Faith Tabernacle Church
Rick came to us as a homeland missionary and church planter, who is experienced in entrepreneurial business management and all aspects of church management. With diverse backgrounds of military, business and ministry, coupled with his no nonsense approach, he challenges men not just to be men, but men of God. He is a gifted speaker, counselor and pastor who has a heart for the hurting and a willingness to do something about it. Rick is married and has one daughter. He serves Faith Farm as a Pastor and Assistant Director at the Okeechobee Campus, managing the Spiritual aspects of the program along with the day to day operations of the farm.
The Church Today
We believe that this is God’s kingdom church dispensation age, an era of apostolic church procedure established on the day of Pentecost as stated in Acts 2. In God’s kingdom church plan, Jesus has returned to us – the Holy Ghost, as a spiritual rock to be the head of His church. We, the believers, make up the body of Christ, – the church and though we be many members, are one body, and are subject to one authority, the Lord Jesus Christ. Eph. 2:20-22; I Cor. 3:11; I Cor. 12:12-14; I Peter 2:6,7; Luke 17:20, 21; Rom 14:17; Heb. 12:28; Eph. 1:14 & 2:5,6.
The Holy Bible
We believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God, infallible in its original writings. II Tim. 3:16-17; II Pet. 1:19-21.
We believe in the one ever-living, eternal God, infinite in power, holy in nature, attributes and purpose; in His absolute, indivisible deity. This one true God has revealed Himself in a triune manner as Father, Son and Holy Ghost – Spirit.
The Son of God
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. In the fullness of time, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law; Gal. 4:4,5. In Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; Col. 2:9, that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself; II Cor. 5:19, that no man can come unto the father but by and through the Lord Jesus Christ and His shed blood, that the Son of God is the only hope of the world. The anointed man, Christ Jesus, was the mediator between God and man. I Tim. 2:5; Rom.3:25.
The Fall of Man
We believe that in the beginning, God created man innocent, pure and holy. But, through the sin of disobedience, Adam fell; hence by one man’s disobedience, sin entered into the world. Gen 1:27; Rom 5:12.
The Five Fold Ministry – NECESSARY TO THE PLAN
We believe the church is sovereign, accountable to God for operation, with the Five Fold Ministry for operation according to Eph. 4:11-12, each member accountable to each other, and not over each other. I Cor. 12:27-31
The Redemption Plan – FOR THE BELIEVER
We believe our redemption has been accomplished solely by the shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, who was made sin for us, dying in our form and stead, rising again from the dead, ascending with His glorified body to the right hand of God Power and by believing in this finished work, we are justified before God, cleansed of all our sins and redeemed from the curse of the law. Rom. 5:1, Acts 13:39; II Cor. 5:14-21; Gal. 2:16; Gal. 3:13; I Pet. 1:18-19; Tit. 2:14; Rev. 5:9.
Repentance – NECESSARY TO THE PLAN
We believe in repentance to God, confessing ourselves as sinners, receiving forgiveness through the Lord Jesus Christ and His blood atonement for sinners, witnessed by a definite change from sin to righteousness. Acts 17:30; 11:18; 2:38-39.
The Gift of the Holy Ghost – NECESSARY TO THE PLAN
We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit for believers, obtained by obedience to the above prescribed plan – Acts 2:38, 39; 5:30-32, by asking – Luke 11:9, 10, 13, evidenced by speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, as a distinct, separate, and subsequent experience to conversion; also that it is the standard of the normal Christian experience since Pentecost.
Sanctification – NECESSARY TO THE PLAN
We believe in the work of sanctification, sanctified by God, set apart for His service. – I Thes. 5:23. Our sanctification is a process of dedication throughout the believer’s life, fulfilling the purpose we have already made with God. Romans 6.
Water Baptism – NECESSARY TO THE PLAN
We believe that Water Baptism – immersion is for believers and should be administered in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ according to the Acts of the Apostles – Acts 2:38; 10:48; 19:5, thus fulfilling Matt. 28:19, and Luke 24:47.
The Gifts of the Spirit – NECESSARY TO THE PLAN
We believe the nine gifts of the Spirit should be manifested in the church today, and that all Spirit filled believers should earnestly covet the best gifts for the edification and up-building of the church. I Cor. 2:1-11.
The Fruit of the Spirit – NECESSARY TO THE PLAN
We believe the Spirit-filled believers will produce the fruit of the Spirit in their lives and their walk will be according to godliness and holy living. Gal. 5:22,23; I John 2:6; I Pet. 1:16; Tit. 2:11, 12; II Cor. 7:1.
Divine Healing – IN THE PLAN
We believe healing is in the atonement, that God is still the healer of His people, and that the church should recognize and practice this ministry as directed by the Lord Himself and practiced by His Apostles. Exod. 15:26; Isa. 53:5; James 5:14, 15; Heb. 13:8.
Communion – IN THE PLAN
We believe that all followers of Christ should partake of communion, in remembrance of His death until He comes. Luke 22:19,20; Matt. 26:26-18; I Cor. 11:20-26.
Foot Washing – IN THE PLAN
We believe in, and practice foot washing. John 13:2-17
Tithing – IN THE PLAN
We believe tithing is God’s financial plan to provide for His work, and has been since the days of Abraham. Tithing came with faith under Abraham; Moses’ law enjoined it, and Israel practiced it, when she was right with God; Jesus endorsed it – Matt. 23:23, and Paul said to lay be in store as God has prospered you. Do not rob God of His portion, namely tithes and offerings. Malachi 3:8
Rewards and Judgment – IN THE PLAN
We believe the Bible clearly teaches a distinct judgment for believers only, spoken of in the Scripture as the “Judgment Seat of Christ,” where believers’ works shall be judged and rewards given. II Cor. 5:10; 1 Cor. 3:11-15. We believe that there will be a great and final judgment as recorded in the Word of God; Heb. 9:27; Rev. 20:11-15. This is the judgment of the unjust where all of the wicked are judged and all those whose names are not found written in the Book of Life shall be cast into the lake of fire burning with brimstone, which God has prepared for the devil. Matt. 25:41; Rev. 20:7-15; 21:8
CALF OF THE MONTH
“…Ahh, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field that the Lord has blessed.” Gen. 27:27(NIV)