"Uniting Christian & Jewish Clergy from Around the World"
We are a global interdenominational ministry designed to meet the needs of both Christian evangelical, Messianic Jewish, and Jewish clergy. For this reason, we all may vary about smaller issues such as the administration of communion; however, below is a summary of beliefs upon which all of our membership agrees.
Our purpose in providing this Statement of Faith is not to advocate doctrinal disputes or divisions, but to hold fast to essential Christian doctrine and to embrace, love and learn from our Jewish brethren and their distinctions as a community of faith. We realize that the body of Christ will always have diversity among theology and convictions until Jesus returns. This was evident by the first-century believers and will continue until our LORD Jesus returns. We hold to the reformers' position:
We believe that love is the greatest gift of them all and we are commanded to pursue it first. It's time for the body of Christ (particularly the Clergy) to stop disputing on non-essentials which keep unbelievers out of the kingdom of God. We believe these are the essentials of orthodox Biblical beliefs.
Because of the diversity of our members and various traditions, we allow differing opinions and understanding of Christian beliefs such as the amount of time in creation, various interpretations of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, etc. We also believe this freedom applies to this ministry.
Fundamental Christian Statement of Faith
We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God and that public revelation has ended and thus, the inspired texts are gathered into a complete and authoritative collection of books. We do not acknowledge Pseudepigrapha, Gnostic Gospels, The New World Translation of the Bible, or the Book of Mormon as being "inspired Scripture" (2 Timothy 3:16).
We believe that God is One, but reveals Himself in Scripture as having a triune nature in which God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit comprise the one God. (1 Corinthians 8:6; Romans 1:7; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1; Acts 5:3; Hebrews 9:14; John 4:24).
שמע ישראל יהוה אלהינו יהוה אחד׃
Sh'ma Yisra'el Adonai Eloheynu Adonai Echad:
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is One!
We believe that God is the creator of all things, is all-powerful, all-knowing, and in control to do as He wills (Jeremiah 32:17; Ephesians 3:20; Psalm 139:1-4; 1 Samuel 2:6-9; Psalm 24:1).
We believe in the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the second Person of the Trinity, and that all Scriptures center around Him.
We believe He was literally conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin named Mary (Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:26-33), lived a sinless life (1 Peter 2:22; 1 John 3:5), provided vicarious atonement on the cross, rose bodily from death on the third day, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return one day in power and glory (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
Jesus is 100% God and 100% human. He is the God-man. He is not a created being and is eternal.
We believe in the Deity of the Holy Spirit, that He is the third Person of the Trinity (Acts 5:3-4), that He is an actual Person and not a force (John 14:16, 15:26) and that He enables the believer to live a godly life (John 14:26). We believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are for today and should be exercised with decency and in order. God is not the author of confusion but of peace (1 Corinthians 4:32-33, 40).
We believe that all of humanity has fallen short of God's glory and is in need of salvation (John 14:6; Romans 3:23; 5:8; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
We believe that salvation is in none other than through the name, Person, work, and grace of Jesus Christ (John 3:16; 14:6; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 6:11).
We believe in the water baptism of believers in Christ as a profession of faith, but not as a requirement for salvation (Acts 2:38-41; 22:16).
We believe in the observance of Communion (the bread and the cup) as a means to remember our Lord (1 Corinthians 11:24).
We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, that all are united to the risen and ascended Son of God, and are members of the Church, which is the Body and Bride of Christ and which began at Pentecost.
Its members are constituted as such, regardless of membership or non-membership in the organized churches of the Earth. We are NOT inclusivity (meaning those people outside the faith will be saved).
All clergy men and women who become members of AOCI should exercise grace, love, and unity with all members of AOCI as well as to the Body of Christ at large.
We believe marriage must be between one man and one woman.
We do NOT believe in the ordination of the sexually immoral (fornicators, adulterers, homosexuals) or any other person who knowingly and intentionally continues to practice sin.
Positional Statement of Faith
Regarding Our Jewish Clergy
Again, the AOCI blesses Israel and the Jewish people. We also offer prayers for the Middle East and for the salvation and peace of the Arab world. The goal of this Association is to be a platform where all Jewish and Christian Clergy can find "common ground" in which to respect one another, fellowship with like-minded servant leaders, pray for each other, teach and learn from one another, and worship the living God.
It is not the intent of the AOCI to convert any Jewish Clergy man or woman but to "unite under the banner of Adonai". This being said, the AOCI will maintain and claim the name of Yeshua HaMashiach as the Messiah of the world, and it is expected that our Jewish brothers and sisters offer the same mutual respect regarding this theological distinction between Jews and Christians.
May Adonai bring us all into the unity of the faith according to His Word.
The AOCI Executive Board, Advisors, and Administrators
Values of Our Ministry
The following values represent the essence and personality of the Association of Clergy International (AOCI). They are the standards by which our unity is defended and maintained.