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    Welcome to the

    A Simple Portrait of
    Messianic Evangelical Life

    Second (2015) Edition

    To know a person of deep religious faith is to be curious about the source and nature of that faith. It is, therefore, not surprising that many members of the New Covenant Assemblies of Yahweh (NCAY) have been asked by friends, "Who are you?" This brief introduction to the life and beliefs of NCAY will hopefully go some way in answering that question.

    1. A Believing People

    Messianic Evangelicals (or New Covenant Christians as we are also called sometimes) are, first and foremost, a believing people. Our doctrines, teachings and beliefs are centred in the unique birth, life, death and resurrection of Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) and are therefore similar to those held by many other Christians. But the particular way in which we live and present the Besorah or Gospel (Good News) of Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) is quite unique. Messianic Evangelicals have been called to a new life in faith and practice that is unlike any existing Christian or Messianic community in the world today. We believe we have been called to prepare the Christian Community not only for prophetic events that are shortly to occur - and are already occurring - in the world but most importantly for the Millennial World that will come when Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) returns.

    2. A People with History

    Though NCAY is young (1986), it sees itself as part of an unfolding process in history. In the larger sense NCAY has emerged from the historic Hebrew and Christian traditions in which Elohim's (God's) people have yearned for and received divine guidance. Because we are a late 20th-/early 21st-century spiritual community many of the values and influences of Evangelical Protestantism and Messianic Israelitism are strongly evident in our movement. We are, however, evolving quickly as we remain sensitive to our prophetic call, so that even in the short space of three decades the modern NCAY community is virtually unrecognisable from the small body of Christians who first organised in the late 1980's. Following and keeping up with the break-neck speed of the unfolding of NCAY history is not, therefore, easy. Ours is not a stationary fellowship but one that is constantly exploring and changing as it comes to better understand its world mission.

    3. A People with a Calling

    Vision always outstretches available resources in a prophetic body. With five major callings to perform that encompass not only the whole world in this historical dispensation but the next one also, Messianic Evangelicals realise only too well their human limitations and their utter dependence on Yahweh for all things (see The Five Commissions). Whilst the long-term objectives of NCAY are staggering, the short-term objectives are realistic whilst challenging. Messianic Evangelicals are following a prophetic timetable and witnessing the miraculous hand of Yahweh in their, and others', spiritual unfoldment.

    4. A People who Care

    There is a great deal of carelessness in the world today. Some of it is seen in the shoddiness of services and goods which people provide other people. But these more apparent, immediate, and outward signs are only the tip of the iceberg of a growing carelessness of people for people. Our day is becoming increasingly typical of the times described by Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) when He said the love of many would turn the hearts of men cold and iniquity would flourish. Because we see much evil, hurt and injury, we encourage our people as individuals (in their professions, vocations, and civic duties) and as organised groups and congregations to utilise many of the resources available to them in righting social injustices which exist, in bringing a ministry of healing to people who are hurting physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It is the call of all Messianic Evangelicals to render service to the sick, lonely, and unloved people of the world as best they can and according to Yahweh's prophetic call to them as individuals and as local congregations.

    5. A Trans-National Fellowship of Hope

    Despair and cynicism are typical of our day. And at a first glance, there seems to be ample reason for it. The problems facing humankind are formidable: Pollution and waste of natural resources; crime and violence; international tensions over scarcities of food and energy; civil war and 'ethnic cleansing'; economic self-interest; the break-up of many of the old value systems; corruption and resultant mistrust of persons of authority; the proliferation of destructive weapons; the increase of drugs, bad music, the occult, fanatical religious groups, corrupt governments, etc.. These have become universal problems, not isolated to local circumstances, and now affect all people everywhere.

    But in the face of all this, we are a people of hope. Our hope is not in ourselves nor in modern technology. It is not in some set of concepts or ideas or plans. It is, instead, in the One Person whom we have found to be utterly reliable and worthy of trust. Because we know Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), and because Messiah has so thoroughly changed our inner selves (and is continuing to change us), we are absolutely convinced that the hope of the world is, as it has always been, the Master Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ).

    Our mission is to share that hope with you in an atmosphere of love and good fellowship which our fellowship offers and to prepare you for the tough times that are now beginning. As an international fellowship, we are a trans-national family of believers sharing a common hope, love, and faith. In NCAY you may have hope in the Master Yah'shua (Jesus) which can have a warm and profound, even revolutionary, impact on your life.

    6. A People who Believe in the Bible

    NCAY is founded on scriptural principles. As Christians we believe that the Bible is the Davar Elohim (Word of God) which provides insights and reliable guidance for living our lives in today's world and preparing for tomorrow's. In it we read about Elohim's (God's) involvement with people in history and the promise of Elohim's (God's) continuing action in the present.

    Messianic Evangelicals believe in all the Bible and that its principles are timeless. It is our testimony that the principles it teaches are sacred and provide the only guideline for living a fulfilled and happy life. Becoming a covenant community is a major theme, hence our name 'New Covenant' Assemblies of Yahweh.

    7. A People who Believe in Contemporary Revelation

    Whilst the spiritual truths found in the Bible transcend time and space, some of its council addresses local situations and may only be relevant to a cultural context which now no longer exists. Modern revelation is therefore desperately needed to address the needs of the modern world. It is for this reason that Messianic Evangelicals believe in on-going apostolic and prophetic ministry.

    Whilst for the sake of unity with the wider Body of Christ (other Christian churches and Messianic assemblies) we limit ourselves to the Protestant Bible as our only standard of truth in our public ministry, we do acknowledge on-going revelation and therefore the possibility of more scripture in the future.

    8. A People who Relate to Different
    Spiritual Contexts and Realities

    Despite the concept of the global village and the emerging socially engineered humanist global culture, local cultures are still very different. Even within the Christian community religious assumptions and ways of life vary widely, as does also their approach to different cultures. Indeed, much of the secular culture unfortunately intrudes into congregational life in such areas as dress, music, attitudes towards inter-perssonal relationships in both the home and assembly.

    Whilst holding fast the central truths of the Gospel, Messianic Evangelicals conceed that the Gospel tends, unfortunately, to be expressed and lived in many different ways for the present. We must accept people where they are and move forwards from there. We believe that in every culture when Christianity has taken root, whether as a minority or the majority faith, that certain truths shine more brightly than in others. In other words, every culture provides a wholesome stimulus for certain aspects of the Gospel but is repressive of others.

    NCAY therefore sees as one of its principle missions the establishment of an alternative Christian or Messianic Israelite culture. Because this is no easy matter and takes a great deal of time and personal struggle, it has received a call to establish, in addition to the regular local assemblies, twelve small communities around the world in order to implement these goals. The communities represent the best that the word cultures have to offer within the context of the overall prophetic vision of the Millennial World Order that will replace the present world systems.

    To do this requires an extensive educational system, whose function is to sensitise people to the strengths and weaknesses of existing and past cultures within a Biblical context, to give them a vision of the millennial culture that is to come, and help them to begin the adjustment to that new cultural reality.

    9. A People Serving in Three Priesthood Orders

    Messianic Evangelicals divide up into three different priesthood orders to implement their goals. The first, called the Patriarchal Order (or Holy Order), has the responsibility of establishing the twelve end-time Firstborn Communities, raising up apostles and evangelists, training the Eldership, and guiding the Local Assemblies (congregations) into one cohesive spiritual fellowship. The second, called the Enochian Order or Eldership, has the responsibility of leading and guiding the Local Assemblies in spiritual matters. The Zadokian Order, or Deaconate, has the temporal watch-care of the qodeshim (saints, set-apart ones) in the Local Assemblies. Together these form what the Bible calls the MELCHEZIDEK PRIESTHOOD. The latter two (Enochian and Zadokian Orders) are collectively known amongst us as the New Covenant Assemblies of Yahweh (NCAY).

    The vast bulk of the memberships serve in the Local Assemblies where talmidim (disciples) are made for service in the wider world. The Local Assemblies are therefore the life blood of the Fellowship and the place where Christian discipleship comes to full maturity.

    10. A People Who Share - Our Basic Articles of Faith

    Because Messianic Evangelicals consider themselves so richly blessed by heaven one of our greatest desires is to share the good news we have received. We believe:

      1. That the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Covenants, is the inspired and only infallible Word of Elohim (God) and is the supreme authority, not only in all matters of faith and conduct, but in everything it teaches [Isa. 40:8; Luke 24:2-7,44; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21];

      2. That there is only one Elohim (God), who has been revealed to mankind as at least Three Persons: the Father (Yahweh), the Son (Yah'shua/Jesus), and the sevenfold Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) [Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; Acts 5:3-4; Titus 1:3-4; 2:13; Rev.1:4];

      3. In the Scriptural record of special and recent creation by Yahweh-Elohim of the universe, the earth and all living things on it, and especially of Adam and Eve created in the image of Elohim and from whom all humans have descended; in the alienation of mankind from Elohim through the sin of Adam and Eve resulting in death and the necessity of salvation through Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) [Genesis 1:1-27; 2:2f, 18-25; 3:13-19; Exodus 20:11; 31:17; Neh. 9:6; Ps. 19:1-6; 33:6-9; 146:6; 148:3-5; John 1:1-3, 10; Acts 14:15; 17:24-28; Rom. 1:18-25; 3:23; 6:23; 1 Cor. 8:6; 15:22; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:2; 11:3; 2 Peter 3:5; Rev. 4:11; 10:6; 14:7];

      4. In the deity of our Master Yah'shua the Messiah (the Lord Jesus Christ), the only begotten Son of Yahweh, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory [Mark 16:19; Luke 1:27, 31, 35; John 1:1-2; 2:11; Acts 1:11; Rom. 1:3-4; Col. 1:13-20; 2:9; 1 Tim. 3:16; Titus 2:13; Heb. 3:18; 7:26; 10:12];

      5. That a person is made right with Yahweh and receives salvation through trusting faithfulness in the Master Yah'shua the Messiah (the Lord Jesus Christ) [Mark 16:16; John 4:22; 10:9; 14:6; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30f; Rom. 5:9f; 10:9; 1 Cor. 6:11; Phil. 2:9f; Eph. 2:8-10; 1 Thess. 5:9; 1 Tim. 2:5; 2 Tim. 2:10; 3:15; Titus 3:4-7];

      6. In the transforming, regenerating and sanctifying work of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) by which He conforms the repentant person into the image of Messiah (Christ) [John 3:5-6; 6:63; 20:22; Acts 15:9; 19:2; Rom. 8:9, 11; 1 Cor. 2:14; 6:11; 12:3; 2 Cor. 3:3, 6; Gal. 3:14; 4:6, 29; 6:8; Eph. 1:13; 2:5; 1 Thess. 1:6; 5:23; 2 Thess. 2:13; Titus 3:5; 1 Pet 1:2; 1 John 4:13];

      7. In the expectation of the Master Yah'shua (the Lord Jesus) that His talmidim (disciples) be set apart to live by the mitzvot (commandments) contained in the Old Covenant and the New Covenant, both given by the holy Elohim who never changes [Matt. 3:11; 5:17; 12:8; 15:1-6; 19:17; 23:23; Luke 24:49; John 8:34ff; 14:15; 15:14; 17:17; Acts 1:4f; Rom. 2:13-16; 6:12, 22; 7:12, 14; 8:11, 13; 15:16; 1 Cor. 1:2; 6:11, 19; 7:19; 11:2; Gal. 5:22f; Eph. 1:4; 3:16; 5:18; 1 Thess. 4:3; 5:23; 2 Thess. 2:13, 16; Heb. 8:8-12; 12:14; 1 Pet. 1:2, 16; 2:21; 3:15; 1 John 3:24];

      8. In the resurrection of both the righteous and wicked -- they that are righteous to receive the resurrection of life, and they that are unrepentant to receive the resurrection of judgment [Matthew 25:31-34, 41; Luke 14:14; John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15; 2 Cor. 5:10; Phil. 3:11; 1 Thess. 4:16; Rev. 20:4-6, 12-15]; and

      9. In the spiritual unity of all true believers in our Master Yah'shua the Messiah (Lord Jesus Christ) and the commonwealth of Israel consisting of the faithful remnant of Israelites and grafted-in Gentiles [1 Cor. 12:12-13; Eph. 1:10; 2:11-22; 4:16, 22, 23; Col. 1:18].

    Out of this we conclude:

      1. That Elohim (God), the creator of all things, is the sustainer of each person, and that therefore all persons are of great worth;

      2. That Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) is the unique expression of Elohim (God's) love and the only Saviour. Our belief in Him as Elohim's (God's) Son is the basis of extending love into all relationships;

      3. That Elohim (God) cares for you. He is infinitely personal. Our invitation is that you find renewal through sharing in our fellowship, worship, study and outreach;

      4. That Elohim's (God's) Kingdom has already come to individuals who trust in Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) and that it is available to you now. We believe that we are to develop quality relationships not only with our own people but with other Christians and unbelievers, and that these relationships are our greatest witness of Yahweh's love. Finally, that Yahweh's Kingdom will come temporally to the twelve Zionic communities and will become a global reality in the thousand years of peace that shall follow Messiah's return to earth;

      5. That our beliefs can only be expressed as a witnessing, caring community of believers working in unity and harmony. Our beliefs are expressed in actions. Through the Fellowship, new life is shared with others;

      6. That our response to Yahweh's love is a recognition of our calling to be stewards. Yahweh is the Creator and all that we own is in reality His, to be disposed of as He sees fit. We are therefore agents called to choose wisely. We believe in sharing our wealth in proportion to our faith and our willingness to serve others. The Local Assemblies practice freewill offerings as they are moved by the Ruach (Spirit); in the Zadokian (Deaconate) and Enochian (Eldership) Priesthood Orders the Law of Tithing is observed (paying 10% of nett income - a third to the ministry, a third to the poor and a third towards the festivals); and in the Holy Order members live the United Order, the principle of having all things in common, as was the custom in the first Christian Community in Jerusalem. Messianic Evangelicals are therefore able to choose the best way they feel they can respond as stewards of Yahweh's wealth.

      7. That real commitment comes only through the taking of covenants. What this means is that each individual takes a series of progressive covenants, in the presence of the covenant community, as he feels able to commit himself more and more to Messiah and the Kingdom. The responsibility of the covenant community is to lovingly encourage him to be true to these covenants or commitments. Thus every member of the Assembly is made accountable for his actions before his assembly family and before Elohim (God).

    NCAY is enhanced and strengthened by the involvement and dedication of people like you. We invite you to join us in a caring fellowship where ministry for everyday needs and eternal goals is given and received.

    11. A People who Uphold Family Life

    Is being a member of a loving and supportative family a significant part of your life? We believe that quality family life represents one of the most important relationships people can experience. Because of this, a major emphasis in NCAY is placed in building positive and healthy family relationships, both biological and spiritual.

    We recognise that family life can occur in a variety of forms: adults and children, adults only, or persons living alone. In our spiritual communities, therefore, we strive to bring ministry to all those who participate so they experience love and caring in the atmosphere of an extended family. It is our aim to reflect all that is worthwhile in family life as persons of all ages share together in Christian fellowship.

    NCAY regards marriage as sacred and devotes much time and effort into guiding and encouraging husbands and wives in their inter-personal relationships. In a secular world where marriage is being radically redefined to include numerous unscriptural lifestyles, the preservation and strengthening of life-long, covenant-based, equally-yoked heterosexual marriage is of the highest importance. Even within the boundaries of biblically-approved marriage there are cultural conflicts to be addressed, with Western monogamy-only and Afro-Asian polygamy-permissive attitudes being a prime example in different parts of the world.

    NCAY enforces strict chastity both before and in marriage. Marriage and sexuality are sacred and and therefore strongly protected.

    We believe that all people or all races are equally the children of Elohim (God), related to each other by divine love that comes through the living, resurrected Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). As members of the Messianic Community we are drawn together into kinship through our common belief in Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), the covenants of the Besorah (Gospel), and our corporate desire to serve Elohim (God). It is our conviction that people find joy and fulfillment as they see themselves as children of Elohim (God), learn to be obedient to the covenants and mitzvot (commandments), and join with others to extend Yahweh's love through repentance from dead works and spiritual rebirth.

    If you have a desire to be associated with a group of people who support your family and accept you in a spirit of love and concern, we invite you to join us in the fellowship of the New Covenant Assemblies of Yahweh. We would like to share with you the family of Elohim (God).

    12. A People who Value Children

    In a world where so many influences, good and evil, compete for children's attention, imagine the joy in finding a protective community that treasures children and shares positive, Biblical values with them. In the New Covenant Assemblies of Yahweh, children receive affirmation and scriptural guidance that will help them find life meaningful and worthwhile. In the experiences we share, our goal is to offer joy and meaning in Messiah to each person. Children, and adults as well, receive love, encouragement, and strength to develop their individual gifts in the context of the nurturing environment of our local and international communities.

    We believe that children are sacred trusts from Yahweh. Consequently, we devote a significant portion of our program to ministering to and receiving ministry from children and youth. Our New Covenant School of Tafim has a tradition of bringing effective ministry to the needs of children. Youth groups and annual camping programs provide further opportunities for young people to learn and grow in a Christian environment.

    We believe that each person is of great worth in the sight of Yahweh. We praise and give thanks to Him and rejoice in the gifts and talents of every individual. We are called to love all persons and to provide opportunities for them to give expression to their giftedness in Messiah Yah'shua (Jesus).

    13. A Communal People

    We believe that quality communities are vital for the mission of the Messianic Community. When Yah'shua (Jesus) preached about the Kingdom of Elohim (God), He reflected His Father's desire that people experience the goodness of life in positive community relationships.

    NCAY has a three-fold approach to the building up of community:

      1. The building of Local Assemblies consisting of members living in the world but who regularly come together for fellowship, study and worship each Sabbath and New Moon day and in other weekly meetings and activities, as also during the annual festivals;

      2. The reaching out by the Local Assemblies into the local community in order to bring peace and reconciliation with Elohim (God) and between peoples by preaching the Davar (Word) and ministering to individual needs; and

      3. The building of separated Firstborn Communities where the leadership of the Local Assemblies (Eldership and Deaconate) can be regularly nourished away from the influences of the world and be renewed spiritually for their world mission.

    If you are interested in community life built on the principles of the Davar Elohim (God's Word), ahavah (love), trust and emet (truth), we encourage you to join with us. Building good communities, both in the assemblies and out, requires the efforts of all.

    14. A People with a Future

    The New Covenant Assemblies of Yahweh is a new, vital community of believers with a fresh, vigorous and stimulating outlook on the Besorah (Gospel) of Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). It encourages people to prayerfully think and explore, to find out the emet (truth) for themselves, experience it, and then to act on it in their daily lives. Life in the assemblies is challenging and exciting. With revelation to guide it and an emerging generation of mature and experienced ministers, it has much to offer the honest seeker after emet (truth). Born in the fiery furnace of change and opposition, it knows what it must do to both defend and promulgate the Good News of Messiah. It has a bright future which it desires to share with other like-minded souls.

    15. Our Invitation

    We believe that Yahweh has a call for every living person. Every person who is searching for the light of emet (truth) and has a desire to serve Elohim (God) unconditionally will receive a divine, inner call.

    If you have received a testimony that you have been called to this work, or even if you're not sure but would like to discover more about Yahweh's work amongst us, then we invite you to get in contact with your nearest New Covenant Assembly of Yahweh or get in contact by email or joining our online discussion groups.

    Further Reading for Individuals Wanting to Join NCAY

    [1] Lev's Hot Potatoes: Hard Truths for the Remnant
    [2] How Do I Join Messianic Evangelicals? Advice for Seekers After Truth
    [3] The Distant Scene: Learning Patient Waiting in Messiah
    [4] Fellowship and Membership in NCAY
    [5] Discovering Your Place in the Local Assembly: Servanthood & Leadership in NCAY
    [6] Organisation of the New Covenant Assemblies of Yahweh
    [7] Our Beliefs Summarised for the Layman
    [8] The Messianic Evangelicals
    [9] Vision of the Blue Altar: The Three Tasks of Messianic Israel
    [10] Our Threefold Vision and Mission: Reformation, Restoration and Completion
    [11] Conditions for Membership in the Messianic Evangelical Community
    [12] The New Covenant Messianic Evangelical Creed: The Apostles' Creed
    [13] Constitution of the New Covenant Assemblies of Yahweh (10th Edition: 2013)

    Further Reading for Whole Congregations Wanting to Join NCAY

    [1] Independent Congregations Seeking Full Membership of NCAY

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