Toward the end of the address, Dr. Mohler asked a list of questions that Southern Baptists must answer as we look to the future. I find them valuable for discussion on both the national level, but also for state conventions, associations, and even the local church. I offer them here (slightly reworded for this post) for you to consider. If you can take the time, I recommend listening to the entire address.
Here are questions SOuthern Baptists must ask as we move forward and must be answered if we hope to continue to be a people who make an impact for His kingdom:
- Will we be missiological or bureaucratic?
- Is our identity theological or tribal?
- Is the basis of our work together convictional or confused?
- Is our logic going to be more sectarian or more secular?
- Will we become younger or dead?
- Will we be more diverse or more diminished?
- Will we be more missional or more methodological?
- Will we be more strategic or more anemic?
- Will we be more bold or more boring?
- Will we be happy or bitter?
- Are we willing to risk keeping the structural and institutional issues open as we stand on our convictional and theological foundation?
I, for one, am glad that Dr. Mohler is a part of the GCR Task force. I hope that Southern Baptists will consider these issues and that local churches, associations, conventions, and the denomination as a whole will choose to make whatever changes are necessary to engage the present world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.