The New Testament keeps pointing me to local communities of believers as the primary visible outworking of the church. There are occasional times of cooperation, and submission to apostolic leadership. But mostly the local church is busy preaching the Gospel and living out the implications of God’s Grace.
So, I’m a typical young pastor trying to work out how denominations fit into a biblic understanding of the church. I keep hearing smart people say we can do more together than we can apart. I’m not sure I can agree with that. Can’t most churches do more missions with less money through other non-SBC missions organizations?
What do you think?
I know many guys my age who lose interest in the SBC. Usually, they become discouraged by all the negative aspects of denominational debates. But I’ve known others who believe their continued engagement can advance the Gospel in some small way – either by seeking reforms or promoting missions.
Convince me . . . Why should I care about the SBC?