Commitment #14: A strong church is “always being reformed” in pursuit of greater faithfulness and fruitfulness.
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“The church is reformed and always [in need of] being reformed according to the Word of God” (Van Lodenstein). The passive verb phrase “always being reformed” speaks to the Spirit’s work through the Word of God to bring about greater faithfulness and fruitfulness. We are always on the receiving end of God’s self-revelation, and because we see through a glass dimly, we need help from the Scriptures, the Spirit, our contemporaries, and other saints throughout church history to help us get it right. We aim to have the humility to admit when we have gotten it wrong and to turn. Practically, this looks like taking time as elders to evaluate our Family of Churches, to learn from others, and to make adjustments as necessary. When sin is involved, this could look like the elders and leaders repenting publicly of ways we haven’t trusted God or loved well.