Vision Funds Mission: The Great Commission and the Cooperative Program

Vision Funds Mission: The Great Commission and the Cooperative Program
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By Jarrett Stephens, Teaching Pastor at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, TX

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:19-20

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The Need for a Local “We”

The Need for a Local “We”
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By Rick Wheeler, Lead Missional Strategist for the Jacksonville Baptist Association in Jacksonville, FL

Five years ago this month, I became the Lead Missional Strategist for the Jacksonville Baptist Association (JBA). When I started, I brought no five-year plan in my pocket. Instead, I stepped into a journey with our association’s pastors and church leaders, praying together and seeking God’s direction on what a local SBC network should look like in the 21st century. And during this time, I’ve been blessed to see something unprecedented in my [cough, cough] years of ministry: God is consistently bringing churches together within our association to form new lanes of missional collaboration.

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Four Ways the Gospel Unites Us in Our Differences

Four Ways the Gospel Unites Us in Our Differences
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By Trillia Newbell, Director of Community Outreach for the ERLC and member of the SBC Women’s Ministry Advisory Council

Recently, I had the joy of meeting with various women’s ministry leaders throughout the SBC. In the course of those interactions, I was struck with the fact that we were all so very different. There were varying ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, and doctrinal convictions, but we had one thing in common, the gospel. Because of that, it was as if we had known each other forever. We easily entered into fellowship with one another and shared joys, burdens, and suggestions freely.
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