Volunteer Statement of Faith
- The Bible
We believe the Bible, composed of the Tenach (Jewish Scriptures) and the Apostolic Writings of the New Covenant (Brit Chadasha), is the only infallible and authoritative Word of God.
2 Timothy 3:15-17; Romans 15:4; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Hebrews 4:2; Ephesians 6:17
- God Is Echad
We believe God is Echad, as declared in the Shema, “a united one” or “compound unity” eternally existent in three persons.
Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 48:16-17; 1 John 5:7-13
We believe in the Deity of Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus, the Messiah), that He is the “Seed of the woman” as God promised, and that His virgin birth was to be a sign to Israel of His Messiahship.
Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 1:22-23
- Messiah Yeshua’s Life
We believe in Messiah Yeshua’s life, His miracles yesterday and today, His vicarious and sacrificial death as our atonement, His bodily resurrection, His personal future return for His followers, both living and dead, and the future establishment of His kingdom on Earth.
Isaiah 53:8-11; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Isaiah 9:6-7; 1 Corinthians 11:26; Zechariah 12:6-10; Zechariah 14:16-21
- Cleansed By Grace
We believe that the only means of being cleansed from sin is by grace, through faith in the shed sacrificial blood of the Lamb of God, Yeshua HaMashiach, and that regeneration by the Spirit of God is absolutely essential for personal salvation.
Leviticus 17:11; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 1:17; Habakkuk 2:4; John 3:3; Hebrews 11:6; Genesis 15:6
- HaRuach HaKodesh
We believe in the present ministry of HaRuach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) by whose indwelling the believer is enabled to live a godly life.
Jeremiah 31:31-34; John 14:15-17; Galatians 5:13-25
- Sons & Daughters of Israel
We believe the Jews according to the flesh (descendants of Abraham through Isaac, whether through the blood line of the mother or the father) who place their faith in Israel’s Messiah Yeshua have not disowned or separated themselves from their race and Judaic heritage, but remain sons and daughters of Israel. Gentiles who place their faith in Israel’s Messiah Yeshua are also, spiritually, sons and daughters of Israel.
Galatians 3:28-29; Romans 2:28-29; Genesis 15:6
We believe in the resurrection of both saved and lost, the one to everlasting life and the other to eternal separation from God, the latter being consigned to a state of everlasting punishment.
Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:46; Psalm 69:28; Revelation 20:12-15
- Middle Wall of Partition
We believe the middle wall of partition which in times past separated Jews and Gentiles has been broken down, the enmity between them eradicated by the Messiah Yeshua.
Ephesians 2:12-24; Acts 10:34
- New Covenant Body
We believe the New Covenant body of the Lord is composed of both Jews and Gentiles who have accepted Yeshua HaMashiach as the promised Redeemer and that now they are to worship together in the House of God.
1 Corinthians 12:13; Hebrews 10:25; Ephesians 3:6, 10-12
- Jewish Followers of Yeshua
We believe that as Jewish followers of Yeshua, we are called to maintain our Jewish biblical heritage and remain part of our people, and the universal body of believers. This is part of our identity and a witness to the faithfulness of God.
Romans 3:1-4; 1 Corinthians 7:17-20; Acts 21:20-24
This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of MJBI’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Board is MJBI’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.
Volunteer Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen 1:26-27.) Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen 2:18-25.) We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4.) We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10.)
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of MJBI as a biblically founded ministry and to provide a biblical role model to our staff, our constituents and ministry partners, and our students, it is imperative that all persons employed by MJBI in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality. (Matt 5:16; Phil 2:14-16; 1 Thess 5:22.)
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11.)
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31.) Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of MJBI.
Volunteer Statement on the Sanctity of Human Life
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. (Ps 139.)