Biblical Faith, Biblical Practice

The goal of the Remnant Community is to live a thoroughly Biblical life, searching the Scriptures for all that edifies, and examining the earliest writings of our Faith for those gems of Apostolic tradition lost over the ages. We're not a denomination or a church institution, we're a community. We don't have a dress code, nor do we judge you by your past. We're tired of the lethargy and spiritual decay that marks much of the churches of our day, so we stopped attending church and started being the church. We know finding your way can be difficult, so we strive to present only pure ancient biblical and early Christian teachings and practices- no man-made doctrine.

The following is not an exhaustive explanation of our beliefs, but a simple presentation of the very basics.

Our core beliefs are:

God
We believe in one God, self existent and eternal, Creator, Sustainer, and Ruler of all things, who is infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: The Father (Abba), the Son (Yeshua), and the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh). They are equal and co-eternal.

Sacred Scripture
The Old and New Testaments are the divinely revealed Word of God, written and inspired by the Holy Spirit, and inerrant in the original manuscripts. They contain all that is necessary for salvation and are the supreme and primary authority for faith and practice.

Early Christian Writings
The writings of the first three centuries of the church are not infallible, but are of value in understanding the history, theology, and practice of the early disciples. When they speak in unity on an issue, and the unified opinion is in accord with the full counsel of the Word of God, this is what was referred to as the "tradition of the apostles", and we embrace such apostolic beliefs and practices.

Jesus the Messiah
We believe that our Lord Jesus is the promised Messiah (Christ), the eternal and only begotten Son of God, Who became man without ever ceasing to be God; that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and lived a perfectly sinless life. He died on the cross, making a full and satisfactory atonement for the sins of the whole human race, then rose from the dead bodily on the third day from the grave and ascended into heaven, where He is enthroned at the Father's right hand as our intercessor.

The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Godhead, is Lord and Giver of Life, who continually glorifies our Lord and Savior Jesus, convicts us of sin, and regenerates all who repent and trust in Him for salvation. It is by the Holy Spirit that disciples are indwelt, sanctified, and guided into all truth; and it is also by Him that Christ lives in the corporate body of believers, the gospel is proclaimed, and the Kingdom of God is advanced.

Humanity
Humanity was created in the image of God, with the potential to be partakers of the divine nature; but as a result of Adam's sin, the entire human race is alienated from God and inclined to rebellion and sin. By nature we are thus corrupt and fallen, hostile to God and His Law, and unable to remedy our condition or save ourselves. Through God's prevenient grace, He  restores moral sensibility to all, enabling each of us to respond to His offer of salvation.

God's Law and Sin
We believe that all sin is a transgression of the Law of God, and that the 10 Commandments form the core of God's Law of Love. Disciples of Jesus are under no obligation to observe the specific applications of Old Testament Law, but rather to observe the universal principles of those Laws. The entirety of Old Testament Law, and these universal principles, is expressed and condensed by Jesus in the commandment to love the Lord our God and our neighbor as ourselves.

Salvation
God loved us so much that He gave His only begotten Son, who, though tempted in all ways like us, lived a completely sinless life. That Son, Jesus, died for the sins of every man, woman and child, making it possible for us to be forgiven our sins and to be restored to God the Father. This salvation is the provision of God's loving grace alone, and is a gift we must freely accept. Those who repent and accept this free gift are regenerated and justified. They are restored to fellowship with God and initially sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

Baptism and the Reception of the Holy Spirit
Baptism in a body of natural water is the biblical process by which one is regenerated and becomes a disciple, followed by the laying on of hands to receive the Holy Spirit as an indwelling presence.

The Called Out
We believe the ekklesia, the community of disciples of Jesus who have been called out of the world, was founded by Him personally, and is a spiritual body comprised of all those who believe on Him and have received the Holy Spirit, living a life of faith and devotion. The mission of the community of disciples is to preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God, and to make disciples of all nations.

Spiritual Leadership
Sacred Scripture attests to the role of apostles (emissaries) as a leadership office that extended beyond the original twelve, and of the ministry of presbyters (elders) and bishops (overseers), along with their ministerial assistants, deacons and deaconesses. We fully embrace this biblical model of leadership today.

Discipleship
Just as one cannot learn a trade without being mentored and taught by someone who has proven themselves an authority on the topic, one cannot be a successful disciple unless they are mentored and taught by one with experience and authority. This biblical model of discipleship was the operating model in 1st century Judaism, from where it found its way into the early community of disciples. We restore this as our operating model today.

The Spiritual Realm
We believe in the reality of the spiritual realm as described in Sacred Scripture, and understood by the early church. Thus we accept the existence of holy angels and their orders, the divine council, the rebellious (fallen angels), and the Nephilim, whose spirits are what we know as demons. We believe in the daily interaction of the spiritual realm with the material (earthly) realm, and of the necessity for spiritual warfare.

The Second Coming
We believe in the personal, visible return of our Lord and Savior Jesus to make war on the Anti-Christ, to execute judgment, and to establish His kingdom on the new earth, in the New Jerusalem, from where He will reign for 1,000 years.

The Sabbath Day and Sunday
The Sabbath is a day on which we are commanded to rest from all servile work and focus on rest, relaxation, family and God. In keeping with the witness of Sacred Scripture and the early Christian writings, we observe Saturday as our day of rest and Sunday as our day of corporate worship.

Holy Days
We observe the seven annual feast days given to Israel by God, and kept by Jesus, the Apostles, and the original disciples. We also observe the ancient practice of "Station Days", a series of days for fasting and self reflection. We also find no biblical prohibition on the observance of those holy days known as the Feast of the Nativity and the Feast of the Resurrection.

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