First Family Response

Elders and Staff response to the SBC Sexual Abuse Task Force Report | May 25, 2022

Psalm 18:1-2

1 I love you, O Lord, my strength. 2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

First Family,

What a horror for the victims, their families and for the reputation of the Body of Christ. The name of God has been tarnished; we share in the broken heartedness of this tragedy. Let each one of us be submissive to the convicting work and revelation of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, share in a heart of repentance, and fervently pray that the glory of God be manifested even in our brokenness and sinfulness and for the miracle of God’s love, healing, peace, forgiveness, and restoration to prevail in a situation of broken trust and pain – one that can only be resolved and met with the transcendent power and wisdom of God. He remains our hope.

First Family, this sickness in the Body of Christ that has come to light is a pointed lesson for us to confront sin head-on with the wisdom of God and the whole counsel of His Holy Word. We are reminded of all our brokenness and the manifestation of our state of wickedness when we aren’t submissive to God.

Above all our hope for any grace and redemptive love is only in Christ Jesus. We must pray for all those affected and touched (past, present and future) in this matter and for God to be glorified. We must pray for the righteousness of God’s discipline to prevail in sanctification, healing, reconciliation, and restoration. First Family we must not merely push sin aside, BUT we must KILL it! (Luke 9:23; Romans 12:1-2; Malachi 1:6-14). The Elders, Staff and all Leadership will continue to preach and teach the whole counsel of God’s Word. We take our responsibility to care for and protect God’s flock with all the righteousness, diligence and vigilance called for in Scripture (Acts 20: 17-38; Ephesians 5).

By no means or any measure will any act of victimization or an abusive nature be tolerated in the First Family. Any attempt to do so will not be swept under the rug but directly confronted by First Family leadership and appropriate course of action will be taken. The First Family will not condone any matter of abuse, coercion, harassment, oppression or discrimination within its leadership, membership and/or from anyone who enters its doors.

We will continue to focus on our calling: Gods Great Commission and being Salt and Light in our communities, neighborhoods, and world. The First Family will continue its posture of creating and promoting a safe and healthy environment (through established policies, procedures, and practices) so that all within our purview have an opportunity to mature in Christ and focus on worshiping Our Lord and Savior (Matthew 5:13-16; 28:18-20; Philippians 2:1-18; Ephesians 4; John 10:10).

(Isaiah 53:4-6, chapter; Daniel 9 chapter; John 13:34-35; 1 Corinthians 12; Philippians 4:4-7; Psalms 18:1-2; Psalm 31:1-2; Romans 15:5, 13; Joel 3:16; 1 Timothy 1:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; Ezra 9:6, 10-1; Romans 3:23, 6:23, 10:9-13; 1 John 1:5-10; 1 John 2:1-6; Matthew 7:1-5; James 1:19-27)

Pray for God’s mercy, grace, and glory to prevail.

Elders and Staff

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