Our Beliefs

christ_stained_glass God

We believe that God is One and not part of a triune-godhead. (Deuteronomy 6:4). We believe that the presence of God can be found everywhere that there is peace, truth and light. The concept of God should not be limited by childhood indoctrination such as believing that God is in a far away or hard to reach place. God is near all those who call upon Him in every high and low corner of the earth. We refer to God the Father by His Biblical Name "Yahweh" (YHWH).

Yeshua

We believe that Yeshua (Jesus Christ) is the Son of God and that His demonstration while here on earth is a perfect example for all to follow. We believe that Yeshua was crucified and was resurrected on the third day.

We believe that the blood of Yeshua on the cross is redeeming for all believing humanity and is a manifestation of God's great love for His creation and that it can lead one to life free of sin through perfection. "God abides in us and his love is perfected in us." (1 John 4:12, ESV)

We additionally believe that Yeshua, as the one and only Son of God came to His own Israelite people and reached out to people of various cultures throughout history to deliver His message of love and redemption. The Apostles, disciples and family members of Messiah called Him by His Aramaic name because that was their language, thus His historically accurate name is "Yeshua" (pronounced: "ye-shoo-ah"). The Community of the Brethren of Messiah have chosen to use the Lord's Aramaic name, although we do not pass judgement on those who wish to use the name "Jesus".

Holy Scriptures

We believe that what is commonly known as the Holy Scriptures, is the greatest of books ever written and that it serves as a guide for humankind to know God and what His righteous requirements are (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). We believe that the original manuscripts were inspired by God, but that translations are not inspired or perfect, but that the written Word is sufficient for humankind to come to an understand who God is and what His requirements are for His servants. In ancient times people were chosen by God and were moved by His Spirit to speak and write His Word (2 Peter 1:21). God can be known in His own beautiful creation as well (Psalm 29:1-11). There are millions of people that have never read a copy of the Scriptures and we believe that God loves them none the less (John 3:16, 17).

Faith

We believe the Holy Spirit, being a part of the Father, is provided to all who have a heart of understanding, love and who truly follow Yeshua's commandments (John 14:15-17; Matthew 5:17-20). Regardless of one's color, gender, social status or gender orientation, God is the God of all peoples and not of just a few. God's love, light and life can be found by anyone willing to walk with Him (Micah 6:8). "I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality" (Acts 10:34, NASB; Weymouth New Testament: "God makes no distinctions between one man and another"). James 2:1-4 tell us, "My brothers, don't hold the faith of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah of glory with partiality. For if a man with a gold ring, in fine clothing, comes into your [congregation, meeting], and a poor man in filthy clothing also comes in; and you pay special attention to him who wears the fine clothing, and say, 'Sit here in a good place'; and you tell the poor man, 'Stand there,' or 'Sit by my footstool'; haven't you shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?" (World English Bible, Messianic Ed.)

God's unconditional love was demonstrated by Yeshua 2,000 years ago and He embraces all those who pursue a life filled with love and peace according to Yahweh's Word. Yeshua said that if we love Him, we must obey His Commandments. (John 14:15).

Yeshua said, "Don't be troubled. Believe in God, and believe in me. My Father's house has many rooms. If that were not true, would I have told you that I'm going to prepare a place for you? If I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again. Then I will bring you into my presence so that you will be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going." (John 14:1-4, GW)

worship-him Salvation

We believe in the divine work of Yeshua's shed blood on the cross. All people have the opportunity of being brought into the Light of God through a process of spiritual growth granted to us by our Creator through His undeserved mercy. In other words, we believe that all people will have a chance afforded to them to be reconciled to God through the sacrifice which Yeshua made on the cross and His subsequent resurrection. Yeshua "suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit" (1 Peter 3:18, ESV).

World

We believe that the world is in a dying state and that our purpose is to bring God's Light to all those who wish to have a better way of life and to be comforted with His hope. It is the desire of the Brethren of Messiah to assist all peoples with the message of hope and love through the preaching of the Gospel and through humanitarian assistance through various charitable organizations (Matthew 28:19, 20; James 1:27).

Inclusiveness

All are welcome in the Community of the Brethren of Messiah. As a loving and embracing Community we accept all for membership regardless of age, gender, race, marital status or tradition in a faith-based community who wish to learn and live according to the Holy Book of God's Word. Our purpose is to reflect the Divine Love of our Creator and not to judge based on any human criteria. "Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned" (Luke 6:37, NASB)

Mission

We believe that Yeshua has commissioned His Children to go into the entire world and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them and teaching them to observe His Commandments (Matthew 28:19, 20). We believe that Yeshua has entrusted the stewardship of the Scriptures and the promised power of Holy Spirit for the work of evangelism (Acts 2:33; Galatians 3:14). The Brethren of Messiah, the entire body of Messiah, should witness against all forms of discrimination, economic injustice and all forms of human degradation (Romans 8:35; 1 Thessalonians 3:7)

Other Points

Prayers are to be directed to Yahweh God; we pray facing the east. It is from Yahweh that we receive every good thing. Prayers are offered through the powerful and glorious name of Yeshua Messiah (Acts 4:24-31; Ezekiel 43:4; 46:12; Matthew 24:27; 6:9-15).

We uphold the Law and Commandments of Yahweh God as shown in the teaching of Yeshua (Deuteronomy 10:12, 13; Psalm 119:10; Matthew 5:17-20; John 14:15).

Sabbath is observed according to Yahweh's commandment - that is, on the seventh day of the week (Saturday) when we refrain from all unnecessary labors (Exodus 20:8-11; Mark 2:27; Acts 17:2). We also observe the New Moons, and Holy Days according to the commandments of Yahweh God in the Biblical calendar. (Isaiah 66:23; Colossians 2:8, 16; 1 Peter 3:15)

We practice tithing (Numbers 18:21; Acts 4:34, 35)

As part of true worship of Yahweh, it is the responsibility of every believer who is able, to care for those in need - to supply them with food, shelter and clothing if necessary - not only for the benefit of believers but for the whole world; thus it is a blessing to be able to sponsor or support in other ways, various humanitarian and charitable organizations, if at all possible anonymously (James 1:26, 27; Matthew 6:4).

Our worship of the one true God Yahweh is through the singing of the Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to our Creator (Psalm 81:1-3; Ephesians 5:19).

We regularly engage in witnessing about the Kingdom of God publicly even in the face of opposition and persecution (Matthew 28:19, 20; Psalm 61:1-4). We do not believe the act of preaching or works alone can gain a person salvation; both faith and works must be together, because "faith without works is dead" (James 2:14-26).

We testify concerning what God has done in our lives with prayer and confession amongst one another (James 5:16; 1 John 5:11; Psalm 107:1, 2; John 16:13).

We encourge the regular studying of the Bible together (John 5:39, 40; 2 Timothy 3:14-17).

Baptism is observed by water immersion for those who have repented of their sins and who wish to make profession of their faith in Yahweh through the Lord Yeshua the Messiah (Acts 2:38; 8:12).

We do not venerate or worship idols, statues or the saints but call to mind the example of the saints who lived a life of service to Yahweh through Yeshua. (Exodus 20:3-5; Leviticus 19:4; 1 John 5:21)

We do not observe infant baptism, but infants may undergo an infant dedication after their circumcision, as Yeshua's earthly parents did the same in the first century C.E., but that the dedication ceremony is not equated with baptism. (Genesis 17:13,14; 21:4; Exodus 13:2; Luke 2:21-24)

Divine healing, according to the Holy Scriptures, is observed through prayer, anointing of oil and the laying on of hands. (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; 2 Peter 2:24; Mark 16:17-18; James 5:14-16).

We believe the "other sheep" are the gentiles as opposed to the nation of Israel. We do not believe that proselytizing (missionary work) should take place among the Jews for the purpose of converting them to Christianity. We believe that Jews should come to know the Creator through the regular study and practice of the Torah, the Writings and the Prophets, that their destiny is separate from that of the disciples of Yeshua. As such we actively encourage the Jewish nation to return to the Torah and abandon idolatry and the ways of the nations (gentiles). We do not believe the "church" has replaced the nation of Israel, but that Jews have a separate destiny if they are faithful to the original Covenant provided by Yahweh God in the Torah. Yahweh is calling His people, the nation of Israel, to remember the Law (Malachi 4:4). As the Bible clearly states, "God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew." (Romans 11:1, 2) When the long awaited Messiah of Israel returns, "then all Israel shall be saved; as it is written, 'A deliverer shall come out of Zion, and he shall remove ungodliness from Jacob [the nation of Israel]'... for God does not withdraw his gift and his call." (Romans 11:26-29, Lamsa)

We do not believe that Yeshua removed the Law. The Messiah clearly stated, as recorded in Matthew 5:17-20, that he did not "come to weaken the Law or the Prophets" and that whoever "tries to weaken even one of the least of these Commandments, and teaches men so, he shall be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but anyone who observes and teaches them shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven." (Lamsa translation)

We do not believe that Yeshua is the same as Michael the Archangel. We believe that the "Logos" mentioned in John 1:1 is the plan, purpose and thought of Yahweh God, and is not in reference to Yeshua Messiah, but that Yahweh's plan became flesh, as mentioned later in the same chapter of John. We do not believe that Yeshua is part of a trinitarian or binitarian godhead.

We believe the phrases "Kingdom of Heaven" and "Kingdom of God" are the same and are simply used interchangeably in the Bible. We do not believe that the "church" or the body of believers is the Kingdom of God, but rather those who are called out are citizens of the Theocratic Kingdom.

We do not believe that mankind consciously exists after death or that sinners suffer eternal torture in hell; the hope of mankind is in the resurrection secured by the Ransom Sacrifice of Yeshua the Messiah. We do not believe that Yeshua died only for certain or some men or that he is the mediator of only a few, but that his sacrifice was for all mankind. To claim that Yeshua's death was only for "some" men is to deny the Ransom Sacrifice (John 1:29; 4:42; 1 John 2:2).

We do not believe that mankind can be "saved" without following the commandments of Messiah (John 14:15).

We do not believe in the doctrine of "once saved, always saved."

We believe the "higher authorities" referred to in Romans 13:1 is in reference to Yahweh God and His Son Yeshua, and not to government officials or political leaders, for the Scriptures clearly teach that mankind is not to place his trust in the latter (Psalm 146:3).

All who love Yahweh, His righteous standards found in the Bible and who believe in His Son Yeshua the Messiah and his Ransom Sacrifice are welcome in our fellowship. No individual, regardless of the length of their service to Yahweh, is perfect but rather is a work in progress (Matthew 7:1-3; Psalm 119:1-16).