OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe the scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired and only infallible Word of God. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three separate persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully Man, having been conceived of the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross, a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into Heaven, where at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Advocate.
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord, Jesus Christ and during this age to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, and indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service. We believe that all people by nature are separated from God and responsible for their own sin, but that salvation, redemption, and forgiveness are freely offered to all by the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit as a real experience at or subsequent to salvation, with the scriptural evidence, namely, speaking other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance. (Acts 2:1-4, 8:14-17, 10:44-46, Galatians 3:14-15). We believe in the Blessed Hope, which is the rapture of the Church of God, which is in Christ at His return. Amen.
OUR CHURCH HISTORY
Praise Tabernacle, Inc. was founded by the late Rev. Rosa Lee Lilly who was called into the Pastorate following the death of her husband Rev. Samuel J. Lilly Sr., the Pastor of Mission #4 Church of God in Christ. After 3 years without a pastor and special consecration of prayer and fasting, Rosa Lee Lilly willingly and courageously accepted her call to pastorate.
The church seceded from the C.O.G.I.C. organization and was renamed Lilly’s Chapel Pentecostal Church in memory of the late pastor. Pastor Rosa Lilly was an anointed woman of God and the church soon grew too large for their location at 128 W. 124th Street in New York City. A search campaign was launched for a larger house of worship. The Polish Hall in Jamaica, New York was chosen for the new site for the church. The old Polish Hall was a meeting place that consisted of a bar, dance hall with a stage, adjoining kitchen, coat rooms, betting/ gambling rooms, trophy hall, meeting rooms and rooms portioned off for various uses. The grounds outside resembled a small forest.
The name Praise Tabernacle had been revealed to Pastor Rosa Lee Lilly in a vision during a shut-in in the winter of 1978. God miraculously supplied all the finances necessary to purchase the property, allowing Praise Tabernacle, Inc. to be established June 27, 1979, mortgage free. Drastic renovation took place from the inside out, back to front, top to bottom.
Following the passing of Pastor Rosa Lee Lilly in February of 1989, the church began actively seeking for a Pastor to fill the leadership vacancy. After much prayer, fasting, and interviewing, the members of Praise Tabernacle, Inc. selected the Reverend Dr. Caesar R. Cabiness to succeed Pastor Lilly.
Bishop Cabiness served as interim Pastor one year prior to his official installation which took place in September of 1992. The work of strengthening the body of Christ began. With his feet planted firmly on the promises of God and his mind focused on progress, Bishop Cabiness surrounded himself with a staff of Ministers and leaders that would reflect the “mind of Christ.”
Under the leadership of Bishop Cabiness, the teaching ministry was revitalized and the Te’Hillah School of Urban Ministry was birthed. Bishop Cabiness has been instrumental in establishing Praise Tabernacle as a viable resource base within the community. The church has been elevated in ministries to serve the needs of the whole man. Progressive building renovations have taken place, inclusive of the construction of parking lot facilities. With these and many other projects on our agenda completed, and some still in planning we look forward to God’s blessing, God’s sanction, and God’s leadership in moving forward with our effort to further the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to assisting our community in establishing a new image.
Praise Tabernacle is a teaching ministry that seeks to prepare and equip saints who will be able to teach others also how to serve in kingdom-building ministries.
“"Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand.” Psalm 149:6
To build up the people of God, To work the works of God, Through the Word of God, By the aid of the Holy Spirit.