What We Believe
© Revival Tabernacle 2016
In the following series of sermons, recorded in 2011, Pastor Darrell Sutton outlines and expounds, for your consideration and meditation, some essential truths which will lead to a healthy theology of the heart and mind, and will promote piety and a devoted life as we all await the coming of the Lord Jesus.
Quick Reference Guide to What We Believe
Holy Scriptures: We believe that the Holy Bible is God's precious word: true, immutable, steadfast, unchangeable, as is the author, the Lord Jehovah. Believing that it was written by holy men of old as they were moved upon and inspired by the Holy Spirit, that it is a lighted lamp to guide wayward sinners to the heights of righteousness and glory.
The Godhead: In the unity of the Godhead there are three, co-equal in every divine perfection executing distinct but harmonious roles in the wonderful plan of redemption: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Man Created and Fallen: Man was created in the image of God , before whom he walked in holiness and purity, but that by voluntary, disobedience and transgression, he fell from purity and innocence in Eden to a place of depravity.
Redemption: We believe that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us, the Just for the unjust; freely, and by divine appointment of the Father taking the sinner's place, bearing his sins, receiving his condemnation, dying his death, fully paying his penalty, and signing with His life's blood, the pardon of every one who should believe upon Him; that upon simple faith and acceptance of the atonement purchased on Mount Calvary, the vilest sinner may be cleansed of his iniquities and made whiter than the driven snow.
Salvation Through Christ Alone: We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly through grace; that we have no righteousness or goodness of our own wherewith to seek divine favor. But we all must come, therefore, throwing ourselves upon the unfailing mercy and love of Him who bought us and washed us in His own blood, pleading the merits and the righteousness of Christ the Savior, standing upon His word and accepting the free gift of His love and pardon.
Repentance and Acceptance: We believe that upon sincere repentance, godly sorrow for sin, and a whole hearted acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ, they who call upon Him will be justified by faith, through His precious blood and that in place of condemnation they will have the most blessed peace, assurance and favor with god; that with open arms of mercy and pardon the Savior waits to receive each penitent who will in unfeigned contrition and supplication for mercy, open the door of his heart and accept Him as Lord and King.
Regeneration: We believe that regeneration is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit by which the divine nature and divine life are given. It is instantaneous and is accomplished solely by the power of the Holy spirit through the instrumentality of the Word of God. That old things are passed away and all things are become new.
Justification by Faith: Justification by faith is the legal declaration made by God whereby the one who has trusted in the finished work of Christ is declared to be 'not guilty.' Not that sin was never present, but that Christ's blood has produced a true atonement through which one may find genuine and lasting peace with God.
Sanctification: Every believer (in Christ) is sanctified, set apart unto God by Justification and is therefore declared to be holy and therefore identified as a saint.
Separation: Separation is the result of sanctification and that this is clearly taught throughout the Old and New Covenants, and that scripture reveals a time of apostasy and worldliness in the last days which shall progressively become more prominent. We affirm that a total and unreserved consecration to God is necessary for these last days as we await the coming of the Lord, who is coming for a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; but one that is holy and without blemish.
The Daily Christian Life: We have been cleansed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ and having received the witness of the Holy Spirit at conversion, it is the will of God that we be sanctified daily and become partakers of His holiness; growing constantly stronger in faith, power, prayer, love and service. First, as babes, desiring the sincere milk of the word. Then as dear children walking humbly, seeking diligently the hidden life, where self decreases and Christ increases. Lastly, as strong men having on the whole armor of God marching forth to new conquests in His name beneath His blood-stained banner, ever living a patient , sober, unselfish, godly life that will be a true reflection of Christ within.
Baptism and the Lord's Supper: We believe in water baptism in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. This is a sign of an inward work. We also believe in the commemoration and observance of the Lord's supper by the sacred use of the broken bread, a precious type of the Bread of Life. Also by the juice of the vine, a blessed type that should remind the participant of the shed blood of our Savior.
Baptism of the Holy Spirit: The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the incoming of the promised comforter i mighty and glorious fullness to endue the believer with power from on high; to glorify and exalt the Lord Jesus; to give inspired utterance in witnessing of Him; to foster the spirit of prayer, holiness, sobriety; to equip the individual and the church for practical, efficient, joyous , Spirit-filled soul-winning in the fields of life; and that this being still the dispensation of the Holy Spirit, the believer may have every reason to expect His incoming to be after the same manner as that in which He came upon Jew and Gentile alike in Bible days, and as recorded in the Word, that it may be truly said of us as of the house of Cornelius: the Holy Ghost fell on them as on us at the beginning.
Gifts and Fruits of the Spirit: The Holy Spirit has the following gifts to bestow upon the believing church of the Lord Jesus Christ: wisdom, knowledge, faith , healing, miracles, prophecy, discernment, tongues, interpretation; that, according to the degree of grace and faith possessed by the recipient, these gifts are divided to every man severally, as He, the Holy Spirit, will.
Divine Healing: We believe that divine healing is the power of the Lord Jesus Christ to heal the sick and the afflicted in answer to believing prayer.
The Second Coming of Christ: The second coming of Christ is personal and imminent; that He will descend from Heaven in the clouds of glory with the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God; and that at this hour, which no man knoweth beforehand, the dead in Christ shall rise, then the redeemed that are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air, and that so shall they ever be with the Lord.
The Final Judgement: We believe that the dead, both small and great, shall be raised up and stand with the living before the judgment seat of God; and that when a solemn and awful separation shall take place when the wicked shall be adjudged to everlasting punishment and the righteous to life eternal; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or in hell on principles of righteousness as set forth in His holy word.
Heaven: Heaven is the indescribably glorious habitation of the living God; and that thither the Lord has gone to prepare a place for His children; that unto this four-square city, whose builder and maker is God, the earnest believers who have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and have overcome by the word of their testimony will be carried; that the Lord Jesus Christ will present them to the Father without spot or wrinkle; and that there in unutterable joy they will ever behold His wonderful face, in an everlasting kingdom whereunto comes no darkness nor light, neither sorrow, tears, pain, nor death, and wherein hosts of attending angels sing the praises of our King, and bowing down before the throne, cry: "Holy, Holy, Holy."
Hell: We believe that hell is a place of outer darkness and deepest sorrow, where the worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched. It is a place prepared for the devil and his angels where there shall be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. It is a place of grief and eternal regret on the part of them who have rejected the mercy, love, and tenderness of the crucified Savior, choosing death rather than life.
World Missions and Evangelism: In light of the reality of heaven and hell, we believe that God has called the church to continue the ministry of Christ in the earth by proclaiming the Gospel message afar and nearby. That the church is to be an assembly of people gathered together for the purpose of reaching the world for Jesus.
Tithing and Offerings: We believe that the method ordained of God to sustain His ministry and the spread of the gospel after His command is "Tithing" and is generally accepted throughout Christendom not only as God's method to take care of the material and financial needs of His church, but to raise the spiritual morale of His people to the extent that God must bless them.
1. Plain Statements of Faith
2. Holy Scriptures
3. The Godhead
4. Man Created and Fallen
5.1 Redemption Part 1
5.2 Redemption Part 2
6. Salvation Through Christ Alone
7. Repentance and Acceptance
9. Justification By Faith
12. The Daily Christian Life
13. Baptism and the Lord's Supper
14. Baptism of the Holy Spirit
15. Gifts and Fruits of the Spirit
16. Divine Healing
17. The Second Coming of Christ
18. The Final Judgement
21. World Missions and Evangelism
22. Tithing and Offerings