Chosen People Ministries exists to pray for, evangelize, disciple, and serve Jewish people and help fellow believers to do the same. The Chosen People Ministries’ Doctrinal Statement affirms our commitment to the essence of historic, evangelical faith, and our core theological emphases as related to Jewish ministry.
We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Bible, which is inerrant and infallible in the original autographs. The sixty-six books of the Bible are the sole and final authority for belief, life, and practice (Psalms 107:11; 119:160; Mark 7:6-13; John 10:35; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 1:1-3; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
We believe there is one infinite and perfect God, eternally existing in three distinct and equal persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Leviticus 19:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 33:27; Isaiah 6:1-3; 40:28-31; Psalm 90:2; Acts 17:24). Each possesses the characteristics of personality as well as the nature and perfections of deity (Matthew 28:19-20; John 1:1-3; 15:26; 16:12-15; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-4). We believe God is love (1 John 4:7-8). He is compassionate, gracious, merciful, just, and true (Exodus 34:6-7).
We believe God is sovereign and created all things in heaven and earth for his glory (Genesis 1-2; Job 38-41; Psalm 19:1-4; Isaiah 37:16; Jeremiah 10:11-12; John 1:1-3; Romans 4:17; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 11:3). We believe God created Adam and Eve in his own image and likeness (Genesis 1:26-27; 2; 5:1-2; 9:6; Luke 3:38). All human beings have value because they are made in the image of God.
We believe through Adam’s sin, the image of God in humanity was marred so that all men and women are born guilty before God with a nature in rebellion against him (Genesis 3:1-24; Psalms 5:9; 10:7; 14:1-3; 36:1; 51:5; 53:1-3; 140:3; Isaiah 53:6; 59:7; Romans 3:10-18, 23; 5:12-21; 8:20-21). As a result, all people stand condemned and need reconciliation to God through the Messiah (Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:23; 5:8-12; 2 Corinthians 5:20-21; Ephesians 2:1-4).
We believe God chose the Jewish people as his bridge of redemption to a sinful world. He made an everlasting and irrevocable covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Genesis 15:9-21; 17:1-8; 26:3-5; 28:13-15; 35:11-13; Romans 11:28-29). It includes the election and perpetuity of Israel as God’s chosen people, the gift of the land of Israel, and the promise of Messiah through whom all families of the earth will be blessed (Genesis 12:1-3; 2 Samuel 7:6-16; Jeremiah 31:23-40; Romans 9-11; Galatians 3:6-4:7). We believe God initiated the restoration of creation by calling Abraham and his seed to bless the world (Genesis 12:1-3). The nation of Israel, Abraham’s seed, is a kingdom of priests, a light to the nations, a witness to God’s faithfulness, and a continuing part of God’s program (Exodus 19:6; Isaiah 49:6; 61:1, 4-6).
We believe God the Son preexisted as the eternal Word, became man, and was known as Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah, the Son of David (2 Samuel 7:8-16; 1 Chronicles 17:7-14; John 1:1-18; Romans 1:2-4). We believe in his full deity (Isaiah 9:6-7; John 10:30; 20:28; Acts 2:14-36; Colossians 2:9), his virgin conception (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:34-35), his full humanity (Hebrews 2:14-18; 4:15), and his sinless life (2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15; 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22 [Isaiah 53:9]). He is Prophet (Deuteronomy 18:15; Acts 3:22-24), Priest (Psalm 110:1; Hebrews 2:17), and King (Psalm 2; Hebrews 1:1-14). He offered himself once for all as the atoning sacrifice for the sins of humanity (Isaiah 53:5-6; Hebrews 9:6-10:18; 1 John 2:2; Revelation 1:5), was raised from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3-7), ascended to heaven (Acts 1:9-11; 2:30-38; Ephesians 1:19-23), and intercedes for his people (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25; 9:24). As the risen Messiah, he exercises divine authority from God’s right hand and will return to reign as King over Israel and the nations (2 Samuel 7:12-16; Psalm 110:1; Zechariah 14:9; Daniel 7:13-14; Matthew 2:1-11; Mark 14:62; Luke 1:32-33; 22:69; Acts 2:30-36; Philippians 2:10-17; Revelation 17:14) until he hands over the kingdom to the Father (1 Corinthians 15:24, 28).
We believe in the full deity and personality of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:3-4; Ephesians 4:30). He bears witness to Yeshua through the Word of God (John 14:25-27; 16:13; 1 Corinthians 2:10-11). He convicts the world of sin (John 16:7-11), regenerates individuals (John 3:3-5; Romans 6:3-4, 11; 8:11; Titus 3:5), baptizes believers into the body of Messiah (Acts 1:5; 2:16-18, 32-33; 1 Corinthians 12:13), and equips them for the Great Commission and the common good (Galatians 5:16-24; 6:8-10; 1 Peter 2:9-13). He indwells, sanctifies, fills, guides, helps, and produces the fruit of the Spirit in believers, and gives gifts to the body for the sake of God’s people (Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31; Ephesians 4:11; John 14:15-21; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2:19-22; 5:18).
We believe salvation for both Jews and Gentiles is available only through Jesus and his finished work (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). People must repent and believe in Jesus as Messiah to receive this salvation, a gift from God by grace through faith alone and not by works (John 3:16; 10:28-30; Romans 3:21-4:25; 8:28-30; Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 13:5). In accord with the New Covenant promise, believers in Messiah are forgiven of their sins, reconciled to God, regenerated and indwelt by the Spirit, empowered for godliness, granted abundant life, and sealed by the Spirit for the day of redemption (Jeremiah 31:31-33; Ezekiel 36:24-27; John 10:10; Romans 1:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2:10; 4:30).
We believe God commissioned his disciples to take the gospel to the Jew first and to the nations (Matthew 10:5-23; 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 9:15; Romans 1:16-17; Galatians 3:1-29). God promised to preserve a faithful remnant of Jewish people who embrace God’s message of salvation through the ages (1 Kings 19:18; Romans 11:5). Today this remnant accepts Jesus as Messiah. The Apostle Paul urged Gentile believers to attract Jewish people to the gospel (Romans 11:11). One day this mission to his chosen people will conclude when the Lord brings the nation of Israel to repentance and the knowledge of his Son. Scripture declares, “all Israel will be saved” (Romans 11:25-29).
BODY OF MESSIAH
We believe the body of Messiah is comprised of Jews and Gentiles who have accepted Jesus as the promised deliverer (Ephesians 2:11-3:6). Gentiles who have come to faith in Messiah Jesus are fellow heirs with Messianic Jews in the kingdom of God (Ephesians 3:6; Galatians 3:1-4:6). We encourage Jewish and Gentile believers to live together in unity and mutual respect, recognizing the value of expressing their cultural diversity in worship and lifestyle (Acts 14:23; 15:24-28; Romans 14:1-15:21; 1 Corinthians 9:20-21; Colossians 2:16-23; Hebrews 10:24-25).
We believe when Jesus returns he will reign over his kingdom from Jerusalem in fulfillment of the Abrahamic and Davidic covenants (Isaiah 2:1-4; 19:23-25; Micah 4:1-5; Zechariah 12:10). All nations will participate in the blessings of the earthly kingdom and share in the worship of God (Daniel 7:13-14; 9:27; Zechariah 14:16; Revelation 20:1-6). After he has put all his enemies under his feet and presents the kingdom to the Father for eternity, unbelievers will suffer unending judgment in hell (1 Corinthians 15:20-28; Revelation 20:7-15). The heavens and the earth will be made new, and believers will abide in joy and fellowship with God in the New Jerusalem forever (Isaiah 25:6-9; 65-66; Daniel 12:1-2; Revelation 21:1-22:6).