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Why we do what we do
Our mission is to lead people worldwide into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and to strengthen the local church. Every activity of The Refuge Temple Ministries must support this mission; and every member should be experiencing his or her own increased intimacy with, and knowledge of, the Lord. As our vision states, we at The Refuge Temple Ministries are proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people in every country of the world. It is our desire to do this as quickly as possible, as clearly as possible, as irresistibly as possible to the glory of God and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Because the ministry has eternal consequences in the lives of others, our personal area of responsibility is of vital importance to the success of our mission and requires that our service be rendered with excellence, enthusiasm, and in harmony with our fellow members. The Refuge Temple Ministries has been privileged to receive enormous blessings from the Lord during its history. None of us can take any personal credit for the ministry. Nevertheless, because we are all part of the Body of Christ, each member of The Refuge Temple Ministries is key to disseminating God’s truth. Each person here, like each part of the Body, is dependent upon the others. As members of the Body at The Refuge Temple Ministries, we hold dearly to the following:
In order to be used of God fully in the Ministry, we must continue to grow spiritually by being in the Word, in prayer, and in fellowship with other believers, “so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:10).
The truth is our banner. We recognize the need for strict honesty in our dealings with members, partners, and others.“In all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us” (Titus 2:7-8).
All credit and acclaim for success is rightly given to God. We duly recognize that this is His work and we are vessels of His power and purpose. “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3).
Nothing we do is found in its final stage. We desire to improve, expand and sharpen every communication method, process, and procedure. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).
The call of God requires a commitment to high standards. All that we do together must pass this test. “Now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you whatever you ask, for all my people in the city know that you are a woman of excellence” (Ruth 3:11).
The responsibility to excel lies on all of us individually. We must be willing to communicate our ideas, dreams, and concerns even at risk of possible professional embarrassment. “You yourselves know the thing which took place throughout all Judea, starting from Galilee, after the baptism which John proclaimed” (Acts 10:37).