Capital Baptist News - Network New - August 11, 2017


Great News!
Bob Lewis has agreed to serve as our interim Director of Missions
for the Sacramento Region Baptist Network.

As many of you may remember, Bob retired in 2006 after serving as our
DOM for 18 years. Bob has recently moved back to the area and has agreed to help us out during this interim period. Bob wants to be available to our churches and pastors during this time, and you can contact him through the Network Office.
He will begin this Sunday, August 13, 2017.


Begin making plans for CMO this fall

Now is the time to begin planning for the fall emphasis of the California Mission Offering, a season of prayer and giving. The theme for the 2017 emphasis is, “It Begins With You," based on Acts 1:8. 

“It Begins With YOU,” not with someone else, but you!

  • It begins when you pray for unsaved family, friends, neighbors and co-workers; when you pray for pastors, church starters and their workers; and when you pray for God’s help in pushing back the darkness in California.
  • It begins with you as you choose to tell others your story of faith in Jesus and how they too can know Him.
  • It begins when you love others, serving them the ways you would like others to serve you.
  • It begins when you choose to sacrificially give away your wealth so every person in California might hear the Good News of Jesus.

That leaves one big question: What will you let God begin through YOU?

Printed and downloadable materials highlighting this theme are available to help with your CMO promotion. A mailer and order card have been mailed to churches.

Find the 2017 CMO planning guide to learn how to use these materials to celebrate and participate in God’s work in California!



Most Protestant churches believe in two ordinances for the church: the Lord's Supper/Communion and Believer's Water Baptism. As this generation begins joining the church coming from a non-biblical background, it is important that we teach why we do what we do. It is also important to build a community with the right attitudes toward these ordinances. They are not simply traditions. They are commands from Jesus Christ. They serve a purpose in the family, and we need to help our churches remember that.
In this newsletter, we hope to give you some practical tools for educating about the ordinances and for keeping them meaningful and fresh for your church.


In addition, one of the articles takes a look at declining baptisms, which is a different issue, but the article is so interesting, I wanted to share it.
Why Your Church's Baptism Numbers May Be Declining by Brian Dodd
Are your church’s baptism numbers declining?  Many church leaders I speak with are at a loss as to why.  They are preaching great sermons.  They are doing everything possible to “close the back door.”  Earnest prayers are being sent towards Heaven.  In fact, many pastors and church leaders are working harder than they ever have before.

Those are all GREAT and NECESSARY things but the spiritual transformation in most churches is just not where it needs to be.  There may be a very logical explanation.  The solution may be in our deeds, not our creeds.  Let me explain.

Today, I spent some time with one of the most dynamic spiritual leaders in America.  Dave Adamson is the Social Media Director for North Point Community Church.  His photography and devotions are currently the best thing going on Instagram.  Make sure you check it out at AussieDave.  You will be blown away!

Dave shared some interesting thoughts about the process people are now going through as they discover the love of Jesus Christ and enter a personal relationship with Him.

In the 1960s and 1970s, people first went to Church.  Second, they heard the Gospel message there and came to Christ.  And then third, they saw what the church was doing and got involved in a Cause.  Notice the process:

Church then Christ then Cause
Then, in the 1980s and 1990s, people first heard about Christ and were won to Jesus.  Second, they then found a Church home (often where their friends were) and then got involved in one of the its Causes.  Notice the change in the process:

Christ then Church then Cause
Now in the 2000s, people are often first involved in a Cause.  They are serving the poor and under-resourced.  They are digging wells, cleaning up rubble, helping children, feeding and clothing the needy.  Through this process they are being attracted to the person of Jesus Christ and His love.  They accept Him as their Lord and Savior.  Then they then come to a church.  Notice the current process:

Cause then Christ then Church
People are often now being attracted to Jesus Christ first through Causes.  So the question for pastors and church leaders regarding declining baptisms is what Causes is your church involved in?

  • Sex Trafficking?
  • Homelessness?
  • Clean Water?
  • Foster Care?
  • Homelessness?
  • Illiteracy?
  • Addiction?
  • Hunger?
  • AIDS?
  • Poverty?
  • Racial Reconciliation?
  • Public Health And Wellness?
  • All of the above?
  • Worse, none of the above?

People who are unchurched and far from God are attracted to and getting involved with organizations AND churches who are addressing social justice issues.

Churches who recognize this reality are first, creating pathways for people to get involved in providing solutions.  And in doing so, secondly are introducing them to the One who can meet the greatest social justice need for all of humanity, forgiveness of their sins.
Read the full article here.


Baptism is the outward sign of an inward change in a person who has placed his or her trust in Jesus. --Rick Warren


A Disciple-Making Community by Josh Hunt
A transformational church changes lives.

Following Jesus in community is one of the primary ways Christians are shaped to become more like Jesus. At least that’s the way church is supposed to work. God designed the church to be a transformational community. It welcomes sinners, assimilates new believers as members, and shapes them into fully devoted Jesus followers. The Lord explained this when He spoke what is commonly called the Great Commission, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:18–20).

Because English translations often put “go” at the beginning of verse 19, usually capitalized and set apart with a comma, readers incorrectly assume the emphasis in this passage is on going. This interpretation is strengthened by our evangelical propensity for missions and evangelism. We know we should be going, so we emphasize this aspect of Jesus’ instructions. But the linguistic emphasis in this passage is on making disciples, not going. To capture the appropriate emphasis, consider this slight adjustment to the above translation: “Go, therefore, and make disciples.” Understanding the Great Commission with those words emphasized will help us keep the emphasis straight. Jesus told His followers to make disciples by baptizing and teaching, both activities that can only be done in community. (Think about it—at least two people are required for either activity!)

While baptism signifies entry into a new lifestyle, the primary means the church uses to develop disciples is teaching. Teaching shapes the mind. As new thoughts emerge, new attitudes and actions result. Paul amplified these ideas when he wrote, “The weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:4–5). Spiritual growth is rooted in changed thinking. Carnal thought patterns, the strongholds of “arguments and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God,” naturally dominate the minds of unbelievers and new believers. Learning God’s Word and God’s ways takes time and may call for undoing years of wrong thinking and learning to think biblically and to behave accordingly. The best word to describe this process is transformation.
Read the full article here.
Hunt also has a Bible study on Holy Days which teaches about Passover and the Lord's Supper found under lessons for International Standard and is available with purchased membership on his Website.  


Two articles by Rick Warren on Baptism offer great ideas and focus: 
How to Increase Baptisms at Your Church
At Saddleback Church, we’ve always given a lot of attention to baptism, and I think that’s one of the reasons we’ve had so many baptisms over the years. A little boy asked me one time, “When can I get advertised?” That’s the mindset I want our congregation to have about baptism: “When can I get advertised? When can I publicly proclaim that I’m a believer in Jesus Christ?”

The most basic way I spotlight baptism at Saddleback is by talking regularly in my sermons about the value, the purpose, and the benefits of baptism. The sermon doesn’t have to be specifically focused on baptism to make the connection either.

We have found that a sizeable number of people intend to be baptized, but they never do it. They say, “I’ll do it next month,” but then the next month they forget. So any time I promote baptism, I challenge people to commit on the spot to being baptized. There are a couple ways I do this.

First, during our services, we give everyone a card that includes a place where people can indicate a desire to be baptized. Asking people for a commitment keeps them from perpetually delaying the baptism decision.

Another way we keep people from putting off baptism is by holding what we call “Nike baptisms,” which means we just do it. Our baptistery is a small, in-ground pool on the patio outside our worship center. Sometimes at the end of a service, I’ll say, “You’ve never been baptized? Just walk outside. The water is warm. You can be baptized today.” We provide T-shirts, shorts, and towels for the people. Trained counselors ensure that they truly are followers of Jesus before they’re baptized. Having these Nike baptisms gives many people just the push they need to publicly declare their faith.

For people who need more time to think through their baptism decision, we offer a few tools to help them. One of the most interesting tools is a video of baptisms
Read the rest of the article here.

40 Ways to Increase Baptism in 2017
Here's Rick's list, but you can read the whole article here.
Here’s a list of some simple things we do to set the stage for more baptisms at Saddleback that almost any church can do.
1. Mention the value, purpose, and benefits of baptism regularly in sermons.
2. Videotape some of your baptisms. Prepare a music video of baptisms to show in your worship service so people who’ve never seen a baptism can witness one.
3. Have clothes ready for people who decide spontaneously to be baptized after a service.
4. Make it a party atmosphere. It’s a celebration, not a funeral. Applaud baptisms!
5. Invite small-group members to witness the baptism, and identify them before each baptism.
6. Prepare a beautiful baptism folder to hold their certificate.
7. Have a required membership class that explains the meaning of baptism in detail.
8. Always baptize on special days when relatives may be in town: Christmas, Mother’s Day, New Year’s Eve, etc.
9. Always baptize on special days of the church. (We baptized more than 400 on the day we opened our new worship center.)
10. Allow entire families (after confirming that all are believers) get baptized together.
11. Hug each person after they have been baptized!
12. Interview all candidates at the water’s edge to hear their story of how Jesus changed them.
13. Build a team of volunteers who assist with all baptisms. Have matching shirts to identify the baptism team and the pastors leading the service.
14. Have a photographer there to capture the moment, and include a picture of their baptism along with their certificate of baptism.
15. Print a “Why Be Baptized?” brochure. Use Scripture and lots of testimonies.
16. Put the brochure information, baptism pictures and even videos of baptisms on your website so people can forward it to others.
17. Have preprinted invitations for the baptism candidates to use in inviting lost friends and relatives to a service and to witness their baptism.
18. Make the baptism pool and surrounding area beautiful, inviting and nonthreatening. (Many baptisms are perched up so high inside the church that it feels distant and disconnected. Our baptism pool is outside in our patio area so people can gather up close around it for a more intimate feeling.)
19. After the baptism service, encourage people to go out afterward for coffee or dessert to celebrate and find out what the experience meant to the person baptized and to the family and friends who watched it.
20. Publicize the baptisms with posters around your church. Get “one-line” testimonies from people who have been baptized.
21. Have small groups encourage people in the group to sign up for the next baptism.
22. Identify and celebrate other special moments at the water’s edge (birthdays, anniversaries, spiritual birthdays, etc.).
23. Train your baptism-team volunteers to greet everyone and make them comfortable.
24. Provide a sound system that will allow spectators to hear the testimonies.
25. Always have the baptismal pool warm and chlorinated before services.
26. Have a corporate prayer of celebration at the end of each service to thank God for those baptized.
27. Sing a great chorus or hymn about the power of God to change someone’s life.
28. During warmer weather, offer baptisms at a beach, lake or slow-flow river.
29. Develop a “Baptism Party in a Box” kit that includes ideas for a family party following baptism.
30. Provide outdoor heaters if you baptize outdoors in the winter.
31. Set up good lighting if you baptize outside after evening services.
32. Have hand towels with the church’s logo available as a gift (memory keeper).
33. Ask each small group in your church to use one week when each member shares his or her baptism experience.
34. Use banners and signs the week prior to baptisms to draw interest, especially for beach or lake baptisms.
35. Build a baptism service into an extended spiritual-growth campaign. Build on the momentum.
36. Constantly emphasize baptism as the next step after committing your life to Christ. Have sign-ups everywhere.
37. Give a follow-up booklet, a button and a free gift for those who obey Christ’s command to be baptized.
38. Have a special baptism class as a requirement for baptizing children. Insist that at least one parent attend with his or her child.
39. When baptizing grade-school children, have the baptizing pastor hold their hands lifted high after they come out of the water, like you would with a winner in a game.
40. Address frequently-asked questions in a brochure people can walk away with, and deal personally with every fear or hang-up about baptism.


This is part of a group of blog posts about Communion: Communion Thoughts #6 - Tips for Making Communion More Meaningful by Jordan Rimmer
I have been writing a series of blogs about Communion. I talked about WHAT IS COMMUNION and WHAT HAPPENS DURING COMMUNION. I also blogged about HOW IT IS SERVED. I did a blog about WHY I AM NOT DOING COMMUNION BY INTINCTION ANYMORE. In my last blog I gave SEVEN GREAT IMAGES FOR COMMUNION. In my next blog I will give seven specific ways I have tried to enliven communion. Here I just want to list some general tips for making communion more meaningful.
Use different names- If you call it communion, then explain the other terms and use them. Serve Eucharist or the Lord’s Supper next time. This will help take people off of automatic pilot and get them thinking.
Use different images- Communion is not just one image or metaphor. It is loaded with different aspects, images, and thoughts. Don’t get in the habit of saying the same think every time you do it.
Decorate the table- The table itself provides lots of opportunities for imagery and creativity. The experience automatically changes if the table is covered in flowers. One time I preached about Daniel in the lion’s den. When people came forward, the table was covered in plastic lions. I read about a sermon that talked about Christ being our safety and security. The image they used was of a kid’s blanket. The table was decorated in children’s blankets. I even think the table can change. What happens if the table is actually a door set up like a table?
Read more ideas here.


Ten Creative Ways to Celebrate the Lord's Supper by LifeWay Pastors
A regular observance of the bread and cup can become commonplace. Here are some creative suggestions, free worship service downloads, and sermon ideas.
1. Involve all five senses
Smell - incense
Sight - a decorative Lord's Supper banner
Hearing - recreate the sound of a hammer on nails
Touch - the bread
Taste - the cup
2. Serve the Lord's Supper in family groups.
3. Emphasize Old Testament symbolism
The bread was striped and pierced, blood of the lamb on the doorposts, and the bitter herbs symbolic of bondage. Place the colors of a Jewish tabernacle on the pulpit and explain their significance.
4. Project symbolic images on an overhead screen while passing the elements.
5. Use pageant sets and drama to portray the event visually
Have servers dress up as disciples, then allow people in modern clothes to take the place of the servers at the table with the actor playing the part of Jesus.
6. Emphasize "clean hands and a pure heart" (Psalm 51)
Wash hands before serving and before partaking.
7. Ask deacons to select others to distribute the elements.
8. Use whole loaves of bread. Alllow each person tear or break off his or her portion.
9. Show video clips of films that portray Christ's suffering and death prior to serving the bread and cup.
10. Use banners as the center of the Lord's Supper
Create separate banners that portray the bread, the cup, a lamb, the cross, the nails, and other images. Ask members to take the Lord's Supper at the banner with the image that represents the most meaning for them, because of what they have experienced recently.
Read the full article here.


The call to discipleship, the baptism in the name of Jesus Christ means both death and life.
--Josh Hunt



>>Please fill out your VBS and Block Party Reports and send them to Terrie at srbn@sacbaptist.org

>>The August Capital Baptist News is available to print at http://sacbaptist.org/page/capital_baptist_news 

>>We have three room dividers available. One has a slight tear in it, but it still works. You can check out the type of dividers here. Please contact our office if you are interested in them: 916-863-5426 or tbrown@sacbaptist.org. 


Job & Ministry Opportunities
Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church of Walnut Valley is seeking a full-time Senior Pastor to work, live, and walk with our congregation and church staff to spread the Gospel into the city of Walnut and beyond. 
REQUIREMENTS :
● 1–5 years of prior church-ministry experience (such as church staff) or 1-5 years as pastor
● Master’s Degree from a Seminary - must be ordained
● Southern Baptist and Baptized
● Qualities: strong personal relationship with Jesus Christ, Integrity, Humility,
Approachable, Passion, and Vision (of purpose for both present and future)
● Strength in leading and preaching
● Effective preaching style: Personal, relationship, then Textual (scripture based), and
Narrative, Challenging
● Ability to: plan services coordinating with Music Ministry, Minister of Discipleship and
Administration, and Church staff; teach bible study or Men’s ministry classes; and,
perform baptisms, weddings, funerals, and administer the Lord’s Supper, and other tasks
as needed or requested.
● Personal qualities and skills: leadership, excellent speaking and teaching skills, dedicated,
passionate to help others, motivated, and preaching style that provides clear application
from God’s word; work well and build relationships with current church staff.
● Commitment to and cooperation with the CSBC and SBC
PREFERRED
● Already based in California
● Experience as a senior pastor
● Bilingual a plus
● Reliable Transportation
APPLICATION :
APPLICATION IS DUE BY SEPTEMBER 1, 2017 . These completed applications will be given
first consideration for this position.
Applications must include the following: a cover letter describing your call to ministry, and why
you think you’d be a good fit with FBCWV, resume (please include all education information,
including high school), and answers to the application questions (listed with this description).
Send in your complete application via:
● Electronically to pastorsearch@fbcwv.org - PDF attachments preferred;
● Physically to the address listed below.
NOTES :
Please note: all expenses incurred during the interview and selection process is the sole
responsibility of the candidate.
Do not worry if you do not fit all the requirements. If you feel that God is leading you to our
Church, APPLY!
Include any and all links to your social media - Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook,
Periscope, Tumblr if you have them.
CONTACT :
FBCWV Pastor Search Committee
pastorsearch@fbcwv.org
20425 E. La Puente Road
Walnut, Ca 91789
Application Questions
In addition to your cover letter and resume, please answer the following questions in full. If you
have any questions, please feel free to contact the Pastor Search Committee at
pastorsearch@fbcwv.org . There is no minimum or maximum word count - answer as completely
as possible. Thank you!
1. What are your strengths and weaknesses in ministry?
2. How active are you in associational work? In state-convention work? In Southern Baptist
Convention work? In civic clubs or social organizations in the community?
3. Describe your personal financial situation.
4. What is your philosophy of stewardship and tithing? Do you tithe?
5. Do you have outside business interests? If so, describe them.
6. What are your convictions on alcohol and drugs, gambling, pornography, racial
prejudice, abortion, homosexuality, and divorce? Feel free to cite passages or other
materials is necessary.
7. What is your desired salary range?
8. Describe your leadership effectiveness.
9. Outline the way you use your time throughout the week.
10. How would you rate your interpersonal skills?
11. What do you envision for this Church in terms of growth, missional opportunities,
community, and physically?
12. What challenges have you encountered in your ministry and how did you overcome
them?
13. How does your wife support you in your ministry? If you do not have a wife, how do you
imagine she would support you?

Children's Ministry Volunteers
New Seasons church has a need for temporary/short term volunteers in their children’s church ministry.
Trained, experienced volunteers with proper clearances, and pastor approval preferred.
For more information contact Pastor Ron Jackson – 619-540-9294 or pastorron@newsesonws.com

Youth Leader Internship
First Baptist Church of Winters (FBCW) is seeking a Youth Leader Intern.
The job requires about 15 hours of work each week, offers a competitive salary along with a generous budget for Youth activities. The youth group consists of 10-20 students at the Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday gatherings.
For more information, contact the church at 530-795-2821 or fbcw@fbcwinters.org.

Education Internship 
Education internship with stipend, housing, and airfare at Lake Tahoe, California
August 9 through December 22, 2017
1 Preschool intern and 4 School age interns needed.
We are looking for energetic, diligent, and happy people to join our team. We need leaders who possess strong character, are teachable, and who have a heart for working with children.
We will train you and invest in your life. All our lead staff have been either summer or semester staff. You will work with a team of eight other college students.
For more information, contact Debbie Wohler Reasoner at 530-583-2925or530448-9359 or www.tahoeministries.com or debbie@fbctahoe.com
Apply at: https://fs25.formsite.com/firstbaptisttahoe/form3/index.html

Youth Director 
New Hope Community Church (NHCC) in South Sacramento is searching for a part time (20 hr/wk) youth director. The position will report directly to the senior pastor and offers a competitive salary and some flexibility of work hours. The intent is to grow the position to full time and eventually a pastoral position. Some Bible college or seminary study is a plus, and candidate must be a self-starter.
For a full job description and other information, please contact NHCC board of deacons: deacons@newhopemeadowview.com
or
Board of Deacons
New Hope Community Church
1821 Meadowview Road
Sacramento, CA  95832

Unique Mission Project Opportunity: Supporting Seminary Students and Persecuted Christians in Myanmar
What your church can do:
1. Show a five-minute video in your service about the ministry
2. Have 1-2 leaders/contact persons to lead this project in your church who can explain the importance of this project and what it is accomplishing and who can oversee the sell of the bracelets used to raise the money as well as forward the money to The Church on the Rock in Canada.
(See below for more details).
(If you are near the Sacramento area, we can provide a leader/speaker to coordinate with your church if you are willing to let us come and share).
3. Commit to sell at least 100 bracelets. (They are really beautiful and are hand-made by the families in Myanmar).
4. Contact Claudia Wreyford at 916-944-2225 with any questions or to adopt this project in your church.

The Church on Cypress in Carmichael has partnered with The Church on the Rock in Canada for many years. We need churches who, as part of their mission activities, would be willing to join us in supporting the mission churches in Myanmar. This project provides financial support for a lay pastor seminary (training 70-90 men from 15 outlying villages) as well as aiding Christian families being persecuted there.
The families are making Kumihimo (braided) Bracelets which will then be offered for sale through churches here in the US. 100% of all monies collected go to the mission in Myanmar. There are no administrative costs. All work here is done by volunteers.
We currently have 1,000 bracelets ready for sale, we just need your help by including this as one of your mission projects.  Here are links to both the informational video available for your use and to pictures/information on the Myanmar Mission activities:
Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjJOvrW90So&feature=em-upload_owner
Click here: Myanmar Mission Pictures
Or: https://goo.gl/photos/kYjMkiEmcWw9QHqU6
Here is a picture of the Pastors Class in Myanmar

 


Calendar
August
12    2nd Saturday Outreach
       www.thegracenetwork.org
       10 AM - 1st Time orientation

15-16  Church Multiplication School
           $99 (limited scholarships are available for SBC planters and their spouses)
           Pastors and Church Leaders - $35 per person
           Info and to register: http://nwbaptistplanting.com/hidden-pages/cms

25     Chocolate and Chat Night preparing for Beth Moore Conference
         7 pm at Bayside of Citrus Heights, 6540 Sylvan Road

September
5   Pastor and Staff Lunch
      12:00-1:30 pm, Bring your lunch
       Roseville Baptist Church, 1301 Coloma Way 

7-9   Disaster Relief Chaplain Retreat 
        $100 per person. Register online here.
        More information at http://www.csbc.com/events/dr-chaplains-retreat 

9      2nd Saturday Outreach
        www.thegracenetwork.org
        10 AM - 1st Time orientation

29   Deep Love Live Simulcast with Drs. Les and Leslie Parrot
       Take a step toward deepening the marriages in your church
       Call 1-888-235-7948 for more information
       Video about the seminar
 

30   Prepared to Answer: Where Faith and Culture Collide, Simulcast
       with Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg, Inciite Events

October
3     Pastor and Staff Lunch
      12:00-1:30 pm, Bring your lunch
       Roseville Baptist Church, 1301 Coloma Way

5-7   Beth Moore - Living Proof Live and You Lead Training
         More information: lifeway.com/livingproof  or lifeway.com/youlead
         or call 800-254-2022

6-8   Mother/Daughter Retreat at Jenness Park
        Pricing, details, and online registration at
        http://www.csbc.com/events/mother-daughter-retreat-2017

13-23  Malawi Mission Trip with Internatonal Commission
           Contact Sonia Burnell  at soniab@IC-World.org or 916-784-2372

14    2nd Saturday Outreach
        www.thegracenetwork.org
        10 AM - 1st Time orientation

21    Piercing the Darkness 
       
A faith-fueled summit for those on the frontline
        of empowering and protecting children from
        social injustice and human trafficking
        FREE, at The Artisan (more info soon)
        Contact: Chris Stambaugh
       
chris@thegracenetwork.org (916) 952-7880

24-25  CSBC Annual Meeting
           Magnolia Church, Riverside, CA
           For More information: http://www.csbc.com/events/csbc-annual-meeting-2017

November
7   Minister and Staff Lunch
     12 pm to 1:30 pm, bring your own lunch
     Roseville Baptist Church, 1301 Coloma Way

11    2nd Saturday Outreach
        www.thegracenetwork.org
        10 AM - 1st Time orientation

December
1-2  Disaster Relief Roundtable for Cal Blue Caps
       More details: http://www.csbc.com/events/dr-blue-caps

5   Minister and Staff Lunch
     12 pm to 1:30 pm, bring your own lunch
     Roseville Baptist Church, 1301 Coloma Way

9   2nd Saturday Outreach
     www.thegracenetwork.org
     10 AM - 1st Time orientation

28-30  Ignition Student Conference
          Sacramento Convention Center
          Learn more: https://www.studentignition.com/


 

In The Christian Reader, Paul Francisco writes:

When I was a child, our church celebrated the Lord’s Supper every first Sunday of the month. At that service, the offering plates were passed twice: before the sermon for regular offerings, and just prior to Communion for benevolences. My family always gave to both, but they passed a dime to me to put in only the regular offering.

One Communion Sunday when I was nine, my mother, for the first time, gave me a dime for the benevolent offering also. A little later when the folks in our pew rose to go to the Communion rail, I got up also. “You can’t take Communion yet,” Mother told me.

“Why not?” I said. “I paid for it!”

This child’s humorous story shows a very adult attitude. We may think we can earn God’s salvation or favor. The offering is not a payment but an act of gratitude and worship. We no longer offer sacrifices to pay for our sin or our place in the church. We have to make sure the next generation knows that too!

 

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