What We Believe
Doctrinal Statement of PillarsTemple
This account of our Doctrinal Statement is intended to summarize the fundamental and basic truth we believe at PillarsTemple. In no way is this doctrinal statement intended to summarize all the specific revelation given by God.
We believe that the bible is the supernatural inspired word of God. Everything at PillarsTemple falls under the authority of the Bible, which fully declares truth that is timeless. The bible is inerrant in the original manuscripts and preserved by God the father in its verbal and complete inspiration. At PillarsTemple we base our faith, doctrine and conduct on the authority of the Bible believing it is the divine standard for every age and everyone.
(II Tim 3:16,17; I Thess 2:13, II Pet 1:19-21; Isa 55:10,11; I Cor 4:6).
The Trinity (The Godhead)
We believe in that the Godhead exists eternally in three distinct persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Godhead eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We believe that these three are one God, having the same essence, nature, attributes and perfection, and are worthy of the same reverence, confidence and obedience.
(I Tim 2:5; II Cor 13:14; I Tim 3:16; Matt 28:19,20; In 1:14; Acts 5:3,4; Jn 1:18).
Father - The Father is an eternal being (Ps 90:2) and a distinct member of the triune Godhead. He is: Father over all creation (Acts 17:29); Father of the nation of Israel (Ex 4:22); the Father and Sender of Jesus Christ (Matt 3:17, Jn 3:16); and the Father of believers in Christ (Gal 3:26).
Jesus Christ - Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God; fully God and fully man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He led a sinless life on this earth. He voluntarily died on the cross for the sins of all mankind, was buried, and arose from the dead and ascended into heaven where he intercedes for all people who call upon Him. (Jn 5:20; Jn 20:28; Titus 2:13; Matt 3:16,17; Heb 1:8; Jn 5:17-23;10:33)
Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Godhead who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. At conversion, He regenerates, indwells, seals, and baptizes all born-again believers into the body of Christ. (Acts 5:3,4; Jn 6:63; II Cor 3:18; Titus 3:5; In 16:8-11; I Cor 3:16; I Cor 6:19,20; Eph4:30; I Cor 12:13; Eph 5:18; Rom 8:2; Gal 5:22,23; Rom 8:14,25; I Jn 2:27)
We believe that God is the absolute and independent creator of the universe. We also believe that the creation of the universe was completely by divine command.
We believe the Gospel as written in the Bible. Jesus Christ was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life. Jesus Christ crucified on a cross, He was buried and he rose on the third day and gain victory over death. Jesus Christ then ascended to his Father’s right hand where He is the head of the Church and intercedes for all believers. It is only by placing our faith in believing that Jesus Christ died, was buried and rose victoriously that we will be saved by grace. We also believe that the same Jesus who died for our sins will come again personally, bodily, and visibly to this earth to set up His millennial kingdom.
We believe that men are saved and justified on the simple and singular ground of his shed blood. Salvation through Jesus Christ by grace, is completely apart from baptism, church membership, man’s effort and good works and is of pure grace.
Incarnation and the Work of Jesus Christ
We believe the eternal Son of God became incarnate to reveal God to mankind and reconcile men and women to God. That in historical fact He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, lived on earth, was crucified and buried, rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven.
Jesus' Sacrificial Death
We believe salvation for men and women has been provided by the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ, who died as our substitute, shedding His blood for the remission of our sins.
Salvation by Faith Alone
We believe salvation is initiated and completed by God and received by faith; that those who trust Christ as Savior receive forgiveness and are born again by the Spirit, passing from spiritual death unto eternal life. We believe that God desires all men and women to be saved. We believe that apart from the effectual work of the Holy Spirit, no one would respond in saving faith to Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit does this saving work in connection with the presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
(Jn 3:16, Jn 3:36; Jn 14:6; Acts 4:12; Matt 7:13,14; Eph 2:8,9; Jn 3:3; I Jn 5:1)
Assurance of Salvation
We believe all who are born again by the Spirit are assured of their salvation and this assurance is based upon the promise of God in His written Word. This saving faith produces love and obedience within us.
We believe the true Church is composed of all who are born again; that the Holy Spirit baptizes all believers into one body, endowing the Church with the gifts needed for its work. Therefore, we make every effort to rise above all personal differences, prejudices and racial barriers to maintain the unity of the Spirit in love and peace both within this local body of Christ and the larger body of Christ around us. We believe that we must glorify God, equip the saints and fulfill the Great Commission.
At pillars Church we believe, that it is the goal of every Christian to become a disciple of Christ by growing toward spiritual maturity through the knowledge of and obedience to the Word of God and submission to the Holy Spirit, who indwells, baptizes and seals all believers at the moment of salvation.
Sign and Gifts of the Holy Spirit
We believe there is only one baptism of the Holy Spirit that occurs at the time of a person’s conversion, that is when he or she is born again placing that person into the body of Christ. We at the PillarsTemple distinguish between spiritual gifts distributed to believers to equip them for ministry and the sign gifts which to our understanding have been manifestations by the Holy Spirit. As a result PillarsTemple believes that sign gifts are not normative in the church today.
(Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12, 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:7-13; 1 Peter 4:10-11, 1 Corinthians 13:8-10; 14:20-22, Acts 2:38; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:13)
Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is our abiding Comforter and Helper, strengthening faith and devotion and conforming us to the image of Christ. The Holy Spirit indwells the believer permanently. While the child of God may sin and grieve the Spirit, the Spirit will never leave the true believer. Absence of the Holy Spirit is the mark of the unsaved. The Holy Spirit seals the believer. This ministry guarantees the security of the believer “until the day of redemption.”
(Acts 5:3,4; Jn 6:63; II Cor 3:18; Titus 3:5; In 16:8-11; I Cor 3:16; I Cor 6:19,20; Eph4:30; I Cor 12:13; Eph 5:18; Rom 8:2; Gal 5:22,23; Rom 8:14,25; I Jn 2:27)
We believe we are called to holy living in obedience to the Word of God, to put away sinful desires and cultivate and bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Second Coming of Jesus Christ
We believe our blessed Hope, the personal return of Christ for His Church. We also believe that at death the redeemed enter into the presence of Christ, and after the resurrection of the body at His second coming, they shall be forever with Him in His glory. Unbelievers after death await the final judgment when they shall be punished with everlasting separation from the presence of the Lord in hell.
Christ will return in the air preceding the seven-year Tribulation at which time He will receive into heaven all believers who constitute His church. During that tribulation period, God will bring salvation to Israel and the nations while exercising judgment on unbelievers.
(Thess 4:13-17; I Cor 15:51-58; Titus 2:13)
We believe the world is to experience the judgment of God. It will be neither converted nor perfected during the present age, but the Lord Jesus will return to earth to reign in righteousness. At the end of the millennium, He will usher in His eternal Kingdom with the creation of the new Heaven and the new earth.
Satan - Satan is a personal being, an angel who, because of pride and disobedience to God, was exiled from the presence of God. He is the unholy god and the ruler of the powers of darkness, the arch enemy of man's acceptance of Christ. His final destiny is defeat and eternal condemnation to the lake of fire along with all who have not received Christ as their personal Savior. (Matt 13:19,39; Ez 28:12-19; Isa 14:12-17)
Man - By His Word alone, God created man in His own image in a special act of creation that was separate and distinct from any of His other works. Consequently all people are born sinners, separated from God, and without hope, apart from the grace of God. (Gen 1:27; Ps 119:73; II Pet 3:5-7; Rom 5:12,13; Rev 4:11).
Salvation - Salvation is individual and cannot be earned by human works. It is received by the grace of God through faith in Christ and is the free and unmerited gift of God. (Jn 3:16, Jn 3:36; Jn 14:6; Acts 4:12; Matt 7:13,14; Eph 2:8,9; Jn 3:3; I Jn 5:1)
As followers of Christ, our commitment to Christ is both total and radical. We are sinners, made righteous in Christ and privileged to glorify God in all we do, through the glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.