Prospective New Member: Kevin

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Christianity is not a go-at-it-alone pursuit. Living for Jesus Christ in our culture is challenging and we need one another. We might prefer isolation. Yet God has made us for community and relationship with him and each other. Our model of covenant membership is a commitment to building up our church body through love, support, accountability, and shared responsibility. 

The Elders are pleased to present Kevin to the membership as membership candidate. Please read his testimony. Take some time to get to know him over the next couple of weeks.

If you are curious about what it means to partner with Knollwood in Church Membership or just want to learn more about it, consider signing up for our upcoming Next Steps Class.

Kevin Alamanda

Faith has always been a compelling concept to me. I was raised as a Christian, and as a child, I remember taking a great interest in listening to biblical stories told by my grandmother and mother. Growing up, I spent a fair amount of time contemplating and debating the topics of faith and God with friends and family, sometimes overdoing it, much to their annoyance. However, as I grew older, my priorities shifted towards earthly endeavours such as materialism and an over-reliance on science to explain everything.

The faith of my childhood, though still present, was greatly diminished to the point where I began to question the very existence of God and the factual truth of the Bible. I held the notion that science and religion were inherently contradictory, that one must be chosen over the other. In all my teenage ignorance, I decided that I would look at the world purely through the lens of science and logic, abandoning God in the process. This chapter of my life was tied to pursuing earthly accolades, wealth, and what I then perceived as success. This period marked my greatest deviation from God, as I believed solely in my own competence. I credited myself with my victories and blamed myself for my failures, all the while oblivious to the true orchestrator of my fate.

Over the next few years, going to church became infrequent, and prayers were non-existent. On the outside, my life seemed good. I was working hard for what I wanted, checking off all the boxes on my to-do list, pursuing what I thought added value and meaning to my life. I distinctly remember one Sunday morning, as I gazed out my window sipping my coffee, a persistent question echoed in my mind: “So what?” It referred to the principles on which I was living my life. I asked myself, what if I attained everything I ever desired? Would that really make me any happier or satisfied or give some greater meaning to life? The answer was a resounding no. Confronted with this realization, a profound emptiness took over. No worldly justification could quench this thirst. As cliché as it sounds, I was looking for answers everywhere, only to realize that the answer was in front of me all along. I understood that what I lacked was God’s presence in my life. What followed was repentance and a sincere acceptance of Christ as my savior. This brought an indescribable peace, comfort, and a renewed purpose: to live not by what the world says is right, but by what God says is right. I wish to be baptized to reinforce my agreement with God, to live a life that honors Him above all.