Changing Our Name – A Few Questions

Here are  a few questions that I would truly love to dialogue about with those that are struggling with a name change.  In fact, if you are a part of Oak Grove and would like to interact on these questions I would be happy to set up an appointment.  What are your thoughts on these questions?

  1. Can you think of any Biblical reasons not to change our name?  (So far, in all the discussions I’ve had, I’m yet to hear a Biblical reason not to change our name.)
  2. If our name was ever hindering the Gospel or putting an obstacle in the way of people following Jesus – what should we do?
  3. What do you think your neighbors/friends, etc. who aren’t believers think when they hear the word Baptist?  What does our name communicate to those who are far from God?
  4. Can you name the eight Baptist distinctives?  If not, do you know what a Baptist really is?  So – if we don’t know what a Baptist is…how can an unbeliever know besides what they see in our culture?
  5. Would you be willing to vote for a name change (even if it goes against your preferences or sentiment) for the sake of the Gospel?

I’ll leave this discussion with this: we will remain a Baptist church, just not in name.  This will allow people to come and learn what a Baptist is by the theology, not cultural connotations.

Acts 15:19 – It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles (the spiritually lost) who are turning to God.

Changing Our Name – A Few Questions

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