When we speak about people from Muslim and Jewish backgrounds it raises important and legitimate issues. The Isaac-Ishmael Initiative does not fall under a label – for example Reformed, Dispensational – very readily. We embrace the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed as our core confessional statements.
- It is through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior that a person is made right with God. The essence of grace is God finding us in Christ. People must come to a personal understanding of and submission to Jesus Christ in order to be in relationship with God. (Romans 10:10-14)
- Jews and Muslims have a common heritage through the bloodline of Abraham to Isaac and Ishmael. The descendants of Isaac are people of the Covenant and the descendants of Ishmael are given a specific blessing of God. (Genesis 17:4-14, 17:22-27, 21:12-13)
- The children of Abraham through Ishmael and Isaac will inherit the Kingdom of God as prophesied through Isaiah in chapters 59 and 60, as well as in the book of Revelation (the Great Multitude).
- Sharing our faith with Jews and Muslims is a central part of in the Great Commission (Matthew 28) and is a sign of Kingdom living. Neither Jews nor Muslims is to be excluded from the Church’s calling as messengers.
- The primary purpose of Israel and the Church is to be a blessing to the nations and to bring people to God and into His Kingdom. Israel’s purpose and the Church’s purpose is the Missio Dei (God’s Mission). The Church and Israel both have a unique place in God’s redemptive plan. We do not believe that the Church has replaced Israel. Nor do we promote a view that national Israel today is equivalent to Israel in the Bible. Our theology is a broad Kingdom mission theology that includes Israel and the Church in God’s purposes.