TABERNACLE OF JOY

WHATWEBELIEVE

Our Faith Statement

I. We believe that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and the final authority for faith and life. The 66 books of the Holy Bible are the complete and divine revelation of God to humanity.

II. We believe in one true God, the eternal Spirit who created all things for His pleasure. He is absolute in power, infinite in wisdom, Holy in nature, attributes and purpose, possessing total deity. He concerns Himself merciful in the affairs of humanity; that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who believe according to His Word. God has revealed Himself as Father (in giving life in creation), as Son (in reconciliation of humanity) and as the Holy Spirit (in regeneration of lives).

III. We believe in Jesus Christ, who is both God and man. He is God incarnate; the image of the invisible God; God manifested in the flesh that is God's only begotten son. We believe that as a son He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and performed miracles and taught with authority. He died for the sins of all humanity, had a bodily resurrection, ascended into heaven and will return again.

IV. We believe that all people are sinners by nature and have become alienated from God. They are totally sinful and unable to remedy their lost condition. Humanity is reconciled to God only by God's grace received through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.

V. We believe that salvation is a gift of God given to humanity by grace and received by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Faith is more than mental assent, intellectual acceptance or verbal profession. It includes trust, reliance and commitment. We cannot have saving faith apart from obedience. A person is saved by the Gospel that is applied to his life. This takes place when they repent from their sin, are baptized in the Name of Jesus for the remission of their sins and receives the gift of the Holy Spirit.

VI. We believe the Church is the living spiritual body of believers of which the Lord Jesus Christ is the Head. The Church functions as Christ would function in the earth, seeking to find lost souls for the purpose of bringing them salvation; and that signs and wonders including divine healing would follow them.

VII. We believe there is Eternal Life in a place God has prepared for those who accept God's grace and receive His gift of salvation and there is eternal destruction for those who reject His grace and refuse His gift.