CONGREGATIONS, CHURCHES, AND THE KINGDOM
By William (Bill) Brackney
The life cycle of a congregation is a useful way to understand Baptist growth and development. Every congregation goes through the stages, as do Baptist organizations. Beyond the congregation, Baptists believe God has led them to form larger associations. The “Kingdom of God” terminology has sometimes been used to identify what God is doing in the world. For Baptists, the Kingdom “is always,” as Jesus said, “but also coming.” It is seen as more than the nature of the church.
Exodus 3:1-10 / Genesis 1:26
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