Statement Of Faith
In reading our statement of faith, we ask that you prayerfully consider the following:
We want to re-enforce the concept of a SINGLE Body of Messiah. No one of us has truly and completely made the transformation from the man of dust to the Heavenly Man – we are all growing towards this perfection. Consequently, we should all be striving to work together rather than cause further divisions within the Body. The Word is clear; we need both Spirit and Truth – the flow of Holy Spirit and the Truth of GOD’s Word – to be operating TOGETHER in order to bring LIFE! [Acts 5:20] We understand that there are those on either side of the pendulum as an expression of their personal revelation of GOD’s Word, but we would ask that you continue to make room for the views of others, subjecting every teaching to the Light of GOD’s Word.
- We believe that returning to Biblical Foundations means that we study and interpret the original Hebrew language under the guidance of Holy Spirit to understand fully the Words of Jesus Christ when He said that He came to restore all things. The teachings of Paul in 1 Corinthians 15 clearly show that we are given the physical examples of the Old Testament as a Shadow that reveals the spiritual reality of the New Testament. What causes the Shadow? The very Object that we are trying to Identify and emulate – namely JESUS CHRIST! The journey of following in the footsteps of our Messiah is easy, because He tells us His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Therefore, any and every interpretation of man, which embraces legalism is to be avoided at all costs. It is the letter that kills, but the Spirit brings life. [2 Cor 3:6; Mat 11:30; Isaiah 29: 13]
- We use the Names – YHVH, the LORD, GOD – Y’shua Ha’Maschiach, Jesus Christ – Torah, the Scriptures, the Bible, the Word – Body of Messiah, Body of Christ/Messiah, Church, Ekklesia – interchangeably in order that those in the Body who have not yet been exposed to any Hebraic thinking and/or Biblical Foundations, will be gradually introduced to this way of thinking, which is the ‘Mind of Christ’.
- We believe the Bible [the *Tanakh and Apostolic Scriptures in their original manuscripts are the inspired Word of YHVH (GOD), and we accept it as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine [2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21].
*Tanakh is an acronym of the first Hebrew letter of each of the bible’s three traditional subdivisions: Torah ("Teaching," also known as the Five Books of Moses), Nevi'im ("Prophets") and Ketuvim ("Writings")—hence TaNaKh.
We rely primarily upon the *Septuagint translation of scripture, though other sources may be drawn upon in order to obtain the most complete and accurate understanding of the Lord’s dealing with fallen humanity. Only Holy Spirit, Who leads us into all truth can guide this work.
We are also living in a time when the ‘scrolls are being opened,' where the light of Holy Spirit is revealing levels of understanding and knowledge of both Kingdoms, the Kingdom of Light and the kingdom of darkness. Moreover, the Lord is allowing a great number of new discoveries, through Biblical archeology, to confirm the truth and reality of the Biblical narrative.
- We believe that all the Covenants made throughout scripture have relevance in the life of every believer, and were ultimately confirmed in the ‘Renewed Covenant’ in the life and death and resurrection of Y’shua Ha’Maschiach (Jesus Christ) [Jeremiah 31:31; Rom 9:4; Eph 2:12]. These Covenants remain as the boundary of our blessings, protection, and provision today. We believe that every Word uttered by GOD has creative power, and that every ordinance, precept, commandment spoken by YHVH (GOD) is applicable today. We believe that Holy Spirit has been sent to reveal the practical application of these Commandments.
- We believe that there is ONE Creator, GOD, Who reveals Himself in the dimensions of Father, Son (The Messiah), and Holy Spirit. [Deuteronomy 6:4; John 1:1-2, 14-18; John 10:30; John 14:16-17, 26; John 16:7-15]
- We believe in the Deity of Y’shua Ha’Maschiach (Jesus Christ) [John 1:1-18], and His virgin birth [Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:18-25]. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life – no one comes to the Father except through Him [John 14:6; John 6:29, 40, 44; I John 5:11-12].
- We believe in the personal return, in Power and Glory, of Y’shua Ha’Maschiach (Jesus Christ) the Messiah to judge the living and the dead [Daniel 7:9-14; Matthew 26:57-64; Titus 2:13; Revelation 1:1-18]. This is the hope of the Church for which we wait with sober watchfulness and all diligence that we may be found ready at His Coming.
*The Septuagint (from the Latin septuaginta, "Seventy") is a translation of the Hebrew Bible and some related texts into Koine Greek. As the primary Greek translation of the Old Testament, it is also called the Greek Old Testament. This translation is quoted a number of times in the New Testament, particularly in Pauline epistles, and also by the Apostolic Fathers and later Greek Church Fathers.
- We believe man is a created being, made in the likeness and Image of YHVH (GOD), but through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world. “All have sinned and come short of the Glory of GOD.” As it is written, “there is none righteous, no, not one.” Y’shua Ha’Maschiach (Jesus Christ), the Messiah, the Son of GOD was manifested to destroy the works of the devil and gave His Life and shed His Blood to redeem and restore man back to GOD [Romans 5:14; Romans 3:10, 23; I John 3:8]. Salvation is the Gift of GOD to man, made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to GOD. [Ephesians 2:8.]
- We believe that all – the Wild Olive (Gentile believers) – who repent of their sin and receive Y’shua Ha’Maschiach (Jesus Christ) as Messiah by faith, are born again of Holy Spirit and thereby are grafted into the Natural Olive (Jews) to become Children of GOD [Romans 11:11-36]. We believe in One Body of which Jesus Christ is the Head. We believe that the Body is made up of all who have been redeemed by Jesus Christ and regenerated by Holy Spirit. There is no other “church” or covenant community; just ONE NEW MAN, One Bible, One Messiah, One Spirit, One GOD.
- We believe in the principle of heterosexual relationships between a natural man and a natural woman within the confines of Biblical, lawful matrimony.
- We believe that the highest calling of leadership is that of the father of a family or household, who is called to role-model a life of the Fruit of the Spirit in his daily walk [Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Gal 5:22-23]. We believe that GOD commands that the fathers [as priests of their households] should bless their family weekly, in accordance with the eternal ordinance [Numbers 6:24-26]. We believe that the father is empowered and called to be steward over the gifting and talents of those in his family, and that his role-model of Godly relationships [Deuteronomy 6:4-9] must be the catalyst to ensure that each child is brought up in the Ways of GOD and that each child may receive their eternal birthright.
- We believe GOD raises up and appoints leaders who are responsible for shepherding the sheep. We embrace the five-fold ascension gifts of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher. These are defined in Ephesians 4: 11-13, and were given to the church by Y’shua Ha’Maschiach (Jesus Christ); “for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”.
We believe that leaders are called to govern diligently, and that all those affiliated with AIIM are called to pray for, submit to, and honor their leaders, so that their leadership may be a joy for them.
- The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see GOD. We believe in the Doctrine of *Sanctification as a definite, yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation [Hebrews. 12:14; I Thessalonians 5:23; II Peter 3:18; Philippians 3:12-14; I Corinthians 1:30; Revelation 14:12]. Sanctification alone doesn’t save, but there is no salvation without it. As Paul told the Thessalonian believers, “God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.” [2 Thes 2:13]. The experience of salvation begins with regeneration and *justification, continues with sanctification, and is fulfilled in *glorification. All who are regenerated and justified are being sanctified. All who are being sanctified will eventually be glorified. Though we make a distinction between regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification, we do not separate them. In other words, the person who truly experiences one will experience them all.
Moreover, we believe that YHVH (God) uses both time and law (His Holy Instructions) as yet another way to refine and polish us until we become that bride without spot or blemish. It was through the corruption of time and law by the spirit of antichrist that caused much of the congregation of God to go astray from the Lord’s process of Sanctification. [Eccl 8:5-6; Dan 7:25; Psalm 19:7; Eph 5:27; Rev 19:7] This corruption of YHVH’s (GOD’s) foundational teachings and ways has often placed His bride in a compromising position, and has made it difficult for her to walk in the fulness of *‘The Way’ and the *‘Abundant Life’ promised in scripture. [John 10:10; Acts 24:14; Jer 8: 5-22)
*Justification is God’s unconditional love for us through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross. *Sanctification is the reciprocation of our love toward Jesus. *Glorification is the ultimate reward we’ll receive when Jesus Christ returns. We’ll be like Christ. *Regeneration is the impartation of spiritual life (by the indwelling presence of Holy Spirit) to those who are by nature "dead in trespasses and sins.” [Rom 6:22]
*The Term, “The Way” probably originated from Jesus Christ Himself, Who called Himself “The Way” (John 14:6). This name was widely used in the Book of Acts.
*Our “Abundant Life” in Jesus Christ is meaningful, purposeful, joyful, and eternal.
- We believe that the Torah [the five books of Moses] is a comprehensive summary of YHVH’s (GOD’s) foundational teachings and ways, as found in both the renewed and older Covenants [Exodus 19-20; Deuteronomy 5; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 8:10; Matthew 5:17-19]. Therefore, we encourage all believers, to affirm, embrace, and practice these foundational laws and ways as clarified through the teachings of our Messiah, Jesus Christ. [Matthew 5:17-19; I Corinthians 7:19; Revelation 14:12.] We believe that the Ten Commandments are eternally valid. (Exodus 20:1-17; Deut 5:6-21)
- We believe that the primary work of every believer is to stand as a Living Stone at the place determined by GOD in the ‘Body of Messiah’, and to rejoice in the trials and tribulations that are part of GOD’s plan to polish us until we become gems in His Crown. [1 Peter 2:5; James 1:2-3]
- We believe that Y’shua Ha’Maschiach (Jesus Christ) appointed Two *Ordinances – Mikvah (Baptism) in water and Communion – to be observed as acts of obedience and as perpetual witnesses to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and a reminder to the enemy of his total and complete defeat by the Son of God. We believe that the Mikvah of a believer in water – in the Name of Y’shua Ha’Maschiach (Jesus Christ) – is a confession of a believer’s identification with Jesus Christ in His Burial and Resurrection. We believe that Communion, in which bread and the fruit of the vine are given and received, is a remembrance of Jesus Christ and of the eternal rest that we will have when He comes again. [Luke 22:14-20; 1 Cor 11:23-26; Mat 28:19]
- We believe that the Bible teaches us that each believer and his family should, in loving obedience, follow the pattern and timing of GOD’s Commandments and to be part His *‘Holy Convocations’. To remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy [Lev 23:2-4]. To celebrate ‘First Fruits - Rosh Chodesh’ at the beginning of each Hebrew month. Both the Sabbath and Rosh Chodesh were part of the creation event and are eternal, [Isaiah 66:22-23].
*Ordinance (Definition): Specific acts of worship commanded by God - in this case Baptism and Communion
*Convocation (Definition): (also referred to as “set-apart gathering”) is the most widely used word to bring people together, by churches, Christian religious institutions and synagogues in today’s generation. It is said that on the Sabbath or Festivals, we must gather/come together to worship.
In addition, to keep the Festivals and Feasts as rehearsals and proclamations of the coming fulfillment of each promise made in His Eternal Covenant. All of the Lord’s appointed times call for a ‘Holy Convocation’ to gather and worship Him, and we do this, not in forced servitude, but in the Joy of Holy Spirit! His Heavenly timing inserts His remnant bride into a prophetic time-line that both blesses and protects; helping to ensure that she finds herself doing the ‘right thing’ (service), at the ‘right time,' in the right place. [Acts 17: 26-27]