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Pastors: Lead Your Church to Give Through the Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention
Pastors, take the lead, share the burden, and encourage your church to give through the Cooperative Program of our Southern Baptist Convention.
I realize pastors are not personally responsible for their church’s contribution amounts. But what we can do is lead, share the burden with our church, and encourage them to allocate more monies toward reaching our own states, our nation, and the entire globe with the Good News of Jesus Christ.
This Vision Begins with God
I believe Jesus died for every person in the world. I believe each follower of Christ and each church is commanded to present the gospel to every person in this world and to make disciples of all the nations.
This vision begins with God: For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (CSB)
None of us can do this alone, and no church can do this alone. Jesus’ call to each of us is overwhelming, but not impossible. That is why we need each other. That is why our churches work together.
How will we accomplish what Jesus calls us to do?
This is How We Can Accomplish This Vision Together
We can accomplish this vision together by leading our churches to give more than ever before through the Cooperative Program so we can reach every state, our entire nation, and the nations of the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe this is the most effective strategy churches can embrace in order to finish the unfinished task given to us by Jesus Christ.
For the 47,000 churches of our Southern Baptist Convention, the Cooperative Program is our unified strategy to be part of reaching the world for Jesus Christ.
4 Reasons Why Our Church Participates in This Vision
Our church is giving more than ever before through the Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention. In our new budget that we just began on October 1, 2018, we increased our commitment again in a significant manner. Please consider these reasons for joining us in doing the same through your church:
1. It is more about the mission than money
The compelling mission of Jesus Christ to be His witnesses regionally, statewide, nationally, and internationally is what the Cooperative Program has been built upon, is built upon, and must be built upon in the future. Mission, not money, is the end goal.
2. It is more about unifying us than dividing us
Keeping the convictional call before your church to take the gospel to every person in your community, your state, our nation, and the world will unify your church. When the Southern Baptist Convention keeps this same vision before our 47,000 plus churches, it leads us toward walking in unity.
3. It is more about working together than working alone
While you may go faster alone, you will only go farther together. Cooperating to take the gospel to the world will take us toward penetrating the lostness in this world. Yes, working together is more difficult than working alone. But I can assure you, it is worth doing, and the gospel will be advanced so much more effectively.
4. It is more about your church than our convention
God has not called a convention to take the gospel to the world. God has called each of us personally and every church to take the gospel to this world. It is incumbent on us to finish this task. When we partner together in a cooperative manner, we will advance the mission of the gospel so much more strategically and effectively.
We Can Reach the World Together
Why do I believe this? Because God so loved the world! Yes, Jesus died for the entire world. Because He did, we must now give the best of our lives to ensure every person hears of Jesus and His love. Let’s finish this unfinished task together.
Now is the Time to Lead,
Ronnie W. Floyd
Each year when the Southern Baptist Convention meets, we are faced with many big decisions. Those watching from a distance as well as those who might want to stir the waters of controversy will discover the Southern Baptist Convention will always be committed to two major things.
First and above all else, Southern Baptists will always lift up and acknowledge the absolute authority of the Holy Scripture. Yes, the Bible is the inerrant, trustworthy, faithful, and sufficient Word of God. The Bible not only contains the Word of God, it is the Word of God.
Second only to the Scripture and the Lordship of Jesus Christ, Southern Baptists will recommit our absolute belief in taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to every person in every corner of this universe. Because we believe in the Holy Scripture, we believe there is only one Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the only way to God. Therefore, this year again, we will recommit ourselves to advancing this gospel of Jesus Christ to America and to the entire world.
The Southern Baptist Convention will again declare our commitment to our cooperative work At our church, the Cross Church Family believes in our cooperative work with other Southern Baptists. That is why over the course of many years, we have increased our financial support again and again through the Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention. In our present fiscal year of 2017-2018, our Cross Church Family will give at least $1.3 million through our Cooperative Program. Our commitment is not because of personalities and leadership of others, it is because of our commitment to reaching the world for Christ along with just under 52,000 other Southern Baptist churches and church-type congregations. It is our prayer and commitment to continue this advance forward. There is so much more we can do together.
I also believe that through decisions and resolutions approved by our convention, this year we will restate our firm convictions and beliefs more clearly than ever before. This is why I have added my full support to the resolution, On Affirming the Dignity of Women and the Holiness of Ministers.
Please take a moment to read my blog from last week, 3 Important Questions Southern Baptists Need to Ask in All Decision Making in Dallas and Beyond. I pray that we will think of these things in the coming year in every decision we make in regard to leadership, practice, and commitment. Southern Baptists are in a generational moment. We call out to God for help!
We must pray and pray some more for God’s leadership, power, and protection. This is not the time for further regret or retreat. Why? Because now is the time to lead.
Ronnie W. Floyd
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