What We Believe...

THREE DIMENSIONS OF ONE GOD (I John 5:7; Matthew 28:19; I Timothy 3:16)

  • We believe in one God who is eternal in His existence, Triune in His manifestation, being both Father, Son, and Holy Ghost AND that He is Sovereign and Absolute in His authority.
  • We believe in the Father, who is God Himself, Creator of the universe (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1).
  • We believe that Jesus is the Son of God (Colossians 2:9). He suffered, died, was buried, and rose from the dead for our total salvation (Luke 3:21-22, Philippians 2:5-11). We believe that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Him (John 3:36; John 3:31-32; John 14:6).
  • We believe in the Holy Spirit who is God indwelling, empowering and regenerating the believer. The Holy Spirit is called the Comforter and the Spirit of Truth (John 14:17, 26).
  • We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ atones for our sins and iniquities. It is through His shed blood that we are saved, healed and set free from bondage and the forces of darkness (Romans 5:9-11; Ephesians 1:7; Revelation 12:11).
  • We believe that every believer must have a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, for apart from Him we can do nothing. Each person has a ministry from God that no one else can fulfill. We are to instruct, teach, exhort, and admonish believers in the ways of God (John 15:1-5; Hebrews 13:5-6).
  • We believe that the Bible is the true infallible Word of God, which cleanses our souls. It holds the words of eternal life and the keys of the Kingdom of God. The Bible shows us God's principles and standards for living; and it is the food that sustains us in all circumstances (John 1:14; II Timothy 3:16-17; I John 2:5-6).
  • We believe that we are to wash and renew our minds daily by the Word of God. We must learn His ways and exchange our way of thinking for His. We are to be conformed to the Kingdom of God by the molding and shaping of His Hands (Romans 12:1-2 Ephesians 4:23-29; Philippians 4:8).
  • We believe in justification by faith. We believe that salvation is free and apart from any work of man and is a result of the sovereign grace of God (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 5:5; Romans 5:1).
  • We believe in worshiping the Lord in spirit, song, dance, and with the raising of our hands. We believe that we are to praise and worship Him with our whole being (Psalms 150-1:6; John 4:24).
  • We believe that Godly living and the pursuit of a holy life should be the goal of every believer (Hebrews 12:14; Philippians 3:14).
  • We believe that believers should be water baptized by immersion for the circumcision of our hearts. It is through baptism that we publicly identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Romans 6:3-6; Colossians 2:11-14; Acts 2:38).
  • We believe that all Christians need to partake of the communion elements, which represent the Lord Jesus' body and blood. It is by participating in the Lord's Supper that we proclaim His death until His return (John 6:53-58; I Corinthians 11:23-30).
  • We believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the sign of speaking in other tongues. We believe that Christians must be filled daily by using their prayer language, but the evidence of the Holy Spirit's indwelling presence is a changed life, which actively obeys the Word of God (Acts 2:4; Ephesians 5:18-21).
  • We believe in the manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. He ministers to His people through tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy, words of knowledge and wisdom, discerning of spirits, faith, working of miracles, and healing (Mark 16:15-18; Acts 5:16, I Corinthians 12:1-11).
  • We believe in the present manifestation of the ministry ascension gifts of the Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, and Teacher in the New Testament Church in order to bring maturity and unity to the Body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-16; I Corinthians 12:28).
  • We believe that it is God's will to heal and deliver His people today as He did in the days of the first Apostles. It is by the stripes of Jesus that we are healed, delivered, and made whole. We have authority over sickness, disease, demons, curses, and every circumstance of life (Luke 10:19; II Corinthians 10:4-5; I Peter 2:24).

"Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature...And these signs will follow those who believe: In My Name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." (Mark 16:15-18)

The Tabernacle of Tuscaloosa holds these truths and many others to be precious and dear. Our purpose, however, in providing this doctrinal statement is not for endless doctrinal disputes, but to provide a place of ministry and healing for those in need. Christians have always had diversity in their theology and will continue to do so until the great return of the Master Teacher Himself. In the meantime, we want to provide healing and encouragement to the Body of Christ at large. What we believe may divide us, but in Whom we believe will and must always unite us.