Statement of Fundamental and Essential Truths

June 16, 2009

Tent of David Ministries takes the Bible as its all-sufficient source of faith and practice.

I. Holy Scriptures

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God (1) by which we understand the whole Bible to be inspired in the sense that holy men of God were moved by the Holy Spirit to write the very words of Scripture (2). Divine inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of the original writings. The whole Bible in the original is, therefore, without error and, as such, is infallible, absolutely supreme and sufficient in authority in all matters of faith and practice (3). The Bible does not simply contain the Word of God, but is, in reality, the complete revelation and very Word of God inspired by the Holy Spirit. Christian believers today receive spiritual illumination to enable them to understand the Scriptures (4) but God does not grant new revelations, which are contrary or additional to inspired biblical truth (5).

(1) 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (2) 2 Peter 1:20-21 (3) Psalm 119:160a / Matthew 5:17-18 (4) 1 Corinthians 2:12-14 (5) Proverbs 30:5-6

II. The Godhead

The Godhead exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, having the same nature and attributes (6).

(6) Matthew 3:16-17 / Matthew 28:19 / 2 Corinthians 13:14

III. Salvation Through Jesus Christ

The Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal and only begotten Son of the Father, is true God and true man (7). He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary (8), and by His sinless life, miracles and teaching, gave full revelation of the Father (9). He died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust, as a substitutionary sacrifice (10). He rose from the dead (11). He is now at the right hand of the majesty on high as our great High Priest (12). He will come again to establish His kingdom in righteousness and peace (13).

Salvation has been provided for all men through the sacrifice of Christ upon the cross (14). It is the only perfect redemption and substitutionary atonement for all the sins of the world, both original and actual. His atoning work has been proven by His resurrection from the dead (15). Those who repent and believe in Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and receive eternal life (16). Furthermore, in the atonement, divine healing was provided and is the privilege of all believers (17).

(7) John 1:1,14 / John 10:17,30 / Philippians 2:6-7 / Hebrews 1:8 (8) Luke 1:26-35 (9) John 12:49 / Acts 2:22 / 2 Corinthians 5:21 / Hebrews 7:26 (10) Romans 5:6,8 / 1 Corinthians 15:3 / 1 Peter 3:18 (11) Matthew 28:6 / 1 Corinthians 15:4,20 (12) Acts 1:9-11 / Acts 2:33 / Hebrews 8:1 (13) Matthew 25:31 (14) Isaiah 53:3-6 / John 12:32-33 / 1 Peter 2:24 (15) Acts 2:36 / Romans 4:25 / 1 Corinthians 15:14,17,20 / Hebrews 10:12 / 1 John 2:2 (16) Acts 20:21 / 1 Peter 1:23,25 (17) Isaiah 53:4-5 / Matthew 8:16b,17

IV. Man

Man was originally created in the image and likeness of God (18). He fell through sin and, as a consequence, incurred both spiritual and physical death (19). Spiritual death and the depravity of human nature have been transmitted to the entire human race (20) with the exception of the Man Christ Jesus (21). Man can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ (22).

(18) Genesis 1:26 / Genesis 2:7 (19) Romans 5:12 / James 1:14-15 (20) Jeremiah 17:9 / Romans 3:10-19, 23 (21) Hebrews 7:26 (22) John 14:6 / Acts 4:12 / 1 Timothy 2:5-6

V. Baptism and Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The baptism in Holy Spirit is an experience in which the believer yields control of himself to Holy Spirit (23). Through this he comes to know Father God and Jesus Christ in a more intimate way (24), and receives power to witness and grow spiritually (25). Believers should earnestly seek the baptism in Holy Spirit according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ (26). The initial, but not the only evidence, of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance (27). This experience is distinct from, and subsequent to, the experience of the new birth (28).

The gifts of the Spirit are supernatural abilities given by God through the exercising of which believers are enabled to minister effectively and directly in particular situations.

(23) Matthew 3:11 / Acts 1:5 / Ephesians 5:18 (24) John 16:13-15 (25) 2 Corinthians 3:18 / Acts 1:8 (26) Luke 24:49 / Acts 1:4,8 (27) Acts 2:1-4, 9-17,39 / 1 Corinthians 14:18 (28) Acts 8:12-17 / Acts 10:44-46

VI. The Church

All who are born again are members of the church, which is the Body of Christ (29). The local church (30) is ordained by God (31) and provides a context in which believers corporately worship God, observe the ordinances of the church, are instructed in the faith and are equipped for the evangelization of the world (32). The five-fold giftings of apostle, prophet, pastor, teacher, evangelist are for the building up and equipping of the believer to do the work of the ministry.

(29) 1 Corinthians 12:13 / Ephesians 5:25b / Colossians 1:18 / 1 Timothy 3:15 (30) Acts 14:23 / 1 Corinthians 16:19 (31) John 4:23 / Acts 20:7 (32) Acts 1:8 / Acts 11:19-24 / 2 Timothy 2:2 / 1 Peter 5:2

VII. The End of Time

At death the souls of the believers pass immediately into the presence of Christ (33), and these remain in constant bliss until the resurrection of the glorified body (34). The souls of the unbelievers remain after death conscious of condemnation (35) until the final bodily resurrection and judgment of the unjust (36).

The rapture, the blessed hope of the church, is the imminent coming of the Lord in the air to receive to Himself His own, both the living who shall be transformed, and the dead in Christ who shall be resurrected (37). This event takes place before the wrath of God is poured out during the tribulation. Believers then will appear before the judgment seat of Christ to be judged according to faithfulness in Christian service (38).

The tribulation will be a time of judgment on the whole earth (39). During this period the Antichrist will emerge to offer false hope to the nations (40).

The return of Christ to earth in power and great glory will conclude the great tribulation with the victory at Armageddon (41), the defeat of Antichrist and the binding of Satan (42). He will introduce the millennial age (43), restore Israel to her own land, lift the curse which now rests upon the whole creation, and bring the whole world to the knowledge of God (44).

There will be a final judgment in which the unbelieving dead will be raised and judged at the great white throne, according to their works (45). The beast and false prophet, the devil and his angels, and whoever is not found in the Book of Life, shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to annihilation but to everlasting punishment, which is the second death (46).

The righteous will share the glory of God in the new heaven and the new earth for eternity (47).

(33) 2 Corinthians 5:8 / Philippians 1:21,23-24 (34) Romans 8:22-23 / 1 Corinthians 15:42-44 / 2 Corinthians 5:1,4b (35) Luke 16:22-31 / John 3:36 (36) Daniel 12:2 / John 5:28-29 / 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10 / Revelation 20:11-15 (37) 1 Corinthians 15:51-57 / Philippians 3:20-21 / 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 / Titus 2:13 (38) Romans 14:10-12 / 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 / 2 Corinthians 5:9-10 (39) Matthew 24:15, 21-22 / 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3 (40) 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12 / Revelation 13:11-18 (41) Matthew 24:27,30 / Luke 17:24, 26-30 (42) Revelation 16:12-16 / Revelation 17:8,12-14 / Revelation 19:11-20 / Revelation 20:1-3 (43) Psalm 2:6-12 / Daniel 2:44-45 / Luke 22:29-30 / Revelation 3:21 / Revelation 20:6 (44) Isaiah 1:24-27; 2:1-4 / Zechariah 14:3-4,9 / Romans 8:19-23 / Revelation 22:3 (45) Daniel 7:9-10 / John 12:48 / Romans 2:2,6,11,16 / Revelation 14:9-11 / Revelation 20: 11-15 (46) Matthew 25:41b / Jude 6 / Revelation 20:10,15 / Revelation 21:8 (47) Matthew 13:43 / John 17:24 / 2 Peter 3:13 / Hebrews 11:10 / Revelation 21:1-2,10,22-23