Archive for October, 2018
Thank You for Making Sunday Great
I want to thank you for making last Sunday great at Cross Church. In each mission ministry, worship ministry, and small group ministry, thank you for bringing your 1, making Sunday a day of mass participation and attendance. May God continue to grow His church, Jesus’ church!
Thank You for Being a Leading Church
Two weeks ago, I shared how our Cross Church Family is helping lead our Southern Baptist Convention in giving. Yesterday, I wrote an article designed for pastors, but one I think you will learn from as well. Please take a moment to read it here. A brief reminder why we have determined to lead strongly as one of over 47,000 churches giving through our Cooperative Program:
- It is more about mission than money
- It is more about unifying us than dividing us
- It is more about working together than working alone
- It is more about our church than our convention
Yes, I am so glad we are involved in partnering with over 47,000 other churches to advance the gospel across our state, nation, and the world.
Will You Consider Joining Me?
I have been asking you to consider joining our staff and me for one and one-half days next week, October 29-30, helping us advance a strategy of prayer for America. It is right here in Northwest Arkansas, held at our own Cross Church Pinnacle Hills campus.
You can register here. But I also want to point you to what I wrote about this event in greater detail this past Monday. I really hope you will join me. I especially do NOT want you to miss the moment on Tuesday morning, October 30, when I reveal the theme for the 2019 National Day of Prayer.
This powerful and compelling theme could be embraced and forwarded through an estimated 200 denominations and just under 400,000 churches in America, the leaders in each of our 19,510 incorporated places in the United States including cities, towns, and villages, as well as through each of the 3,142 counties across America. When you hear and see it, I think you will agree. I believe it is a theme that any person from any walk of life will be able to embrace.
Please join me next week. Pray for me. I am praying for you.
See you Sunday,
Ronnie W. Floyd
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