Prayer is an act of spiritual expression which brings us into conformity to the very nature and purpose of God. The disciples were not to think of their own convenience as their foremost expression in prayer, but the full and quick realization of the effective rule of God on earth in the hearts of men.
The City of Refuge Christian Center believes that Jesus exhorted us to pray that his will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10). One aspect of God’s kingdom being expressed on earth is through His Word and through prayer. We believe this is vital to a fruitful and successful life of the believer. “We will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the Word” (Acts 6:4)
In the New Testament the saints were consistently engaging in prayer and in the Word of God. God’s kingdom work is accomplished in a place of prayer and outside of it: three dimensions of missions work, continual prayer, mercy deeds, and sharing the gospel. They all work together hand and hand. Prayer causes the work of outreach to effectively reach the lost and needy and a dying world.
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” 3 John 1:4 (NKJV)
At the City of Refuge Christian Center, it is our desire to provide our youth with a loving and safe atmosphere where they can praise and worship God as they learn of our Savior Jesus Christ. They will be taught who they are in Christ and why their life matters. They will be encouraged by our leaders and accepted into a spiritual family that will not judge them.
We will provide fun programs, activities, and events that will allow them to express their faith through their own words and actions. Through the Word of God, we will teach them the importance of their individual gifts and talents. Our programs and ministries will capture their interest as they mature into people of faith, so that they may follow the example of Christ.
Leadership Ministry Training
Servanthood requires the right attitudes and motivations. Playing the part eventually shows itself. Leaders must serve from the inside out. Servanthood begins in the heart.
“A leader’s attitude” should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Phil. 2:5-8).
A leader needs a Christ-like attitude to be a servant. Jesus became God in the flesh so He could serve us. “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve” (Matt. 20:28).
Leaders are there to serve people by building them up, expressing appreciation and encouragement. It’s not about manipulating them with praise to gain their cooperation but rather genuinely seeking to edify others in all they say and do.
A leader is there to serve all types of people, even the unlovable, critical, backstabbers, etc. It’s not about what makes them feel good or affirmed but rather loving as Christ served.
How far are you willing to go in serving the people in your sphere of influence?
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”
Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler[a]
And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday
A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked
Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place
No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.