The purpose of the church is summed up in the commission Christ gave His disciples just before He ascended to Heaven: “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:18–20).
This last command of Christ should be our highest priority; every facet of church activity should in some way relate to this, the purpose of the church. Acts 5:42 records that the Jerusalem church was indeed fulfilling this purpose: “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” This young church was constantly engaged in making the Gospel known to the world.
At Tabernacle Baptist Church, we have emphasized this purpose in our three-point mission statement:
Discovering the Sinner, Disciplining the Saint, and Deploying the Servant
The following paragraphs simply summarize what we believe as a church family. We believe the Bible and teach it to be perfectly true. Every belief and teaching of Tabernacle Baptist Church flows from God’s Word.
We believe the Bible to be the revealed Word of God, fully and verbally inspired of God. We believe the Scriptures to be the inerrant, infallible Word of God, as found within the 66 books from Genesis to Revelation. We believe God not only inspired every word, but has preserved them through the ages. (Psalm 12:6-7; II Timothy 3:15-17; I Peter 1:23-25; II Peter 1:19-21).
We believe in one God, who is eternal, self-existent, infinite, and immutable. We believe He has one nature, one essence, and one substance, yet manifests Himself to man in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; I Timothy 1:17; James 1:17; I John 4:4).
We believe Jesus Christ to be the one and only Saviour of mankind. We believe Jesus Christ to be eternally God and to possess all the attributes of Deity. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was virgin born, that He was God incarnate, and that the purposes of the incarnation were to reveal God, to redeem men, and to rule over God’s kingdom. We believe Jesus Christ never relinquished any attributes of His Deity, but merely veiled them. We believe He lived a perfect, sinless life, at the end of which He was offered for all mankind as a sacrifice for man’s sin. This sacrifice was a just payment to God for the forgiveness of sin. It was activated by His death through the shedding of His blood on the Cross and was accepted by God upon His resurrection. We believe He ascended into Heaven after His resurrection to be seated at the right hand of the Father, waiting for the time of receiving His church at the Rapture, and returning seven years later to earth to rule and reign as King for 1,000 years (Psalm 2:7-9; Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, 43:11; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:25; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:1, 1:3, 14, 18, 29; Romans 3:19-25; Romans 5:6-15; Philippians 2:5-11; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Timothy 2:5; I Timothy 3:16; Titus 2:10-15; Hebrews 7:26, 9:24-28; I Peter 1:19, 2:2; I John 1:3; Revelation 20:1-6).
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit of God is a person who has personality and all the attributes of Deity. We believe the Holy Spirit has always been involved in the affairs of mankind. However, we believe He has a special ministry which began at Pentecost and will continue until the Rapture. This ministry includes convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit was also sent to regenerate, sanctify, seal, and fill all who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ (John 3:5-6; John 14:16; Acts 1:5; Acts 11:15; I Corinthians 3:16; I Corinthians 6:19-20; I Corinthians 12:13).
SIN AND SALVATION
We believe all men were born with an inherited sin nature received from our common ancestor, Adam. We believe that because of his nature, man is a sinner by choice, and he is totally incapable of reforming himself or ceasing from his sin by his own power. We believe the only hope of deliverance for man is a total change of mind concerning his sinful condition and inability to change it, and a turning to Jesus Christ as the only Saviour. We believe that only through the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross can a man be delivered from his sin. We believe that all those who reject Jesus Christ as their Saviour are condemned to an eternity in the Lake of Fire (Genesis 5:1-5; Acts 4:19; Acts 16:31; Romans 3:10-23; Romans 5:6-12; Romans 6:23; Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-6; Revelation 20:11-14).
THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH
We believe the church began with the calling out of the twelve apostles by Jesus Christ and was empowered on the day of Pentecost. We believe the local church is God’s only institution to carry out His work today. We believe the local church is composed of members who have been saved and baptized according to the command of Christ, and have voluntarily united together for the purposes of worship, fellowship, service, and the Lord’s Table. We believe all true believers will be taken up at the Rapture, just prior to the Tribulation (Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 1:15; Acts 2:41-43; Acts 11:15; Acts 20:28; I Corinthians 15: 51-58; Ephesians 1:12-14; Ephesians 5:25-30; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Timothy 3:4-15).
THE LAST DAYS
We believe in the literal interpretation of the Scriptures in their grammatical and historical context. We believe in the pre-tribulational Rapture of the church saints, followed by the seven-year Tribulation. We believe in the pre-millennial return of Christ to the earth and His literal rule of one thousand years. Following this one thousand years is the Great White Throne judgment and then the new Heaven and new earth (I Corinthians 15:51-58; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Thessalonians 5:1-9; Revelation 19-22).
Rev. Derek D. Berry
Pastor Derek D. Berry, born in Atlanta and raised in Douglas County, Ga. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at the age of eight years old in the church he was raised in Sunset Hills Baptist Church under the preaching of his pastor Rev. R.C. Watson. As a teenager he felt God’s calling on his life to the ministry and publicly surrendered to the call in his early 20’s, Pastor Derek then enrolled in Georgia Baptist Seminary where he earned a degree in Pastoral Theology. He served as a Youth Pastor for four years, under direction of The Lord he resigned his position and waited for The Lord to show him what was next and after three months of waiting he was called as Senior Pastor at Tabernacle Baptist Church Hiram, Georgia on November 16, 2014.
Pastor Derek has a heart for reaching Hiram and Paulding county for Jesus. He believes to influence the community you must be apart of the community. He currently serves at our local high school as Chaplain for the baseball team as well as the football team where he regularly meets with the players and coaches to help develop their character to look more like Christ. He also serves as one of the Chaplains for our police department where he meets with the chief and other officers for a time of fellowship and encouragement. Pastor Derek along with Chief Sailors and Chaplain McGrady created the Hiram Pastors Alliance for the purpose of creating better unity amongst religious leaders and government.
Pastor Derek is married to Megan Hembree Berry and they have five children Hembree Lace, Maverick, Harlow, Holland, and Montgomery.
Pastor Derek loves playing with his kids, spending time with his wife, and watching the Braves, Bulldogs, and Falcons!
Music Pastor, Aric Butler
Pastor Aric joined our team May 4, 2020 and oversees everything music.
He leads our worship band, praise team, choir, and tech crew.
Aric is a graduate of Shorter University in Rome, GA holding a Bachelor of Music degree in Music and Worship Leadership, and a current student at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to transferring to Shorter University, he studied Music Education at Georgia Southwestern State University before accepting the call to ministry and changing his degree plan. Aric has served on staff at churches in Georgia as a Worship Leader and Music Director since 2017.
Aric was born and raised in the watermelon capitol of the world, Cordele, GA. He grew up in a music-loving family and has enjoyed the art of making music since the age of 9. At age 16, he experienced salvation in Jesus Christ when he was convicted by the Gospel message at Vacation Bible School. Since then, he has felt called by God to use his skills and passion for music to share the Gospel with others, through music and worship.
In his free time, he enjoys reading, cooking, and watching any Atlanta sports teams. Aric also teaches private lessons in voice, guitar, and piano in the Paulding County area.
Family Pastor, Jack Henry
Pastor Jack joined our team January 1, 2019 and oversees everything family!
He leads our Teens, Rooted Life Groups, and our Volunteer Crews.
Member Care & Mission’s Pastor, Stan Pittman
Pastor Stan joined our team August 1, 2017!
He oversees the care of our wonderful members, the missionaries we support, and also looks for opportunities for additional mission work we can be involved it.
Pastor Stan graduated from Forest Park High School in Forest Park Georgia and later attended Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tn. Where he received his Diploma in Theology. He later received his Bachelor’s Degree in Bible from Slidell Baptist Seminary in Slidell Louisiana. He has served in Church Ministries most of his adult life. Serving on staff at different churches in Sunday school, Children’s Church, Bus Ministry, Associate Pastor and Pastor. Pastor Stan and his family also had the privilege of serving as Missionaries to the Country of Italy from 1989 to 1995.
Pastor Stan was born and raised in the Atlanta area. Married his high school sweetheart Pasty in 1971. They were both saved on May 31, 1976 at Lake City Baptist Tabernacle in Lake City, Georgia under the leadership of Dr. James Rushing. They have three adult children and six grandchildren.
Executive Administrator, Wes Williams
Wes joined our team January 1, 2016!
He oversees the facility and finance.
8:30 a.m. Adult Small Groups
9:15 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. | In-person Worship
10:45 a.m. | Live Stream Worship
Nursery, Kidz Church Jr., & Kidz Church 10:45 a.m.
6:30 pm Activities for children – teens and Adult Bible Study
* Nursery Provided *
Rooted Life Groups:
Not currently meeting in homes
How to find us
3454 Jimmy Lee Smith Parkway, Hiram, GA 30141