Working together with like-minded, like-called, like-believing, like-confessing, like-desiring Southern Baptist churches...
...for the glory of Jesus Christ!
Not too long ago, someone asked me what my "vision" was for the Western Baptist Association. I answered: "I hope the day comes, when each church of our association is just as excited to hear that someone came to faith in Christ and was baptized in another church of our association, as they are about it happening in their own church."
In order for this to happen, we must develop a "Kingdom of Jesus Christ" mindset. In reality, there is only one Body of Christ...there is only ONE church. In heaven, we will all be together...the true church of Jesus Christ.
That is what the Association is supposed to mirror here on earth: local, unified - but still independent - bodies of believers, working together, helping each other, praying for each other, lifting each other up, rejoicing with each other.
We pray in the Lord's Prayer "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, He meant for them to pray that it happens "right now!" Our Lord's prayer is a "right now" prayer. It is not a prayer for "someday in the sweet by and by". Our Lord's prayer and vision must become our prayer and vision.
Do you think it makes Jesus happy to see His churches working together?
That's almost a dumb question, huh?
I hope to see you all at the Annual Spring meeting of the WBA, next Tuesday night at Living Proof Southern Baptist Church. Don't forget the items for the Childrens' Home.
Growing together for His glory!
upcoming dates in the WBA...
- April 15 (this coming Thursday night!) Executive Committee meeting. WBA building. 7:00 pm
- April 20 (next Tuesday night!) Annual Spring Meeting. Living Proof Baptist Church (Collection of items for Children's Home begins at 6:00 pm; meeting begins at 7:00 PM).
- April 23 (Friday night) WBAssociational VBS Clinic. Royal BC. 6:30-8:30 pm Lots of door prizes (Saddle Ridge Ranch). Rhonda Andrews will be cooking hot dogs for those who will call the WBA office to let us know how many you are bringing! 6:00 PM.