Statement of Faith – Tree of Life

We Believe:

Scripture – That the Bible, composed of both the Tanach (Old Testament) and the New Testament, is the inspired and inerrant Word of God.  The Bible is the final authority for all we believe and how we are to live.

(2 Tim. 3:16–17; 2 Pet. 1:20–21; Jer. 31:31; Jn. 10:35, 17:17; Ps. 12:6; 18:30; 19:7-11; Prov. 30:5; Isa. 40:8; Ps. 119:89, 160; Mt. 5:18; Mk. 13:31; Acts 17:11-12)

God – That the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is the only true God, the Creator of heaven and earth.  We believe that He is Echad, “a united one” or “compound unity,” eternally existent in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  

(One God: Dt. 6:4; Ex. 3:6, 15; Isa. 43:10-13; 44:6; Eph. 4:4-6; Three Persons: Mt. 3:16-17; 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; Heb. 1:1-3; Jn. 1:1-5; 5:18; Gen. 1:26; Isa. 6:8; 48:16-17; Zech. 12:10; Creator: Gen. 1:1; Ps. 104; Col. 1:16-17)

Yeshua (Jesus) – That Yeshua (Jesus) is Israel’s promised Messiah and the Redeemer of the entire human race.  In His life, death, and resurrection, He fulfilled the Messianic prophecies of the Tanach related to the Messiah’s first coming.  The Scriptures declare His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His substitutionary work on the cross, His bodily resurrection, and His exaltation to the right hand of God, where He is interceding on behalf of believers.

(Messianic prophecies: Gen. 3:15, 49:10; Isa. 7:14, 9:1-7, 49:6, 52:13-53:1-12; Ps. 2; 16:9-11; 22; Zech. 9:9, 12:10; Dan. 9:24-27; Yeshua’s life, death, and resurrection: Mt. 1:18–25; 28:6; Jn. 1:1–18; Rom. 8:34; Acts 1:9-11; 2:22; 10:38; 1 Cor. 15:1–28; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:10–14; Eph. 1:7; Phil. 2:6–11; Col. 1:15–23; Heb. 7:25-26; 9:13–15; 1 Pet. 2:21–25; 1 Jn. 2:1–2)

Divinity of Yeshua – That Yeshua is fully God and fully man.  As the only begotten Son of the Father and the Divine Messiah, Yeshua is the fullest revelation of God to man.

(Isa. 9:6-7; Mic. 5:2; Jn. 1:1-5; 3:16; 5:18; 8:58; 10:30, 38; 20:28; Col. 1:16; 2:9; Heb. 1:1-3; Tit. 2:13; 2 Pet. 1:1; 1 Jn. 4:9-10)

Man – That God made man in His own image and endowed him with a longing for intimate fellowship with God.

(Gen. 1:26-28; 2:7; 3:8; 5:1-2, 22-24; 9:5-6; Jam. 3:9; 1 Cor. 11:7; Ps. 16:11; 42:1-2; Jn. 17:3; 1 Jn. 1:3-4)

Sin – That man's sin (disobedience to God's commands) caused a separation between man and God and incurred both physical and spiritual death – it also makes man deserving of eternal damnation.  We believe that since the fall, human beings are born with a sinful nature that leads them to sin in thought, word, and deed.

(Fall and separation: Gen. 2:16-17; 3; Isa. 59:1-2; Sinful nature: Rom. 3:19-23; 5:12-19; Jn. 8:34; Rom. 7:14-24; Eph. 2:1-3; 2 Pet. 2:19; Eternal damnation: Isa. 66:22-24; Dan. 12:2; Mt. 25:41; Jn. 5:29; Rev. 20:11-15, 21:8)

Salvation - That the only way to receive salvation from our sins and reconciliation to God is by grace through faith in Yeshua the Messiah, who died for our sins and rose from the dead, triumphing over sin and death.

(Lev. 17:11; Isa. 53:1-12; Acts 4:12; 1 Cor. 15:3; 2 Cor. 5:19-21; Rom. 10:9-10; Eph. 2:8-9; Gal. 3:11; 1 Tim. 2:5)

New Birth - That all who repent from sin and accept God’s message of salvation through the Messiah are born again of the Holy Spirit, become children of God, and inherit eternal life.  

(Jer. 31:31-34; Ezek. 36:24-27; Dan. 12:2; Matt. 25:46; Jn. 1:12-13; 3:1-16; 5:24; Rom. 8:9-17; Gal. 3:26)

Holy Spirit - That the Holy Spirit indwells and gives life to believers, helps us to understand the Scriptures, sanctifies us, equips us for service and witness, and empowers us to do what is pleasing in God’s sight so that we might be progressively conformed to the image of Messiah.

(Jn. 14:16-18, 25-27; 16:5-15; Rom. 8:1-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 2:10-16; 6:11; 12:12–13; 2 Cor. 1:21–22; 3:17-18; Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 1:13–14; Titus 3:3–7; 1 Pet. 1:2; 1 Jn. 4:13)

The Body of Messiah - That all who trust in Messiah Yeshua become members of the universal Body of Messiah.  This one spiritual fellowship includes both Jews and Gentiles as equal members. The middle wall of partition, which in times past separated Jews and Gentiles, has been broken down and the enmity between Jew and Gentile has been eradicated by Messiah Yeshua.  Thus, Jews and Gentiles who have accepted Yeshua are to worship together in the House of God.

(Rom. 10:12-13; 1 Cor. 12:12-13, 27; Eph. 2:11-22; Isa. 49:6; Heb. 10:25; Gal. 3:26-28)

Israel - That God established an everlasting, unconditional covenant with the Jewish people, establishing a covenant relationship with them, granting them the land of Israel, and choosing them to be a channel of blessing to all the nations of the earth.  Even though many of them are enemies of the Gospel, the Jewish people are still beloved of God; their gifts, calling, and covenant with God are irrevocable. However, they still need to hear and believe the Gospel of Yeshua and his atoning death and resurrection in order to receive eternal life.  God also promised that the day would come when “all Israel will be saved.”

(Everlasting covenant: Gen. 12:1-3, 7; 13:14-17; 15:1-21; 17:7-14; 22:15-18; 26:3-5; 28:13-15; Jer. 31:35-37; 33:25; Isa. 54:-7-10; 41:8-10; 66:22; Hos. 3:1; Calling irrevocable: Rom. 9-11, esp. 9:3-5; 11:1, 11-15, 26-29; Rom. 3:1-4; Acts 3:25; Heb. 6:13-20)

Return of Yeshua – That Yeshua the Messiah will soon return to this earth, personally, visibly, in power and great glory, to gather His elect, to raise the dead, to judge the nations, and to establish His worldwide rule from Jerusalem.

(Isa. 2:2-5; Mic. 4:2-5; Ps. 2:7–9, 22:27–28; Zech. 12:10-14:21; Dan. 7:13-14; Phil. 3:20–21; 1 Cor. 15:20–28, 50–58; 1 Thes. 4:13–5:11; 2 Thes. 1:3–12; Rev. 7:9–14; 14; 21; 22:7, 12, 20)

For more Scriptures concerning God’s heart for Israel, click here.