Ahava B’Shem Yeshua Messianic Congregation’s Statement of Faith believes in one God, as He was revealed Himself in the Scriptures in Deuteronomy 6:4 “Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one (TLV). We believe that the intended meaning of this word “One” is found in the original Hebrew text, which used the word “Echad” and means “a plural One.”
We believe that Yeshua (Jesus) is the Son of God, the Messiah, the Eternal One in Whom all the fullness of the deity dwells in the bodily form, and who is the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us, and whose glory we beheld, the glory of the uniquely begotten Son of God, full of grace and truth.
We believe that the Ruach HaKodesh, the Spirit of God comforts, teaches, leads, indwells and empowers all whom He regenerates. We believe that the Bible, both the Tanakh (Old Testament) and the Brit Chadasha (New Covenant), is the only inspired, infallible and authoritative Word of God (II Timothy 3:16-17).
We believe that all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
We believe that Yeshua’s death and resurrection accomplished the atonement for all who would place their faith in Him. Whoever trusts in God, in His Word alone, is made a new creation in Messiah, indwelt by the Spirit of God, and is delivered from the kingdom of HaSatan (Satan) into the kingdom of His own Son (Yeshua) (Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 5 & 6).
We believe in the community of God’s covenants with the physical people of Israel according to Jeremiah 31:35-36 and parallel passages. Part of the fulfillment of these covenants is the physical return of the people of Israel to their Promised Land (Deuteronomy 30).
We believe salvation is by faith through the grace of God alone, and not by human efforts. One may not earn, merit or keep this eternal salvation by his own efforts. A new creation is the work of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-10, Romans 8:29-39).
We believe in the spiritual unity of equality of all believers in Messiah Yeshua (Ephesians 2:11-22).
We believe that everyone who trusts in Yeshua is grafted in to the “olive tree.” While this does not make the Gentiles Jewish, they are joint heirs and fellow members of the promise in Messiah Yeshua (Ephesians 3:6, Romans 11:11-24, Jeremiah 31:33).
We believe in the complete immersion in living waters done in the name of Adonai Yeshua HaMashiach.
We believe in the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24). For a couple to be married by Ahava B’Shem Yeshua leadership, the couple must both be congregants, in good standing for a minimum of one year and in marriage counseling.
We do not hold to or believe in the following: “Two House” teaching as it is a form of replacement theology, that any nation is made up of any one of the lost tribes, in trying to determine which lost tribe you come from as our identity must be in Messiah, the “Sacred Name” movement, sighting of the new moon or by anyone’s personal barley crop to determine the Biblical calendar as they have no authority. We do believe that the Jews in Israel are made up of every tribe.