Director of Missions

Dr. Eric D. Cook

                                                                                    

Finding the Mind of God

 Today many of our churches are struggling with failing attendance, dwindling budgets, weakened fellowship, stagnate worship, and a myriad of other maladies stemming from the failure to get back to Biblical basics. Many churches are in decline or have plateaued and are at a loss trying to figure out why they are that way. Some churches believe a new preacher will solve the dilemma, others think a church make-over, or a new fellowship hall, or new music will draw more crowds. Their efforts are frequently thwarted because they over-look the obvious solution. The simple solution is that churches want to change things around them instead of changing themselves. It’s much easier to change your surroundings than to change yourself. The brass tacks of the matter is that churches will continue to decline or remained plateaued until they recast the vision of why they exist as a church. This may seem elementary, but the majority of churches that are struggling have lost their Biblical vision for why they exist. The vision every church must possess is found in Matthew 28, which states, “therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” We must come back to the Biblical basics of making disciples as the mainstay of why we exist as a church. This is easier than it sounds. Logically, it is the responsibility of the entire church to fulfill this command from the Lord, but often it is relegated to the preacher or allowed to become a hollow mantra or platitude that results in inaction. The first practical step to recover this Biblical vision is to press the church into consistent personal and corporate prayer that seeks the mind of God on all matters. The church must train its members on proper praying that focuses on finding God’s will and then obeying Him. The first work is Biblical praying―praying that utilizes Scripture as its guide to obtain the mind of God. God’s mind, God’s will, and God’s way will lead a church into health and unity. The church must change if she wants to see the glory of God poured out on His Bride. Here at the Union Baptist Association, we seek to help the local church accomplish her God-given mission of fulfilling Matthew 28. Our strategy for doing so is through leadership development, nurturing fellowship, strengthening churches, and promoting missions. Our prayers are the beginning and end of these efforts. Please let us know if we can serve you in any way.

 

Serving the King Together,

 

Eric Cook