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Water Baptism at Calvary Temple Sterling VA

water baptism

water baptism

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  We are passionate about reaching the lost and encouraging the Believers in our community.  We have many Events throughout the year to spread the Gospel.  I hope you find the following story to be a blessing.

Recently we had the privilege of observing one of the blessings of Christianity: water baptism.

Water baptism symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus and our identification with Him.  Baptism doesn’t make you saved – but its something you get to do once you are saved.  Its  a public testimony of the inward conversion.  It’s an exciting day in every Christian’s life.

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One very special baptism was of a young man from West Africa. He was born again in Africa and came to the US on a student

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West Africa

visa seeking refuge from the persecution that he was facing from the tribal leaders in his home village.  He came with no family or friends and hoped to find some people from his country to stay with.

Through a mutual friend on Facebook he found a family in Sterling that offered to take him in.

While at the library, he was invited to the Finish the Race Car Show.  He fell in love with the people and ministry of Calvary Temple and said they are a big loving family. He came to church the next morning and told Pastor Scott that he didn’t have a home church.  Pastor told him, “Now you do.”

We are blessed to have another member of the family of Christ fellowshipping with us in Sterling VA.

About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

Visit Calvary Temple online on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram

Car People – and My Most Heinous Car Sins – Calvary Temple Car Show

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I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  We are passionate about reaching the lost and encouraging the Believers in our community.  We have many Events throughout the year to spread the Gospel.  I hope you find the following story to be a blessing.

I don’t know the first thing about cars. And I should since I was raised in a car family.  Not the kind of car family that collects exotic cars and likes to go look at them and show them off to other car people on weekends.  But the kind that spends their time in the body shop inhaling paint fumes and listening to air drills and compressors.  My dad was a Parts and Service Manager for a dealership and I worked there part time in high school.  We had Fords, which everyone knows stands for Found On Road Dead.  Still, I have always been partial to the Ford Mustang.  Its literally the only car that I recognize and can pick out of a lineup. I must be afflicted with car blindness because all cars look the same to me.

Car people have their own community. They speak their own language and I need an interpreter. They spend every weekend working on their cars. Lovingly detailing them. Polishing them.  Cleaning the air grates with q-tips and tiny brushes. And they like to show their cars off to other car people who appreciate them as only car people can.  How do you share the gospel with car people?  As a rule, people can be hard to witness to if they’re not around.  So if you want to witness to car people you have to go where the cars are.  At Calvary Temple we have an event to bring the cars to us.

Twice a year we host the Finish the Race Car Show and it takes our entire church to make it a success.  Our whole fellowship passes out flyers and posters to promote the event.  On the day of the show, volunteers arrive at 8:00am to set up the tents, tables, sound equipment, awards and signs.  Everyone has a job to do.  From serving food to face painting and games to driving the shuttle buses so spectators can have easy access to the fun.  We even have a group of hospitality people who go around passing out watermelon to the registrants.

Registration begins at 10:00 am as car people like to get here early to get a good spot.  Each registrant gets a goody bag filled with vendor donations, tracts, a food voucher for a free sandwich or hot dog from the Calvary food tent and a book or teaching of Pastor Scott’s.

Our day includes lots of music and 1950’s era gospel performances.  A visit to the lemonade and funnel cake vendor.  A stop by the missionary tent to discuss the current missions work in Africa.  Another visit to the funnel cake vendor.  And all the car viewing, discussing and picture taking you could possibly want and more.  You want to know about tail fins.  We got em.  You want to know about Rumble Seats.  We got em.  How about Fancy Paint jobs.  Yep.  Got that too.

And then there’s the judging.  So. Many. Awards.

Trophy Winners - Summer 2013

This year we had a special visit by one of the Redskins who is a believer and he shared his testimony with the crowd.  Our visitors were very receptive and open to the gospel and we’ve received many prayer requests, praise reports and testimonies from the event.  God is doing wonderful things here and its exciting to be a part of it.

And now I shall list for you my most heinous car sins.  If you are car people you may not want to read any further as it could be too graphic for you.

 1. When I was four I put my mother’s car in reverse while she was putting groceries in the house.  I took the passenger side door off on a tree before she shot back into the car and slammed on the brakes.

 2. When I was eight I left the passenger door of my Aunt’s Pontiac open just a crack and when she turned the corner the door flew open and my little brother fell out of the car.  I didn’t confess to it for over thirty years.

 3. When I bought my first car my only criteria was that it had to have a cassette tape player.

 4. I only added oil to my car when the engine started tapping

 5. I had an old car that was made the year before I was born and it dropped its transmission and wouldn’t go forward.  I had to drive the length of Sterling Boulevard in reverse to get home.  Twice.  I stopped at every light and stop sign and used my signals like it was just another day. *if you are a cop this is in no way an admission of guilt*

6. I once drove a brand new car all the way home with the emergency brake on.  I just thought the engine was sluggish.

7. I bought a car with a manual transmission because it was cool and red and I thought I would learn to drive it later.  – I didn’t.

8. I had a car that would stall out every time I stopped for a red light so I would slow down, put it in neutral and rev the engine until the light turned green then pop it back into drive.  I drove my kids to school in that car for several years.

9. I almost crashed a car because I thought there was a mouse hanging from the rear view mirror.  It was the shadow coming off of the air freshener.

10. I can’t tell one car from another so one time I got into a car that pulled up to the curb thinking it was my husband picking me up.  It wasn’t.  The driver freaked out and thought they were being carjacked.  My apologies did not matter.

Try not to judge me too harshly.

About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

Visit Calvary Temple online on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram

The Drive-In Movie is not Dead – Gospel Movie Night at Calvary Temple

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I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  We are passionate about reaching the lost and encouraging the Believers in our community.  We have many Events throughout the year to spread the Gospel.  I hope you find the following story to be a blessing.

When I was in high school I had a chemistry teacher named Mr. Maxwell.  He was teaching the theory of evolution from the perspective of someone who believed it to be truth.  I raised my hand and said I didn’t believe in evolution.  He asked me what I believed in and I said I was a Christian and I believed in divine creation.  He asked me where I learned such an idea and I said from the Bible and that I believed the Bible was true.  This did not go over well as you can imagine and he mocked me and said, “Do you believe everything you read?”

As has happened many other times in my life, when realizing that I am about to get into serious trouble, I made the decision that if I am going to go down – I may as well go down in flames with a boom.  So I responded, “Why do you believe in evolution?” To which he said something sciencey about the writings of the great Charles Darwin.  And my sixteen year old answer as I was preparing to get detention was, “Well do you believe everything you read?”

Mr. Maxwell stood there speechless and went “hmm.”  Then we moved on.  I did not get dragged to the clink otherwise known as the principal’s office and the class continued on.  A couple of weeks later Mr. Maxwell went on medical leave and a short time after that we were told that he had died.  He’d had cancer.  I have thought about him many times over the years and wondered if he got Born Again.  If my small inadequate words had done anything to point him to Jesus.  I wish I had said more and been more of a witness to him.

Each year, at the end of the two weeks sports camp palooza, we set up a giant movie screen and invite the community and all of our sports camp families to enjoy an evening under the stars with FREE POPCORN.  The night is a relaxing time of fun and fellowship.  The kids have special games set up to keep them entertained while we wait for dark.  The band plays worship music and you can sing along if you know the words.  As a community service I choose not to sing along – you’re welcome.

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Our drama team performs an original skit with an evangelistic message.  This year the skit was about a man who was so weighed down by the distractions of the world that he couldn’t hear the voice of God.  I played an old woman who got tripped by the devil and rolled off the stage.  I need to find a new ministry that is less painful but the band won’t have me.  See above.

One favorite feature at Movie Night is the bonfire and roasted marshmallows. I need to find a way to get the roasted marshmallows into the FREE POPCORN.  That will be an action item for next year’s movie.

Right before the movie begins Pastor Jon Miller will present the gospel and share with our visitors that Jesus died for them so they could be reconciled to a Holy God for eternity.  Each of the movies have an evangelistic message to them.  In the past we have shown the following:

  • Left Behind
  • Time Changer
  • The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry
  • Fireproof
  • Home Run – Pastor Scott’s favorite

This year we showed God’s Not Dead.  A freshman in College defends God’s existence to his Philosophy Professor who is a professed atheist.  It was an excellent message with some fascinating statistics that will leave you very excited about what God is doing and you will want to be a bolder witness for Jesus.

Gospel Movie Night only comes around once a year so be on the lookout for the next one.  We have hundreds of visitors who hear the gospel through the music, skits, message and movie.  It is my favorite outreach here at Calvary Temple.  And it has FREE POPCORN!  How can that not be good.

Why am I craving popcorn now?

About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

Visit Calvary Temple online on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram

Basketball, Cheerleading and Soccer – Oh My! Calvary Temple Sports Camps

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  We are passionate about reaching the lost and encouraging the Believers in our community.  We have many Events throughout the year to spread the Gospel.  I hope you find the following story to be a blessing.

When I was a kid and had summers off from school my parents had one goal: to get me out of the house.  Every day I was commanded to “go outside and play!”  My mom didn’t ask where I was going or who I’d be with.  As long as I was home by dark and didn’t have any broken bones the day was a success.  Times have changed and kids don’t spend as much time running around the neighborhood anymore.  Today’s kid has long-term goals.  I don’t think my generation planned much past what was on television that week.  Now they have organized activities, scheduled play dates and summer skills camps.

When I was nine years old we lived in an apartment complex with other low-income families.  A local church had a bus ministry that went around and invited kids to Sunday School and Children’s Church.  Sunday morning with no kids at home – my mom couldn’t jump at that offer fast enough.  She may have given a special offering to have the bus driver take the long way home.

Church Buses

It was the first time in my life that I heard about Jesus from someone other than my grandmother.  I remember being told that “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” – Romans 8:23.   Maybe I was an especially naughty nine year old but I had no trouble believing that I was a sinner.  And when we were asked if we wanted to receive Jesus in our hearts that day I raised my hand.

One of the ministry workers split us up so each child could get one-on-one attention with a teacher to read the scriptures about salvation and pray.  My teacher gave me a little white Bible with a zipper.  I got born again that day at eight years old on an empty school bus at a church I don’t remember with a teacher whose name I’ve never known.  One day in heaven I will be able to thank her.

Shortly after I was born again my whole family got saved and we moved to another state.  As far as I know the church never knew that they were responsible for the salvation of four people through that little bus ministry.  They were just being obedient to spread the gospel in their community.  Here at Calvary Temple we have many events designed to spread the gospel in our community.

One of our most popular outreach events is our summer Sports Camps. We start inviting families to our Basketball, Cheerleading and Soccer Camps in the spring.  Even our youth group gets involved as we hand out over twelve thousand flyers and tracts door-to-door.  If you live in the Sterling area you know what I’m talking about!

sports camp flyerOur congregation works very hard to prepare for the event so that everything will run smoothly for our visitors.  Many people take off time from their jobs so they can help prepare the fields, courts and equipment.  They help with the registration table and parent’s hospitality station.  Some take vacation time so they can be available to coach the kids or visit with the parents.

Each day camp opens with a word of prayer then a time of ministry.  It could be a skit performed by our youth group, a game that teaches a bible lesson or a guest speaker will share their testimony with the kids.  Then its time to review the scripture of the day.  After that the kids are split up into their teams and spend the next two hours going through their stations.  Each station teaches a various aspect of that sport – offense, defense, dribbling, passing.  I don’t know what any of these things mean so thank God I am not a coach!  If we ever have a baking camp I am your girl.  You will find me at the frosting station.

coach mike Our most important station is Coaches Corner where the coach shares the gospel and reviews the teaching from the morning.  They are available to answer any spiritual questions the kids may have.

Then there will be a scrimmage where the kids get to put their new skills into play. At the end of the day the coaches review the scripture of the day one more time then give out the daily awards.  We like to give out awards so there will be a lot of them. A lot.   Each camper gets a t-shirt on Monday that volunteers take care of and wash each day when they leave. On Friday, the kids take them home as souvenirs.  Each day the kids also get memory verse cards with a story and Bible message to take home.

On Friday, we ask the parents to stay for lunch and give out the weekly awards.  Did I mention how much we like awards?  This is a great opportunity for the parents to spend time with the coaches and volunteers and get caught up on the highlights of the week.  The whole purpose for the sports camps is to share the gospel and present the love of Jesus to the kids and families in our community.  The kids get to have a great time and learn some skills for basketball, cheerleading and soccer in the process. 

team photo soccer

Our attendance is growing.  This year we had more kids than ever before.

  • Basketball Camp – 160 kids
  • cheerleading Camp – 45  kids
  • Soccer Camp – 218 kids

That’s a lot of seed sown for the kingdom.  The coaches had opportunity to pray with several of the kids.  I wonder how many of those kids will be born again and look back on our little sports camp ministry as the first time they heard the gospel of Jesus.  I wish I could give each one of them a little zippered Bible.

If you’d like to know more about Calvary Temple Sports Camps and outreach in Sterling VA let me know by leaving me a comment below.

 

About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

Visit Calvary Temple online on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram

What is Happening at Calvary Temple in Sterling VA?

A Christian has two prime responsibilities in the Word of God.

  • To build up and encourage the members of the church.
  • To share the gospel with the Lost.

Jesus’ final words to the church as recorded in Matthew 28:19-20 were to go into all the world and share the gospel and make disciples.  There are many ways to share the gospel but only one message.  God sent his only Son to die on a cross for the sins of mankind so that by believing in Him we could be forgiven and have a relationship with God for eternity.

I’m a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling, Virginia under Pastor Star Scott.  It’s a lot like going to a family reunion several times a week.  Everyone knows everyone, they can’t wait to hear all about whatever is going on in your life, and you are all bonded by the same blood.  And just like a real family we can get on each other’s nerves and have disagreements – but that’s a topic for another day.  One thing we can all agree on:

Jesus has changed our lives for good. 

He’s given us hope, joy and peace.  And we want others to know that His love is for them too.  I know what it’s like to be lost and I know what it’s like to be found.  Found is better.  Found is no more fear.  Found is no more loneliness.  Found is peace in the middle of life’s most painful trials.

We are blessed that Pastor Scott has a burden to reach lost and hurting people who need Jesus.  As a congregation we share that burden and pray for opportunities to minister to our friends, neighbors and coworkers as well as the lonely, the broken, and forgotten members of society.  We have made it a priority at Calvary Temple to reach out with love to our whole community.  Even people who think they have everything still need Jesus. 

Over the course of the coming months I am going to introduce you to many of the programs and outreaches we have going on here in my church.

Our members are always coming up with new ways to spread the gospel and share the Love of Jesus.  I am confident that the testimonies and praise reports will bless and encourage you.

If you haven’t yet discovered the Love of Jesus for yourself, let us know so we can pray for you.  Reply to me below if you want to talk to someone about this whole Christianity thing and what it’s all about.

There is nothing we like more than telling people about how great our God is.