What We Believe
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path" - Psalm 119:105
We believe there is one sovereign living G-D, and He is "Echad" as declared in the Sh'ma (Deuteronomy 6:4, a "united One" or "compound unity" eternally existent (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) as expressed in Isaiah 48:16-17 and Mathew 28:19
We believe that Yeshua HaMashiach is eternally pre-existent and is co-equal with G-D the Father, that He took on Himself the nature of man through the virgin birth which was to be a sign to Israel of his Messiahship (Isaiah 9:6-7; John 1:1-14)
We believe that the Messiah lived and performed miracles yesterday, and lives and performs his miracles today; In his sinless life and perfect obedience to the Law; in His Atoning death, burial, body resurrection, ascension into heaven, Highly Priestly Intercession and personal return for believers, both living and death, and his establishment of His worldwide rule from Jerusalem (Mathew 20:30-34, 2 Corinthians 5:2,; John 20; Mark 16:19; Hebrews 8:1, John 14:3; Zechariah 8:3; Zechariah 12:10, 13:1)
We believe hat Ruach Hakodesh (The Holy Spirit) is co-equal and co-eternal withy the father and with the son; that He was active in the creation of things and continues to be so in providence; that He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgement; that He regenerates, sacrifices, baptizes, indwells, seals, illuminates, guides, fellowships with believers and bestows His gifts upon all believers. (Gen 1:26; Ezekiel 36:26; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Matthew 3:11; 1 Corinthians 13:14 and 12:7)
We believe that the scriptures of the Tanakh and the Brit Chadashah (New Covenant) are divinely inspired, verbally and completely inerrant in the original writings, and are the only infallible, authoritative Word of God in all matters of faith and conduct. (Numbers 12:6-8; Isaiah 8:20; Timothy 3:16-17)
We believe that G-D gave the 10 Commandments for moral instruction and these laws are still valid as a reflection of G-D righteous standard as a means of preserving a distinct nation of Israel, Fulfillment of the work of Yeshua does not mean abrogation of G-D moral laws. Righteousness with G-D is solely by grace through faith.
(Deut 6:4-6, 6:20-25, 30:11-20; Psalms 19:7-14; Matthew 5:17-19; Romans 3:27-31; Ephesians 2:8-9)
We believe that G-D created man in His own image; but that, because of the disobedience of our first parents in the Garden of Eden, they lost their innocence and both they and their descendants, separated from G-D, suffer physical and spiritual death; and that all human beings with the exception of Yeshua HaMashiach are sinners by nature and practice (Gen 1:27, 3; Psalms 51:7; 2 Corianthians 5:21)
We believe that G-D wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of G-D. (Gen 1:26-27.) Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of G-D within that person.
We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen 2:18-25.)
We believe that G-D intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4.)
We believe that G-D has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman (Ex 20:14; I Cor 7:2; Heb 13:4).
We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to G-D. (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10.)
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Baruch HaShem Assembly as the local Body of Messiah, and to provide a Biblical role model to the members of Baruch HaShem Assembly and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Baruch HaShem Assembly in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality. (Matt 5:16; Phil 2:14-16; 1 Thess 5:22.)
We believe that G-D offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Yeshua HaMashiach (Is 53; Ps 2:11-12; Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11).
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity (Exodus 23:4-5; Lev 19:17; Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31). Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Baruch HaShem Assembly.
We believe that the only means to be cleanse from sins is by grace, through faith in the shed sacrificial blood of Yeshua HaMashiach, and that repentance from sin and regeneration by the Holy Spirit (Ruach Hakidesh) is absolutely essential for personal salvation. There is no other Name than that of Yeshua by which all Jews and Gentiles) must be saved. (Leviticus 17:11; Ephesians 2:8; James 2:14-26; Matthew 18:3; John 3:3; Acts 4:12
We believe that Jews according to the flesh (descendants of Abraham through Issc, whether through bloodline of the mother or the father) who place their faith in Israel's Messiah Yeshua have not disowned or separated themselves from their race and Judaic heritage, but remain sons and daughters of Israel. Gentiles who place their faith in Israel's Messiah Yeshua, are also sons and daughters of Israel. (Romans 2:28-29; Romans 11:17; Galatians 3:28-29)
We believe that Israel exists as a covenant people through whom G-D continues to accomplish His purposes; and that, in accordance with the New Covenant, Jews and Gentiles who acknowledge Yeshua as Messiah and Redeemer are an elect people and now worship together in the house of G-D (Ephesians 2:2-14; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Hebrews 10:25)
We believe that both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; the save ones to everlasting life and the lost ones to eternal separation from G-D, the latter being consigned to a state of everlasting punishment (Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:46)
We believe that we should partake of the comunal elements of the matzo (unleavened bread) and the fruit of the vine, as instituted by Yeshua HaMashiach at His last Passover Seder; that the elements are symbolic of Adonai's death and resurrection. (1 Corinthians 11:23-34)
We believe that we participate in Mikvah immersion (water baptism) of believers as commanded by the Scriptures, as an outward sign of an inward salvation experience, symbolizing the death of the "old" man and the resurrection into newness of life. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 19:2-6; Romans 6:4)