Eitz Chaim is a messianic congregation, please review our vision statement and statement of faith

Eitz Chaim vision statement

To establish a Torah positive Messianic synagogue dedicated to the principal truth, as revealed in the Tenach and Brith Chadashah, that Y'shua of Nazereth is the promised Messiah, King and Redeemer of Israel. Thus, we seek to lift up the G-d of Israel and His son Y'shua as our central focus and goal in all we do, from an authentic Biblical and Hebraic perspective.

To establish a covenant community that adheres to the standard of G-d's righteousness as revealed through his Torah, upholding the Tenach and Brith Chadashah as the ultimate authority for congregational life, teaching, doctrine and perspective, and to establish a close-knit community of faith that will exemplify love by sharing our lives together, carrying each others burdens and sharing each others joys.

To promote the faith, experience, and life practice of followers of Y'shua the Holy One of Israel as boldly revealed in the Brith Chadashah, and to actively advance the spiritual growth and maturity of those in our midst.

To build a congregation based on outreach to, education of, and involvement in all spheres of the Jewish community, to prayerfully uphold the Nation of Israel and its importance to the believing community and the world, as well as to support worthwhile Jewish causes by practical participation.

To establish an environment that promotes, teaches, and lives by the standards of traditional Judaism, and nurtures the growth and cultivation of Jewish life and thought within the context of our New Covenant faith in Y'shua, with the goal of successful transmission of our heritage, faith, and love for HaShem and our neighbor to our children and future generations.

To recognize our role of union with, and encouragement in the faith of, Gentile believers (as part of the commonwealth of Israel and Body of Messiah), and also our responsibilty to be a light to the Jew first as well as the nations, pointing the way to the Lord Y'shua as the only way to salvation.

Eitz Chaim statement of faith

(1) SCRIPTURE

We believe that the entirety of the Tanakh and the B'rit Chadeshah is the inspired, infallible, inerrant (in its original language) and authoritative Word of G-d. The Tanakh and the B'rit Chadeshah is the eternal, supreme Law and the fullest revelation of G-d to man. The Tanakh and B'rit Chadeshah (the "Scriptures") will serve as the ultimate authority for congregational life, teaching, conduct, doctrine, principles of faith and perspective. The Holy Scriptures are "valuable for teaching the truth, convicting of sin, correction of faults, and training in right living." (II Tim. 3:16). We also believe that the Torah shel b'al peh has great value and that it should be taught, studied, and respected in the Messianic Jewish community.

(2) NATURE OF G-D

We believe in the One and Only Living G-d, the Holy One of Israel, eternally existing in a complex unity revealed in three expressions -- Av (Father); Ben (Son); and Ruach haKodesh (Holy Spirit), the G-d of Avraham, Yitzhak, and Yaacov. He is all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-present. He creates and guides all creatures, and made, makes, and will make everything. He knows the hearts and actions of all men, and one day will reward the righteous and judge the unrighteous.

(3) Y'SHUA HAMASHIACH

We believe that Y'Shua of Nazareth is the one and only promised Messiah and Redeemer of Israel and of the world. He is the only begotten Son of the Father, full of grace and truth. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, atoning death through His shed blood on the tree, His bodily resurrection on the third day, and His physical return as King of Israel and Master of the Universe in power and glory. By His life, death, and resurrection, He fulfilled the Messianic prophesies in the Tanakh related to Messiah's first coming. He bore the reproach of sinners, and was afflicted even unto death on the tree. He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. (Is. 53:5) He is the visible image of the invisible G-d, the exact representation of G-d's nature, and the perfect expression of His Glory. He is the Word of G-d, the Living Torah, and the fullest representation of G-d to man. He is the Aleph and Tav, the first and last, the beginning and the end. He was eternally with the Father in the beginning and was not created. All things are created through Him and by Him. He is fully Divine and yet came in the flesh. The fullness of the Deity dwells in Him in bodily form. He and the Father are One (Echad). We believe in the total Deity and total humanity of the L-rd Y'Shua HaMashiach.

(4) SIN AND SALVATION

We believe that man was created b'tzelem Elokeim (in the image of G-d), but because of Adam's disobedience, fell into sin. We believe that unless man repents from his sin and accepts Y'Shua HaMashiach as His Messiah, L-rd, and Savior, and actively submits to and puts his trust in Him and in Him alone, he is condemned to eternal separation from G-d. Thus, for the salvation and redemption of man, regeneration by the Ruach haKodesh (Spirit of G-d), through trust in the person and work of Y'Shua HaMashiach, is absolutely essential. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father, but through Him. The only provision G-d made for reconciling man to Himself was through the
atoning work of Messiah Y'Shua, who died as the kipporah (sacrifice) for our disobedience and rose again, manifesting His victory over sin and death.

(5) HOLY SPIRIT

We believe in the work and presence of the Ruach haKodesh in the life of the Believer. He is the Comforter, Sealer, Guide, Gift-Giver, and by whose indwelling the Believer is enabled to live a godly life. He brings forth the fruit of righteousness in the lives of all followers of the Messiah. The Ruach haKodesh also gifts, orders, and leads the local body of Believers, enabling them to become a community of love and service.

(6) THE CONGREGATION

We believe that those who are of the Ruach haKodesh become members of the universal people of G-d, or the Body of Messiah. Gentile Believers are grafted into the natural olive tree of Israel, Israel's G-d, and Israel's Torah, and become part of the Commonwealth of Israel. This one spiritual fellowship thus includes both Jews and non-Jews as equal members of His body. We thus believe in the spiritual unity of all Believers who truly trust in HaShem through Y'Shua HaMashiach. The L-rd Y'Shua is the head of this body, and members find their place of service and worship in the local congregation.

(7) COVENANTS WITH ISRAEL

We believe in the continuity of G-d's eternal covenants with the physical people of Israel. As Jewish followers of Y'Shua, we are called to maintain our Jewish biblical heritage and traditions as expressed through the eternal covenant of Torah and remain a part of our people Israel. This demonstrates our obedience to G-d and is also part of our identity and a witness to the faithfulness of G-d. We believe that G-d gave the Torah for moral instruction which would point forward to the Messiah's work. By the Torah, G-d sets forth a righteous standard for holy living and for preserving a distinct nation of Israel. Y'Shua's fulfillment of Messianic prophesy in no way annuls the Torah. (Mth. 5:17) Y'Shua is the Living Torah. The commandments of the Torah are Y'Shua's commandments. They are the revelation of the heart of G-d. They are a reflection of Y'Shua's heart. The Torah guides and trains us to become more like Him, because this was how He Himself lived and what was in His heart. He is the fullness of the Torah. Our lives should be so full. Righteousness with G-d is, as it has always been, solely by His chesed, chen v' rachamin (lovingkindness, grace, and mercy), through the free gift of faith. We also believe that Eretz Yisrael is the homeland of the Jews, as promised by G-d to our forefathers, Avraham, Yitzhak, and Yaacov, as an eternal inheritance. We believe that Yerushalyim is the City of the Great King, Y'Shua HaMashiach, from which He shall rule and reign upon His Return in power and glory. For the Torah shall go forth from Zion, and the Word of the L-rd from Yerushalyim.