Greg Strand is EFCA executive director of theology and credentialing, and he serves on the Board of Ministerial Standing as well as the Spiritual Heritage Committee. He and his family are members of Northfield (Minnesota) EFC.
Truth: God is truth and all truth is God’s truth. We believe God has revealed this truth in the Bible, the Word of God (Ps. 119:160; 2 Tim. 3:16-17). This is our foundational base for understanding, knowing and discerning truth. From this truth we understand a frame of the world or a worldview by which we seek to assess and evaluate all we do and experience.
Time: Truth is true everywhere and always and is to be believed and lived by all. But truth must be applied in time at a specific place by a specific people. We are exhorted to use our time wisely since the days are evil (Eph. 5:18; cf. 1 Chron. 12:32; Acts 13:36).
Trend: A trend is something that is occurring in the present that has a certain mass following. It gives one a certain sense of being in or in the right crowd or an elite. Here is one definition: “A general direction in which something is developing or changing; fashion.” The Urban Dictionary defines it in this way: “A trend is the latest style of popular culture including but not limited to: clothing, music, vernacular (common speech), and the latest tv shows. This form of culture is usually expressed by preps and other kids trying desperately to be accepted by peers despite obvious outcastment.” Someone who is then trendy is “very fashionable or up to date in style or influence.” Social media tracks that which is trending.
Transformation: This refers to a change in one’s outlook, character, commitments, and habits. This can be true for believers and unbelievers alike. The difference is that it becomes reflective of the believer, i.e. it will happen (2 Cor. 5:16-17). It is what regeneration means (Rom. 12:1-2; 2 Cor. 3:18). The key here, however, is to remember that we become what we worship.
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