Statement of Faith
All those who engage in ministry with Messianic Testimony are committed to the essential truths of biblical Christianity. These include the following:
There is one God who exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God is the almighty Creator, Saviour, and Judge who governs all things according to his sovereign will and is accomplishing his purposes in creation and in the Body of Messiah, to his glory.
God the Father is the source of all that is good. He initiated creation and redemption, which he accomplishes through his Son (Yeshua) and the Holy Spirit.
God’s Written Word
The Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, is God’s written Word, revealing for all peoples his character and purposes. It is the final authority in all matters relating to belief and behaviour. The Holy Spirit inspired the authors of the Bible so that what they wrote is fully reliable, and without error in all it affirms.
The Human Race
Humanity is the climax of God’s earthly creation, bearing his image, designed for relationship with him, and being the object of his redeeming love. All people—Jew and Gentile—have sinned. This results in guilt, death, and alienation from God as well as the defacing of every aspect of human nature. People are unable to save themselves from sin’s penalty and power and from Satan’s dominion.
Jesus, the Messiah
Jesus (Yeshua), both fully God and fully man, entered history as Saviour of the world. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and lived an exemplary, sinless life in perfect submission to the Father and in loving relationships with others. He died on a cross, rose bodily, and ascended to heaven where he is advocate for his people and is exalted as Lord of all.
Jesus, the Messiah’s, sacrificial death, in which he bore the punishment due to sinners, is the only and all-sufficient basis of God’s provision of salvation for all people of every culture and age, expressing his love and satisfying his justice. By God’s grace the repentant sinner, through trusting alone in Yeshua as Saviour, is put right with God, adopted by the Father into his global family, and receives eternal life.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit, co-equal and co-eternal with the God the Father and Yeshua (Jesus), makes the work of Yeshua effective to sinners, giving spiritual life, and placing them into the Church. He indwells all believers, empowers them to love, serve, witness and obey God, equips them with gifts, and transforms them to be increasingly like Messiah.
The Body of Messiah
The universal Body of Messiah (the Church) is made up of all who have been born of the Spirit. The Church is distinct from Israel, and finds its local expression in communities of believers called by God to worship, fellowship, proclaim the Gospel, and make disciples among all peoples, reflect God’s character, engage in works of compassion, contend for truth and justice, and celebrate baptism and communion.
The Spirit World
The holy angels are personal spirit beings who glorify God, serve him, and minister to his people. Satan is a spiritual being who was created by God, but fell through rebellion against God. He, along with other evil spirits, is the enemy of God and humanity, has been defeated by the redemptive work of Jesus (Yeshua), is subject to God’s authority and faces eternal condemnation.
In a sovereign act of grace, God chose Israel as his covenant people. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob has blessed Israel in many remarkable ways. Even though national Israel rejected Yeshua at his first appearing, there were significant numbers of Jewish people who believed and that work of saving grace has continued down through the years, both inside the Land and around the world. Israel remains central to the unfolding drama of God’s eternal agenda. All Israel will be saved as a nation at the second coming of Jesus (Yeshua).
Yeshua, the Messiah, will visibly return to the earth in glory to establish a Messianic, Millennial Kingdom. At the end of time, he will accomplish the final triumph over evil. God will make everything new. The dead will be raised and judged. Unbelievers will suffer eternal, conscious punishment in separation from God; believers will enter into a life of eternal joy in fellowship with God, glorifying him forever.