STATEMENT OF FAITH
The Torah is the root of our doctrinal beliefs, and we firmly believe the Bible is the inerrant Word of God from Genesis to Revelation. Through our understanding of God's Word, our Statement of Faith proclaims our belief in God, and our standing on public policy. All members of Shiloh Messianic Congregation profess and believe that Jesus (Yeshua) is the Savior of the world.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
IN ESSENTIAL BELIEFS: WE HAVE UNITY
“There is one body and one Spirit . . . there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all . . ."
IN NON-ESSENTIAL BELIEFS: WE HAVE LIBERTY
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. ‘Who are you to judge some else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falll . . . . ‘So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. ‘So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.’”
Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22
IN ALL OUR BELIEFS: WE SHOW CHARITY
“If I hold in my mind not only all human knowedge, but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains, but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.”
1 Corinthians 13:2 (PH)
ESSENTIALS WE BELIEVE
1. ABOUT GOD
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; equal in both power and glory.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14
2. ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life, and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate his power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4;
Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13
3. ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is co-qual with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every
Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for
living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He
gives every believer spiritual gifts when they are saved. As Christians, we week to
live under His control daily.
II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18;
4. ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible is God’s Word given to us. It was written by human authors under the
supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for
Christian beliefs and living. Because the Bible is inspired by God, it is the truth
II Timothy 1:13, 3:16; II Peter 1:20, 21; Psalm 119:105; Proverbs 30:5
5. ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS
People are made in the spiritual image of God to be like Him in character. People
are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous
potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God
called “sin.” This attitude separates people from God, and causes many problems
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; 59:1, 2; Romans 3:23
6. ABOUT SALVATION
Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for
our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as
God’s offer of forgiveness, can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty.
Romans 5:1, 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26
7. ABOUT THE CHURCH
We believe in the universal church which is the body and the bride of Christ.
Christ is the head of the body, and all who have been “born again” are members.
We also believe that an extension of the universal church is the local church to
which believers are called to become active members; both worshipping, and
serving God in a local congregation.
Ephesians 1:22, 23; Romans 12:4-5
8. ABOUT ETERNITY
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally, separated from
God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be
eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are real places of
John 2:25, 3:16, 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 1:8, 2:44, 46