The following are the core beliefs of Rebirth Worship Center - Columbus Ohio based on the foundational truths taught in the bible. All of our teaching and ministry is rooted in and flows out of these biblical doctrines.
There is one eternally existing God.
God has revealed himself to us through his son, Jesus Christ, who is the visible image of the invisible God, the holy scriptures, and through all of creation itself.
Human beings, both male and female, were created in God's image for His glory. The first humans beings, Adam and Eve, were created without sin and appointed as caretakers of the rest of God's creations.
When Adam and Eve chose not to obey God, they ceased to be what they were made to be and became distorted images of God. This caused them to fall out of fellowship with God, and fractured all of creation ever since that time.
Jesus Christ came to reconcile us with God. He lived a life without sin and willingly died on the cross to pay the penalty for our transgressions. God raised him from the dead and now, by grace, offers as a free gift eternal life to all who follow Christ, by faith, as their Lord and Savior. That is why salvation can be found in Christ alone.
The Church is meant to be the visible body of Christ, sent into the world to glorify God and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is returning one day to judge both the living and the dead and to usher in the fullness of God's kingdom on earth.
Why We Call JESUS "YESHUA"
Too often within the church world, we find the modern expression of The Gospel of John chapter 9. In this text, a young man is born blind and those from the church have only two perspectives to offer. One, the young man is in sin, or two, his parents must be in sin. From this text, I established the quote “Immature people curse what they cannot define.”-APDT It is Yeshua who has the spiritual maturity and insight that the young man’s blindness is the platform God will use to reveal His power and glory among that sub-community of believers.
Many have unjustly and without reason labelled REBIRTH a cult, a group of Hebrew Israelites, or accused us of confusing the people. As a member of REBIRTH, let’s set the record straight and establish the purpose for our convictions. This explanation will be concise, but scripturally ACCURATE.
WHAT IS THE LINGUISTIC ROOT?
First, we must realize, English is not the language of the scriptures. Next, we must comprehend, Hebrew is the holy tongue or language God used to reveal Himself to His people. Greek, Latin, and English are languages of “necessity” used by the writers to convey the Word of God through a media they could understand. To accurately and effectively understand The Bible one must always return to the linguistic roots of its original tongue—Hebrew.
WHAT DID GOD SAY?
When the prophecy came forth to name the Child who would be Savior of all people, God revealed the Name of The Son. Matthew 1:21 (one among many example texts) reads "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” There is no problem in using this name as it is the English representation of the Name of The Messiah. However, as just explained, God did not express Himself in English, Greek, or Latin. He expressed Himself in Hebrew, the holy tongue. The same text from the Orthodox Jewish Bible reads, “And she shall bear BEN (Son) and you will call SHMO (his name, Zech 6:12) YEHOSHUA…”
As we bring this understanding to light, we must look at two words, translation and transliteration. Translation tells you the meaning of a word in another language, while transliteration helps an individual pronounce the word.
When we “translate” YEHOSHUA to English it is the name JOSHUA, not JESUS. Don’t be alarmed (smile). So then, where did we get JESUS??? To comprehend this, we must note the New Testament was originally written in Greek because the new converts who were born again at that time spoke Greek, so it only seemed logical to write the New Testament in the language of the initial readers. However, true understanding of the Scriptures must always begin in Hebrew. When YEHOSHUA was to be translated into Greek there was a problem. Classical Greek and subsequently Latin had no capacity to phonetically express a Yod or “y” sound. Nor, a Shin or “sh” sound because the language had no glyph (letter) representing these sounds. So, what did they do? They used transliteration to say the name because they technically had NO ability to accurately spell the name. Therefore, instead of saying YEHOSHUA, they used a phonetic combination to create these sounds and wrote the Name of the Messiah as Iesous or (ee-aa-sous). When you say ee-aa together, you get the “y” sound. Classical Latin then translated “Iesous” into “Iesus.”
When the original King James Version came to light in 1611, Matthew 1:21 was written “And she shall bring forth a sonne, and thou shalt call his Name Iesus: for hee shall saue his people from their sinnes.” No YESHUA, and not even JESUS yet. Why was this? Because the letter “J” was not invented until 1524 or one-thousand twenty-four years after the original name YEHOSHUA was given by God to Mary. Prior to 1524, “J” was the letter “I” in Latin.
When we call The Messiah JESUS, we are calling Him a transliterated name of a name The Greek and Latin culture could not speak. So then, why not merely bypass the inadequacies of language and call Him by His Name? So then how did YESHOSHUA become YESHUA? Yeshua is the contracted theophoric rendering of Yehoshua contracting the “Ye-ho” to “Ye.”
HOW DID YEHOSHUA/YESHUA BECOME THE AUTHORITY?
You may be asking if YEHOSHUA or YESHUA just means Joshua, then why is it so powerful? God gave The Messiah the Name YESHUA because in Hebrew names reveal function and purpose. Noah, meaning “rest”, is given this name because he will bring rest to the earth from wickedness. Moses, meaning “to draw out”, is given this name because he will save the nation by drawing them out of the waters of the Red Sea.
From the natural sense, The Messiah is given a common name to show function and the potential every believer possesses to do greater works! From the spiritual sense the name was common until the Son ascended to His Father with a finished work. Thus Philippians 2:9-11 tells how the name went from common to its exalted power. It reads “9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” God exalted the Messiah’s Name and gave it authority inn all realms.
Do I believe God answers prayers whether we use YEHSUA or JESUS? — Absolutely 100% YES!!!!! When I go to another church, do I attempt to redirect a pastor’s teachings to my own? Absolutely 100% NO!!!!! I preach, pray, and illuminate within that churches doctrine or revelation base and leave it to GOD to work with all men and women as He worked and works with me.
We call JESUS by the Name assigned to Him in the original language of the scriptures. Though English renders His Name JESUS, the original text, written in Hebrew, reveals His Name to be YESHUA. We merely call Him by the original name given in the scriptures.
REBIRTH is a house in pursuit of TRUTH and the proper adaptation and application of the Word of God. For He says in Psalm 138:2 (OJB) "Thou hast magnified Thy Word above Kol Shimcha (all Thy Name). There I repented or “changed my thinking” and now seek to operate by a higher knowledge.