*Article was published in the May edition of The Herald; a monthly publication of Green Hill Baptist Church.
Following His Resurrection and just prior to His Ascension, Jesus gave us our marching orders:
“And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’” (Matthew 28:18-20 NASB)
Jesus commissioned His people to go and reach the nations with His Gospel, which involves teaching them to observe/obey everything He commanded in the Scriptures. This is what we are commanded to do, and this translates into the purpose and mission of the church.
We, Green Hill Baptist Church, exists as a city on a hill engaging people with the Gospel of Christ in order to advance His kingdom to the ends of the earth for the glory of God.
This is why we exist as a church and it should be why every local church exists. So, consider this question: could churches accomplish more together than they could alone? Absolutely. By tracing the movement of the first century church, we see local congregations working together. We will be talking more about this in our new preaching series, “The Resurrected Life,” which begins this month. This new series will take us on a journey through the Book of Acts. But, imagine for a moment a vehicle that would aid churches in cooperating and partnering together to accomplish the Great Commission. A church could easily double her impact and effectiveness by cooperating together with another local church. Enter the Baptist Association.
Having served as a Pastor in other Associations and in another state, I say without hesitation that we are privileged to be in the best Association around – the Lexington Baptist Association (LBA). I am personally grateful for the friendship and leadership of Johnny Rumbough, Director of Missions, and David Lee, Director of Lay Mobilization. They, along with the staff at LBA, are passionate about churches fulfilling the Great Commission and advancing the kingdom of Christ by assisting 74 churches to cooperate together.
The Lexington Baptist Association exists to equip Gospel-Centered churches to make, multiply and mobilize disciples in Lexington and beyond.
As you can see, the mission and purpose of the LBA is consistent with that of the local church. The reason is because the Association exists to mobilize the local church, not to replace the local church. Jesus commissioned the church, which is His instrument of choice. The church is given the task of advancing the kingdom, and the Association participates in that task by aiding churches in pooling her resources (i.e. financial and human).
Much more could be said, but the LBA is committed to seeing that mission accomplished. To that end, LBA is launching LBA Next Mission, which is a strategic plan to invest more resources into the kingdom. This involves paying off the mission center’s mortgage, so that thousands of dollars can be redirected to kingdom work.
I will be sharing more information in the days to come and making a “prayer pocket” available, which will provide specific ways in which we can all be involved. For now, pray for the LBA and how the Lord may lead us in being part of this mission initiative.