I am grateful to be a part of the BCMN because of the “connection” factor. Connectedness is something that as an Independent Baptist we don’t talk a lot about when referring to churches or Godly works. However, we find that throughout the New Testament Paul longed to know what God was doing in and through the different local churches and individuals. I am reminded of what he said in 1 Thessalonians 1:2 “We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers.” Paul was busy and extremely determined for the sake of the Gospel, but he always desired to stay connected with his fellow laborers, much like what the BCMN offers to each of us in our respected places of ministry.
I don’t have to remind anyone of the difficulties that we face in our current age of preaching the Gospel and it is comforting as well as encouraging to know that I have co-laborers all over the country and world, including our missionaries, that are fighting the good fight. There is rarely a week that goes by that I am not reaching out to one of you seeking counsel, prayer, or just simply fellowship. As the Lord tarries and our Gospel journey continues, the need for Biblical Balanced Baptist churches is becoming more valuable than possibly ever before. Paul was greatly used of God and one of his subtle tones of leadership, I believe, is that he knew he needed a level of connectedness among fellow believers, leaders, and friends. Personally for me the BCMN provides a relationship of iron sharpening iron through fellowship and friendship.
If you are not connected in the way of attending, involvement, or giving support you are missing out on a wonderful blessing that God has provided to His work.