Covington Baptist Association
Thursday, April 27, 2017
PROCLAIMING JESUS AND SERVING CHURCHES SINCE 1856!
Evangelism – Overarching and infusing each facet of the Association
And he said unto them, “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to very creature. Mark 16: 15
Excellence – God expects and deserves our best.
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might….Ecclesiastes 9:10
Whatever you do, do it heartily as to the Lord, and not unto men. Colossians 3:23
Autonomy – Freedom of the Local Church
Individuality of churches acknowledged: Romans 16: 3-5…All the churches of the Gentiles…Greet the church that is in their house. Revelation 1:20-3:22
Recognition and exhortation of the seven churches of Asia each with different strengths and/or weaknesses.
Missions – Advancing God’s Kingdom beyond the local church
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8
Ministry – Cooperative effort to meet human needs
Lord, when saw we Thee an hungred, and fed Thee? or thirsty and gave Thee drink? When saw we Thee a stranger, and took Thee in? or naked, and clothed Thee? Or when did we see Thee sick, or in prison, and came unto Thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Matthew 25: 37-40
Doctrine – Like faith and order Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers. Titus 1: 9-10
Assist Churches – Educate, Train, Resource, Encourage
But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. I Timothy 1:5 (NASB)
Fellowship – Loving cooperation of individuals and churches
Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus; That you may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15: 5-6
By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:35
Servant Leadership – As modeled by Jesus
Whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant; Even as the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister and to give his life a ransom for many. Matthew 20: 26-28