ROL Statement of Faith
ROL Statement of Faith
As a Christian ministry, Refuge of Light holds to the following tenets of faith that guide our mission, our practice, our leadership and our volunteers in achieving our goal to provide a safe environment for domestic minor girls who have been victimized through sex trafficking so they may heal and transition into a new life equipped with the skills to allow them a successful future within society.
There is one God expressed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who is the Creator of all, and who has sustained creation with his Love, the highest expression of which is the Son, Jesus Christ. Through the saving sacrifice of Jesus, God has redeemed all things, and is sovereign over all. God restores us into a right relationship with Him through our repentance from sin, and confession of faith in Jesus Christ as Savior. The Holy Spirit is God’s divine instrument in creation, the inspiration of Holy Scripture. The Holy Spirit is given to all believers as a comforter and counselor.
The Bible is the Holy Scripture, collected and communicated in its writings through the inspiration and preservation of the Holy Spirit, inspiring its proclamation and application through the ages. The Bible reveals the character of God, the sinfulness of humankind, the redeeming work of Jesus Christ, the teachings for Christ’s followers, and the hope for eternal redemption. The criterion for interpreting scripture is Jesus Christ.
The Church exists as the model community of redeemed, recovered, revalued individuals who have expressed faith in Jesus Christ alone as the means of salvation from sin and promise of eternal life. The church exists as a local body of believers, and through the ages. The Church is tasked with teaching and equipping Jesus’ followers in the new way of living proclaimed by Jesus and His Disciples in the Bible.
Therefore, recognizing God’s declaration “it is good,” as a statement of value for Creation, we declare God’s value for all persons; accepting the fallen state of Creation due to humankind’s sin, we confess our own limitations and depend upon God’s Grace; and rejoicing in the redeeming, revaluing work of Jesus Christ, we embrace Christ’s redemption and extend it to all.
It was Jesus, who in His message at Nazareth, read from the scroll of the prophet Isaiah (Luke 4:18-19): “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” This message becomes our outline for action, and we proclaim good news, freedom, and recovery as individuals and as a ministry.