremiah 31:31-34, Ezekiel 39:29.
10. The various enablements (gifts) of Ruach HaKodesh are given with authority to all those who ask YHVH and obey His commandments. The Promise of Abba, an extra enduement of power and boldness for witnessing, is an immersion (spiritual mikveh) by Ruach HaKodesh, as initially was evidenced with speaking in other languages. Each follower should seek to be filled with the various enablements of the Ruach, who gives them as He wishes. Isaiah 28:11-12, Luke 11:13, Acts 1:4-5; 2:4; 5: 32, 1 Cor 12: 1-13, Eph 1:13. Having said that, the emphasis and focus in the congregational setting is not the gifts, in themselves, but on the Giver of these gifts. The greatest gift of all is love (1 Corinthians 13) and if we should choose to emphasize any gift at all, it should be this gift, since God is Love.
Tim Hegg writes a good article on the subject at his Torah Resource site: Tongues - Some Preliminary Investigations
11. The people of YHVH are a holy Miqra [Called Out/Ekklesia] congregation, which is not of the world, in order to gather and celebrate Him at His appointed holy Feasts, and to shine as lights of truth in the darkness, and to be a royal priesthood which praises His Name. Exodus 19:6, Leviticus 23, Matthew 16:18, 1 Peter 2:9.
Note: The church is not spiritual Israel; it will enjoy the promises given to Abraham Romans 4:9-11 along with natural Israel, not in place of it. Believing Jews and believing Gentiles are united as one people of God Romans 11:2-5; Ephesians 2:19 through the redemption that is in Messiah Yeshua, the Son of God.
12. The goals of the people of YHVH are:
a.) to be followers of Yeshua the Messiah, until we mature into the example He left us. Ephesians 4:13.
b.) to be holy (separate from the world) as our Abba is holy. Therefore, we are to learn and act on those things which makes us holy in His sight. Leviticus 11:44-45, Ephesians 5:27.
c.) to be righteous (right decision making) and godly (forgiving) in this world. Titus 2:12.
d.) to be clean, first in our conscious inner man, and then also in our outward walk accordingly as we grow in the Ruach [Spirit] and understanding of the Word. Psalm 51:10, 1 Thessalonians 4:7.
e.) to be full of love for one another, thus proving we are Yeshua's disciples; and caring for a lost world, to bring the message of the Good News of Yeshua to the Jew first and also to the Gentiles. John 13:34-35, Romans 1:16.
13. The promise of a continually faithful trust in Yeshua, while walking according to the will of Elohim, is resurrection from the dead, eternal life and ruling with Yeshua forever in the place where His Kingdom will rule. He will yet rule in Jerusalem/Zion, and finally in New Jerusalem in the New Creation forever. Revelation 19-22.
14. Yeshua will judge all mankind (unbelievers at the time of His coming) of all acts and words ever committed. He will decide the sentence for punishment, and all those not meeting His standard will be sent away from His presence, into outer darkness and eternal punishment of the sin. Matthew 25:31-46, Revelation 20.
15. The final plan for the Israel of God is to bring the remnant of the faithful Jewish people, and the remnant of those believers who were formerly Gentiles, but recovered from the world by faith, back together and united into one holy people under one Shepherd, namely Yeshua, the Messiah, thus completing the tearing down of the wall of partition. This is a necessary part of the restoration of all things spoken by the prophets. Hosea 1-2, John 17, Romans 9:26, Ephesians 2, Acts 3:21.
Regarding Divisive Doctrines
Finally, there are a few divisive doctrines that have made their way into certain sects of the Messianic Movement that we do not accept and believe are false doctrines not to be promoted with people in our community, whether they are at the synagogue, in our homes, or elsewhere.
They are as follows:
* Any theology that teaches that any book from B'reishith (Genesis) to Revelation is not valid as Holy Scripture, including the Emissary Sha'ul's (Paul's) writings.
*Any teaching that ANY Emissary (Apostle), specifically Sha'ul (Paul), is a false apostle/prophet.
* Any teaching that communicates that we should receive an extra-Biblical book or books as scripture or as authoritative over the body of Messiah in addition to the traditional books of scripture already received by the body of Messiah as found between B'reishith (Gen.) to Revelation. For example, extra Biblical texts or books would include the book of Mormon, the works of Ellen G. White, and the Koran, etc. or any other such literary work. This would even include misusing otherwise helpful Jewish literary works such as the Talmud and Mishnah by attempting to elevate them to the level of the Torah and the Word of Adonai.
* Any theology that teaches Torah has been done away with (Mattityahu/Matthew 5:16-19).
* Any theology that teaches that Torah is not for those of the nations whom have put their trust in Yeshua The Messiah and whom have thereby become part of the commonwealth of Yisra'el (B'midbar/Numbers 15:15-16, Ephesians 2, Romans 3:31).
* Any replacement theology that teaches that any group of people has replaced Yisra'el or the Jewish people.
* "Two House Doctrine" Also known as "Ephraimite Theology"
* "Sacred Name" theology
* "Kariate" theology and reckoning of the Moedim (Holy Festivals)
Lunar Calendar & Aviv-Barley
The Natzari Yeshua Vs. The Kairite Yeshua
* "Lunar Sabbath" Theology
* Teaching that communicates that women should be Torah teachers, Rabbis, or Elders over the men within the congregation. It is also our practice that only the men read the Torah publicly during our various Sabbath services. Based upon Rabbi Shaul's (Paul's) injunction in 1 Timothy 2:11-15, the leadership of Beth Yeshua Messianic Congregation believes that it is inappropriate for a woman to be in teaching authority over men. Note: We would not consider a woman teaching Messianic Jewish dance within the congregation to be a violation of this.
* Women shall not wear men's clothing (Devarim/Deuteronomy 22:5). The tallit has always been a garment for Jewish men. Therefore, it would be inapropriate for a woman to wear a tallit while attending Beth Yeshua Messianic Congregation. In a similar manner, it would be inapropriate for a woman to wear a kippah while attending our synagogue. It has not been until the last few decades that Feminist Jewish groups have allowed women within the synagogue to wear tallits, kippahs, and so on.
Although it is not required, we do encourage women to wear headcoverings while attending the congregation. And, tzitziyot (biblical tassels - B'midbar/Numbers 15:38-40) may be attached to the four corners of a head covering.