Tabernacle’s approach to beliefs is that in essential points of doctrine, we have unity; in non-essentials doctrine, we have liberty; in the application of doctrine in all things, we show love. The following are a series of doctrinal statements that we consider essential.
THE TRIUNE GOD
There is one and only one living and true God. He is omnipotent (all-powerful), omnipresent (always present), omniscient (all-knowing), and immutable (his character never changes) while at the same time being entirely personable, compassionate, gracious, and full of loving kindness. God is infinite in holiness and the only one worthy of our highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Holy Trinity has distinct personal attributes while having no division of nature, essence, or being.
THE SACREDNESS OF SCRIPTURE
The Holy Bible was written by divinely inspired individuals and is the record of God’s revelation of Himself to humanity. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error for its matter. It is infallible on all spiritual matters. It reveals the principles by which God relates to us; and therefore is the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ.
THE DIGNITY OF HUMAN BEINGS
Human beings were created by God as the crowning work of His creation. In the beginning humans were innocent of sin and were endowed by their Creator with freedom of choice. By free choice human beings sin against God. All have sinned and fall short of God’s purposes. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created human beings in His own image, distinctly male and female. God thought so highly of His creation that He sent His son, Jesus, to die for the sins of humanity. This divine act of sacrifice demonstrates that each human being possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
THE PROMISE OF SALVATION
Salvation involves the transformative redemption of the whole person, mind, body, soul, and spirit. Salvation is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sins, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. All true believers endure to the end.. Believers may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Holy Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the cause of Christ, and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be kept by the power of God by grace through faith.
THE AUTONOMY OF THE LOCAL CHURCH
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel. The local church should observe the two ordinances of Christ (Believer’s Baptism and the Lord’s Supper), committed to His teachings, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. This local body of believers is a part of the Church universal, which is the body of Christ and includes all of the redeemed of all the ages. This local church is an autonomous body, operating through democratic processes under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. In such a congregation members are equally responsible under the Priesthood of all Believers. All believers in Jesus Christ have equal access to God and a soul competency in regards to salvation.
THE COMMISSIONING OF EVERY CHRISTIAN
It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. Every child of God should seek to win the lost to Christ by personal effort and by all other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ. Christ’s people should, as occasion requires, organize such associations and conventions as may best secure cooperation for the greater objects of the Kingdom of God, which as Scripture informs is presently at work yet will not be fully realized until the end of the age. Members of New Testament churches should cooperate with one another in carrying forward the missionary, educational, and benevolent ministries for the extension of Christ’s Kingdom.