Focus Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:1-5 And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able,and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.
Synergy is an uncommon word defined as, “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.”
We rarely think about that word as it relates to evangelism, and what we are doing together through the ministry of our Cooperative Program giving. Perhaps it can be best understood by the story of a “Horse Pull” at the County Fair. A pulling contest was held in which two of the strongest horses each pulled 9,000 pounds. Then the two strongest horses were teamed together to pull a total of what you would think to be 18,000 pounds, right? Actually, when these two horses were teamed together, they pulled a grand total of 35,000 pounds. Now that is a true example of synergy.
That same principle is true in what we do as Southern Baptist churches through the Cooperative Program. No one church can support all of our ministries and over 9,000 missionaries across North America and the World. However with the synergy of more than 46,000 churches together, we can do great things in all of these areas to the glory of God.
Believing that evangelism is the first step of making disciples, our giving through the Cooperative Program is a significant step toward fulfilling the Great Commission. We cannot go everywhere, but we can give in order that others may go with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
PRAYER: Lord, may our giving through the Cooperative Program result in the synergy of sharing the Gospel far and wide. In doing so, may our Great Commission evangelism fulfill your marching orders until you come. In Jesus name, Amen.
Submitted by: Stan Welch– Evangelism Team; Pastor, West Asheville Baptist