Our Core Beliefs

The Jewish Scriptures

The Jewish Scriptures, consist of the Tanach, which is: The five books of Moses, the Prophets (Nevi'im), and The Writings (Ketu'vim), plus the writings commonly known as the New Covenant (Brit Chadashah).  These are the only infallible, inerrant, and authoritative Words of God.  
 
We recognize its plenary-verbal inspiration, and accept its teachings as our final authority in all matters of faith and practice. (Deu 6:4-9; Prov 3:1-6; Ps 199:89, 105; 2 Tim 2:15, 3:16-17)

 

Though there is no perfect Bible by the hand of men, there is the perfect Word of God, that when accompanied by the Ruach ha-Kodesh can and will lead us to all truth.


The Shema

We believe that the "Shema" is a messianic creed.  "Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one" (Deu 6:4), teaches that God is Echad (one), as so declared: a united one, a composite unity, eternally existent in plural oneness Gen 1:1 (Elohim: God), Gen 1:26. "Let us make man in our image, " (Gen 2:24), Adam and Eve were created to be as one flesh (bawsar echad)], that He is a personal God who created us (Gen 1 and 2), that He exists forever: Father, Son, and Spirit, as mentioned in Romans 8:14-17 (Father, Spirit and Messiah/Son) 2 Cor 13:14 and Mat 28:18-20 Tevilah (immersion) in the name of The Father, The Son, and Holy Spirit.


The Eternal Godhead

The Father, Ha-av


Eph 4:6: "...one God, the Father of all, who rules over all. works through all and is in all".(Jer 3:4, 19, 31:9: Mal 1:6; John 6:27b; Gal 1:1; Rev 3:5, 21; Mat 6:9, 32;
Luke 10:21-22; John 1:14, 4:23, 5:17-26, 6:28-46; Romans 8:14-15)


The Son, Ha-ben, AKA The Word


Messiah is the only "begotten" Son of God (Ps 2; Prov 30:4-6{cf. Heb.1}; Luke 12:35-37; John 1:29-34, 49 3:14-18)

The Son, called (Yeshua: Jesus, meaning salvation), came to this world born of a virgin (Isa 7:14 {cf. Luke 1"30-35}).

 

The Son is Deity within the plurality of the God-Head being of the same substance as the Father and is worshiped as God, having existed eternally with Him (Ps 110:1 {cf. Heb 1:13}); Isa 9:6-7; Mat 28:18-20; Phil 2:5-11; Col 1:15-19; Rev 3:21)

The Holy Spirit, Ruach HaKodesh

The Ruach HaKodesh is introduced in Gen 1:2b as "The Spirit of God". The Spirit is Deity within the plurality of the God-Head being of the same substance as the Father and the Son, and who is worshiped as God, having existed eternally with Him. (Mat 3:16; 1 Cor 2:12; 1 Peter 4:14)


Mankind

Created in the image of God and endowed him with a longing for intimate fellowship with God.(Gen 1:26-27; Ps 41:1-2)

Through disobedience, man fell from his first state and became separated from God. (Gen 2:17, 3:22-24)

Therefore, according to Scripture, all men are born with a sinful nature. (Ps 14:1-3, 49:7, 53:1-3; Isa 64:6; Romans 3:9-12, 23, 5:12)


Man's only hope for redemption(salvation) is through the atonement made by the Messiah (Lev 17:11; Isa 53; Dan 9:24-26; 1 Cor 15:22; Heb 9:11-14; Joh 1:12, 3:36) resulting in regeneration by the Ruach HaKodesh (Tit 3:5), which is the new birth (John 3:3-8). For by grace we are saved, through faith, it is a gift of God (Eph 2:8-9).


The Messiah

The Scriptures promised two "comings" of the Messiah:


First Coming: John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only and unique Son, so that everyone who trusts in Him may have eternal life." Promised in Dan 9:24-26. Its purpose was to make an atonement for sin. (Dan 9:24-26; Isa 53:31; Heb 9-10; John 3:16-17; Rom 3:21-15. Redemption (Mark 10:45; Col 1:13)


Second Coming: Promised coming (Thess 4:13-18; John 14:1-6; 1 Cor 15:51-57; Heb 9:28) 

 

  •  Messiah's return to the earth.

  • The Redeemer shall come to Zion (Isa 59:20-21; Zech 14:4)

  • Personal in character (John 14:3; 1 Thess 4:16)

  • Physical, His return will be bodily (Acts 1:11; Rev 1:7; 1 Thess 4:16)

  • Visible (Mat 24:30; John 3:2; Acts 1:11; Rev 1:7, Rev 22:7)

  • Suddenly, we do not know when. (Mat 24:44, Mat 25:13; Mark 13:32-33; 1 Cor 16:22; 1 Thess 5:2; 2 Pet 3:10)

 

Resurrection and Judgement

We believe in the resurrection of both the redeemed and the lost: the former to everlasting life and the latter to eternal, separation from God, a state of everlasting punishment. (Job 14:14, 19:25-27; Dan 12:2-3; John 3:36, 11:25-26; Rev 20:5-6, 10:15, 21:7-8).


Israel in Prophecy

We believe in God's end-time plan for the nation of Israel and for the world.  We embrace a Dispensational Theological view, a literal reading of the text, we also embrace Israelology, the restoration of Israel back into the prophetic promises.

 

A central part of Messianic Judaism is the belief in the physical and spiritual restoration of Israel, as taught in the Scriptures. A miracle of our day has been the re-establishment or rebirth of the state of Israel according to prophecy (Eze 34:11-31, 36-39; Hos 3; Am. 9:11-15; Zec 12-14; Isa 11-43,54, 60-62, 66; Rom 11:1-34) Israel's spiritual redemption (Zech 12:8-13:1; Rom 11:25-27; Heb 9:28; Jer 31:31-34).


Israel's national restoration is to recover the remnant of His people Israel from the four corners of the earth, and restore the Davidic Kingdom (Isa 11) to re-establish the throne of David, which will last forever. (Isa 9:6-7 {cf. Luk 1:30-33}; Jer 23:3-8).

 

Messiah's Judaism

The Model of Return affirms that we are returning to the true Jewish faith of our forefathers, a faith that looked forward to the hope of a redeemer Messiah.  This expression embraces the Church made up of Jews and Gentiles.  That they are one in the same manner of faith and salvation yet remain as they are called.


Our faith cannot be complete without this central tenet of messianism restored as a core value. We are returning to Messiah's Judaism, the Judaism He lived, taught and died for, and rose for. The message of Yeshua our Messiah affirms the true reality of Messianic Jewish faith, life and practice that is framed in the history of Israel as a nation that calls us to the responsibility of making known Messiah to our people as well as all nations. We "Return" to a life and practice as Messiah lived and practiced it Himself.

Congregation Beth El Gibor

610.504.1083

rabbimark@bethelgibor.com

1555 Linwood Street
Bethlehem, PA 18017

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