Word of God
We believe that the Old and New Testament are two parts of one book. The O.T. contains the Torah (instructions/law/commandments) of our Creator, and the N.T. teaches us how to apply many of those instructions the way they were originally intended, rather than 'changes' or 'does away' with them. The Old Testament was not 'done away with' and the New Testament does not 'replace' the Old. They work together to help us understand and live within Yahuwah's (God's real name) will.
We believe that Yahushuwah (the REAL name of 'Jesus') Ha Mashiach (which means 'the Messiah') is the anointed one, Yahuwah manifested in the flesh, conceived by the Ruach Ha Kodesh (the Holy Spirit), and born of a virgin, died at Calvary, shed His blood as man's substitutionary sacrifice, rose bodily, and ascended to heaven. He is presently exalted at Yahuwah's right hand.
We believe that only by repentance (which means a change of heart and to turn around and go the other way - forsaking sin) and by faith in Yahushuwah's sacrificial death, and confessing Him as our Messiah, can both Jew and Gentile be cleansed of our sins and reconciled to Yahuwah and be given the free gift of eternal life. We believe that once we receive this free gift cleansing of our sins, we must strive to not live in sin anymore. The Bible says that sin is transgression of Yah's law, so that means we must strive to live according to His laws and precepts. We cannot willingly and knowingly continue to live in the sin (violate His laws) that we got cleansed of, or we will face Yah's judgment and will not end up with eternal life. This is NOT salvation by 'works' - this is walking out our salvation daily in utter respect and reverence for Yah. The Bible says he who willingly sins (violates Yah's laws) after having the knowledge of the truth has no more sacrifice remaining for his sins and faces the judgment of Yah. We believe that salvation is ultimately a 'process', beginning at the altar, but finalizing when we 'endure to the end', as the Bible says that those who endure to the end WILL BE (future tense) saved. We believe that when a 'Gentile' becomes a believer, he is adopted into the family of Yah, thus becoming a Jew by adoption, and as all adoptive children are expected to obey their parents rules as well as get the benefits of the family, so are we. There are no 'Jewish' holidays and 'christian' holidays - there are Yahuwah's holy days and they are for ALL of His children. But neither a Jew or Gentile will receive eternal life unless they get born-again by repenting of their sins and receiving Yahushuwah as their Messiah for the cleansing of their sins.
Name of the Father and Son
We believe it's very important to use the correct names of the Father and Son, rather than the man-made names of 'God' and 'Jesus'. The correct names are Yahuwah and Yahushuwah. Yahuwah means 'I am' and Yahushuwah means 'Salvation in I am'. The name 'Jesus', which was created by the catholics, and came from Hebrew to Greek to Latin to English, actually means 'earth pig' in Latin! And 'God' is a word used to REPLACE the actual name (YHWH - pronounced Yahuwah) that is in the original Scriptures almost 7,000 times, because 'man' didn't want Yah's actual name known nor spoken.
The Commandments or Law
We believe that Yahushuwah did not come to destroy or do away with the law, but to fulfill it, which means to teach us how to obey it correctly, rather than the way the Pharisees teach it. We do not believe we are supposed to bring animal sacrifices to the temple for a priest to sacrifice on our behalf. Yahushuwah became our High Priest, the ultimate once and for all sacrifice for our sins, and Yahuwah had the veil in the temple ripped in half to let us know we no longer need to be separated from His presence, but now can come boldly to the Most Holy Place and be in Yah's presence through Yahushuwah.
The Sabbath and Feast Days
We believe that the commandment to keep the 7th day Sabbath holy is still in effect, along with the commandments to keep Yah's feast days (or holy days), often called 'Jewish holidays'. There are several that are commanded for us to keep, such as Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, Feast of Firstfruits, Pentecost, Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles, etc. There are other feast days that are not commanded, and we can keep them if we want to, but we are not required to.
The Dietary Laws
We believe that we are to obey the dietary laws outlined in the Old Testament book of Leviticus. For example, we are not to eat pork, shellfish, catfish, birds of prey, fish that don't have fins and scales, animals that don't both chew the cud and have cloven hooves, animals with paws, snakes, etc. The Bible says that in the last days Yahuwah will judge those who eat swine's flesh.
Ruach Ha Kodesh (the Holy Spirit)
Ruach ha Kodesh is the Hebrew description for the Holy Spirit. Ruach means Spirit, ha means 'the', and Kodesh means 'holy'. We believe the Ruach Ha Kodesh is God and is the source and power of all acceptable worship and service. He is our Comforter and Helper, empowers us to obey Yahuwah's commandments, living godly lives, and empowers us for the exercise of all biblical gifts, including healing the sick, raising the dead, speaking in tongues, discerning spirits, gifts of knowledge, etc.
He's Coming Soon
We believe that Yahushuwah will be returning soon as King and in the meantime we are put on the earth to do God's will to the best of our ability and in line with our specific calling as promoted by the Holy Spirit. We believe we are only a few years away from the reign of the anti-Messiah (anti-christ), and Yahushuwah's return to rescue us and begin a thousand year millennium where He will rule and there will be peace.
Praise and Worship
We believe in the worship of Yahuwah through singing, clapping, lifting of hands, and godly dancing as led by the Holy Spirit. We believe that worship is actually a form of warfare and helps to defeat the enemy, and is also that which Yahuwah inhabits our praises, so it helps us get into His presence and power, and prepares us to receive His word taught and be able to apply it to our lives.
We believe in water baptism by immersion in obedience to the Word of Yahuwah. All those who have accepted Yahushuwah as their personal savior should be baptized in water as a public profession of their faith in Him.
Our Commitment To Israel
We believe in the promise of Genesis 12:3 ("And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.") regarding the Jewish people and the Nation of Israel. We believe that this is an eternal covenant between Yahuwah and the seed of Abraham to which God is faithful. And as born-again covenant keeping believers, we are part of Israel as well.