Principles of Faith

Brit Chadashah Principles Of Our Faith

PRINCIPLE 1. THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

We believe with perfect faith that the 66 books of the Bible (Old and New Covenants), are the standard of all truth, the final authority for doctrine and practice. Scripture in its original manuscripts is inerrant.

We affirm that Rabbinic Jewish literature is of human origin, and we recognise its value only where it is supported by or conformable to the Word of God. We regard it as in no way binding upon faith or life.

PRINCIPLE 2. THE ETERNAL GOD

We believe with perfect faith in the unity of God as reflected in the Shema. The God of Israel eternally exists as One God in three equal persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each possessing the nature and perfections of deity, as well as the characteristics of personality.

PRINCIPLE 3. YESHUA THE MESSIAH

We believe with perfect faith that Yeshua of Nazareth is the Messiah of Israel; fully God and fully man in one person, risen from the dead, and will be so forever. Whilst on earth, he was subordinate to God the Father in his role and his humanity, yet in his Divinity, He is, and always will be, fully equal with God the Father. With the exception of sin, Yeshua was fully human just as we are. Yeshua maintained his divinity when he became man.

PRINCIPLE 4: THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe with perfect faith that God the Holy Spirit’s work is to manifest the active presence of God in the world, and especially in the Messianic community. Together the Father and the Son sent the Holy Spirit into the world; to create saving faith in people and enable them to respond to the gospel call; to place and maintain believers in living union with Yeshua; to bring about their growth in holiness of life, and give them assurance of salvation and understanding of the Scriptures.

PRINCIPLE 5: THE FALL OF MAN AND ITS REVERSAL BY YESHUA THE MESSIAH

We believe with perfect faith that mankind was created in an original state of goodness by a specific act of God, for the purpose of glorifying God and bringing him joy. Adam represented all members of the human race in the failure in the Garden of Eden. But Yeshua the Messiah, the Second Adam, representative of all who believe in him, obeyed God perfectly and then died upon the cross in order to bring new life for all who believe.

PRINCIPLE 6: THE ATONEMENT

We believe with perfect faith that atonement was made for all people through the death of Yeshua on the cross. He became a once for all sacrifice by the shedding of his blood; bearing the penalty that we deserve. Apart from this atonement, salvation is unavailable. Atonement is available to all people upon receiving Yeshua as Lord and Saviour.

PRINCIPLE 7: THE SALVATION OF MAN

We believe with perfect faith that personal salvation is our willing response to the gospel call, in which we sincerely repent of sins and place our trust in Yeshua for salvation. This salvation is entirely a gift of God on account of the finished work of Yeshua on the cross, received through faith alone.

PRINCIPLE 8: THE PEOPLE AND LAND OF ISRAEL

We believe with perfect faith that God Himself choose Israel; the Jewish people and that He had and continues to have a purpose for her. We believe in God’s end-time plan for the nation of Israel and for the world. We belief in the physical and spiritual restoration of the nation of Israel, as taught in the Scriptures, and see the reestablishment of the state of Israel as prophetic, and so we affirm that God gave the land of Israel to the Jewish people.

PRINCIPLE 9: THE MESSIANIC COMMUNITY: LOCAL & UNIVERSAL

We believe with perfect faith that Yeshua founded a new community, embracing both Jews and Gentiles on an equal footing, giving His body the task of spreading the Gospel.

We recognize that Jewish people (physical descendants of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob, whether through the mother or the father’s blood-line), who place their faith in Israel’s Messiah – Yeshua, continue to be Jewish according to the Scriptures. Gentiles who place their faith in Yeshua, are grafted into the Jewish olive tree of faith, becoming spiritual sons and daughters of Abraham and part of the Commonwealth of Israel. And we proclaim that the middle wall of partition has been broken down as we worship the God of Israel together. We do this by observe and celebrate the Holy Seasons given by God to Israel, with their fulfilment in and through the Messiah Yeshua.

We deny that God has replaced the Jewish people with the ‘Church’ as the ‘New Israel’, but rather that Gentile believers share together, through faith in Yeshua, in the promises that God gave the Jewish people.

PRINCIPLE 10: THE BELIEVER’S RELATIONSHIP TO THE LAW OF MOSES

We believe with perfect faith that the Torah / law given under the Old Covenant, was given to make us aware of the righteousness that God requires, and our sinfulness, to guide us to the solution namely the atoning work of Messiah. We further affirm that believers today are not under the Law of Moses as it has been fulfilled in the Messiah.

We affirm that both Jewish and Gentile believers have the freedom in Messiah to maintain those aspects of the Law of Moses and Jewish cultural identity, which do not violate Scripture. These observances are not, nor ever were, a means of justification or sanctification, which are by faith in Messiah alone.

The Law is given to tutor us and to bring us to Messiah, and as a fellowship we seek to be tutored in every book of the Scriptures to bring us closer to the Messiah.

PRINCIPLE 11: THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe with perfect faith that the Holy Spirit continues to empower believers for service by sovereignly distributing in the Body of Messiah, the spiritual gifts found in the Tanach (Hebrew Bible / Older Testament) and the Brit Chadashah (Newer Testament).

No outward showing of one spiritual gift is the definitive evidence of ‘fillings’ with the Holy Spirit. The evidence is actually the work of the Spirit within the believer, which produces godly character and behaviour, ie the ‘fruit of the Spirit’. We affirm that the gift of apostleship was limited to the first century community of Messiah.

PRINCIPLE 12: IMMERSION

We believe with perfect faith that immersion (baptism) is an outward witness to the inward work the Holy Spirit has done in effecting a person’s conversion to faith in Messiah. We affirm that immersion is for believers only.

PRINCIPLE 13: THE LORD’S SEDER

We believe with perfect faith that the Lord’s Seder was instituted at a Passover meal that Yeshua had with his disciples. It is a fellowship meal signifying our continuing union with Messiah. We see the matzah (unleavened) bread and the wine as representative of Yeshua’s body and blood.

PRINCIPLE 14: THE INCLUSION OF JEWISH EVANGELISM IN THE GREAT COMMISSION

We believe with perfect faith that the Messianic Community has a divine mandate to give special emphasis to sharing the Gospel with Jewish people, and we further affirm that it is against the teachings of God to deny that Jewish people need Yeshua as their personal saviour.

PRINCIPLE 15: THE SECOND COMING OF THE MESSIAH AND HIS MESSIANIC KINGDOM REIGN

We believe with perfect faith that Yeshua the Messiah will himself, in bodily form, return to this earth. He will at this time set up his Kingdom ruling the nations from Jerusalem for 1,000 literal years; assisted by Jewish and Gentile believers who comprise His Messianic community. The Messianic kingdom predicted by the Jewish Prophets will be realised during this time.

PRINCIPLE 16: THE FINAL JUDGMENT

We believe with perfect faith that after the final judgment, believers will enter into the full enjoyment of life in the presence of God forever and unbelievers into eternal conscious punishment.

Please note that we do not support the following doctrines:

  • Any form of replacement theology; replacing Israel with the Church.
  • Any form of the Two House / Ephraimite theology