All of us live by stories.
Stories that shape who we are.
Think about it: when you’re getting to know someone for the first time, what do you do?
You begin to tell your story.
And you don’t just share any details. You share the details that illustrate how you got here, the details that help make sense of who you are, where you’re going, and what you value right now.
Here at Sanctuary, we live by a story. It shapes our life together, informs who we are and what we value, and guides our journey. We welcome you to listen. This is our story.
In the beginning…
To understand our story, you’ve got to go back. Way back. To the beginning.
We believe that God’s creation—all of it—was created good, and charged with the Creator’s life.
God’s dream was that human beings would care for and cultivate his good creation as his representatives—his image-bearers. In this way, the creation would be filled with goodness, life, and beauty.
But the first humans sinned, turning from God, and through their sin brought death into the world. Death began to undo the goodness of God’s creation, making it a terrifying place, filled with chaos, fear and uncertainty. It was cursed (Genesis 3).
God’s plan was to call together a group of people to push back the curse and bring his blessing into the world (the Israelites). They were to fill the world with goodness, beauty, and justice as they followed God’s way.
Sadly, like the first humans, Israel too turned from God, and like the creation, their life began to unravel.
But the prophets hoped for and spoke of a day when God would renew the wayward hearts of people, overcome death once and for all, and restore his people to their calling to bring God’s blessing into the world.