What We Believe

Statement of Faith

First, a word about names: At Living Messiah, although not dogmatic about it, we use Yahuwah (YHWH) in place of "the LORD" and Yahushua in place of Jesus. These are the Hebrew pronunciations of the English names commonly used and they are found in the Hebrew texts.

We Believe . . . .

  • We believe that the Bible, consisting exclusively of the 66 books (Hebrew: Tanach and Brit Chadasha, Genesis through Revelation), was written by men inspired by the Holy Spirit, was inerrant in the original manuscripts, was then and is today the authoritative Living Word of God, alone infallible in all matters of faith and doctrine; God's complete revelation to man. (Isaiah 40:8; 55:11; I Peter 1:21, Matthew 5:17, 18, John 10:35; II Timothy 3:15-17, Psalm 119:89; Proverbs 30:5-6; Jude 3)
  • We believe that our God is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and He is the Creator of all visible and invisible things and by His will everything stands and exists (Exodus 3:6, Matthew 22:32, Genesis 1:1, Isaiah 44:24)
  • We believe that Yahushua is the promised Messiah of Israel and Savior of all mankind. As the Son of God, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born by the Virgin, was living a sinless life, died and came to life from death. He was given the full authority in Heaven and on Earth.
  • We believe that through the work of His life and His blood we are redeemed and we have salvation. The meaning of name Yahushua is "Yahuwah Saves". (I Timothy 3:16, Isaiah 7:14, 9:6-7, Isaiah 53, Matthew 1:23, 26:63-64, John 1:29)
  • We believe that Salvation is a gift of Grace through faith in the sacrifice and blood of Yahushua, and everyone has right to receive Yahushua for their sins to be forgiven (Leviticus 17:11, John 3:16-17, 17:3, Romans 3:9-10, 23-24, Ephesians 2:8, Hebrew 9:12,22)
  • We believe in the ministry of the Holy Spirit of God, whose work on earth is to convict the world of guilt in regard to sin, righteousness and judgment, to draw man to know God, bring him to repentance and to reveal the person and work of Yahushua. The Spirit of God regenerates the believer in Yahushua, applying to him the Messiah's atoning work; and, indwelling him at the moment of salvation, enables him to live a sanctified life. We affirm that the Holy Spirit dwells in the community of the saved, imparting His gifts and ministries for the edification of the believers and the glorification of God. (Genesis 1:2; II Samuel 23:2, John 16:8-11; I John 2:20; John 14:26; I Corinthians 2:6-12, John 3:5-8; 6:63; Romans 8:11, Romans 8:1-4, Acts 2:38, 39; II Thessalonians 2:13; Ephesians 2:19-22, I Corinthians 11:4-11; Romans 12:11)
  • We believe in the resurrection from dead of everyone who ever lived on the Earth either for everlasting life with God, or for complete isolation from Him (John 5:28-29, Daniel 12:2, Matthew 25:46)
  • We believe in water baptism in the Name of Yahushua and that it is a voluntary decision and promise to serve Him with all your good will all the days of your life (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:37-38, 19:5, Romans 6:3-4)
  • We believe that all of us, Jews and non Jews, have access to God through Yahushua and are the Spiritual Body of Messiah (Acts 2:17, Galatians 3:28, Ephesians 2:12-14, 3:6, John 14:6)
  • We believe in the authority of the Ten Commandments (Law) which was and is ground and condition of covenant relationship between God and His people, and that the teachings of Yahushua confirm God's Law (Torah) and opens up its deepness and meaning (Jeremiah 31:31-34, II Corinthians 3:3-5, James 2:10-12, Romans 3:31, 7:12, 8:7-8, 13:8-10)
  • We celebrate Yahuwah's appointed festivals ---- which are the reminder and prototype of things already created in the Divine salvation plan ---- and that these festivals are going to be celebrated after second coming of Yahushua (Leviticus 23:1, Colossians 2:16, I Corinthians 5:8, Zechariah 14:16-19)

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Vision Statement

When we started our congregation, we felt the need for a written document that captured our vision for Living Messiah Ministries. Our congregational leader, Mark Webb, developed the "Vision Statement" below to meet that need. Reading this short document will give you a good idea of how we see ourselves and what we hope to do as a congregation.

Our Vision:

To Gather the Living Tabernacle of Messiah to Worship


   The Living Tabernacle . . .


  • A Guarded Body of Believers, in the Holy Spirit, Yahushua the Messiah, יהוה the Creator and Elohim of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the Eternal One of Israel.
  • A Covenant Assembly, a called out people, built on love, displaying the character and fruit of the Spirit of Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control.
  • A House of Hospitality, Charity, Praise and Prayer, filled with hearts of Thanksgiving.
  • United in Purpose.
  • Bondservants of יהוה , who preserves the covenant and lovingkindness of those who love Him and keep His commands.

   The Living Tabernacle will . . .


  • Branch and Grow by utilizing the gifts each believer has been given.
  • Proclaim the Message of Salvation to the nations.
  • Disciple those who seek Truth, The Living Word of יהוה , and Messiah Yahushua.
  • Make a Joyful Noise as families worship together in song and dance.
  • Establish the Essence of the Kingdom of יהוה , LOVE.

Mark Webb,
Congregational Leader
May 27, 2012



Vision Statement Update . . .


As our community has grown and developed over the past several years, certain ideas have come to the forefront that some of us feel may be from God. In particular, many in our “family” (mishpocha) are attracted to the idea of owning a fairly significant piece of land, as a community, for possible use in several ways. For example, we could use it as a place to celebrate the feasts of  יהוה, particularly Sukkot. It could also be used for vacation and recreational purposes by our community members. And ultimately, if the economic and social conditions in the metropolitan Phoenix area become unsafe, the land could be used as a safe haven for our own protection as well as others who God might put in our path. With this general idea in mind, a description of one possible scenario has been written which describes what such a development might look like.

As we continue to grow as a community, we are developing the type of family relationships that God describes in His word. We are all committed to following God’s leading and doing His work. If He is indeed leading us in this direction, then we should all work together to do His will.

Please read the description below and contact any of our leadership with your thoughts.


The Vision, a few years from now . . .


Somewhere, about two hours outside of Phoenix by car, there is a 40+ acre piece of land owned by Living Messiah Ministries. This land is reasonably secluded a few miles off the main highway and is generously endowed with scrub cedar and pinon trees as well as a few pines. Since acquiring this land, the people of Living Messiah have drilled a water well and have an old-fashioned windmill pumping water into a tank located at a high point on the property. Arrangements were made with the local electrical provider and power was routed onto the property. (Plans are in place to provide independent electrical power on-site in the future.) Several buildings have been constructed as well: A good-sized commercial kitchen adjoining a covered outdoor eating area able to feed a hundred or more people and an “ablution block” consisting of an array of toilets and showers for a similar number of people. In addition, there are various maintenance buildings and sheds around the property for various purposes.

Currently, several families from the Living Messiah community are living full-time on the property. Some families have made use of existing camping trailers or mobile homes, while others have constructed more substantial homes. These families are engaged in farming activities including raising goats (for milk) and chickens (for eggs) as well as tending several large garden plots. Many other activities are under consideration by the group. Also, additional development work is on-going that includes more housing of various sizes and types, as well as the construction of pads and hookups for motor homes. This facility is called the Living Messiah Ministries Farm, or simply the “Farm.”

Those families in our community that are not yet able to relocate to the Farm remain involved with the community in their present homes in the Phoenix area. These families operate the Living Messiah Ministries “Farm-Fresh Food” outlets that have been put in place in various locations around the valley. These outlets sell a variety of the food products grown at the Farm (for example, fresh eggs, fresh goat’s milk and cheese, fresh vegetables, etc.) to retail customers as well as various restaurants and grocery stores. In addition, there is a Living Messiah Ministries Fresh Food Restaurant located in downtown Mesa. At least two times per week, fresh produce is brought in from the Farm for the Food Outlets and necessary supplies are obtained in the city and brought back to those operating the Farm. Also, the Farm is used by the entire Living Messiah community at various times throughout the year. The community celebrates the three annual feasts together at the Farm. In addition, throughout the year various “Shabbat Celebrations” are scheduled when the entire community gathers for worship, food, and fellowship.

Goals:

  • First and foremost, to act only on God’s leading (as shown by unanimity of the leadership) being obedient to His calling.
  • Provide a safe and secure refuge in case of trouble in the valley both for the members of our community as well as others who God may put in our path
  • Provide a service to our neighbors by being a source of fresh organically-grown food
  • Play a part in God’s re-gathering of His people during these End Times

Jerry Watkins,
Beit Din member
September 21, 2016


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Personal Resolution

Each member of this congregation's leadership has made a personal vow before God concerning his life and conduct. This written vow, known as the "I Resolve" document, can be viewed here.












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What We Do

Weekly Torah Study

It is known that people learn more effectively when they are actively engaged in discussion rather than passively listening to a speaker. With this in mind, our weekly Torah study emphasizes interactive discussion. Each week, a different member of the leadership team conducts the Torah study for that week. The goal is not merely to present ideas that the leader may have but to also stimulate discussion so that other members of the congregation might share insights that the Father has given them.

We are currently studying the Torah on a three year cycle which allows us more time to delve deeper into His Word. Go to our Bulletin Board page to see the current schedule.

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Davidic Dance

Consider joining us during praise and worship as we worship from our hearts using our hands and feet. You need not know the steps just move in the same direction and you will catch on in no time. If you are interested in practicing some of the dance steps we use, inquire about our dance workshops.

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Breaking Bread Together (Oneg)

Join us each Shabbat after services from 5:00 - 6:30 for an evening meal we share together. Either bring a picnic dinner for yourself or bring a dish for our buffet table to be shared with others. We look forward to this time of fellowship around the dinner table as we close the Shabbat together.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a listing of some of the more common questions that we are asked along with our responses. This is a "work in progress" and changes as we receive different questions. Please feel free to ask us a question and if it is of common interest to others, we'll post both the question and our response in this column. You may submit your questions via email to info@livingmessiah.com

 

  • Q:  Why are you celebrating the Holy Days one month later than on the regular Jewish calendar?
    A:  We believe that the Jewish calendar is in error, at least this year. For 2013, they declared Nissan 1 to be on March 12. We believe that the new year cannot start until the old one is over, that is, until Winter has past and Spring begun. This happens on the Spring Equinox, when the length of the day equals the length of the night. This occurs around March 21 of each year. So we began counting the days of this year on the first new moon after the Spring Equinox which places the Holy Days later than the regular Jewish calendar. For more information on this topic, see the "New Moon Presentation" on the Further Studies page by clicking here.

  • Q:  Why do you pronounce Yeshua’s Name as Yahushua, and Yahveh’s Name as Yahuwah?
    A:  We use Yahushua because He comes in His Father’s name, so part of the Father’s name must be in His Name (John 5:43.) So the Yahu is in Yahushua and Yahuwah. Furthermore, Yahushua is the name of Joshua who was a type of Messiah who brought the Israelites into the promise land. We know that “Jesus” in Greek is Iesus and when you look at Joshua's name in the Septuagint it is the same name, Iesus.

    Also the prophets came in Yahuwah’s name: Isaiah (Yeshayahu) or Jeramiah (Yirmeyahu) bear His name. The angel told Mary to name the child Yahushua because "He will save His people" (emphasis on He). So when you look at Yahushua it means “Yah will save”, whereas Yeshua only means “salvation”. So the question is “who is saving”, since Mary was told the name means "He will save."

    We realize that not everyone may be "on the same page" with this line of reasoning, and we are not dogmatic about it. As long as you have a personal relationship with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob through the atoning work of the Messiah, that's the critical thing. We want to do all things in the spirit of Love.

  • Q:  Do you believe that the Bible is God's word to his people and is without error?
    A:  We believe that the Bible is definitely God's word to his people and that it was written by men under the inspiration of God's Holy Spirit (the Ruach HaKodesh in Hebrew). Because much of it was written more than 2500 years ago, long before the English language was created, there may be some translational errors. However, a close study of the Bible will reveal that it is amazingly consistent and relevant given its age and history. The very fact that the Bible even exists today is nothing short of miraculous. There is no other book like it on earth.

  • Q:  Do you believe that Jesus was born on Christmas?
    A:  We believe it's very unlikely that Jesus was born on Christmas. Furthermore, it's even more unlikely that he ever heard the name Jesus. He was most likely known by his Hebrew name, Yahushua.


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