Statement of faith:
So that we may have unity among us, know and speak the same foundations, and have integrity in presenting our witness of Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus the Christ), we hereby establish that The Bridge holds to:
There is but "ONE" God and creator, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob. He is ''I AM'' as revealed to the prophet Moses, the God who was, who is, and is to come. He is the creator of all things, our Sustainer and life giver. He is the Covenant maker and the Covenant keeper, our kinsmen Redeemer. God himself is Spirit (John 4:24) who has revealed Himself in numerous ways.
God’s Holy WORD, known as the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, are the written revelation of Himself and His kingdom. It was penned by His Holy Prophets under inspiration of His Holy Spirit. It was given for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness for His covenant community, as explained in 2 Timothy 3:16. Both testament's are divine, authoritative, and are essential in establishing sound doctrine and accurate biblical teaching.
This same WORD was made flesh in the person of Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus the Christ) and dwelt among mankind as the only begotten son of God, John 1:14. He is the living WORD of God and the promised Messiah. He was born by the power of the Holy Spirit through the virgin Miriam (Mary). He lived a sinless life through the power of the Holy spirit, setting an example for His disciples. He then gave His life as the atoning sacrifice for all mankind. He was crucified, buried, and rose again the third day. He ascended into Heaven and sits at the right hand of the power on High.
All mankind is born of flesh, and therefore, must be born again through the Spirit, becoming a child of God. Unless one is born again, they cannot see the Kingdom of God John 3:3. To be born again is to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to receive Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus the Christ) as savior and master, by which the implanted WORD comes to dwell within the heart of the covenant believer. His Spirit then leads, guides, instructs, empowers, transforms, and comforts the covenant believer. An external immersion in water (baptism) is performed as an outward sign and confirmation that this has indeed taken place.
The TORAH of God, commonly referred to as the "LAW", was given as the governing constitution for the called out assembly or "Church". The English word "LAW" is an improper rendering based upon the Greek word "nomos". The Hebrew word TORAH, translated LAW, actually means (teaching, instruction, and guidance) The teaching was given by God himself to the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It was then given to and written down by the prophet Moses, who gave the teaching to God's covenant community. This teaching was never given as a means of salvation, only as a covenant agreement between Himself and His people. Those who received this covenant teaching were already redeemed. The covenant teaching was given to sanctify and to set His people apart from the pagan world in which they were delivered. The teaching instructs us in how we are to love God and our neighbor as ourselves. Most importantly, it teaches us how to walk as our Messiah walked, and leads us into the new life that is found within Him.
Within the teaching given to us by our Father, we find the Feasts of the LORD. Due to simple misunderstanding, most believers see these Feasts as Jewish holidays, but this simply is not so. These Feasts are holy (set apart) celebrations given to draw us together as a community of faith in worship and to give thanks to our awesome God. The Feasts of the LORD are filled with biblical prophecy and foreshadow past and future biblical events. We consider it an honor to keep and proclaim our fathers amazing Holydays.
With that said, The Bridge Jackson differs from the mainstream Messianic and Hebrew roots assemblies in regard to the timing of the feasts of the LORD. After extensive study and research, we have moved away from a lunar based biblical calendar system. We feel that the original calendar was a solar based calendar which was the calendar that Moses and the Israelites followed in the wilderness, and that King David instructed for King Solomon to implement when he built the first temple in Jerusalem. We do not speak against anyone who follows a lunar based calendar, as we also used a lunar reckoning for many years within the Torah movement. We do not feel this to be an issue of division or contention. However, we do feel it necessary to inform possible visitors where we stand on the issue of the biblical calendar. We feel that it is very important to have the proper timing for the feasts, which is why we maintain the calendar to the best of our understanding.
The Bridge Jackson is a "Two House Theology" assembly of believers. We believe that the covenant nation of Israel was originally a mixed group of individuals made up of both the native born children of Jacob and the non Israelite who left Egypt, joining themselves to the God of Israel. This covenant nation was made up of 12 tribes and entered into a covenant with God at Mt Sinai. We believe the scriptures teach a clear division and separation of those 12 tribes into two separate kingdoms known as the House of Judah and the House of Israel. Not all members of those 12 tribes were Jewish as we may believe, only one tribe was Jewish, being those from the tribe of Judah. Later, both the tribes of Benjamin and Levi would become one with the house of Judah. Due to their sin and rebellion to the covenant, both kingdoms would be taken into exile and become mixed into all nations of the world. These two kingdoms will eventually be regathered to the land and be a part of the Messianic kingdom to come in the hand of our Messiah Yeshua (Jesus the Christ). We do not believe salvation and covenant entry are based upon lineage or DNA. Faith in what Messiah has done is what allows anyone to join the nation of Israel and become a covenant member of the commonwealth of the nation of Israel.
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