Each generation is a new mission field. With the birth of a new age, the Great Commission clock is reset and a new ends of the earth emerges. So the gospel must be carried anew into “foreign” lands, even if those foreigners are members of our own households. Within each era, knowledge of God is retained or lost; sin is multiplied or forgiven; morality becomes decadence or virtue. Hosea 6-8 describes the effects of sin within each generation. God says that there are devastating ecological consequences to a commitment to sin (4:3). The multiplication of evil within a generation has ecclesial consequences as that generation’s preachers are no better than the best of the laity (4:7-10). In fact, the very commitment to immorality leaves a generation incompetent to truly worship God (5:4). God’s desire for each generation is a renewed commitment to Him, not a clever rearrangement of worship ceremonies (6:6). His interest lies in repentant hearts, not in trendy sermon styles or sensual music appeals. Each generation will be laid bare for their commitment to idolatry or God alone: they will be prostitute in sin or prostrate in repentance. How is the Great Commission impacting our generation?
Written by Buck Burch who serves as a State Missionary in Cooperative Program Development for Georgia Baptists. The Cooperative Program (CP) is the most effective and efficient channel through which Georgia Baptist churches support global missions and work together to take the message and ministry of Jesus to our state, the nation, and the world.
How does the Cooperative Program work?
- It begins with you! You give yourself first to God (II Cor. 8:5). Next, out of gratitude and obedience to God for what He has done for you, you commit to give back to Him, through your church, a portion of what He provides. This is commonly called a tithe and represents ten percent of your income (Lev. 27:30, Mal. 3:10).
- Your Church … decides the next step. Every year your church prayerfully decides how much of its undesignated gifts will be committed to reaching people in your state and around the world through The Cooperative Program. This amount is then forwarded to your Georgia Baptist Mission Board.
- Messengers at the Georgia Baptist Convention Annual Meetings … from your church and other churches across the state decide what percentage of Cooperative Program gifts contributed by local congregations are applied to your state missions and ministries. The percentage to be forwarded to the SBC for North American and international missions and ministries is also determined at this time.
- Messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting … from across the country decide how the gifts received from the states will be distributed among SBC entities. These gifts are used by SBC entities to send and support missionaries, train pastors, and other ministry leaders; provide relief for retired ministers and widows; and address social, moral, and ethical concerns relating to our faith and families.