Beth Ariel – Doctrinal Statement

 
 

Scriptures

We believe that the Scriptures are the inspired Word of God; that all sixty-six books of the Bible are inerrant and that it is the sole authority for faith and practice in all matters to which it speaks.

The Godhead

We believe there is one God eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; that all three possess equally all the same attributes, nature, perfections, and characteristics of personality.

Yeshua Hamashiach, Jesus the Messiah

We believe in the full deity of the Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah who always was and will be God and did not cease to be God at the  incarnation.We believe that the Man Yeshua (Jesus) Messiah was conceived by the Holy Spirit; that He was born of the virgin Miriam; that He possesses both a divine and human nature both distinct and unmixed; that He was without sin; that He died a penal substitution for the sins of all men; that He was buried; that He arose on the third day in the same but glorified body in which He lived and died; that He ascended to the right hand of God the Father; that by His death He provided atonement for all men, but it is applied only to those who believe. We believe that the God-ManYeshua (Jesus) the Messiah now sits at the right hand of God the Father; that He functions as the High Priest for all believers always making intercession for them. We believe in the personal and physical and bodily return of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah at the end of the Tribulation.

Ruach Hakodesh, the Holy Spirit

We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit; that He is the infallible author and interpreter of the infallible Word; that He convicts, regenerates, indwells, empowers, instructs, and guides the believer in living, service, and worship through His gifts;  that in this age He baptizes, permanently indwells and seals all believers into one Body; that His chief purpose is to witness and  glorify Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah; that His fullness and power and control are appropriated in the believer’s life by faith.

The Dispensations

We believe that the dispensations are periods of time by which God administers His purpose on earth through man by varying  responsibilities; that they are a test of man’s submission to God based on progressive revelation; that they provide the proper view of Scripture, this being based on a literal interpretation as well as  a consistent distinction of Israel and the Church. Dispensations stay loyal to basic truths: that the ultimate purpose of God is His own   glorification; that dispensations are not different ways of salvation but in every dispensation the basis of salvation was always the blood of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah, the means of salvation was always by grace through faith, the object of faith was always God, but the content of faith changed in different dispensations dependent upon progressive revelation.

Angels: Fallen and Unfallen

We believe that God created an innumerable number of sinless beings known as angels, seraphs, and cherubs.

Lucifer a.k.a. Satan

We believe that one of these created beings, “Day-Star, Son of the Morning,” the highest in rank, sinned through pride, thus becoming Satan the adversary; that he is an actual person with all the characteristics of personality; that he is the originator of sin; that he operates today as the prince and god of this world; that he is the arch-enemy of God and the people of God and deceiver of humanity; that he led the first parents into transgression causing their fall; that he was judged at the cross, a judgment yet to be executed in the Lake of Fire.

Demons

We believe that a great company of angels followed Satan in his fall, some of whom became demons who are active as Satan’s agents in the carrying out of unholy purposes, while others who fell are “reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

Unfallen Angels

We believe that a great company of angels who kept their holy estate are ministering spirits of God for the carrying out of His purpose, especially to those who inherit salvation.

Man: Created and Fallen

We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he fell through sin and lost his spiritual life; that he is dead in his trespasses and sins and, hence, is totally depraved; that this fallen nature is transmitted to every descendent of Adam, the man Yeshua (Jesus) Messiah excepted; that man has no spark of divine life and is unchangeable apart   from divine grace.

Salvation

We believe that salvation is wholly a work of God’s free grace and not the work of man in whole or in part, nor due to man’s goodness or religious ceremony; that it is a gift to man received by personal faith at which time the righteousness of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah is imputed to the sinner, thereby justifying him in God’s sight.

The Extent of Salvation

We believe that at the point of salvation, the sinner  becomes totally accepted by God, united totally with the Messiah and, hence,  loved and accepted by the Father as Yeshua (Jesus) Messiah is loved and accepted; that he is now the recipient of all the riches of divine grace and in possession of every spiritual blessing and, hence, is not to seek a   “second blessing” or a “second work of grace.”

Eternal Security

We believe that all true believers once saved are eternally secure forever because of the nature and work of Yeshua (Jesus) Messiah and the very nature of the divine gift of eternal life; that it is the privilege of all who are saved to be assured of their salvation from the very moment that they accept Him as Saviour; that this assurance is not based on their own merit, but by the testimony of the Scriptures and the witness of the Holy Spirit.

Sanctification

We believe that sanctification is a setting apart unto God and that it is threefold: positional sanctification, in which the believer is viewed by God as already completed “in Yeshua (Jesus) Messiah,” being united with Him; progressive sanctification, in which the believer retains his sin nature throughout this life, needs to grow in grace, continually becoming more and more conformed to the image of the Son of God; and ultimate sanctification, in which the believer is fully sanctified in his state as he already is in his position, which will only occur when the believer sees the Lord and will be like Him.

Israel

We believe that God called a people to Himself who are the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; that Israel is the Wife of Jehovah, unfaithful in the past, divorced in the present, and to be   reunited in the future; that God has made four unconditional covenants with this elect nation that have remained unfulfilled; that God intends to fulfill all His promises to Israel in a literal way just as His warnings and judgments were fulfilled in a literal way; that in Israel’s history of unbelief there has always been a believing remnant according to the election of grace; that there will be a national regeneration of Israel at which time all of the provisions of the unconditional covenants will be fulfilled, including the seed, land, and blessing aspects.

The Church

We believe that the Church is the body and Bride of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah; that it is composed of all Jewish and Gentile believers from Pentecost to the Rapture; that entrance into this body is by   Spirit-Baptism; that it is distinct from Israel; that while sharing spiritual blessings with Israel of the Jewish covenants, it neither fulfills them nor has taken possession of them from Israel.

The Ordinances

We believe that an ordinance is a practice that is commanded by Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah, practiced in the Book of Acts, and expounded in the epistles; that only two ordinances exist: baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper, both of which are limited to believers only.

The Believer’s Responsibility

We believe that all believers are obligated to assemble together for the purpose of participation in the ordinances, to be taught the Scriptures by gifted men, to edify each other, and to worship God; that this assembling is to be organized as a local church under authoritative leadership; that the believer is called to holy living in the power of the indwelling Spirit; to fight the spiritual warfare against the world, the flesh, and the devil; to use his spiritual gifts for the purpose of building up of the local body of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah.

The Great Commission

We believe that it is the responsibility of both the church and the individual believer to evangelize and disciple all nations both actively (doing the work of evangelism) and passively (supporting those doing the work of evangelism): that the specific procedure for discipling the nations is “to the Jew first” and this is   also true in both active and passive evangelism.

The Rapture

We believe that Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah will return into the air for the purpose of gathering the Church to Himself both dead and alive; that this event is both imminent and pre-Tribulational; that this is the blessed hope of the Church.

The Tribulation

We believe that some time after the Rapture, the Tribulation of Israel’s Seventieth Week will occur for a period of seven years; that it is a time of judgment of all humanity; that it will bring to an end the times of the Gentiles and result in the national regeneration of Israel.

Second Coming of Yeshua the Messiah

We believe in the personal, visible, and bodily return of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah to the earth with his saints after the Tribulation and before the Millennium in the clouds of heaven with glory and great power at the request of and   to save Israel from her enemies; to judge all living Gentiles for the  purpose of determining who will be excluded from the Kingdom and who  will be included in the Kingdom.

The Messianic Kingdom

We believe in a literal one-thousand year reign of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah on earth over Israel and the Gentiles during which time the Church will co-reign with Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah, the unconditional covenants with Israel will be fulfilled, Israel will be restored along with the resurrection of the Old Testament saints, Satan will be bound in the abyss, the curse will be lifted, and the knowledge of God will permeate the world, and peace will be maintained by the iron-rod rule of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah.

The Final State

We believe that at physical death, the believer immediately goes into the presence of God in full conscious fellowship with the Lord, awaiting the resurrection of the body; that the unbeliever enters immediately into eternal conscious separation from God in Hell, awaiting the resurrection of the body. We believe in the eventual resurrection of all saints before the Kingdom to fellowship with Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah in the Kingdom on this earth and then in the New Jerusalem on the New Earth in eternity after the Kingdom; in the resurrection of all unbelievers after the Kingdom to appear before the Great White Throne Judgment and then to abide for eternity in the Lake of Fire.