WHO WE ARE:
Tabernacle Baptist Church is located on the border of Litchfield and Hudson, New Hampshire on Route 102. We have been meeting at this location and have owned this property for nearly forty years.
Our church family is composed of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, who are committed to reaching their world with the gospel as they draw closer to their Heavenly Father. We are people committed to the Word of God, as it is carefully taught and as it is lived out by faith in Jesus Christ. We are people who have a heart for others’ needs and are committed to helping them in whatever way we can. We are people committed to worship that honors God, not that praises man. We are people committed to training one another to have strong families, strong testimonies, and strong belief systems, which is the core of true Christianity. Ultimately, we are people who love one another, and we hope you will consider our church a place where you can get involved and serve the Lord.
Our pastor recognizes the authority of God and realizes that he is a shepherd who serves under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. He desires to devote himself to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Hisr passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until all have attained maturity in the fullness of Christ.
Pastor Small became our senior pastor in 2017 after serving on the pastoral staff since 1998. He enjoys preaching, studying the Scriptures, coaching, and spending time with his wife, Andrea, and their children. He can be reached at email@example.com
• Biblical Authority
• Autonomy of the Local Church
• Priesthood of the Believer
• Two Church Ordinances
(Baptism & the Lord’s Supper)
• Individual Soul Liberty
• Saved & Baptized Church Membership
• Two Church Offices
(Pastor and Deacon)
• Separation of Church and State
What we believe:
There are many ways to attempt to define who we are and what we believe. The phrase Independent Fundamental Baptist is one of them. Each of the three words in this phrase is used specifically to define certain aspects of what we believe. As Baptists, we are the first and foremost people of the Bible. It is the one and only source and authority for all we believe. An acrostic can be made from the word “BAPTISTS” to define a set of doctrines known as the Baptist Distinctives.
Tabernacle Baptist Church seeks to be obedient to the Word of God in every aspect of our ministries. Therefore, we seek to accomplish the following by God’s grace and strength:
Evangelize: Reaching those who are in their sin and without hope with the gospel of Jesus Christ
Edify: Building up the body of Christ through Biblical discipleship and instruction in order to produce mature believers
Encourage: Helping the body of Christ to stay focused upon the purpose that Almighty God has for each of us
As Fundamentalists, we adhere to the 14 Fundamentals of the Faith, which were put forth in the early part of the 20th Century in answer to the modernist movement.
• Inspiration of the Bible
• Depravity of man
• Redemption through Christ’s blood
• True church made up only of believers
• Coming of the Lord bodily to set up His reign
• The Trinity
• Fall of Adam
• Need of the new birth
• Full deliverance from guilt at salvation
• Assurance of salvation
• Centrality of Christ in the Bible
• Walk after the Spirit
• Resurrection of both believers and unbelievers
• Ripening of the present age for judgment
As Independents, we believe in a self-governing, self-propagating church free from any control (denomination, convention, association, etc.) outside of our own membership. The various sections of this document elaborate on the doctrines of what we believe, how we implement our beliefs in our relationship to each other, and how we implement our beliefs in a legal corporate body in 21st Century America.
I. The first section of this document is our Articles of Faith: Christian religious organizations of all sizes from individual churches with only a handful of members to denominations having millions have attempted at various times to set forth statements of what they believe. Historically, these statements were most often aimed at answering the doctrines of other groups. Often called “confessions” in times past, they were important in helping define the differences between the denominations. In the post-modern, secular humanist, ecumenical 21st Century it is as important as ever to declare boldly what we believe. In spite of the ecumenical's attempts to cover them over, the traditional battles still rage between the denominations, and rightfully so, for the differences are real. In addition, our beliefs are under attack by the world as they have not been since the early days of Christianity. The doctrines presented in our Articles of Faith are set forth for the specific purposes of:
Accurately reflecting the eternal truth of God’s Word,
Unifying the body of Christ through a common message,
Confirming and strengthening the convictions and beliefs of the church, and
Providing a foundational teaching structure for the education of new believers.
They do not comprise a complete statement of everything we believe, but rather, are a listing of the core doctrines sufficient to define the stand of Tabernacle Baptist Church. No article states everything we believe on the given doctrine but is an outline. The details are in the Bible. As articles of faith, they are not intended to be comprehended completely by human logic. When we incorporate them into our lives by faith, they become a structure upon which to build a dynamic and vibrant church of the living God.
II. The second section is the Fundamental Baptist Statement: The Fundamental Baptist Statement has been a part of the statement of the beliefs of Tabernacle since the founding of the church. It was intended to bring together, in summary form, a few of the beliefs of the church that addressed the major challenges to the church at the time of its founding. Although we face some different challenges today, we still face those addressed in this statement, and it stands as a proclamation of some of the specific aspects of who we are. It is good for us to remember our foundations.
III. The third section is the Church Covenant: The Church Covenant is an agreement between the members of the church to live in a Christ-like manner. It addresses how we are to support the church as a whole, how we are to conduct our personal lives, and how we are to relate to each other as individuals.
IV. The fourth and final section is the Church Constitution: The Constitution is the legal document that defines our type of government and how we will conduct our business. A Final Word It is one thing to record our beliefs in a nice concise manner for everyone to read and understand. It is another for every member of Tabernacle Baptist Church to live out these beliefs so that a lost and dying world can see Jesus Christ in our lives and hear from us how they too can have eternal life through His name. It is our solemn prayer that these documents will in some way contribute to that cause.