We view our
responsibilities as a congregation and as individual Believers in Mashiach
to be as follows:
Our Responsibility Toward God
Our Responsibility Toward Our Family
Our Responsibility Toward the Body of Mashiach
Our Responsibility Toward the Lost
Responsibility Toward Israel
We agree with
the Westminster Shorter Catechism that “Man’s primary purpose (‘chief
end’) is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.” We
accomplish this responsibility toward God first and
foremost by loving Him. When we truly love Him above all else, we
will give Him our unquestioning obedience in all things. He will be
glorified by our love and obedience.
When a scribe
asked Yeshua, “Which is the most important mitzvah [commandment] of them
all?” Yeshua answered, “The most important is, ‘Sh'ma Yisra'el, ADONAI
Eloheinu, ADONAI echad [Hear, O Isra'el, the LORD
our God, the LORD is one], and you are to love ADONAI
your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your
understanding and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You are
to love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other mitzvah greater
than these.” (Mark
does not love God as Yeshua commanded is under God’s
divine curse. “If anyone does not love the Lord, a curse on him! Marana,
ta! [Our Lord, come!]” (1 Cor.
says that Yeshua HaMashiach became obedient to Torah so that the
Gentiles would glorify God. “For I say that the Messiah
became a servant of the Jewish people in order to show God’s
truthfulness by making good his promises to the Patriarchs, and in order
to show his mercy by causing the Gentiles to glorify God — as it is
written in the Tanakh, ‘Because of this I will acknowledge you among the
Gentiles and sing praise to your name.’” (Rom.
15:8-9 CJB) We believe that because Yeshua was obedient to Torah,
and we claim that we follow Him, then we are likewise called to be
obedient to Torah.
says that because He has bought us out of bondage to sin, we live to
glorify Him. “… for you were bought at a price. So use your bodies to
glorify God.” (1 Cor.
that if we love Him we will obey Him (John
3:36; 14:23,24), and the Apostolic Letters confirm that we are to
obey Him (Acts
Rom. 2:8; 6:16;
2 Thess. 1:8; 3:14;
1 Pet. 1:2; 4:17). This glorifies God. (Rom.
says that we have become the Bride of Mashiach and that we will reign
with Him forever. (Rev.
God created the family millennia before He created His Miqra, we
believe that our responsibility toward our family comes second only to
our responsibility toward our God. Yeshua set this model
before us in that as He hung dying on Calvary’s cross, He committed the
care of His mother into the hands of the beloved Disciple. God’s
Torah, which our Lord declared as unchangeable, provides for strong
family bonds and responsibilities, and our Lord taught that the man who
fails to care for his family is worse than an infidel.
relationships within the Family:
Sha'ul taught that Yeshua is the head of the husband and the husband
is to be subject to Yeshua, and that the husband is the head of the
wife, and the wife is to be subject to her husband (Eph.
1 Pet. 3:1-6;
also teaches that the husband is to love his wife just as Mashiach
also loved the miqra and gave Himself up for her, and to treat her
gently, “as a weaker vessel” (Eph.
1 Pet. 3:7).
teaches that a husband and wife are to “become one flesh” (Gen
teaches that children are to be obedient to their parents and honor
Eph. 6:1-3), but that fathers are not to exasperate their children
or provoke them to anger “but [are to]
them in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” (Col.
to instruct their children in the Torah of God so that they
“would themselves arise and tell their own children, who could
then put their confidence in God, not forgetting God’s deeds, but
obeying his mitzvot. ” (Psalm
also to teach their children the praises of the LORD,
not just His judgments (Psalm
Deut. 4:10; 6:4-9; 11:18-21).
commit that in all the teachings and functions of this congregation, we
will keep the family foremost, that our families will be built on the
sure foundation, which is Adonai Yeshua HaMashiach and His Word.
about the greatest of all commandments, Yeshua said, “The most important
is, ‘Sh'ma Yisra'el, ADONAI Eloheinu, ADONAI
echad [Hear, O Isra'el, the LORD our God, the LORD
is one], and you are to love ADONAI your God with
all your heart, with all your soul, with all your understanding and with
all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You are to love your neighbor
as yourself.’ There is no other mitzvah greater than these.” (Mark
12:28-31 CJB). Yeshua also said, “This is my command: that
you keep on loving each other just as I have loved you. No one has
greater love than a person who lays down his life for his friends. You
are my friends, if you do what I command you. … This is what I command
you: keep loving each other!” (John
15:12-17 CJB) We are commanded to fervently love each other (1 Pet. 1:22;
1 John 3:11,23; 4:7-12;
2 John 1:5).
This kind of
love means placing the well-being of others before that of ourselves. (Rom.
1 Thess. 3:11-13; 5:15)
We are to
meet one another’s needs. (Rom.
2 Cor. 9:12-14)
We are to
obey our congregation leaders and submit to their authority over us. (Heb.
We are to be
devoted to one another. (Rom.
We are to
“pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one
We are to “be
of the same mind with one another according to Mashiach Yeshua.” (Rom.
15:6) and to accept one another. (Rom.
We are to
admonish (counsel) one another. (Rom.
We are to
give honor to one another (1 Cor.
1 Thess. 5:13).
We are to “show
another in love,
unity of the
Spirit in the
4:1-6) We are to lay aside all falsehood and speak truth to each
4:25; Col. 3:9) We are to be kind and tenderhearted to each other (Eph.
4:32). We are to forgive each other as God in Yeshua
forgave us (Eph.
We are to
submit to each other (Eph.
5:18-21). We are to comfort one another (1 Thess.
4:17-18) We are to encourage one another (1
Heb. 3:13; 10:25). We are to build each other up (1
Thess. 5:11). We are to live in peace with each other (1
Thess. 5:13) We are to “stimulate one another to love and good
10:24). We are to confess our sins to one another and pray for one
5:16). We are to serve each other (1
Pet. 4:10). We are to act humbly toward each other (1 Pet.
5:5-6). We are to have fellowship with each other (1
John 1:7; Heb. 10:25).
We are not
to judge one another or to put obstacles or stumbling blocks in each
other’s way (Rom.
14:13). There are to be no divisions among us (1 Cor.
12:25). We are not to “bite” one another (Gal.
5:13-16). We are not to become boastful, challenge one
another, or envy one another (Gal.
5:26). We are not to repay evil with evil (1 Thess.
5:15). We are not to forsake our own assembling together (Heb.
10:25). We are not to complain or speak against each other (James
1 Pet. 4:8-9).
that at His ascension, Yeshua commissioned the eleven Shliachim
(Apostles) to “Therefore go, and make talmidim [disciples] of all
nations, immersing them in the name of HaAbba [the Father] and of HaBen
[the Son], and of Ruach HaKodesh [the Holy Spirit], teaching them to
observe all things that I commanded you.” (Matt.
28:16-20). He also told them, “But you will receive power when Ruach
HaKodesh has come upon you. You will be witnesses to me in Yerushalayim,
in all Yehudah and Shomron, and to the uttermost parts of the earth” (Acts
1:8). We believe that commission was given directly to the Apostles
and that they literally fulfilled that commission prior to their deaths
before the end of the first century.
believe that the principles of our Lord’s teachings are clear and
require us, as ambassadors for Mashiach, to carry on the ministry of
reconciliation (2 Cor.
5:18-21) by availing ourselves of every opportunity to present the
Gospel of Yeshua HaMashiach to a lost and dying world, “Go[ing] out into
the highways and along the hedges, and compel[ling] them to come in,
that my house may be filled.” (Luke
14:23) As the lost are won to Mashiach, it is our responsibility to
make talmidim [disciples] of them, immerse them, and teach them the
teachings of our Lord and of His shliachim, “for the equipping of the
saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of
Mashiach; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the
knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the
measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Mashiach.” (Eph.
teaches that Israel has been elected by God out of all of
the families of man to be His chosen people, to serve as a light to the
Gentiles and as an example to the world of His love, compassion,
providence, and righteous judgment. Moreover, God chose
Abraham and his descendants to be the human family from which His own
Son, Yeshua HaMashiach (the Lord Jesus Christ) would be born after the
flesh, to be Israel’s Messiah and our Redeemer.
teaches that Israel fell from her exalted position because of her
repeated idolatry and her corporate rejection of Messiah when He
first appeared [though tens, perhaps hundreds, of thousands of faithful
Jews gladly received Him then (Acts
21:20)], and so God chose to include the Gentile
nations in the call to be His Miqra and to serve as His example to the
world and to make Israel jealous (Rom.
11:11) so that as a nation she might awaken from her spiritual
slumber and acknowledge Yeshua HaMashiach as Lord and God,
and as Israel’s long-awaited Messiah. While we believe that Ruach
HaKodesh is now calling out tens of thousands from all the tribes of
Israel, we believe that the national awakening will fully come under the
ministry of God’s 144,000 sealed Israelite bond-servants
during the Tribulation period (Rev.
that God has made numerous unilateral, unconditional, and
irrevocable covenants with the household of Avraham that have not yet
been fulfilled, and that because of His unchangeable nature He is
faithful to fulfill all His promises. We therefore accept as
self-evident that God is not yet finished with His chosen
race until such time as they are all again living in fellowship
with and obedience to Him. We believe that the Gentiles are heirs to
salvation and to the wonderful promises of God only
because God has seen fit to adopt them into Abraham’s
family, who alone are the rightful heirs of those covenants (Romans
Those who are Gentile “Christians” therefore own a never-payable debt of
gratitude to those who are the sons of Avraham, Yitzhak, and Ya'akov
after the flesh, and they owe it to Israel and to Adonai
Yeshua to do all within their power
to lovingly lead Judah and Israel back into faith and obedience.
when Mashiach returns to establish His earthly kingdom, all nations of
the earth will be judged by the way they have treated Israel (Matt.
25:31-46). So all the more do the Gentile nations have an obligation
to treat Israel righteously, for they are the brethren of Yeshua
believe that we have a responsibility toward God to provide
our unconditional support to the Nation of Israel and her struggle to
regain the entire Promised Land (including all the territory from the
Nile River to the Euphrates River,
Genesis 15:18) as their eternal possession.
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