What We Believe
Prairie Tabernacle is a passionate body of Believers devoted to the worship of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Properly defined, worship is an appropriate response of all that we are and have to who God is, what He has done, and what He expects of His people. This document describes the core values of our congregation that flow out of an earnest desire to honor, obey, and serve our great God. These answer the question, What matters most to us? They represent the constant, fervent, biblical, core beliefs that drive our ministry.
We value an uncompromising commitment to the Old and New Testament Scriptures as God’s authoritative Word upon which we seek to build our entire life and ministry (2 Timothy 3:14-17).
Our message and ministries will be derived from and based on the Bible. We want this commitment to be evident in all that we do”in the sermons we preach, in the Gospel we proclaim, in the songs we sing, in the ways we serve, in the lives we live.
We value that Christianity is a vital relationship with God that is to be pursued, enjoyed, and developed through the public and private disciplines of prayer and Scripture (John 15:1-11).
We maintain that Christianity is not merely a set of rituals to be performed. It is a real connectedness with the Lord Jesus through the Holy Spirit. Christ is the source of our strength. Apart from Him we can do nothing. As such, we desire joyful intimacy with God by devoting ourselves to the ministry of the Word and prayer. We will give ourselves, individually and corporately, to the practice of the spiritual disciplines by which we bring ourselves before God, experience Him, and are changed into His likeness.
We value intentional and continual growth in every believer so that we are increasingly conformed to the image and likeness of our Lord Jesus Christ (Rom 12:1-2).
We will deliberately pursue life-on-life relationships with other Believers for the sake of mutual growth, encouragement, and accountability. We want the beliefs we hold, the words we say, the emotions we feel, the things we do, and the relationships we embrace to be pleasing to our Lord.
We value the bold proclamation of the Gospel in Three Hills and abroad and will use God-honouring means to win and grow the lost to maturity in Christ (1 Corinthians 9:19-23).
The Gospel of Jesus Christ and His sacrifice remains central to who we are and what we do. We will not keep silent about it. We will take risks. We will continuously proclaim Gospel truth and lovingly reach out to those who have not responded to the free gift of salvation. We will pursue the lost in our own community. We will also seek to reach those who are far away through cross-cultural missions.
We value nurturing the family as one of God’s primary means of advancing the Christian faith and as an essential pillar of a healthy society (Deut 6:6-7).
We live in a day and age where the Christian faith and family values are under attack. We will seek to create an atmosphere that strengthens families, not diminishes them. We will uphold marriage as the union of one man and one woman. We will encourage each husband to humbly serve as the spiritual head of the family, partnering with his wife to cultivate the bond with their children. We will endeavor to equip the family to be a place of spiritual growth, encouragement, and service. We embrace single adults and those in broken relationships and will seek to include them fully in the fellowship of the church.
We value the cultivation of authentic and meaningful relationships within the body of Christ where unity, love, and forgiveness are lived out (Acts 2:41-47).
We want to be a joyful place where people not only spend time together but do life together. We want to live in a place without pretense or falsehood. We want to be real. We will be a place where grace is given and the truth is told; a place where people are knowing and being known, loving and being loved, serving and being served, celebrating and being celebrated.
We value biblically qualified leadership that loves, leads, nurtures, warns, disciplines, and cares for people (1 Peter 5:1-5).
We will call pastors and raise up wise elders who model Christlike character, competence in ministry, and a commitment to the growth of God’s people. We will develop leaders from our midst who will serve the flock and not self. We desire to submit ourselves to their leadership. We will encourage them so that they will not grow weary in doing good.
We value the gifts and abilities of each person and we encourage and expect active participation in the work of the ministry (Eph 4:11-16).
As members of the Body of Christ we are to be active participants, not passive bystanders. We will seek to discover the gifts, passions, and talents that God has granted every believer in our congregation. We will purposely develop those unique gifts through training and use them in a manner best suited for the growth and development of the Body as a whole, in love.
We value the pursuit of excellence and creativity in all that we do (Col 3:17).
Because God the Father offered His most perfect and precious Gift, He deserves the best of all we are and have. We recognize that none of us are perfect. Yet, we will seek to use the gifts and talents God has given us and to grow, develop, and strive for quality. We will embrace innovative approaches to ministry that are God-honouring. We will work towards a high level of sustained ministry excellence and effectiveness.
We value what God is doing outside of our church and will welcome, support, and partner with people and organizations having similar goals and values (Rom 16:1-2).
We recognize that our church is only one small part of God’s universal Church. We long to hear of God’s working in like-minded organizations and contribute to what He is doing locally and globally. We invite our Brothers and Sisters in Christ to share of His marvelous works and will collaborate with them as God leads.
Statement of Faith
We believe in the plenary, verbal inspiration of the Old and New Testament Scriptures as originally given. These Scriptures are inerrant in all that they affirm and are our final authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
We believe there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who are the same in essence and co-equal in power and glory.
We believe Jesus Christ is fully God and fully Man in one Person. Prior to His incarnation He eternally existed with the Father. Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary. Though tempted by Satan, He lived a sinless life on this earth. He gave His life and shed His blood on the cross as an offering for sin so that all who believe in Him are declared righteous. He arose bodily from the grave and ascended into Heaven, where He now intercedes for His own as their great High Priest.
We believe in the personality of the Holy Spirit. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. At conversion He regenerates, indwells, seals and baptizes the believer into the body of Christ. The Holy Spirit fills and conforms the yielded believer increasingly to the image of Christ. He enables the believer to live a life of Christian victory through faith in Jesus Christ and obedience to the Word of God. As He wills, the Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts and empowerment for service.
We believe in the direct creative acts of God as recorded in Scripture.
We believe in the personality of Satan, a fallen angel who with other angelic beings rebelled against God and was cast out of Heaven. Satan was defeated at the cross and although his final destiny shall be the lake of fire, he continues to be the archenemy of God, angels and mankind.
We believe the human race was created in the image of God. Adam fell because of his disobedience and rebellion against God and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is separation from God. As a consequence, all mankind is declared by God to be totally depraved, having inherited a sinful nature and having become sinners in thought, word and deed.
We believe the grace of God provides salvation from sin for all humanity, but this salvation is obtained only through personal repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His atoning work.
We believe the universal Church is comprised of all true believers. With Christ as her head, she exists in local expression to glorify God by edifying believers and evangelizing the lost everywhere.
We believe that the Lord’s Supper and believers’ Baptism are ordinances to be observed by the Church, but they are not to be regarded as a means of salvation.
We believe in the literal, physical, premillennial second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe that at death everyone continues in conscious existence; the righteous in the presence of Christ, the unrighteous in torment in Hades. The righteous await their bodily resurrection at the rapture of the Church receiving everlasting life and blessedness. The unrighteous await their bodily resurrection at the Great White Throne resulting in judgment and everlasting punishment of conscious torment in the lake of fire.