I believe the Cooperative Program is still relevant for the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention. Each church must determine how they will fund gospel work across America and throughout the world. Personally, I have determined the Cooperative Program is the best way to accomplish this grand task. Why do I believe the Cooperative Program is still relevant?
It is still relevant because it is: BIBLICAL
Each local church must wrestle with how they will fulfill Acts 1:8 through their church. Acts 1:8 says, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
I believe the Cooperative Program is built upon a biblical conviction. This conviction each church should have is that God desires us to present the gospel of Jesus Christ to every person in the world and to make disciples of all the nations.
When my church gives through the Cooperative Program, we are doing so because of our deep biblical conviction that we must fulfill Acts 1:8 in as many ways as possible.
It is still relevant because it is: MISSIONAL
This biblical conviction drives our passion to be missional as a church. I believe the Cooperative Program is relevant because it is missional. It is missional in that it permits our church to fulfill a compelling vision.
The compelling missional vision of Jesus Christ is for us to be His witnesses regionally, statewide, nationally, and internationally. The Cooperative Program has been built upon, is built upon, and must be built upon in the future with this compelling missional vision driving all we do as a convention of churches.
It is relevant because it is: COOPERATION
The Cooperative Program exists to serve the churches in helping them accomplish their God-given responsibility to fulfill the Great Commission; it does not exist for the churches to serve it. Due to this, the spirit of cooperation is so important in funding our work together.
It is cooperation that elevates your church and its work around the world. Competition may be cool in the world, but not among churches. It is cooperation that repudiates competition. For example, a societal method of financial support for our gospel work together would fuel competition between our state, national, and international work.
The Cooperative Program eliminates competition between our entities as it provides a balanced approach for support. [Read more…] about THE RELEVANCE OF THE COOPERATIVE PROGRAM