The Scriptures: We believe that the Bible was written by men who were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21) and inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16). This inspiration was verbal (1 Corinthians 2:9-13) and plenary (complete) (2 Timothy 3:16-17) and without error and extends to the original writings. It is the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions should be tried.
The Trinity: We believe there is one, and only one, true and living God; while there is indivisible unity in the Godhead, He exists in three separate persons—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit—equal in every divine attribute and executing distinct, but harmonious offices in the work of creation and redemption. Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19; John 6:27; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 13:14, Hebrews 1:8
God the Father: We believe that God the Father is the first person of the Trinity and is the eternal, unchanging, all-powerful, all-knowing, all-wise, all- loving, completely just and perfectly holy, sovereign Ruler and Sustainer of the universe (Genesis 1:1; Ephesians 4:6; Isaiah 6:1-3, 40:21-28 & 43:10-13). He is the Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the Father of all true believers (John 17:1-5).
God the Son: We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God. He asserts oneness with the Father (John 10:10) and is called God (Hebrews 1:8). We believe He has the characteristics of God (John. 8:58; Matthew 28:18) and is of the same substance as the Father (Colossians 2:9), therefore, He is God.
God the Holy Spirit: We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person Who is equal with God the Father and God the Son (Matthew 28:19; Romans 8:8-16; John 15:26). He was active in the creation (Genesis 1:1-2 & 1:26). He convicts, seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer (John 16:7-15; Ephesians 4:30). We receive the Holy Spirit instantaneously at salvation and He begins these ministries in us (Ephesians 1:12-14; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22).
Salvation: We believe the Scriptures teach that Christ died for the whole world and that salvation of sinners is divinely initiated, wholly of grace, and accomplished only through the mediatorial work of the Son of God. It is wholly apart from works and is upon the sole condition of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and never without genuine repentance. In order to be saved the sinner must be born again, personally receiving Christ as Savior, being regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit through faith in God’s Word and becoming the recipient of a new nature. The great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification, that judicial act of God accompanied by the pardon of sin and the imputation of divine righteousness, not because of any work of righteousness on our part, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood. The believer who has exercised personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is completely justified and in possession of eternal life which is eternally secure. Habakkuk 2:4; John 1:11-12; 3:3-17; 10:28-29; Acts 13:39; Romans 2:4; 2 Corinthians 7:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 4:2; 1 Peter 1:18-23; 2 Peter 1:4;2:1; 1 John 5:11-13
Substitutionary Atonement: We believe Christ died in the place of sinners (1 Peter 3:18) in order to pay the debt owed by sinful man to a righteous God (1 John 2:2).
Bodily Resurrection of Christ: We believe Christ arose physically from the grave after three days (Luke 24:36-46; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
Virgin Birth: We believe the coming of Christ “in the flesh” was predicted by Isaiah and processed by the Virgin Birth (Isaiah 7:14 & 9:6). He was born of Mary alone (Matthew 1:16) and conceived of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35).
The Ordinances:We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, done in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Baptism is performed under the authority of the local church to show forth our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior. Baptism pictures our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. It is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership. The Lord’s Supper, or communion, commemorates the death of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the bread representing His body that was broken for us, and the fruit of the vine representing His blood that was shed for us. Before partaking of these elements each person should examine himself, “For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.”
The Church: We believe the Scriptures teach that the local church is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word. Its Scriptural officers are pastors, sometimes called bishops or elders, and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the epistles to Timothy and Titus.
Baptist:Grace Baptist Tabernacle believes in the truths which historically have separated Baptists from other denominations:
Bible as our sole authority of faith and practice (2 Peter 1:3; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Autonomy of the local church (Acts 6:1-6; Matthew 18:17)
Priesthood of all true believers (1 Peter 2:9)
Two offices: Pastor and Deacon (1 Timothy 3:1-15; Titus 1:6-9)
Individual accountability of the saints (Romans 14:12; 2 Corinthians 5:10)
Saved and baptized church membership (Ephesians 4:1-6)
Two ordinances: Baptism and The Lord’s Supper (Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34)