Executive Director’s Letter
God moved in powerful and mighty ways among Christ’s disciples and churches in the Book of Acts. And He is still working among His disciples and churches today in powerful and mighty ways. In this edition of the Proclaimer, you will see it displayed.
The cover story of this edition (Summer 2021, issue 2) features our Send Relief work in Puerto Rico. This is just one example of the many ways God is still at work just as He was in Acts: “So the disciples determined, every one according to his ability, to send relief to the brothers living in Judea” (Acts 11:29).
The SBC of Virginia is a Gospel partnership of churches and exists to serve churches as they share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in obedience to the Great Commission. We see churches strengthened and mobilized in the Book of Acts to do the same thing. Today, just as we see in the Book of Acts, churches can work together to advance the Gospel of Christ among our neighbors and the nations.
I’d like to share with you three principles as SBC of Virginia churches work together as Great Commission partners:
Together, We Obey a Biblical Mandate…
Matthew 28:18-20 is simply and often referred to as the Great Commission. 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 28:18-20).
As followers of Christ, we are called to “make disciples.” We are given a biblical mandate in these Bible verses and others to make disciples—to go, baptize, and teach them. This call to make disciples is given to all of us. Each and every Christian, each and every church, is to obey Christ in this mission. We all know and understand that very familiar command.
Together We Have a Global Strategy…
I find it interesting that someone decided sometime to begin referring to this Scripture (Matthew 28:18-20) as the Great Commission. The reality is that this is a GREAT commission. To make disciples of all nations is no small task.
By joining together as Southern Baptists in a cooperative partnership, we give through what is called our Cooperative Program and we mobilize for praying, giving, and going in obedience to the call to make disciples of all nations. It is a unified and regular way churches support an entire global strategy to make disciples across Virginia, America, and around
The churches that unite as Southern Baptist churches make disciples through a global strategy that assists churches to plant churches; reach people groups; send missionaries to the nations; strengthen and support church leaders and future leaders; educate ministers; provide opportunities for students; and respond to hunger, disasters, and to the needs of our neighbors and the nations.
In Virginia alone, we are seeing churches work together to plant churches to reach various people groups and communities in need; we are seeing churches unite to strengthen one another as disciple makers; we are seeing churches unite to support missionaries and ministry on a global scale.
Together We Provide Mutual Support…
As a follower of Jesus, you give to the Lord’s work as a response to His grace and in grateful obedience. As a church, we give from these tithes and offerings to support on a regular basis ministries and missionaries that are part of our unified, global strategy. Because of your partnership with Southern Baptists as an SBC of Virginia church, missionaries receive ongoing, mutual support from multiple churches. This ensures that missionaries can serve without added pressures. Cooperative program support also helps seminary students learn without mounting massive student loans and assists in the planting and strengthening of churches.
On behalf of so many that your church is serving, thank you for working together to fulfill this biblical mandate with a global strategy through mutual support.
Your brother in Christ,