Women of Valor Faith Statement
We believe that the Bible, in its original language from Genesis to Revelation, is the inspired, infallible, Word of God. It is the final authority in establishing all doctrinal truths and determining how God desires His people to live and worship (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
We believe in the Creator of heaven and earth, Who is eternally existent in the plural unity revealed in the Shema: “Hear O Israel, the LORD (Yahweh) our God (Elohim), is one (echad) LORD (Yahweh).” The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are united in God (Elohim). We believe that the name, Yahweh, derived from the Hebrew letters, Yod, Hey, Vav, Hey, is the covenantal name of the Holy One of Israel (Deut. 6:4, Isa. 11:1-2, Isa. 61:1-3, Luke 4:18-21, John 17:21-24).
We believe Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth is the Messiah. As foretold by the Prophets, He was conceived by the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh), born of a virgin, and came to earth as God made manifest in the flesh. Yeshua our Messiah lived a sinless life, died as the atoning sacrifice for our sins, was resurrected from the dead, and ascended to the Right Hand of the Father. Yeshua is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, Who sits in the midst of the throne in heaven. He was, and is, and is to come. His sacrifice allows us to enter into the presence of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, with our praises, prayers, and petitions. Yeshua will return physically as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords to rule and reign over all the earth (Mic. 5:2, 1 Tim. 3:16, Isa. 7:14, Luke 1:34, 1 John 4:10, 1 Cor.15:4, Mark 16:19, Zec. 14, Acts 1:1-9, Rev. 6:5, Rev. 19:11-16).
We believe the Ruach HaKodesh dwells within us, as followers of Messiah, to lead, guide, teach, comfort and empower us to live a righteous life. Messiah Yeshua promised the Comforter, Who He described as the Spirit of Truth. The empowering of the Spirit (Ruach) is the same today, as it was in the day of Pentecost (Shavuot), as recorded in the Book of Acts. The infilling and gifts of the Holy Spirit are still available and operative in the lives of redeemed precious saints. The Ruach writes God’s law (Torah) on the hearts of His people to bring them to a place of loving obedience to the commandments of God (John 14:26, 2 Tim. 1:7, 1 Cor. 14:26, 1 Cor. 12:4-14, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:14-19, John 15:26-27, Eze. 36:26-28).
We believe the Torah is the instructions of a loving and gracious Father to His children. It is the perfect law that gives liberty. The Torah was not given for salvation or to earn favor with God. Instead, it is the loving instruction of how a redeemed people should live. The Torah was given through Moses to the covenant community of Israel. TheTorah is the same for the native born of Israel, as it is for those who sojourn among them. The Torah is to be written on the hearts of New Covenant Believers. Honoring Torah is an act of love toward God and our fellow man. Yeshua kept His Father’s commandments and lived in His love. We are to walk as He walked. We are to obey Yahweh’s commandments and to hold to the testimony of Yeshua (Jos. 22:5, Exo. 12:49, Jer. 31:31-33, Heb. 8:8-10, James 1:25, 1 John 2:3-6, 1 John 3:24, 1 John 5:3).
We believe all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God. All people, both the Jew and the non-Jew, need the Salvation (Yeshua) provided by the grace of Yahweh. We believe that salvation is by faith alone. One may not earn salvation by personal efforts. The new birth is a work of the Ruach, as evidenced in a heart that is circumcised to love the Holy One of Israel (Rom. 3:23, Eph. 2:8-10, Deu. 30:6, Rom. 2:29).
We believe that when a Jew or non-Jew puts his or her trust in Yeshua as Messiah, they are grafted into the olive tree of Israel. Faith in Israel’s Messiah makes one a member in the commonwealth of Israel. Our Father, Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness. If we are in Messiah, we are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise (Rom. 11:17-27, John 8:33-39, Eph. 2:11-19, Gal. 3:29).
We believe in the resurrection, both for the saved and the unsaved. For those who profess Messiah, they will be raised to everlasting life. Those who do not choose life in Messiah will experience eternal separation from God. Without Yeshua, sinful man is lost and must be born again by the Holy Spirit to enter the Kingdom of heaven. (John 5:28-29, Rev. 20:5-6, John 3:3-7, 1 Cor. 12:4-13).
We believe the family is the basic unit of the community of faith. From the beginning in Genesis, marriage is defined as the uniting of one man to one woman in holy matrimony. This Biblical depiction and description is confirmed by Yeshua and His covenanted Bride. Biblical nurture based on the Torah and its commandments are to be taught diligently to our children as we sit in our homes, when walk by the way, when we lie down, and when we rise. The commandments, written on our hearts, are the basis of the Spirit of Elijah that is being restored in our day (Gen. 2:24 2 Cor. 11:2, Eph. 5:31-33, Eph. 6:4, Deut. 6:7, Mal.4:4-6).
We believe that the weekly Sabbath and annual Feasts of the Lord (Yahweh) are “statutes forever” and should be celebrated by the body of faith represented by Believers in Yeshua. The feasts of the LORD, or moedim, are appointments for the Bride to meet with her Husband to learn more of Him and His Kingdom to come. We long for the day when His Kingdom is restored to Israel and His will is done on earth as it is in heaven (Leviticus 23, Zech. 14:16-19, Matt. 6:10, Acts 1:6, Rev. 22:17).
We believe we are One (Echad) in Messiah. In Him there is no longer the distinction of Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female; for we are all One in Yeshua. We are to live in the Father’s love and keep His commandments. (John 13:34-35, Gal. 3:28, John 15: 10-17, John 17:11, Phil. 2:2, Gal. 5:14, Rev.12:17).