Dear members of the Korean American Presbyterian Church!
I hope that God’s love will fill the church and family you serve. The theme of the 45th session is “A generation’s hero forever remembered by God” (2 Samuel 11:6-17). The situation concerning the COVID-19 virus, is now calming down, but it is not finished. Still, it was through God’s grace that the 45th General Assembly was conducted by online meeting peacefully and without face-to-face contact.
Even though the current situation concerning COVID-19 is progressing to recover, it is not yet fully recovered. During this time, our general assembly should be performing its mission well, so that we can glorify God. And even in our imperfect state, we should always strive to be the heroes of the age that God remembers. Then, who will be the heroes God remembers?
First, we must love God first. The mission of our pastors is not to serve their own honor as God’s servants, but to serve God first. Ministers who love God must live according to God’s will and put God first. If you seek your own benefit, you lose your qualifications as a warrior of God. Rather than thinking about pastoral ministry big or small, we should have a heart to practice God’s will first in the environment given to us.
Second, there must be an identity.
We are members of the Korean American Presbyterian Church of Jesus Christ. Our doctrinal creed is this. “As members of the Korean American Presbyterian Church, we believe in only the Bible and the entire Bible as the accurate and inerrant Word of God written by God’s inspiration, and the Bible is the only guide and rule for our faith and life. In addition, we believe that the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms are the accurate summary and accurate interpretation of the Bible, and we faithfully follow them.” According to this creed, we must fulfill our mission and to glorify God.
Third, we must love our neighbors.
In the inaugural address of the General Assembly Moderator, I said that I would serve the General Assembly with warm meals, based on Matthew 22:36-40. I will serve not only with words, but with actions. The idea is to create an atmosphere where anyone can sit around the table and have a conversation of love in the Lord. Rather than being honored as the Moderator of the General Assembly, I’d like to make an happy atmosphere for our general meeting, so that it will become a grain of wheat (Deuteronomy 10:12-13).
With this in mind, the things I want to do as the moderator of the General Assembly are as follows.
1. We will do our best for the passed stipend that all members can enjoy.
2. Following the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger & Shorter Catechism in Korean and English, we will publish a book in Spanish.
3. We will ensure that the General Assembly Handbook is distributed before the fall presbytery.
4. We will easily make up for the lack of general assembly form and language.
5. We will help activate the General Assembly Mission.
6. We will lay the groundwork for the publication of the 50-year history of the General Assembly.
7. For order, we will respect seniors and hire juniors to revitalize each department.
8. We will expand the General Assembly in cooperation with denominations pursuing Reformed theology.
Dear and respected members of the Korean American Presbyterian Church!
The 45th General Assembly executives will do their best to glorify God by serving warmly to become the heroes that God remembers.
Moderator: Rev. Daniel Se-Hoon Oh