by Abraham Cremeens
Those two words are repeated fifteen times in our Statement of Faith and for good reason. God has called us to live out our faith as a family, not to live out our faith on an island. Together, we believe the essential truths of God’s Word. Our spiritual health depends on it.
God’s Word says in Titus 2:1 (ESV), "But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine."
In his classic work The Knowledge of the Holy, AW Tozer wrote,
What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us… For this reason the gravest question before the Church is always God Himself, and the most portentous fact about any man is not what he at a given time may say or do, but what he in his deep heart conceives God to be like.
Right doctrine and practice are of utmost importance. God cares deeply about these things, and so do we. To that end, we are now at the finish line of a healthy conversation regarding a proposed update to our Statement of Faith. You will recall that we divided this process into two pursuits. You as the Kossuth family already approved updates to the operational parts of our church constitution. Now we come to the final portion regarding our Statement of Faith. Several of you have offered helpful feedback which led to further adjustments and tweaks (Thank you!). This has been a family conversation, and I am proud of you for it.
This Sunday evening, we will discern together if God would have us collectively affirm these two important statements. We as elders are confident but it is a family decision. Please participate in the conversation and vote this Sunday during Family Gathering at 6:00pm in the gymnasium. We will take a brief amount of time for final interaction and then conduct a ballot vote. Please note that for those who cannot make it to Family Gathering, you may vote in the church office on Thursday or Friday (July 29-30, 8:30a-12:00p or 1:00-5:00p). Enter the church office off of 29th Street.
Prior to voting, I would encourage you to review the conversation so far. Take another look at any notes you made during the two Connection Hour classes on these two proposed statements. Review Gami Ortiz’s helpful blog regarding our statement on the Father and Bill Davis’s blog regarding a merged statement to be called Distinctive Living. Prayerfully consider all the data so far.
All of this is an effort to continue in our aim to be the church God calls us to be. If you are a church member, please make this a priority. Our Statement of Faith says we believe for good reason. It is what we stand on as a church family. It is what we unify around as Christ’s body here at Kossuth. It is what guides our preaching, teaching, and disciple-making efforts. It is the filter for how we think, pray, and live. This is our duty and joy together to heed Tozer’s call as we answer the gravest questions before the Church for God’s glory and our good.