Statement of Faith
The original Word of God is infallible, reliable, truthful and authoritative. [Ps 119:89; 2Tim3:16, 17; 2Pet 1:20,21; Rev 22:18, 19] Some of the newer translations leave out the diety of Jesus the Christ and change wording so much that it loses its original meaning.
The Godhead (Father, Son [Jesus/Yeshua] and the Holy Spirit
The Godhead (which speaks of the Trinity) is clearly spoken of in the Word of God. There is one God in whom are three eternal, distinct, simultaneous persons--the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit (this is the Godhead).
All three are the one God, each equal and eternal, yet there is only one True, Living God. Some claim that there are three gods, but there are not; there is only One God. He is not one person who took three forms or offices. God is a title and in Christ Jesus (Yeshua) dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. [Deu 4:35, 39; Deu 6:4; Is 45:18; Is 46:9 - 48:16; Jn 17:3; Rom 1:20; Col 2:6-9; Mat 28:19; Jn 16:13; Rev 1:8]
This scripture encapsulates it all: For there are three that bear witness in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit: and these three are one. [1Jn 5:7] And we know that Jesus Christ is the Word come in the flesh. [Jn 1:14; 1Jn 4:2; 2Jn 1:7]
Virgin Birth, Death, Burial and Resurrection
Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, was crucified, died and was buried. After the birth of Christ Jesus, Mary ceased being a virgin, as she went on to have a normal marriage and bore other children.
On the third day, Jesus/Yeshua was raised from the dead by God, through the Holy Spirit. Jesus was both divine and human, not half-God, half-human, but rather, fully God and fully human. It is called the Hypostatic Union, which simply put means that Jesus had two natures, a divine one and a human one. These were not some combination of God/man, or a mixture, but two distinct and separate natures that acted in unison in the person of Jesus Christ. In John 2:19, Jesus stated, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."
When Christ was resurrected, He was in physical form and still bore the wounds from His crucifixion. Remember doubting Thomas? He had to touch the wound in the side of Jesus and touch the wounds on his hands before he would believe. When he felt them and saw they were real, all he could utter is: "My Lord and my God." [Jn 20:27, 28]
Jesus Christ ascended bodily into heaven and countless witnesses saw this. He will return again, just as He promised. And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. [Jn 3:13] [Eph 4:9, 10]
There will be a resurrection of those who are dead, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt [Dan 12:2] (see also Mat 27:52, 53; Jn 5:29; Rev 20:12, 13)
Salvation through Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach)
Salvation is being saved from the righteous judgment of God upon the sinner. Salvation is obtained by grace alone, through faith alone, through Jesus Christ and His work alone [Jn 3:16-18; Jn 14:6; Act 4:10-12; Rom 1:16; 1Thess 5:9; Heb 5:8, 9].
Our good works will not save us and not by our good works [Eph 2:8, 9; Rom 3:26, 28; Titus 3:5] Yet it is also known that faith will produce good works [Jam 2:26] So great is God's love for His creation.
Our salvation is chosen by God. [1Jn 4:10] Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. [also Eph1:4; 1Thess 1:4; 2Thess 2:13]
Sanctification and Justification
Justification is the action of declaring or making righteous in the sight of God. Those who receive Jesus Christ are declared righteous, based solely on Christ's righteousness being imputed to the accounts of those who receive Jesus. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.? [2Cor 5:21]
Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. [Rom 5:18, 19]
To be sanctified is to be set apart as holy unto God. In John 16, Jesus speaks of the process to his disciples. Sanctification is done through the Holy Spirit and by the Word of God. [Jn 17:17; 2Tim 2:21; 2 Thess 2:13; 1Cor 6:11]
By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. [Heb10:10]
Both justification and sanctification come through faith in Christ alone.
Baptism is not necessary for salvation, as we are saved by grace through belief in Jesus/Yeshua. However, baptism is important in that it is an act of obedience and represents a believer's identification with Christ Jesus/Yeshua. It is said to be symbolic in that when one goes under water, it signifies a 'putting off' of the old man, and raising up again as a 'new creature' in Christ.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. [2Cor 5:17]
Again, baptism itself saves no one, for it is by faith alone that we are made right before God. ] [Lk 3:3; Rom 6:4; Eph 4:5; Col 2:12]
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. [Gal 2:16]
Marriage is to be between one man and one woman.
The 'church' was originally called 'the ekklesia' or 'ecclesia', which means 'called out ones'. But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. [1 Pet 2:9]
The church is not a building, but rather, disciples of Christ Jesus (Yeshua the Messiah) are the church, made with 'living stones'. [1Pet 2:5] We are living stones being built into a spiritual house to be a royal priesthood offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable unto God through Jesus Christ.
The Lord gave apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. [Eph 4:11] There are also deacons, elders and bishops. [Jam 5:14; Philp 1:1; 1Tim 3:8, 12] I believe that men should lead as the Holy Scriptures say that man is head over woman, Christ is head over man and God is head over all.
But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. [1Cor 11:3]
There is a spiritual war that is going on over the souls of mankind. In the Word of God, we are given armour to wear, which cannot be worn by those who do not follow Christ, for the armour represents all of Jesus Christ.
The helmet of salvation - salvation is only through faith in Christ Jesus
The breastplate of righteousness - our righteousness is as filthy rags, but abiding in Jesus/Yeshua puts us in right standing with God. It is Christ's righteousness that we put on.
The belt of truth - Jesus/Yeshua IS the way, the truth and the life. God's word is Spirit and Truth.
Feet Shod in Gospel - Firm footing, peace with God through Christ Jesus, prepared, ready, a base or foundation
The shield of faith - Faith and trust in Jesus/Yeshua will shield us against the fiery darts of temptation, persecution and all the onslaught of the enemy. God's faithfulness is also a shield. We cannot drop our shield or let our guard down, otherwise the enemy will hit us hard.
The sword - This is the Word of God spoken with power by the Holy Spirit.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. [Heb 4:12]
The armour is covered in the precious Blood of the Lamb (Jesus/Yeshua) and the glory of the Lord God Almighty is upon that precious Blood.
Finally, we must refute false doctrines, false teachers and false religions; all that contradicts God's Word, but we are to keep in mind that it is God's desire that none should perish but that all should come to repentance. Stand against the false, but do so justly, loving mercy and walking humbly with God.
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? [Micah 6:8]
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. [2Pet 3:9]