“That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3;17-19
The Sanctuary is a place of Refuge, Rest and Hope.
We are a Christian education, growth and worship center / Church for the community.
A Church based on unconditional love for the community. Accepting people as children of God and loving them just as Jesus our example would do. Not judging but loving, not governing but serving. Be living breathing examples of Christ's love on earth.
1) We believe in the total and full Gospel of Jesus Christ
2) Reach out to the lost and hurting and help them grow toward Christ love.
3) Total love and acceptance of all people without the casting of stones but in the loving truth of the Gospel
4) We believe in unity among the complete body of believers.
5) We have no identity outside of Christ. We are but servants that edify our master.
6) Nothing is more important than ones relationship with God himself.
“I, therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called”.
The ministry in which one has been called is secondary to the primary goal of one's depth in relationship with God himself. Any minister, person or Church must first place its importance upon the depth with God before even moving into any ministry. No clarity or direction will be of God unless it is based upon total submission to the will of God, and this will not be revealed without that personal connection and communication.
Our private and personal lives are what determine the level of our ministries. We are called to be a “Royal Priesthood” and with this we are not to walk in the ways of the world or to tamper with things or activities that could damage the priesthood. We are to walk upright and be overcomers. In all things we are called to be a victorious people. If we are not victorious in our personal lives, we will be ineffective in teaching others to be victorious and overcomers.
We are called to be responsible in all of our professional and personal affairs. We must maintain the highest standards of ethics in all of our dealings: financial, relationships, and all authorities both civil and spiritual.
As a minister of any capacity one must maintain a very healthy and filling devotional time consisting of study of the Word, prayer and listening to God and worship. Take time to get fed by other ministers and have a mentor / fellowship with other brothers in order to stay grounded and on track.
As a minister never place yourself in any type of compromising position. Make known your weaknesses to a fellow brother in Christ, mentor or spiritual authority. This will help in preventing any weak moments that might cause a fall. Always ask God to reveal any blind spots in your life so that nothing can catch you by surprise.
Relationship with the Church:
Be a sacrificial leader. Walk in humility as a servant. Know that as a minister it is a heart commitment not a job. Treat others with a sincere and honest heart. Open yourself for others. Listen to gain prospective on where a person is. Do not ever try to change anyone but rather love and share the hope of Christ. Let others work out their own salvation, as a minister we only point out the direction and hold them up.
Be true to the complete Word of God, never water it down or apologize for it. Speak the truth in love but with authority and conviction. “Preach Christ and Him crucified”. Always let God do the speaking and never allow your own words and thoughts to take center stage. Always follow the Spirits lead and do not rely on tradition and personal precepts.
Love the people, love the people, love the people and give yourself to the Church.
Relationships with fellow Ministers:
Always maintain open relationships with fellow ministers and Churches. Edify and lift up others. Always be courteous and respectful on where God has placed them. Be honest and open in all communication. Respect the boundaries of other Churches and ministers and let your boundaries be known also (in a respectful manner).
Honor those that have preceded you in the ministry and those that succeed you. Do not take ownership of the ministry entrusted to you (ever). Know that it is most likely that you are only occupying it for a moment and God probably has someone else in waiting to come serve after you.
Learn from fellow ministers.
Relations with the Community:
Get out there and love on the community, let the light and love of Christ flow thru you. Always walk in a humble and obedient way in service. Be available and make your Church available to help and uplift. Never seek personal gain or glorification, stand in the shadows and lift up Christ. Train up the Church and prepare them to serve with joyful hearts. Always search out ways to help and be creative. Help other Churches (don’t compete) so that the community can see what family among believers looks like. Give the community something to want and hunger for.
Always have a joyful heart. In everything you do as a minister of God let a glow come out of you. Be mysterious, bizarre and annoyingly happy in all that you do. This will cause people to want what you have, and that is the joy of the hope you have in Christ.