Building Whole People for the Kingdom of God (I Thessalonians 5:23)
What is a church? A church is the company of all Christians regarded as a spiritual body. The Church walks in faith and love, abounds in hope, is filled with the Holy Spirit, and is always growing in the word of God. Each member does his/her part so that growth can occur. The Church is to serve people as Jesus served. Following the example of Christ, Community of Faith Tabernacle is committed to serving our community and the world at large.
May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. (Romans 15:5-7)
“Building Whole People for the Kingdom of God” (I Thessalonians 5:23)
Five Aspects of Our Vision
That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death; Philippians 3:10
Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. Matthew 19:6
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Matthew 25:40
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 3 John 2
Social Enrichment (Community)
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Hebrews 10:25
“Winning souls for the kingdom of God and membership in His family; developing them to Christ-like maturity, and equipping them for ministry in the Church and life mission in the world, so that God’s name will be magnified.”
Our mission statement is founded on scripture in Matthew 28:19-20. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you always, even until the end of the world. Amen.”
Five focus areas are emphasized from our vision, each with multiple ministries that support our mission: Spiritual Fellowship, Marriage, Life Development, Wellness and Social Enrichment.
We believe this is an effective approach towards strengthening our community, and towards our specific task of Building Whole People for the kingdom of God.
“Building Whole People for the Kingdom of God”
In support of our overall mission statement, we are charged with the specific task of building whole people. The guiding principles towards our approach to this goal come from I Thessalonians 5:23. “And the very God of peace sanctify you holy; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Since ministry tied to vision is ministry that is focused, all five precepts of our vision are specifically geared to strengthen the spirit, soul and body of the members of our community.
The Scriptures – Scripture is the inerrant word of God, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may perfect, thoroughly furnished to all good works. II Tim 3:16-17 (KJV).
The Godhead – The Godhead is comprised of three (3) separate and distinct personalities, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, who are eternally self-existent, self-revealed and function as one entity.
The Holy Spirit – is the third person of the Godhead; His ministry is to deify the Lord Jesus Christ, and to convict the world of sin.
Man’s Fall – Man was created in the image (holy and righteous) of God and after His likeness. But man, by willful transgression, sinned against God and fell from his honored state, now his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ the Son of God through His shed blood.
The Salvation of Man – Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. On the cross, Jesus Christ, who knew no sin, became sin for us. That we might be made the righteousness of God in Him – John 3:16 says “ For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life”.
The Resurrection – He arose bodily from the grave on the third day and ascended to the right hand of the Father to become our High Priest and Petitioner to the Father on behalf of the believer in Christ Jesus.
The Church – The church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through His Spirit. The work of the Church is to assist people in becoming a member of God’s family. Every believer is an important part of the church and must work to accomplish its mission.
Faith and Works – Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not by works – for by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast, however, our works (deeds and actions of obedience) gives proof of a true faith.
Water Baptism and The Lord’s Supper – Water baptism by immersion of a believer in Christ Jesus and the observance of the Lord’s Supper are ordinances sanctioned by God for the church. They are not requirements for salvation, but are acts of obedience of God’s will for believers in Christ Jesus.
Jesus Christ’s second coming – the Bible says that Jesus shall return in Glory with all of His saints and angels to setup his Millennium kingdom.
The history of Community of Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church dates back to its founding 1908. During this time, church meetings were held in the homes of the members. As the membership grew, the requirement for a building to accommodate the expanded membership became apparent. Mr. Henry Giles purchased one acre of land to have a formal church built. The church then became known as Clarks Chapel under the Pastorate of Reverend R.B. Clarks.
In 2002, Community of Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church became a covenant partner, affiliated with the Northern Virginia District Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship.
In January 2007, the Lord answered prayers and richly blessed Community of Faith by sending Pastor Dewey E. Lane to shepherd the members. Under his leadership, we are committed to”Building Whole People for the Kingdom of God.”