(Note of clarification: Terms like "we", "us", and "our" are used on this website to refer to many of "us" but not necessarily all who assemble with "us". Use of the word "member" is not intended to imply that there is an official "membership roll", rather it is meant to imply local "members of the Body of Messiah" who meet regularly in our fellowship. We do not have a "religious corporation" or "501c3 tax exempt status").
The Congregation of Yahweh
is an independent, loosely associated network of believers who seek the
truths contained in Scripture. As such, each of our members may hold some
different beliefs. We do not like to classify believers as "Christians", "Protestants", "Jews" or other such labels. These classifications tend to sow seeds of prejudice and
hate among people. A true worshipper of Yahweh who seeks to be in covenant with Him regards not any earthly label or praise of man.
Our aim is to promote the opposite, that is understanding and harmony. Our network does not use a system where one member or person is more important or higher ranking than others. We believe that all who come or meet with us are equal. Our aim is to help each other achieve knowledge, understanding, and to have fellowship.
Most of our members do however share some common beliefs. We encourage each person to research the information presented here using the Scriptures and other reputable sources including a standard American English dictionary, a Bible dictionary, a concordance and perhaps a comprehensive encyclopedia. In the following paragraphs, we will present some words that we commonly use and their definitions.
"And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name YAHSHUA: for he shall save his people from their sins." - (Matthew 1:21)
This verse shows us that His Name has a meaning. Other substitute names such as the grecianized/latinized "Iesous" or it's English equivalent "Jesus", have no such meaning contained within it. As a side note, we find it interesting that until about 500 years ago, there was no letter "J" in the English language and there is still no "J" sound in Hebrew or Greek, nor was there in the past.
Yahshua was the prophesied Messiah
of the Old Testament who came in the flesh (Acts 2:30, Romans 1:3).
He was manifested on this earth in human form as the "Son of Man"
to die for the sins of all mankind as the our Saviour. (John 3:16). He was then resurrected and ascended to heaven, from where He shall
return to the earth to establish the Kingdom of YHWH on earth (Deut. 18:15;
Acts 1:7-11; Acts 2:30-31) Most of us feel that the Greco/Latin/English name of Iesous/Jesus could never possibly have been the name of a Hebrew Messiah who's family spoke Hebrew. We feel any serious study of basic linguistics will bear this out plainly.
MOST of our conregation have a few common beliefs. These beliefs are shown below. On some of these beliefs, we will provide links to other sections of our site and to other places in order to provide further information and documentation.
We believe that the Scripures (Bible) are the divinely inspired words of Yahweh containing His plan of salvation, and the record of His participation in history. It is the foundation of knowlege and guidebook to life. We also believe that the Set-apart (Holy) Spirit is the spiritual extension of Yahweh, Elohim and the awesome mechanism to call His people out from the world system in the name of His Son. It strengthens His people spiritually and converts their minds (Luke 24:29; Rom. 8:9-14). We also believe in immersion (baptism) in water to symbolize the death of our old sinful self after repenting and the beginning of our new life through the acceptance of Yahshua, our Savior (Rom. 6:4-8; Col. 2:12). It is the declaration of our intention to change our sinful nature through the power of the Set-apart Spirit (Acts 2:38). Elohim gives us salvation through unmerited favor (Eph. 2:8).
Our unwavering trust that Elohim does exists and that He will accomplish the things promised (Heb. 11:1-13; James 2:17-18) is called belief, or faith. Although we believe that salvation is granted soley because of unmerited favor through YHWH's love and Yahshua's sacrifice, we also believe the Torah is still valid today. The Torah is also known as the Law or Teachings. The first five books of the Old Testament are known collectively as the Torah. The Laws of Elohim are all given in the Torah. This includes but is not limited to the Ten Commandments and Annual Sabbaths. In the New Testament, when Yahshua mentioned the Law, He was talking about the Torah. He lived by the Law and taught us to follow His example (Matt. 5:17-19; 1 John 2:3-7). We learn in 1 John 3:4, "Whoever commits sin trangresses also the law, for sin is the transgression of the law". We believe that eternal life is partially dependent on our repenting of sin as our Master has declared.
"From that time Yahshua began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." - Matthew 4:17.We believe that Yahweh can accomplish ANYTHING that HE wills. This is GREAT NEWS!
"Yahweh is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." - II Peter 3:9.