Our Understanding

1. Y’HoWaH
2. Y’HoWShuA 
3. THE FAMILY OF YHWH
4. THE RUACH HaKODESH
5. SAINTS
6. ANGELS & DEMONS
7. SATAN
8. MANKIND
9. SIN
10. SALVATION
11. REPENTANCE
12. BAPTISM
13.RESURRECTIONS
14. JUDGEMENT
15. REBELLION AND FALSE TEACHERS
16. FAITH
17. GRACE
18. WORKS
19. GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT
20. THE SCRIPTURES
21. THE GOSPEL
22. THE KINGDOM OF YHWH
23. COMMANDMENTS AND THE LAW
24. COVENANTS
25. THE NAME OF YHWH
26. THE SABBATH DAY
27. THE ANNUAL HOLY DAYS
28. THE CALENDAR
29. LAYING ON OF HANDS
30. HEALING
31. THE ASSEMBLY OF YHWH
32. OFFICES IN THE ASSEMBLY
33. THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN THE ASSEMBLY
34. THE FAMILY
35. TITHES AND OFFERINGS
36. WORSHIP
37. THE LOST TRIBES OF ISRAEL
38. OUR HEBREW ROOTS
39. PERSONAL CONVICTION

 

1. YHWH
YHWH is the creator and upholder of the universe; an eternal, all knowing, almighty spirit being. YHWH is Holy. YHWH is Love. He is just, merciful and forgiving. He is one YHWH and Father of all. The Scriptures reveal that His name is Y’HoWaH “I AM who I AM”.

Gen 1:1; Acts 17:24-25; Heb 1:3; Rom 1:20; Col 1:16-17; Deut 33:27; Ps 44:21; Gen 17:1; Jn 4:24; Is 6:3; 1 Jn 4:16; Is 45:21; Ex 34:6-7; Eph 4:6; Mal 2:10; Ex 3:14-15 (“The LORD” = YHWH)

Back to Top

2. Y’HoShuA 
Y’HoShuA of Nazareth is the Messiah, the anointed one of YHWH. He is the Word of YHWH; the creation was made through Him. Y’HoShuA reveals himself as YHWH the “I AM”, the Might One of the Old Testament. He is the only begotten Son of YHWH. Although commonly known as Jesus His correct name is the Hebrew Y’HoShuA meaning “The Salvation from Yah” which reveals his earthly mission. He left His heavenly throne to become human born of a virgin named Mary, to save mankind from the penalty of sin. He was tempted just as we are but lived a sinless life. He was killed as the perfect sacrifice which takes away the sin of the world and was resurrected by YHWH. He ascended into heaven and sitting at the right hand of the Father acts as our mediator and high priest. He will return to earth to rule as King of Kings; to execute judgement on the whole world and establish the Kingdom of YHWH.Acts 18:28; Lk 4:18; Acts 10:36; Jn 1:1-3; Jn 8:58; Jn 3:16; Is 62:11 (salvation = Yeshua in Hebrew); Is 7:14; Phil 2:6; Lk 1:27-34; Mt 1:21; Heb 2:18; 1 Pet 2:21-22; Heb 10:12; Jn 1:29; Rom 10:9; Eph 4:10; Heb 12:2; 1 Tim 2:5; Heb 4:14; Heb 9:11; 1 Tim 6:14-15; 2 Tim 4:1; Is 9: 6-7

Back to Top

3. THE FAMILY OF YHWH
The Scriptures reveal that YHWH is a family, with the Father and the Son. YHWH offers mankind an intimate family relationship through the gift of eternal life, making it possible for us to become the sons of God, through the sacrifice of His Son Y’HoShuA. As His children we are the heirs of the universe and joint heirs with Y’HoShuA.

2 Jn 1:3; 1 Jn 3:1-2; Jn 3:15-16; Rom 8: 9-17

Back to Top

4. THE Ruach HaKodesh
The Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) is the power emanating from YHWH. YHWH is the Ruach HaKodesh; it is not a separate entity. It is YHWH‘s gift to those who choose to obey him, leading us to conversion. The Ruach HaKodesh is YHWH‘s presence in our life that strengthens us, encourages us and bears witness that we are the children of YHWH. When the Ruach HaKodesh joins with our human spirit we are transformed so that we may know the things of YHWH. The Ruach HaKodesh bears fruit in us, which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. The Ruach HaKodesh is manifest through wisdom, knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, working of miracles, prophesy, discerning spirits, speaking in languages and interpreting languages; these manifestations may be given to each individually but are for the benefit of all.

Ro 15:19; 1 Cor 2:4-5; Jn 15:26; 2 Cor 3:17; Acts 2:38; Jn 16:13; Eph 3:16; Rom 8:14-16; Gal 5:22-23; 1 Cor 12:3-11; 1 Cor 14:12 1 Cor 2:12-13

Back to Top

5. SAINTS
A saint is a follower of Y’HoShuA who has repented of sin, been baptised and received YHWH‘s Ruach HaKodesh. When YHWH‘s Spirit resides in an individual, the fruit of the spirit will be visible in his life. The saints submit themselves to the will of YHWH and keep His Commandments. We are living in the world but are looking forward with anticipation for the soon coming Kingdom of YHWH on earth.
1 Cor 1:2: Ac 2:38; Gal 5:22-23; Jas 4:7; Rev 14:12; Jn 17:11; Mt 16:28

Back to Top

6. ANGELS & DEMONS
Before creating man and the physical universe as we see it today, YHWH created an innumerable number of powerful spirit beings which the Scriptures refer to as angels, to serve YHWH and act as His agents and messengers. The Scriptural example indicates that they were given various levels of power and responsibility. They were created with freedom of choice. Satan led his angels in rebellion against YHWH and they were cast out of heaven to earth where they are now unclean spirits called demons.
Job 38:4-7; Ps 104:4; Heb 12:22; Ezek 10:1-22; Heb 1:14; Lk 1:19; Dan 10:13; Jude 9; Is 14:12-14; 2 Pet 2:4; Rev 16:14; Mt 25:41

Back to Top

7. SATAN
Satan the devil was the covering cherub who walked on YHWH‘s Holy mountain. He was created perfect, the most beautiful thing in creation. But iniquity was found in him; he rebelled against YHWH and was cast out from heaven along with his angels, one third of the heavenly host. He is the serpent found in the Garden of Eden who at the end will be bound for 1000 years, released for a short while and then destroyed in the lake of fire. Satan is presently the god of this world; he can still gain access to the heavenly throne but can do nothing that YHWH does not allow him to do. He quotes scripture and can appear as an angel of the light to deceive the whole world. He is the accuser of the brethren and a roaring lion seeking to destroy men. We can resist the devil and in doing so he will flee from us.
Ezek 28:12-19; Is 14:12-18; Rev 12:7-9; Rev 12:4; Rev 20;2-10; 2 Cor 4:4; Job 1:6,12; Mt 4:6; 2 Cor 11:14; Rev 12:9-10; 1 Pet 5:8; Eph 6:11-12; Jas 4:7

Back to Top

8. MANKIND
Humans are created in the likeness of YHWH. Composed of flesh and blood, YHWH placed a spirit in man, which makes us more than just an intelligent animal. As part of His plan, YHWH offers man eternal life as a gift, making it possible for us to become the children of YHWH. As YHWH’s children, we are the potential heirs of the creation and joint heirs with Y’HoShuA.

Gen 1:26; Gen 6:3; Gen 4:10; Gen 2:7; Job 32:8; Rom 6:23; Jn 3:16; Rom 8:16-17

Back to Top

9. SIN
Sin is the transgression of YHWH‘s perfect Law. The penalty for sin is death, but YHWH offers us forgiveness of sin and eternal life as a gift. It is not YHWH‘s will for us to die, but that all mankind should come to repentance and be free from sin. A true Christian does not continue to live in sin. Whilst we can stumble into sin, after heartfelt repentance Y’HoShuA promises that we will be forgiven.
1Jn 3:4; Rom 6:23; Eph 1:7; 2 Pet 3:9; Ro 6:18; 1 Jn 3:9; 1 Jn 1:9-2:2

Back to Top

10. SALVATION
Salvation is a gift, freely given to all mankind through YHWH’s grace. He offers all mankind an opportunity to be saved from death – the ultimate consequence of a sinful life. This is possible because Y’HoShuA paid the penalty for our sins by becoming the perfect sacrifice through His suffering, death and resurrection. The process for salvation includes an individual’s calling, repentance, baptism, receiving the Ruach HaKodesh and being justified by living a life of faith and obedience demonstrated by his works. When saved, Y’HoShuA presents us as holy, blameless and above reproach before the Father.
Eph 2:8-9; Tit 2:11; 2 Pet 3:9; Ezek 18:20; Rom 6:22-23; Is 53:4-12; 1 Pet 1:3; Heb 4:15; Heb 9:12; 1 Cor 1:26-27; Acts 2:38; Jas 2:24; Ro 6:16; Col 1:22

11. REPENTANCE
YHWH leads his people to repentance. The first step is being called by YHWH to follow His way of life. Repentance occurs when one acknowledges his sins, is moved by heartfelt sorrow to change our life and sincerely asks YHWH for forgiveness.

Ro 2:4; Mt 4:17; Jn 14:6; Mt 22:14; Ps 51:3; 2 Cor 7:10; Ro 6:4; Mt 6:12

Back to Top

12. BAPTISM
Baptism is the next step in obeying God. It is a symbolic act which our Messiah Himself submitted to for our example. The ceremony of baptism is performed by complete immersion in water, representing death, burial and resurrection. Baptised individuals become adopted children of God, spiritually begotten, awaiting the fulfilment of their adoption into God’s spiritual family at the return of Messiah.
Acts 2:38; Mt 3:13-16; Col 2:12 (baptism = baptisma (gk) = immersion); Rom 8:15; Ro 8:23; 1 Cor 15:52
13. RESURRECTIONS
The Scriptures reveal that there is no immortality of the soul, but rather the dead are without consciousness waiting for resurrection. Y’HoShuA was the “first fruits from the dead.” The first resurrection is for those who have died in faith, or who are alive at His return. It is the resurrection to eternal life. There is also a resurrection to judgement when “the books will be opened.” Those people who did not obey the Word (either through ignorance or deliberate choice) during their time on earth have their lives judged against what is written in these books. Those rejecting YHWH will go into the lake of fire to be burned up forever which is the second, final death.
Ecc 9:5; Phil 3:11: 1 Cor 15:20-23; Rev 20:5-6; 1 Thes 4:17; Rev 20:12-15

Back to Top

14. JUDGEMENT
Judgement is an ongoing process which YHWH begins in us, and continues until the death of the individual, or the return of Y’HoShuA Messiah, whichever occurs first. If we judge ourselves against the standard of the scripture we do not need to be judged by YHWH. YHWH will purify His people, so when YHWH judges us it is for our correction so that we can avoid condemnation. YHWH judges our works against our understanding at the time.
1 Pet 4:17; Heb 9:27; Tit 2:14; 1 Cor 11:31-32; Rom 2:14-16

Back to Top

15. REBELLION AND FALSE TEACHERS
Rebellion is knowingly making choices contrary to YHWH’s law and false teachers deliberately teach doctrines they know to be untrue. Full understanding of YHWH’s law is a gift from Y’HoShuA. Those who chose to live contrary to YHWH’s law commit blasphemy against the Spirit which is the unpardonable sin. These are all sins which lead to death in the lake of fire.

Dt 9:23; Mt 5:19; 2 Pet 2:1-22; 1 Jn 5:20; Tit 1:7-16; Heb 10:26-27; Mt 12:31-32; Rev 20:11-15
16. FAITH
We are justified by faith which allows us to access the grace YHWH. Faith comes by hearing of the Word of YHWH. The just shall live by faith, without faith it is impossible to please YHWH. It is the awareness and certainty that YHWH exists and that He will accomplish the things He has promised to His people. Faith is the expectation of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. True faith gives YHWH’s people great power.
Ro 5:1-2; Ro 10:17; He 10:38; He 11:6; 1 Cor 2:5; Heb 11:1-3; Mat 17:20

Back to Top

17. GRACE
Grace is also a gift from YHWH; it is the expression of His perfect love for humanity. We have all sinned and fall short of the mark, but He gives us the opportunity to be released from the penalty of sin through the sacrifice of His Son who lived a perfect, sinless life. We are saved by Grace. It is His unwavering love for us.
Eph 2:8-9; Rom 3:23-24; Jn 3:16; Jn 1:29; Ro 5:14; He 4:15; 1 Jn 3:5; Eph 2:5
18. WORKS
Works are the physical manifestation of our faith. They are the active demonstration of our desire to follow YHWH’s holy law and apply it to our everyday life. Our works cannot bring us to salvation. Our works will be judged and tested and form the basis of the reward we receive as His kings and priests in the Kingdom of YHWH.
Jas 2:17-20; 1 Jn 2:3-5; Jn 15:10; Acts 17:31; Rev 2:23; 1 Cor 3:9-15; Rev 22:12; Rev 1:5-6
19. GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT
The Ruach HaKodesh gives individual gifts including wisdom, knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, working of miracles, prophecy, discernment of spirits, speaking in tongues (languages) and interpreting languages. These gifts are given to individuals for the benefit of all. Speaking prophecy is the best gift because it encourages and comforts men. Speaking in tongues edifies the speaker but not the assembly. The speaker must pray for an interpreter and if there is no interpretation they must keep silent. All prophecy must be judged. These gifts are subject to the will of the person receiving them. At no time do YHWH’s people lose control of themselves or their gifts. All things must be done decently and in good order; YHWH is not the author of confusion.
1 Cor 12:7-10; 1 Cor 14:3-4; 13; 28-29; 32; 40; 33

Back to Top

20. THE SCRIPTURES
The Scriptures are the divine word of YHWH, every word is inspired. The Scriptures give us wisdom and they are to be used for doctrine, for reproof, for correction and for instruction in righteousness. The Scriptures fit together, line by line, to reveal YHWH’s plan for all of humanity. It is the duty of His people to search the Scriptures daily and prove all things. The Scriptures cannot be broken but prophecy and revelation can fail so they must be tested against the Scriptures. We believe that the original rendering of the Scriptures were perfect but acknowledge that human errors have occurred in translation.
2 Tim 3:14-17; Mat 4:4; Is 28:10; Acts 17:11-12; Jn 10:35; 1 Cor 13:8; 1 Jn 4:1; 1 Thes 5:21
21. THE GOSPEL
The Gospel is the good news that salvation is available to all humanity through Y’HoShuA Messiah. It includes the examples He set for us in His human life as well as the message that Messiah will bring His kingdom to this earth and that we can reign with Him. Spreading the gospel is the primary responsibility of each individual follower of the Way.
Ro 1:16; Lk 4:18; Mk 1:15; Rev 20:4-6; Mt 24:14; (Gospel = “Good News”)

Back to Top

22. THE KINGDOM OF YHWH
The kingdom of YHWH will be a literal, world ruling government with Y’HoShuA Messiah and the saints reigning and serving with Him. Its initial stage will last for 1,000 years so it is often called the millennial reign. The kingdom of YHWH on earth will be fulfilled when the Father moves His throne to the newly re-created, sin-free earth and then all things will be made subject to the Father.
Rev 20:4-6; Rev 21: 1-3; 1 Cor 15:28
23. COMMANDMENTS AND THE LAW
The Ten Commandments are the perfect Law of YHWH, existing from the time of creation, applicable to all mankind. YHWH wrote them on two tablets of stone with His own finger. They were placed in the Ark of the Covenant and form the foundation of His mercy. They give us guidance in living a godly life, allow us to identify sin and, by keeping them, protect us from the consequences of sin. Y’HoShuA did not destroy the Law but rather fulfilled it. He taught mankind to internalise the Law. Obedience of all Ten Commandments is a requirement for a disciple of Y’HoShuA, as He stated, “If you want to enter into life, keep the Commandments”. The Mosaic Law was delivered from YHWH, through His servant Moses. This law provided the civil, judicial and priestly (Levitical) law. The Mosaic Law was applicable to the tribes of Israel and its principles apply to all of mankind today.
Ps 19:7; Ge 26:5; Ro 2:11-16; Deut 10:1-5; Gal 3:22-24; Rom 8:1-4; Mt 5:17-19, 21-22, 27-28; Mt 19:17; Deut 31:9, 24-26

Back to Top

24. COVENANTS
YHWH’s relationship with mankind is described through a covenant with Abraham which applies to us today. Due to our sin another covenant was made, through Moses, with the physical nation of Israel. It brought physical blessings. The renewed covenant, delivered by Y’HoShuA, requires us individually to obey the spirit of the Law and in return brings the spiritual blessing of eternal life. A covenant applies a contractual obligation on both parties (YHWH and mankind) that if we obey His Law, He will bless us and if we are disobedient, He will allow us to suffer the consequences of our sin.
Gen 17:1-9; Ro 4:13-15; Ga 3:19; Ex 24:3-8; Deut 11:26-12:1; Je 31:31-34; Heb 8:6; Lk 10:25-28; Dt 28:1-2,15
Back to Top 25. THE NAME OF YHWH
The Scriptures reveal that the full name of the Mighty One is YHWH (pronounced Y’HoWaH). This is normally written as LORD in our translation of the Old Testament; it is also seen as Yah. His name is demonstrated through His servants – Isa-IAH, Jerem–IAH and our desire to praise Him – Hallelu-Yah! The Hebrew name of Jesus is Y’HoSsuA, meaning “He saves/Yah saves”; knowing His name helps us understand the ministry He was sent to fulfill. The third Commandment instructs us not to take His name in vain; i.e. to make empty or worthless through misuse or lack of use. The knowledge and correct use of YHWH’s name is required to fully obey the Commandments and this leads us to salvation. His name will be used by all in the millennium. However, YHWH can also be blasphemed by any name depending on the intention of the speaker.

Ex 3:13-15; Ps 68:4; Ex 20:7; Joel 2:32; Ro 10:13; Ps 9:10; Zec 14:9; Zep 3:9; Rev 13:6

Back to Top

26. THE SABBATH DAY
The seventh day Sabbath was instituted by YHWH at creation for all mankind. He sanctified it and made it holy. It was reaffirmed as part of the Ten Commandments. Y’HoShuA is the Master of the Sabbath; it has been observed by Messiah; the apostles and the New Testament church from the first century right up to today. Y’HoShuA expects his people to be observing the Sabbath day in the end times. It is a perpetual sign of the covenant between YHWH and His people and its observance is fundamental to the believer’s covenantal relationship with YHWH.

Gen 2:2; Ex 20:8-11; Luke 6:5; Lk 4:16; Ac 17:2-3; Heb 4:1-11; Mt 24:20; Ex 31:16-17 (Note Heb 4:9 – the word translated as “rest” is Gk: Sabbatismos meaning Sabbath – the only NT occurrence of this word)

Back to Top

27. THE ANNUAL HOLY DAYS
The high Sabbaths were ordained by YHWH and have been observed by His people throughout history. They are a sign between YHWH and His people. All the inhabitants of the earth will be required to celebrate these feasts during the millennium. The annual feasts are a blessing and beautifully combine to reveal YHWH’s plan of salvation for all mankind.
Lev 23; Ex 31:13; Zech 14:16-19; Col 2:16-17

Back to Top

28. THE SCRIPTURAL CALENDAR
The Scriptures state that we are to observe the month of Abib and keep the Passover in the first month. It also states that the Sun and Moon are for signs and seasons, days and years. The Scriptural calendar is clearly a solar/lunar calendar derived by observation. In identifying what to observe (astronomical conjunction, new crescent, full moon etc) we reject the Calculated Jewish Calendar proposed by the Rabbis as it includes postponements for convenience not authorised by YHWH and “changing times and law” is an attribute of the coming beast power. The calendar we follow, the “Corrected Astronomical Calendar” is based on the astronomical conjuinction of the moon and the spring equinox, for timing of the months and years. It is corrected to compensate for the change in the earth’s orbit around 705BC from a 360 day to a 365.25 day year. The correction is applied in the first and seventh month to ensure the High Days of the First Day of Unleavend Bread and the First Day of the Feast of Tabernacles always fall on a full moon.
Ge 1:14, Dt 16:1, Ex 12:2-3, Jer 3:17, Ro 3:2, Dan 7:25

Back to Top

29. LAYING ON OF HANDS
The Scriptures show us that the laying on of hands is appropriate for special occasions and purposes, such as for receiving YHWH‘s Ruach HaKodesh at baptism, ordaining individuals for spiritual office, anointing of the sick and the blessing of children.
Acts 19:6; Acts 13:1-3; Mk 16:18; Luke 13:13; Mk 10:13-16

Back to Top

30. HEALING
The Scriptures instruct us to call upon the elders to anoint the sick, so that through faith they may be cured. The physical sufferings of our Messiah while being scourged prior to His crucifixion, work towards our healing. YHWH may chose not to heal us during this physical life but He promises that we will all be healed and free from pain and suffering in the Kingdom.
Jas 5:14-15; Is 53:5; 2 Cor 12:7-10; Rev 21:4

Back to Top

31. THE ASSEMBLY OF YHWH
The Assembly of YHWH is a spiritual organism called the body of Messiah. It consists of those called by the Father to repentance, having been baptised and received the Ruach HaKodesh. The purpose of the assembly is two fold: to spread the gospel calling mankind to repentance and to nourish and edify those called to be new creatures in Messiah, bringing them to a more complete knowledge as the sons of YHWH. The New Testament example is of self-governing, interdependent local assemblies. The Assembly of YHWH is the bride of Messiah; it is betrothed to Him and is to be kept pure, ready to be joined with Him at His return.
1 Cor 12:11-14; Rom 12:4-8; Acts 2:38; Mk 13:10; Mt 28:19-20; Acts 14:19-23; 1 Peter 5:10; Rev 2 & 3; Rev 19:7; 2 Cor 11:2; Eph 5:25-27

Back to Top

32. OFFICES IN THE ASSEMBLYApostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers, Preachers and Deacons are functions appointed for service in the Church; they are not positions within a government hierarchy. There were 12 Apostles whose purpose was to testify about the risen Y’shua, they were required to have witnessed the resurrected Messiah and died for their testimony. Prophets reveal the word of YHWH. Evangelists bring the news of salvation, but have not witnessed the resurrected Messiah. Pastors (or Shepherds) nurture the flock of Y’shua and teachers are to teach the Law. Preachers formally pronounce the word of God and Deacons serve the physical needs of the brethren. The Elder (or Bishop) is the only position which infers authority over the brethren. Elders must be men of temperance and good standing. They are to lead by example not by compulsion.

Eph 4:11-12; Ac 1:21-26; 1 Cor 4:9; Amos 4:7; 2 Tim 4:5; Jer 3:15; 1 Tim 1:7; Ro 10:14-15; Ac 6:1-4; 1 Pet 5:1-5; 1 Tim 5:17-19; 1 Tim 3:1-7

Back to Top

33. THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN THE ASSEMBLY
 
There are seven offices in the assembly (see above) namely – Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors (Elders), Teachers, Preachers and Deacons. Paul states emphatically that women are to keep silent in the assemblies, but does this prohibit women from having any roles in formal worship? There are no Apostles alive on the earth today but if there were they are required to be men. There were female prophetesses, Anna being a New Testament example, so a woman prophesying under the authority of the Holy Spirit would be able to speak in the assembly. Women, Euodia and Syntyche, labored with Paul in the gospel. They were evangelists, but this is performed outside of the assembly. Paul forbade women to teach or have authority over a man, however they are allowed to teach younger women. Pastors are Elders and Elders must be married to one woman (and lesbianism is an abomination before YHWH). Women cannot be Preachers as they teach the word of God with authority. Deacons must be men. Women can pray in public but must have their heads covered or have long hair.

1 Cor 14:34; Ac 1:22-23; Lk 2:36-38; Phil 4:2-3; 1 Tim 2:12; Titus 2:1-5; Titus 1:6; 1 Tim 3:12; 1 Cor 11:1-15

34. THE FAMILY The family unit is the fundamental building block of human society, which God instituted as a holy union when he instructed man and woman to leave father and mother and cleave to one another. The failure to keep God’s law weakens the family and has the greatest impact on the most defenceless members of our society – our children. As God’s people we have a responsibility to defend and protect the sanctity of the family. Anything which undermines the stability of the family is contrary to God’s intent for humanity, including divorce, co-habitation, promiscuity, homosexuality, abortion and drug and alcohol abuse.

Gen 2:24; Ex 20:5; Ex 20:14; Mal 3:5; Mal 2:16; Rev 22:15; Lev 20:13; Ro 1:26; 1 Cor 6:9-11, 18; Ex 21:22-23; Is 47:9; Re 9:21 (sorcery includes drug abuse); Prov 20:1; Prov 23:30-35

Back to Top

35. TITHES AND OFFERINGS
In the strictest sense tithing only applies to farm produce, but believers today generally apply this to their income and give a freewill offering of one tenth of their increase to YHWH. Tithing is the biblical method of paying your way to the Feasts, supporting the work of YHWH and providing for the needy. Failure to give tithes and offerings is considered to be robbery from YHWH. There are only three times each year when we are commanded to take up an offering to YHWH – at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) and at the Feast of Tabernacles. We may also give a free will offering at any time it seems appropriate. Since there is no longer a Levitical priesthood, no organization has the right to claim they are the sole agent of YHWH’s work, hence individual believers are free to distribute their offerings in whatever way they feel best serves YHWH.
Dt 14:22-29; Mal 3:8-10; Dt 16:16-17; Dt 12:5-7; 

Back to Top

36. WORSHIP
We are required to worship God in “Spirit and Truth”. We worship Him, not out of fear or a sense of grudging duty but out of an inner desire to create a deep, intimate relationship with our Father in heaven. For too long we have been choking on the truth but have quenched the spirit of worship and adoration. We work to see God’s face and to feel His manifest presence in our assembling together and our lives, observing the works of His hands no longer satisfies a seeker of His love.
Jn 4:24; 1 Chr 16:10-12; Ps 95:6-7; Ps 96:9; Ps 100; 1 Thes 5:16-19; 2 Chr 7:14; Ps 27:8-9; 1 Tim 2:8; Jn 14:21-24; Ps 16:11; Ps 51:10-13

Back to Top
37. THE LOST TRIBES OF ISRAEL
There is clear distinction between Judah and Israel. It was God’s will they separated into two camps. The tribe of Israel were carried away by the Assyrians to be scattered among the gentiles, never to have returned to the Promised Land. The tribes of Judah and Benjamin with some Levites remained. Judah was carried away by the Babylonians but a remnant later returned under Nehemiah. The Apostles were commissioned to preach the Gospel to the lost sheep of Israel and the gentiles. In the end time Judah and Israel shall return to the land and be rejoined never to be divided again.
1 Ki 15:9; 2 Ki 17:17-23; 2 Ki 25:21; Neh 2:5-8; Mt 10:6; Mt 15:24; Mt 28:18-20; Jer 3:18; Jer 30:3; Ezek 37:15-23
38. OUR HEBREW ROOTSGod’s truth is delivered through the Old and New Testaments. The spiritual examples for the church build on the physical example provided to us by the congregation of Israel. All believers are grafted into the root of God’s people, which is Messiah. Rather than shun the Old Testament as irrelevant we must carefully discern between God’s instructions given to all Israel and the oral tradition of Judah, the Jewish fables which became the burden of the Pharisees. To fully experience God’s great teachings for us we must recognise our Hebrew roots as the basis for spiritual Israel of the New Testament.

2 Tim 3:16-17; 1 Cor 10:1-6; Rom 11:17; Jn 15:5; Mt 16:11-12; Mt 23:14; Eph 2:11-22

Back to Top

39. THE SYMBOLS OF OUR FAITHOur journey to Messiah is a spiritual one and there is clear admonition against idolatry. So we must be cautious about the physical objects we introduce into our worship. Wearing of tassels on the 4 corners of our clothing (Tzit Tzits) and writing the Law on the doorpost of our homes (Mezuzah) are both commanded for the children of Israel. The Tabernacle furniture provides a profound spiritual message about our journey to Messiah and must be understood. However, the cross, wearing a Kippah, the 6 pointed star and the sign of the fish are pagan corruptions of our faith. The ultimate symbol of our faith is the observance of the Weekly and Annual Sabbaths.

Rom 8:1; Ex 20:4-6; Nu 15:38; Dt 6:9; Ex 31:7-9; ; Jn 3:14; 1 Cor 11:4; Amos 5:26; 1 Sam 5:1-7; Ex 31:13

40. PERSONAL CONVICTIONThe Renewed Covenant is made between YHWH and each one of us individually. We are therefore individually responsible for understanding and accepting the terms and conditions of the relationship. To do this we must study the scriptures, prove all things and holdfast to that which is good. Our core beliefs regarding this relationship are to repent, be baptised and obey the commandments; all else is a matter of personal conviction. We acknowledge that there will be differences of understanding between individual members of the body of Messiah but accept that to go against one’s personal conviction is sin and we are not to place a stumbling block before our brethren. We accept different understandings in our assembly as long as they are not presented divisively and try to overturn our core beliefs.

Acts 17:11-12; Rom 14:20-23; Acts 2:38; Mt 19:16-17; Prov 6:16,19; Tit 3:9-11; 1 Thes 5:21

Back to Top

Newsletter