Southern Baptist cooperation, especially through seasons of crisis, is evidence of that “spiritual harmony” by which the churches endeavor to secure “the great objects of the Kingdom of God.” Perhaps one thing we need, through the refinement of our day, is a resurgence of Great Commission cooperation: hearts and minds attuned anew to God’s world-wide will, arms locked together for the advancement of the gospel, and feet in rhythmic union marching forward to advance upon on the gates of hell.
“If Southern Baptist Great Commission cooperation dissolves, the whole world loses… We need a resurgence of Great Commission cooperation.” – @drtonywolfe
L.R. Scarborough’s Reflections on “The Great Convention” and a Prayer for the Return of the Southern Baptist Cooperative Spirit in Nashville 2021
Called by the Father, on mission with the Son, and filled by the Spirit, there is no reason this assembling of God’s people should be anything less than “one of the most wonderful gatherings of God’s people in all Christian records.”
Pastor, no doubt you are waist-deep in developing a strategy for re-gathering as a church body. Let’s be equally as diligent about preparing our people spiritually for this moment as we are about preparing our buildings and schedules for it.
“The Southern Baptist Convention is not a parachurch organization with an incorporated top-down org chart. The SBC is a fellowship of autonomous churches whose decision making power is vested completely in the collective body, from the bottom-up.”