Calvary Temple (in Sterling, VA) is home to me. Ever since September of 1985, Calvary Temple has been the one church that I have grown up in. Calvary Temple is more than a building and more than organization. Calvary Temple is a place where the Word of God is taught and lived. A place with God’s presence fills our services and our activities. Calvary Temple is about the vision that Pastor Star R. Scott laid out for us: Commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also (2 Tim. 2:2).
The vision of committing to faithful men is nothing new. Paul laid it for Timothy in his second epistle to him. And that is one of the things that I appreciate about Calvary Temple. Pastor Scott is always pointing us back to the “old paths” (Jer. 6:16). The old paths of the Scriptures. The old paths of reading the Word and doing the Word. We are not caught up with fanfare and experiences, but a faith that works by love (Gal. 5:6). That is the heritage I received from Calvary Temple and that is the blessing of being raised here.
These next blogs will take time to speak about growing up here at Calvary Temple. I remember my toddler classes and my elementary classes. I remember the junior high and high school years. I remember the youth and young adult activities at Calvary Temple. As cool as all those experiences were, and how necessary they all were; the people of Calvary Temple are the truly the treasure of the experience. It starts at the top with Pastor Scott, and then trickles down through men and women of God who lay down their lives day in and day out for over 40 years. That is the treasure of Calvary Temple. Multiple generations of families built on the doctrine of the Word of God and practicality of the Love of God.
It may seem like I am glowing and gushing over this place…. I am. Well, how do you know that Calvary Temple is so great when you haven’t been anywhere else? When you encounter the presence of God and the love of God you do not need to search anywhere else. The merchant, who searched for valuable pearls, stopped his search when he found the pearl of great price. When you find the presence of God, the search stops.
I was talking to a visiting couple a few months back. They had just finished being involved in the worship service and I greeted them as they were departing. I asked them what they thought. The girl looked at me and said, “That feeling… I have never felt that before. I mean, I have been to many churches before, but I have never felt ‘that’ before.” She was trying to describe what was going on in her spirit, but was unable to articulate it. That’s the presence of God. It’s not the goose-bumps you get when the worship band is playing the right major chord; or the feeling you get when the Pastor finished his perfect sermon. It’s the touch in your spirit that you get from encountering God in a place where he is esteemed, not only in word, but in purified lives set apart for His service. That’s Calvary Temple. It’s a precious thing and something that I do not take for granted.
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.