In April of 2001, Bishop Ron Prosch (then regional overseer) authorized Rich & Kathy Barker to organize a weekly prayer meeting in their home near Sheridan, Indiana. After several weeks of continued prayer, a mission church was started in the home of Chuck & Rita Barker. In July of that year a local store front building was rented and the church continued to grow. By November, 2001, the local mission, Christ Tabernacle, was organized into a local Church of God of Prophecy church in Sheridan.
What To Expect
Christ Tabernacle is a friendly and growing congregation. We are a local ministry of the Church of God of Prophecy, which is a Pentecostal organization with its headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee. Our local congregation is a beautiful and balanced blend of contemporary and traditional believers serving and loving the Lord Jesus Christ and one another.
What We Believe
Since the beliefs of the Church of God of Prophecy are based on biblical principles, we realize that we are on a spiritual journey striving to "walk in the light" when it comes to our understanding of timeless truth. The following doctrinal insights reflect our current findings through our International Assemblies. We must always be acutely aware that as human instruments, we are subject to limited comprehension. As such, we desire to continually seek greater light that better aligns us to Scripture and brings correction to our finite knowledge.
Henceforth, following each Assembly, the Biblical Doctrine and Polity Committee would be expected to make any further adjustments that would be required in light of this mandate to reflect Assembly decisions.
From its beginnings, the Church of God of Prophecy has based its beliefs on "the whole Bible rightly divided." We accept the Bible as Godís Holy Word, inspired, inerrant, and infallible. We believe the Bible to be Godís written revelation of Himself to mankind and our guide in all matters of faith; therefore, we look to the Bible as our highest authority for doctrine, practice, organization, and discipline.
The Church of God of Prophecy is firm in its commitment to orthodox Christian belief. We affirm that there is one God eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe in the deity of Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, the physical miracles He performed, His atoning death upon the Cross, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory at His second coming.
We profess that regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential for the salvation of sinful mankind.
We believe the sinner is brought to an awareness of the need for salvation through the convicting work of the Holy Spirit. We believe that in sanctification by the blood of Christ, one is made holy. We affirm the present, active ministry of the Holy Spirit who guides the Church and by whose indwelling and empowerment we are able to live godly lives and render effective service to God and others. We believe in the oneness and ultimate unity of believers for which our Lord prayed, and that this should be visibly displayed "that the world may know, see, and believe" Godís glory, the coming of His Son, and the great love He has for His people (John 17:20Ė23). We are committed to the sanctity of the marriage bond and the importance of strong, loving Christian families.
The Church embraces all biblical doctrines as taught in the New Testament and have listed some that may be helpful to believers seeking to mature in Christ Jesus: http://cogop.org/about.html
Christ Tabernacle, COGOP 1600 West 236th Street Sheridan, Indiana, USA