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Position Statements for Tikvat Yisrael


When the individual believes in Yeshua, he/she receives salvation. It is a total package. Nothing further is added in terms of his position in Yeshua. He is justified, sanctified, sealed, receives spiritual gifts, and made righteous or clean in God's sight. He is "Grafted" at that instant into Israel. There is no need for any further "grafting." He/she is already grafted in, in a moment of time, FOREVER! No one can add to what Yeshua has done. No one can add to the ingrafting, or make a "better graft" than Yeshua accomplished, ONCE! There is no human work that can be performed that "adds to" what God has already given in Yeshua. It is His work, and not ours. The Apostolic Scriptures speak of being "Grafted In" to Israel for all those who accept Yeshua as their Messiah. This "ingrafting" takes place at the moment of Salvation, and is not any "added work" that the Believer needs to perform to be "Grafted." There may indeed be Spiritual Growth after Salvation, even learning about the Hebraic Roots, etc., but no further "Grafting" is needed, as he/she is already "FULLY GRAFTED IN." The adoption is complete and all rights and privileges that are promised to Israel are promised to EVERYONE who believes in Messiah Yeshua. This was affirmed in the Torah and Apostolic Scriptures.

Is the "Church" the new Israel? An emphatic NO! Is Christianity the new "faith?" Another emphatic NO! The ancient faith of the Hebrew people, the belief in God and His promised Messiah and the following of His Torah-the Living Word-Yeshua is the faith that God has called us to. Is it rabbinic Judaism? NO! Is it another form of modern Judaism or one of the Christian denominations? NO! The faith of the patriarchs and the Torah given at Mount Sinai are the foundations for the true Hebraic faith. This faith makes room for Jews and gentiles under the same covering. This is the faith of Israel-THE WHOLE HOUSE OF ISRAEL. A faith made up of Believers from Judah and Ephraim (Israel) with true Ger/non-Israelites being brought in alongside as equal partakers of the promises.

"There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor freeman, neither male nor female; for in union with the Messiah Yeshua, you are all one." Galatians 3:28

'Working to Restore Messianic Israel through Ephraim and Judah' Ezekiel 37:15-28 and Isaiah 8:14


Statement of Beliefs

Tikvat Yisrael is a Messianic Congregation. Our goal is to reach the lost House of Israel, made up of Ephraim and Judah (Ezekiel 37:15-28 and Isaiah 8:14), but we are true to our Messiah Yeshuaís command to take the Bssar (Gospel) to all the World. We worship in a distinctly Hebraic style in music, dance, keeping the Shabbat and the Biblical Holidayís and Hebraic liturgy, but faithful to glorify our Messiah Yeshua.

We believe that there is One God, composed of the Father, the Son and the Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit).(Ex 20:3, Deu 6:4, Mat 11:27, Mat 28:19).

We believe that Yeshua is the Son of God, is God Himself, and the HaMashiach (the Messiah) who was promised in the Tanach (Hebrew Scriptures) and who came to take away the sins of mankind in the Apostolic Scriptures. (Gen 22:8, Dan 9:25, Mat 16:16, Luk 24:21, Jn 6:69, Jn 8:24, 1Jn 5:1).

We believe that salvation is only through Yeshua, and that He died on the tree to bring the Father and mankind back into a right relationship (Heb 10:12, Psa 50:23, Mat 26:28, Jn 20:31, Rom 8:3).

We believe that the Tanach and the Apostolic Scriptures are combined the Holy Scriptures and the Living Word of God. Therefore they are the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow and never change as God never changes. He is eternal and His Word is eternal (Luk 11:28, Jn 17:14, Heb 6:5, Rev 22:19, Mat 5:18-18, Rom 7:4, Rom 7:7, Rom 7:12).

We believe that you must confess your sins and that Yeshua will forgive them as only He has the authority from the Father to do so, and that you must be immersed to show your new life in Yeshua (Mat 3:6, Mat 3:11, Mk 16:16, Jn 3:5).

We believe that the Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) will come and inhabit you after you have confessed your sins, enabling you to live a Spirit-filled life, causing you to hunger after the things of God (Rom 5:5, Rom 8:14, 1Co 6:19).

We believe that God still has a plan for the Jewish people and Eretz Yisrael (the Land of Israel). Godís promises to the Jewish people were not set aside and given over to the Church, but rather the Church was brought in as part of Godís plan to bring the promise of salvation to all and will cause the Jew to turn to her Messiah Yeshua (Rom 1:16, Ex 32:13, Nu 32:22, Deu 4:1, Acts 7:5, Amo 9:15, Rom 10:19, Rom 11:11, Gal 3:17, Rom 9:4).

We believe in the power of the Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) and the coming together as one in the Lord (Acts 2:42, Acts 2:44, Acts 2:46).

We believe in worshipping God with the lifting of our hands, with the tambourine, in dance, in praise and with stringed instruments (Psa 150:4, Psa 47:1, Psa 28:2, Psa 63:4, Psa 119:48).

We believe that Yeshua died and rose from the grave on the third day, and that He will come again on the clouds as He left (Mat 24:30, Mat 26:64).

We believe that the Sabbath Day, the 7th day, is a Holy Day set aside by the Lord Yahweh at creation as a day of rest and a time to dwell on the things of God (Deu 5:14).

We believe that the Torah is the living Word of God (Yeshua) and that we are called to imitate our Lord and Messiah in ALL ways, meaning as He lived out the Torah so are we called to do the same. Therefore we are a Torah Observant Congregation but we are free in Yeshua.

Me Cha-moe-cha ba-ay-leem Adonai, me ka-moe-cha neh-dahr ba-ko-desh, no-ra tíhe-lote oh-say feh-leh.

Who is like Thee O Lord among the gods? Who is like Thee glorified in holiness? You are awesome in praise, working wonders O Lord, who is like Thee O Lord?

(The Me Chamoecha is a 3,500 year old hymn of praise that the Israelites sang at the Red Sea thanking God for their deliverance).

We are a Messianic Congregation in that we believe that the Scripture's promises are to ALL Israel. That Israel is not just made up of Judah, Benjamin or Levi but is composed of all the 12 tribes and that God is calling them back and restoring them through Messiah Yeshua. The Southern Kingdom was made up of Judah, Benjamin and Levi and the rest of the tribes made up the Northern Kingdom of Ephraim/Israel. Ezekiel 37:15-28

this Statement of Faith is to show what our foundations are, but are by no means all inclusive of everything that we believe..........


Statement of Purpose

We believe that "ALL" the Scriptures are the WORD of God, Old and New Testaments, thereby meaning that the Torah or Five Books of Moses are valid for Messianic BELIEVERS and those non-Hebrew Believers who choose to follow the Living Torah (Yeshua). Following the Torah is part of our walk with God.

We are working toward the goal of restoring Messianic Israel through the coming together of the two kingdoms of Ephraim (the Northern Kingdom of Israel) and Judah (the Southern Kingdom of Judah composed of Judah, Benjamin and Levi). Ephraim was dispersed into all the world and given over to the Pagan Nations-the Goyim. But God promised to restore them from their dispersion and exile and today He is calling them back and they are bringing with them Messianic Gerim/non-Israelites. There should be no difference in being a Messianic Jew or a Messianic Ephraimite for in Messiah Yeshua we are ALL part of the Whole House of Israel, the true kingdom of Yeshua.

Torah: The word Torah has been misunderstood by many; and this includes Jews as well as Christians. The following definition of Torah is from the Strongs: 08451 towrah {to-raw'} or torah {to-raw'} § from 03384; TWOT - 910d; n f § AV - law 219; 219 § law, direction, instruction(human or divine), body of prophetic teaching, instruction in Messianic age, body of priestly direction or instruction, body of legal directives, law, law of the burnt offering, of special law, codes of law, custom, manner, the Deuteronomic or Mosaic Law.

Torah is the teaching of God. His instructions to us. There is a misunderstanding of the 613 Mitzvot (Commandments) of God that Torah Observant Israelites follow. It is our desire that this misunderstanding be corrected. In an on-going effort to correct this we will be presenting links to other sites where the 613 Mitzvot are already categorized and discussions on whether following these Mitzvot place us back under the Law when some feel that we are under Grace or Love, or have we been under Grace all along?


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