Some of the things that make Following Messiah distinct are the following:
- Our belief that God is an eternal, multi-dimensional, personal Spirit being that objectively exists outside of the dictates of time, space, and matter of the physical universe, as well as outside of the boundaries and control of people’s minds. dreams, and hopes. We are firm believers that God created humanity, not the other way around.
- Our belief that God rules as King over His Kingdom, and that if we accept what His Son, the Messiah Jesus (Yeshua) did by dying on the cross and bodily rising from the dead in fulfillment of the promise that God made with the fathers (i.e., Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob), as well as accept Him as our Lord and Messiah, then we become part of that Kingdom.
- Our belief that the Bible contains the early history, Constitution, teachings, and literature of God’s Kingdom, and that none of the Bible [God’s Kingdom Manual] has been “done away with” or “annulled,” but as the Apostle Paul (Rav Sha’ul) wrote in
2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is inspired by God [or “God-breathed”] and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man [or woman] of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
- Our belief that to properly interpret the Bible, we must place it back into its original contexts (historical, social, cultural, religious, linguistic), and interpret and understand it within those contexts, and then bring the meaning forward to our day and time to see how to apply it today. It is important to remember that a text cannot mean anything today that it did not mean when it was originally written.
- Our belief that God has called all members of His Kingdom, including all believers in the Messiah to live a life of holiness before Him. (Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2; 20:26; Ezekiel 36:27; I Thessalonians 4:7; and I Peter 1:15-16).
- Our belief that as believers in the Lord, and as members of His Kingdom, God wants to empower each of us with His Spirit (Heb. Ruach) and His gifts to enable us to be able to minister to others within a congregation, as well as outside in the larger, surrounding society.
- Our belief that all believers in the Messiah have been called to some type or level of ministry, whether to one’s own family and friends, to one’s neighbors and co-workers, within a particular congregation, or within a particular country, or within several countries or even around the world. Therefore, we need to be educated, trained and equipped to function within the ministry that the Messiah has called each of us to do for His kingdom and glory.