Our 10 Beatitudes
In an effort to present our community with a unified witness of Jesus Christ, and so that our Savior may receive the rewards of His suffering, we have adopted these 10 Beatitudes.
- We will be faithful to our call for Unity within the Body of Christ, the Church which is the prayer of our Lord in John 17:21-23 that we be “one” even as the Father, Son and Spirit are one within the Godhead.
- We will respect the various Christian traditions in our common sharing that are part of the Body of Christ around the world. Ephesians 6:12, reminds us that, “We have met the Enemy, and he is not us.”
- We will not depreciate or question our brothers and sisters in the faith community concerning their traditions, practices or non essential doctrines, acknowledging that the beliefs that we share in common are more than those that separate us. The Lord’s desire for us is that we might together work out His will and purpose for the Kingdom of God within Sanford.
- We will pray for one another and participate in the deep koinonia sharing that builds relationship and we will commit ourselves to commonly discerned ventures that the Lord is calling us to expand His Kingdom in Sanford.
- We will speak in “I” statements to one another in our sharing, not presuming that we speak for a group beyond ourselves.
- We will hold things spoken in confidence to foster an environment of mutual trust and support when we share with one another.
- We will model in our lives the high calling that is upon us as Christian leaders to serve as servants of the Most High God in the things we think, say and do.
- We will encourage one another acknowledging the authority of God’s Word over our lives to hold the Sacred Scriptures as a template written on our hearts and lived out in our lives.
- We will share the Good News of Jesus Christ with all segments of our community. We will do this not only in word but deed as St. Francis of Assisi commended us to do in love toward others when he said: “Preach the Gospel, and if you have to, use words.”
- We will be faithful in our attendance at our meetings to foster on-going relationships with one another that strengthen our unity and bonds of affection.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12