7 PILLARS OF THE CHURCH
There are seven pillars that layout the foundations and precepts of Calvary Tabernacle. While they are not exhaustive in nature, their intended purpose is to outline the foundational corner stones that Calvary Tabernacle is built upon. It is these foundations that we will never compromise and upon which all of our ministries are built.
1. The Church is Built Upon Jesus Christ as Lord
- This is Christ’s Church, of which He will forever be the head. We exist to bring glory to His name and make the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ known!
- “And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” Ephesians 1:22-23
- “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple in the Lord.” Ephesians 2:19-21
2. The Church is Built on the Word of God
- Everything the church espouses, teaches and expresses is based and borne forth from God’s Word. The Word of God is exalted above all thoughts, ideas and opinions and is the supreme authority within the church. All worship and teaching (children through adults) is based on God’s Word. Our preaching is expository in nature and is designed to cause believers to understand the authors intent, search the Word and respond in faith to God’s Word.
- We believe that the Bible is inerrant, without error when it pertains to matters of history, science or salvation, infallible, that the Bible will not fail in its ultimate purpose of revealing God and the way of salvation to humans, and we believe that the Bible is Inspired and that the scriptures are “God breathed.” They are the actual words of God.
- We believe that the scriptures are sufficient for all matters of life. 2 Timothy 3:16 states that the scriptures “are profitable for teaching, reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness that that man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
3. The Church is Gospel Proclaiming
- We believe that the word of God teaches that true believers proclaim the gospel and are compelled by the love of Christ to share their faith. We believe it is our responsibility not simply to “witness,” but to make disciples for Christ. Hence, we are evangelical as a result of the work that Christ has done in our lives. This is not a burden but a privilege that Christ gives to His believers.
- “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and The Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
- “But you are a royal priesthood, a Holy nation, a people’s for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9
4. The Church is Missional
- We define Missional within the context of Matthew 28:19-20. Specifically, we are called to make disciples that follow in the teaching of Christ.
- Being evangelical, we believe that it is God’s will for the church to support the spread of the Gospel in all parts of the world. We are intentional regarding supporting the spread of the Gospel and making disciples across the world. Hence, the church we support ministries and missionaries that are making an impact with the gospel. Our missions focus is to support local, national and global ministries. We also believe that it is not enough simply to provide funding but also seek to actively engage in various mission projects designed to facilitate the spread of the gospel.
5. The Church is Focused on Godly Worship
- We believe that the worship of God is a paramount privilege of the saved. We get to worship God in spirit and in truth in response to who He is. Accordingly, our worship is God centered. Through worship we seek to exalt the God of the Word. God is the sole focus of our worship and there cannot be any other deviation from Him. *“God is not worshiped where He is not treasured and enjoyed. Praise is not an alternative to joy, but the expression of joy.” John Piper, Desiring God
- “The fuel of worship is a true vision of the greatness of God; the fire that makes the fuel burn white hot is the quickening of the Holy Spirit; the furnace made alive and warm by the flame of truth is our renewed spirit; that the resulting heat of our affections is powerful worship, pushing its way out in confessions, longings, acclamations, tears, songs, shouts, bowed heads, lifted hands and obedient lives.” John Piper, Desiring God
6. The Church is the Community of Believers
- The church is God’s divine plan for all believers in Jesus Christ. As believers, we come together for edification by the word of God, encouragement of the believers, and preparation for ministry. This is the community of the believers in Christ. While we welcome the unsaved and the un-churched into our services, our primary focus within the church is the edification of believers. We preach so that believers can be built up in their faith and do the work of the ministry making disciples in the world. This is Christ’s church whom He will return for later. That church is made up of believers.
- “And we proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ. And for this purpose, also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.” Colossians 1:28-29
- “A church is a gathering of people who then make this common confession about Christ from the incarnation to the glorification of Christ and everything in between. We are known by the accuracy and the faithfulness of our Christology, of our belief in Christ.” John MacArthur
7. The Church is a Prayer Based Community
- Calvary Tabernacle emphasizes prayer and communion with God as a vital link in our lives. Prayer is not minimized but is emphasized. We diligently seek The Lord with all decisions and we elevate prayer in every aspect of spiritual life. We encourage fasting and prayer groups that focus not solely on our immediate needs but on the will of God in all things. We believe that all of our decisions and plans are to be bathed in prayer seeking to know the will of God. We are a praying community.
- “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
The Five Declarations of the Reformers
We hold to the Five Declarations of the Reformers as answers to the most essential questions regarding a relationship with God. These define for us at Calvary Tabernacle, what they did for the Reformers over 500 years ago and offer for us a summary view of the Gospel of Grace. They are;
What must I do to be saved? Faith Alone (Sola Fide) – No one is good enough to deserve salvation from God. You cannot do anything to be saved- rather, God saves you on the basis of your faith, which is itself on the basis of the work Christ on your behalf. It is a salvation by Faith and not of works.
What must I trust? Christ Alone (Solus Christus) – Salvation is not dispensed through a church, a denomination, a priest or sacraments. Instead, salvation is through Christ and Him alone.
What must I obey? Scripture Alone (Sola Scriptura) – In matters of faith, believers are compelled by no other authority than that of scripture. The believers only ultimate authority is the revealed word of God, the Holy Scriptures.
What must I earn? Grace Alone (Sola Gratia) – What can I do to earn my salvation? The answer is an emphatic NO, NOTHING. Salvation is of grace alone. It is not of works or merit. His salvation is based entirely upon His Grace.
What is the point? Only God gets glory (Solei Deo Gloria)– People were made for one reason and one reason only, to glorify God. The highest calling on a person’s life is that he would glorify God in all he or she does. Although we consistently fail to do this, God still saves the repentant sinner through His gospel.
We ‘re glad that you have stopped by to learn what we’re all about. We hope you see our passion for Jesus and His gospel. He is the only reason that we do what we do — preaching, Bible study, outreach, and even singing.
If you were to ask us to describe ourselves in one sentence, we would say, “We exist for the glory of God, for the glory of Christ, and for the glory of the Gospel.”
These three elements create the DNA for us to live all of life for the glory of Jesus. As a Gospel, Centered church, you will notice that we believe the Gospel is so much more than a starting point for people. The Gospel is all of life, and it shapes the very way in which we live life together with our family, friends, city, and the rest of the world. We want to view and live all of life through gospel, which is the truth for all of us.