A body of believers growing together in intimacy with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and in the reality of the kingdom of God…
We, the undersigned assembly of believers (followers of Yeshua Ha Mashiach/Jesus Christ), on this 16th day of September in the year of our Lord 2012 (also known as Rosh Hashanah and the 1st day of Tishrei of the Biblical year 5773), desiring to form a congregation under the sovereignty and government of Yeshua Ha Mashiach/Jesus Christ, hereby declare our establishment.
Ordained by God and established in heaven to minister on earth, restoring all things in His creation (Acts 3:21), this congregation’s name is All Things Restored.
The name “All Things Restored” was chosen as a reference, not to create a sect or denomination in any way. All Things Restored is not affiliated with any religious party or denomination, but recognizes that, spiritually, all believers are part of the Body of Christ that belongs to our God and King. All Things Restored is a congregation (an assembly of two or more believers) of that Body of Christ (Matthew 18:20).
We declare that Yeshua Ha Mashiach/Jesus Christ is the King and Head of all aspects of All Things Restored, having sole and sovereign authority over it:
Ephesians 5:23 …even as Christ is the head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.
Revelation 19: 11-16 …And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
Colossians 1:18 And He is the Head of the body, the church, who is the Beginning, the First-born from the dead, that He may be pre-eminent in all things.
Romans 12:5 So we the many are one body in Christ, and each one members of one another.
Ephesians 1:20-22 which He [God] worked in Christ in raising Him from the dead, and He seated Him at His right hand in the heavenlies, far above all principality and authority and power and dominion, and every name being named, not only in this world, but also in the coming age. And He has put all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church.
Philippians 2:10 So that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth.
The government of All Things Restored is established by God the Father, through the atoning work of Yeshua Ha Mashiach/Jesus Christ, by His Holy Spirit to His Sons, whom He has called to be stewards of the mysteries of the Kingdom (1 Corinthians 4:1). The primary governing document of All Things Restored is the entire written Word of God, as inspired by Him. Additional governing documents will be used to cover issues not specifically answered in the Bible and to establish principles and methods specific to All Things Restored.
Section 1. The Word of God: We believe in the infallibility of the entire written Word of God, as inspired by Him. When administered by the Holy Spirit, it is our source of supreme revelation from God, superior to conscience and reason, and is our plumbline. (II Timothy 3:16-17; I Peter 1:23-25; Hebrews 4:12)
Section 2. God: We believe in one God, Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect, holy, and eternally co-existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who are omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. (Genesis 1:1; Genesis 1:26-27; I John 5:7)
Section 3. God the Father: We believe in God the Father, Who is an infinite, eternal, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love; that He mercifully concerns Himself in the affairs of mankind; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (John 20:17; Acts 2:33; Romans 8:15; Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalms 90:2; Psalms 102:27; I Timothy 1:17)
Section 4: God the Son, Jesus Christ: We believe that Jesus Christ is God, and that He is God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the seed of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin and that He came into the world to reveal the Father, and was the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person. He lived a sinless life, performed miracles by the power of the Holy Spirit and infallibly taught, lived and is the Word of God. He pre-existed with God in the form of God, yet humbled Himself and became incarnated as a man. He was very God and very Man, and is the only Mediator between God and mankind. He died a substitutionary death, whereby He purchased salvation for all who believe in Him. (John 1:1-2 & 14; I Timothy 2:5-6 & 3:16; Acts 7:37-38; Colossians 1:12-19)
Section 5: God the Holy Spirit: We believe the Holy Spirit is God. He came forth from the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. The Holy Spirit is the agent of regeneration and sanctification for believers in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit indwells every believer and makes the presence of Jesus real by teaching, comforting, guiding, convicting and enabling believers to live in ways that honor God. He empowers believers for ministry. We believe in the present and interactive ministry of the Holy Spirit and in all the Biblical gifts, which He continues to give today. (Acts 1:8; John 14: 16-17; Galatians 4:6; I John 5:7-8; I Corinthians 2:12)
Section 6. Christ’s Resurrection, Ascension and Immanent Return: We believe that after Jesus Christ’s substitutionary death, He was resurrected bodily and ascended into Heaven, where He sits at the right hand of God the Father, forever making intercession for His people. (Acts 2:23-24; Acts 3:14-15; Acts 10:39-41; Romans 1:4; Romans 10:9; I Corinthians 15:1-7) We believe in the literal, physical, personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to the earth and the establishment of His everlasting kingdom and dominion. (Acts 1:10-11; 3:19-21; Daniel 7:14; Revelation 20:4; Revelation 22:20) We acknowledge His Lordship — that Jesus Christ is Lord over all things in heaven and in earth, and under the earth. (Philippians 2:9-10)
Section 7. The Final Judgment: We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal blessing of the righteous, and endless suffering for those who have rejected Christ. (Hebrews 10:27-29; Romans 2:5-10, 12-16; Romans 14:10-12; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8; Hebrews 10:27; Revelation 11:18; Revelation 20:11-15)
Section 8. The Creation of Man: We believe that man was created by a direct and immediate act of God. (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:7)
Section 9. Satan: We believe in the reality and personhood of Satan, (Job 1:7; Matthew 4:1-11) and that he was defeated by Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. (Ephesians 1:19-23; Colossians 2:15) We believe that Christ has delegated His authority over all the works of Satan to His body, the Church. (Matthew 28:18-20)
Section 10. The Fall of Man: We believe that man by transgression fell from a state of righteousness and holiness in which he was first created, into total spiritual depravity, a state of death in trespasses and sins in which he is held as a slave of sin and an enemy of God, being unable to attain divine righteousness by his own efforts, but must be redeemed and delivered by the power of life in Christ. (Romans 5:12-21; I Corinthians 15:1-4)
Section 11: The Atonement: We believe the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ for the atonement of our sins and His bodily resurrection provide the only ground for justification, forgiveness and salvation. As the “Last Adam,” Jesus came to return all who believe in Him to the original mandate that the first Adam failed to accomplish. (I Corinthians 15:22; Ephesians 2:4-6; Ephesians 2:14-16)
Section 12. Justification: We believe that repentance and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ produces the work of justification in the believer. Through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, he is justified and made a partaker in the death and resurrection of Christ. Accepting Jesus Christ results in a re-conception and regeneration, as the seed of God’s light enters the believer’s spirit. (Galatians 3:19; I John 3:9) This results in a new birth, making the believer a new creation in Him. (Romans 5:1,9-10; Luke 22:20; Philippians 1:6; Romans 10:9-10; John 3:16; Galatians 4:4-7). We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. No ordinance, ritual, work or any other activity on the part of man is required or accepted in order to be saved. This saving grace of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, also sanctifies us by enabling us to do what is pleasing in God’s sight in order that we might be progressively conformed to the image of Christ. (John 1:12-13; John 6:37-44; John 10:25-30; Acts 16:30-31; Romans 3-4; Romans 8:1-17; Romans 8:31-39; Romans 10:8-10; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Titus 3:3-7; I John 1:7,9)
Section 13. Water Baptism: We believe that water baptism is an essential and necessary part of the “doctrine of baptisms”, (Hebrews 6:2), performed only upon repentant believers in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. This act is to be done by immersion, and we further believe that it is the means whereby we receive the new covenant sign of “circumcision of heart”. (Romans 2:28-29; Colossians 2:9-13) This ordinance is a personal and public statement of our faith in and identification with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ on our behalf. (Matthew 3:13-15; Acts 10:47-48; Colossians 2:11-12)
Section 14. Baptism in the Holy Spirit: We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit according to Acts 2:1-4; 10:46; 11:16-17; 19:6; that it is the seal of the New Covenant relationship, (Ephesians 1:13-14; Ephesians 4:30; 2 Corinthians 1:22) and that speaking in other tongues is the accompanying sign of receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit. (Mark 16:17) We also hold that the evidence of the baptism (or infilling) of the Holy Spirit is a Christ-like life, showing forth Christ’s character and nature and experiencing and manifesting the fruit, the gifts, the ministry and the power of the Holy Spirit. (Joel 2:28-29; Acts 1:4-5; John 1:33-34; John 15:26; John 16:13-14; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 5:18-21)
Section 15. Laying on of hands: We believe in the doctrine of the laying on of hands for:
a) The confirmation of one’s call by the laying on of hands with prophecy (Acts 13:1-3).
b) The impartation of the spiritual gifts when accompanied by prophecy and the laying on of hands (I Timothy 4:14; II Timothy 1:6).
c) The recognition, ordination, and setting apart of ministry.
d) The impartation of the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:17-18).
e) The ministry of healing the sick (Mark 16:18).
f) The blessing and dedication (setting apart) of children (Mark 10:16).
Section 16. The Ministry of the Holy Spirit: We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is manifested in the Church through the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and we hold that the gifts of the Spirit, (I Corinthians 12:7-11) should be and must be operative in the Church today in order for the Church to enjoy the fullness of God.
Section 17. Healing: We believe in divine healing for the whole man: body, soul and spirit. Healing (“Sozo” salvation) was obtained through the atonement by Christ’s sacrificial death (I Peter 2:24-25; Isaiah 53:4-5) and includes forgiveness from sin and freedom from every type of bondage and infirmity (Psalm 91:3; Hebrews 2:14-15; 2 Peter 2:9). We believe in healing as practiced by the early church (Acts 4:30; Acts 19:11-12; Romans 8:11; I Corinthians 12:9; James 5:14-15). We have been granted the authority in the name of Jesus to bring deliverance to others. (Mark 16:17-18; John 14:12; I Corinthians 12:9)
Section 18. Communion: We believe and acknowledge the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper in remembrance of Jesus and His crucifixion for the atonement of our sins and His complete redemptive work in the life of the believer. He was the Passover Lamb and fulfilled the Feast of Passover. We believe that Communion is a Divine mystery and that, as we partake of Him, His life is imparted to us, so that we receive all the benefits of His sacrificial work. We believe that it testifies of our union with Him, of the remission of our sins through His sacrifice on the cross, and of the fullness of what His sacrificial death accomplished. (Luke 22:17-20; I Corinthians 11:23-26; Mark 14: 22-24)
Section 19. Benevolence to the Needy: We believe that the Scriptures are clear concerning helping those in need. We are commanded to do good to all people as we have opportunity, with a special emphasis upon caring for those who profess to be fellow Christians, especially those of our own fellowship of believers. We are commanded to be generous and willing to share, laying up treasure for ourselves in the coming age by our kindness and generosity in this life. This is true for the church as an organization as well as for the individual members of the church. Therefore, in accordance with the Biblical commands, as a fundamental aspect of the practice of our faith, we will share of our material goods with those in need and will minister to them to the best of our abilities, whatever the need. (Isaiah 58:10-11; Galatians 6:10; I Timothy 6:18-19; Hebrews 13:16.)