. . . in the CREC!
We just got back from attending the CREC Council and Presbytery meeting in Houston, Texas, where AAPC was received as a full member congregation (from mission church status). The entire week was a great encouragement. This year marked a significant turning point in the history of the CREC as we divided into seven regional presbyteries (AAPC was assigned to Wycliffe Presbytery which includes churches in Louisiana, Arkansas, and East Texas).
I continue to be amazed over the gifts and graces of the men who are in this denomination. The sincerity, integrity, and open-hearted spirit of the men and churches which make up the CREC are unsurpassed and it is a great privilege to be a part of it. The growth has been phenomenal and I fully expect it to continue over the coming years. Where else can you find joyful, whole-hearted allegiance to the Reformed tradition AND a sincere desire to continue reforming according to the Scripture? Where else can you find robust, biblical worship AND missionary zeal (with member churches in Russia, the Ukraine, Hungary, Poland, England, Japan, and the USA)? Where else can you find genuine love for ones’ own members AND a genuine love and appreciation for the brethren in other denominations? Who wouldn’t want to be a part of this?
Oh, of course we have a long way and lots to learn. In no way can we even pretend to have *arrived* — but I can’t imagine being in a better place to grow in wisdom and in likeness to the Savior than where the Lord has placed us. Thank God for the CREC.