A STATEMENT OF FAITH

Beit Asaph Messianic Congregation

  1. We believe that the Bible, consisting exclusively of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments (Hebrew: Tanach and Brit Hachadasha), was written by men inspired by the Holy Spirit,1 was inerrant in the original manuscripts, was then and is today the authoritative Word of God,2 alone infallible in all matters of faith and doctrine;3 God’s complete and final revelation to man until the Messiah returns.4
  2. We believe that there is but one God,5 eternally existent in three persons equal in essence: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,6 who is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent, infinite and perfect, and who created all that exists except for Himself.7 We affirm that He loves all men and is the rewarder of all those who diligently seek Him.8
  3. We believe that the Son,9 Yeshua, is the divine Word,10 the eternal wisdom of God11 by whom all things were created,12 and at the appointed time became man,13 begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of Miriam in her virginity,14 and is true man as well as true God.15 He lived a sinless life; perfectly fulfilling the Torah, yet willingly died for man’s sin as a sacrifice of atonement;16 was buried and rose bodily from the dead on the third day, being seen of many witnesses.17 He ascended to the Father to continue His intercessory work for believers18 and will return bodily and visibly to receive to Himself all believers both the dead and the living.19 In all these things He fulfills the words of the prophets. We affirm His miracles and teachings.
  4. We believe in the ministry of the Holy Spirit of God,20 whose work on earth is to convict the world of guilt in regard to sin, righteousness and judgment,21 to draw men to know God and to reveal the person and work of Yeshua.22 The Spirit of God regenerates the believer in Yeshua,23 applying to him the Messiah’s atoning work;24 and, indwelling him at the moment of salvation, enables him to live a sanctified life.25 We affirm that the Holy Spirit dwells in the community of the saved,26 imparting His gifts and ministries for the edification of the believers and the glorification of God.27
  5. We believe that the first man, Adam, created male and female in the image of God,28 sinned by disobeying God’s command, and consequently experienced both physical and spiritual death.29 Because of Adam's sin, all men have guilt imputed; all men sin and all are subject to the same penalty.30 No man is righteous before God and can never be so, except through the saving work of Yeshua the Messiah.31 Repentance and regeneration (new birth) by the Holy Spirit are essential for that salvation,32 which includes the remission of sins, the imputation of Yeshua’s righteousness, and the gift of eternal life received by faith alone, apart from works.33
  6. We believe that the congregation of God consists of all those who are regenerated (born again); baptized by the Spirit of God34 into the body of Messiah at the time of regeneration.35 This body is comprised of both Jews and Gentiles made spiritually one by the sacrifice of Yeshua;36 the dividing wall of hostility between Jew and Gentile having been destroyed by Messiah’s sacrifice.37 We therefore encourage cooperative unity in our diversities of expression.38 We affirm that the ordinances of the local congregation are water immersion and the Lord’s Supper, until He returns.39 We affirm that Yeshua instructed the congregation to go into the entire world40 and preach the gospel to every person, baptizing and teaching those who believe.41
  7. We believe in the imminent return of the Lord Yeshua;42 that it will be bodily, personal and visible to all;43 that He will sit as righteous judge of all the earth;44 that both the saved and the lost will be resurrected from the dead;45 they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of condemnation.46 We affirm that Israel is and will continue to remain an elect nation in the redemptive plan of God,47 although at this present time, she is in unbelief.48 We affirm that God will purify that nation,49 bringing the true House of Israel50 to repentance and recognition of Yeshua as King and Messiah;51 will restore her completely to her ancient land as promised in His covenants to her,52 and that she will fully take up her role as a light to the nations after her national salvation.53 We affirm that the kingdom of God will include all those who lived before the sacrifice of Yeshua, yet lived holy lives, believing God as Abraham did.54 We affirm that God will bring all creation to the revelation of the sons of God, releasing it from the corruption that now rests upon it;55 and will bring about the eventual end of this present world and the creation of new heavens and new earth.56

1 Isaiah 40:8; 55:11; 1st Peter 1:21

2 Matthew 5:17,18

3 John 10:35; 2nd Timothy 3:15-17

4 Psalm 119:89; Proverbs 30:5,6; Jude 3

5 Deut. 6:4-9

6 Genesis 1:1,26; Romans 8:14-17; Matthew 28:18-20

7 Genesis 1:1-2:1

8 Jeremiah 29:13; Hebrews 11:6

9 Psalm 2; John 1:34,49; 3:16

10 Revelation 19:14

11 1st Corinthians 1:30

12 John 1:1-3

13 Philippians 2:5-11

14 Luke 1:30-35; John 1:14

15 Isaiah 9:6,7; Colossians 1:13-19

16 1st Corinthians 5:6-8; 2nd Corinthians 5:21; Isaiah 53:9 (1st Peter 1:22)

17 Isaiah 53:8-11; Psalm 16:8-11; Acts 2:25-32; Matthew 12:40; Luke 24:44-47

18 Isaiah 53:12; Romans 8:33; 1st John 2:1

19 Acts 1:9-11; Matthew 24:30,31; 1st Thessalonians 4:14-17

20 Genesis 1:2; 2nd Samuel 23:2

21 John 16:8-11; Genesis 6:3; Nehemiah 9:31

22 John 16:12-16; 1st John 2:20; John 14:26; 1st Corinthians 2:6-12

23 John 3:5-8; 6:63; Romans 8:11

24 Romans 8:1-4

25 Acts 2:38,39; 2nd Thessalonians 2:13

26 Ephesians 2:19-22

27 1st Corinthians 11:4-11; Romans 12:11

28 Genesis 1:27

29 Genesis 2:16,17; 3:6,17-19,22-24

30 Psalm 14:2,3; Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:23; 5:12-14

31 Leviticus 17:11; Isaiah 52:13-15; 53:4,5,8-12; 1st Corinthians 15:22; Hebrews 9:11-14

32 John 3:1-5

33 Titus 3:4-6; Ephesians 2:8,9

34 1st Corinthians 12:13

35 1st Corinthians 12:12,27;Ephesians 1:22,23; 4:3-5

36 Galatians 3:26-29; Ephesians 3:6

37 Ephesians 2:11-18; Romans 3:27-31

38 Acts 15:7-9; Ephesians 4:1-3

39 Acts 2:38.39; 1st Corinthians 11:23-26

40 Acts 1:8

41 Matthew 28:19,20

42 (imminent = impending, ready to take place) Matthew 24:42-44Revelation 22:12

43 Isaiah 66:15-18; Zechariah 12:10; 1st Thessalonians 4:16,17; Revelation 1:7

44 Psalm 9:7-10; Isaiah 2:1-5; Matthew 26:31-46; John 5:25-27

45 Revelation 20:5,6,12,13

46 John 5:28-30

47 Jeremiah 31:31-36

48 Romans 10:14:16; 11:20,23; Hebrews 3:12-19

49 Romans 9:27-29; Zephaniah 7:11-13

50 Romans 2:28,29; 9:6; Deuteronomy 30:6

51 Romans 11:25-29

52 Jeremiah 30:3; Isaiah 49:8

53 Isaiah 42:6; 60:1-3

54 Romans 4:9-12,16,17; Hebrews 11:39,40;12:22-24 (23b) 1st Peter 3:18-21

55 Romans 8:19-21

56 Isaiah 65:17; 66:22; Revelation 21:1-5