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January 31, 2020, 1:19 AM

Two Are Better Than One

This week I was excited to meet with two pastors of different churches who are interested in joining our association. As we talked, I was able to share why it is such a blessing to be a Southern Baptist Church.  Ecclesiastes 4:9 teaches that two are better than one, and that is true for relationships as well as for churches. I know first-hand from my ministry as a pastor how easy it is to become isolated and have an inward perspective, seeing the kingdom of God as primarily just your own church. But the New Testament reveals churches supporting one another. When many were coming to faith in the young church of Antioch, the church of Jerusalem sent Barnabas to help, then Barnabas got Paul to assist, and the end result was the church sending them on their missionary journeys (Acts 11:22-26; 13:2). When famine created a hardship for believers in Judea, other believers helped with their needs (Acts 11:27-30). (Further examples of churches helping one another are seen in Acts 16:1-5; Romans 15:26; 16:1-2; 1 Corinthians 16:1, 12; Philippians 2:19-22; Colossians 4:15-16.) The point is this: as an association of churches, we are more blessed together than alone, and we can be a greater blessing together than alone.

When my daughter was in college, we attended one of her school’s concerts. Before it began, there was a lot of discordant noise as each instrument was warming up. Each musician was playing whatever he thought best, oblivious to the other musicians. It was not a pleasant experience. But then, the conductor stepped forward, and as each musician followed his leadership, there was a dramatic, unified change—we heard wondrous music. This is my prayer for our association of churches, united in following the leadership of our Lord, as the apostle writes in Romans 15:5-6, “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Looking forward, 

Pastor Ron Prosise
Director of Ministry, SRBN

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