The Cooperative Program Where is it in the Bible?
Missions + Cooperation:
Is the Cooperative Program Biblical?
The Cooperative Program is the tools used by our churches to disburse members” offerings to hundreds of different ministries and mission efforts … but is it biblical?
The Bible Calls For Missions
God’s mission is the Bible’s theme, woven through the story of God’s dealings with His people and their response to His purpose. Mission work has always been central to Southern Baptist’s denominational life. God commands us as believers in the Bible to go and tell others of the hope we have found in Christ. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” In Acts 1:8 Jesus said, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
The Bible Calls For Cooperation
The Cooperative Program is a financial channel of cooperation between the state conventions, Southern Baptist Convention, and the local church. Without cooperation, CP couldn’t be successful. In 1 Corinthians 3:9, Paul tells the members at Corinth that we as believers are to be “laborers together with God.”
We are called to work together for the greatest purpose of ministering to those in need. In Acts 5:32-35, Luke talks about the importance of not just believing and worshiping together, but also giving and doing. “Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common … Nor was there anyone who lacked … for they distributed to each as anyone had need.”
Through our offerings to the local church, the Cooperative Program is enabling Southern Baptists to join together to minister to all the nations.