For us at Congregation Beth Sar Shalom, the journey of following Yeshua is a matter of both the head and the heart. Below we list some key propositions that with our mind help to define our faith, but even these are utterly incomplete. We also must add the involvement of the heart, which adds the dimension of a bold, life-long, authentic pursuit of God as revealed to us in the life and teaching of Yeshua. These propositions of faith describe the essential things we believe in and are committed to as we seek to follow Yeshua and to experience a deep and meaningful relationship with God.
Therefore, we believe in and are committed with our whole being to…
“In the essentials unity; in the non-essentials diversity, in all things charity.”
The Essentials –
We Believe with perfect faith* that there is one God. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-present. God exists eternally as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Isaiah 45:5; Genesis 1:1; Luke 1:37; Rev. 2:23; Jeremiah 17:10; Psalm 139; Isaiah 48:12-16; I John 5:7; Matthew 28:19).
*There is a traditional Jewish liturgy containing 13 articles of faith. They are chanted regularly in non-Messianic synagogues in the poetic version called the Yigdal. Orthodox Jews have been trained to repeat; “I believe with perfect faith…” Then they repeat the 13 articles. Here, we affirm our faith in the traditional fashion.
We Believe with perfect faith that man was created in God’s image and in harmony with God. Through choice, man rebelled against God. All men by choice, and nature, sin. Man can have salvation from sin only through faith in the Messiah – Yeshua. Those who repent and believe will inherit eternal life and everlasting joy. Those who don’t, will receive eternal judgment. (Genesis 1-3; Romans 1-3; I Kings 8:46; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 5:12-21; Isaiah 53; John 3:16; II Corinthians 5:21; Romans 10:9-10; Psalm 2:12; John 3:36).
We Believe with perfect faith that the Messiah has come and His name is Yeshua. He is God in human flesh, born of a virgin. He died for our sins and rose bodily on the third day. Whoever repents and believes in Him shall have eternal life. (John 1:1-4; Micah 5:2; Daniel 9:24-26; Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 53; Psalm 16:10; Mark 10:45; Luke 19:10; John 3:16; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Philippians 2:6-8; Matthew 4:17; John 3:10-14; Acts 20:21)
We Believe with perfect faith that believers in Yeshua are immersed (Mikveh or baptism) and we remember the Lord’s death, burial, and resurrection in this fashion. We Believe with perfect faith in the Lord’s Supper (instituted at Passover). We drink of the fruit of the vine (which represents the blood Yeshua) and eat matzo (which represents the body of Yeshua). This representation is also a reminder to us of the Messiah’s death and promised return. (Matthew 28:19; I Corinthians 10-11)
We Believe with perfect faith that the world will progressively grow more evil and distant from God and that the deceivers and deceived will increase in number and culminate in “The Man of Sin”. We Believe with perfect faith that the world will go through a great trial with Israel as the Focus. We Believe with perfect faith that Yeshua will deliver His followers and He will return, setting up His Kingdom with Jerusalem being the capital. There will be 1,000 years of peace, a final conflict, and then God will judge all. (Matthew 24; 2 Timothy 3:13; Revelation; Daniel; Ezekiel)
We Believe with perfect faith that the Holy scriptures are the sole authority for faith and practice. We Believe with perfect faith that they are completely trustworthy. (Psalm 119:105; II Peter 1:21; II Timothy 3:16).
The Essentials – Con’t
We do not believe in any form of Dual Covenant theology, Replacement theology, Two-House Covenant or Ephraimite theology. Maintaining the Unity of the Ruach (Spirit) – Congregation Beth Sar Shalom is a Messianic Jewish congregation. We believe Yeshua has broken down the “middle wall of separation” between Jew and Gentile and has made “one new man” through His blood making shalom (peace) and has reconciled both to God in one body through the cross—by which He put the hostility to death (paraphrase of Ephesians 2).
Our congregation is the most unique and diverse congregation in Tucson. Those who attend our services come from various Jewish and Christian traditional, denominational, and ethnic backgrounds, all fellow citizens, God’s people and members of God’s household through faith in Messiah Yeshua. We see this as a strength that makes us distinct within the greater body of Messiah as we seek to exemplify this Biblical model of the “one new man.”
We believe that the life of the believer is supernatural and that the Lord continues to perform miracles.
We believe the primary work of the Ruach Ha-Kodesh (Holy Spirit) is to produce a holy life that displays the fruits of the Ruach (Spirit) (Galatians 5:22).
Those who believe in the continuation of the sign gifts and practice them are welcome to worship and fellowship with us. While we do not discourage anyone from speaking in tongues in their personal and individual interactions with the Lord, we do make every effort to maintain the unity of the Ruach (Spirit) in the bond of shalom (peace) (Ephesians 4:3). Therefore, the expression of tongues and other sign gifts are not to be used in conjunction with services or teachings, or any other congregational activity, or when representing Congregation Beth Sar Shalom in a formal capacity.
“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, so also you must love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35).