Network News - February 9, 2017

I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. (Luke 6:47-48, NLT)

So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up. (Romans 14:19, NLT)

Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:12, NLT)

What are we building? Over the years, we've all known those who were trying to build success, an empire, or a name for themselves. The temptation for power and glory is always there for any person, but it seems especially hard for ministers who so desperately want to reach others for Christ. The enemy can turn those genuine, heartfelt desires into a blind pursuit that easily shifts into a focus on self and what others think rather than on God. It is no wonder the Bible reminds us to remain humble and to guard our hearts.
As Brian Jones states in his article "7 Ways to Eliminate Church Hoppers from Your Congregation,"
Two of the most dangerous influences any church faces are (1) spiritual leaders who have lost their first love and (2) the onslaught of church hoppers. Having wavered before in my faith and flirted with losing God as my first love, I know firsthand how dangerous the first one can be. But that’s something we spiritual leaders have control over. The second one … not so much.
His thought-provoking article is from Outreach Magazine and can be read here.

One of the main focuses for building the Church has always been disciples. "Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:19-20, NIV)

Josh Hunt posted this in a recent email:
“Cheap grace,” according to [Dietrich] Bonhoeffer, a German pastor who stood up to the Nazi regime, is the forgiveness of our sins through what Christ did for us on the cross. But without more, the outspoken theologian says, it merely means the justification of the sin without the justification of the sinner. We begin to believe that since we are forever forgiven—past, present, and future—we’re covered. Nothing needs to change. Life goes on as it always has, but we’re secure.

But then Bonhoeffer presents the uncomfortable idea, the part about taking up our crosses daily. That part that sounds a little too much like what Christ did that got Him nailed to the cross for us. Does He really want us to hang there with Him?

Bonhoeffer says that is the “costly grace” that we don’t talk about too much. It’s the part of the relationship with Christ, through His free gift of eternal life bought with His blood on the cross, that requires complete obedience at all costs. That means in all situations, at all times of our lives, with all aspects of our lives—including all of our time, talent, and treasures.

It’s the costly part of grace we try to avoid thinking about because it means going all the way—sacrificially and selflessly—to the cross with Christ.

Luke 9:23-24, If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me. I fyou try to hang on to  your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.

Hunt also offers several discipleship materials and books about discipleship on his website.
He recently posted the following excerpt from his book The Disciple Course on his blog: "Believer or Disciple?"
I find it helpful to separate those who self-identify as Christian into three categories: cultural, congregational and convictional. About three-quarters of Americans identify as Christian, and for the sake of discussion, I’ll break them down into these three categories, each representing about 25 percent of the population.

1) CULTURAL CHRISTIANS. This first category is made up of people who believe themselves to be Christian simply because their culture tells them they are. They are Christian by heritage. They may have religious roots in their family or come from a people group tied to a certain religion, like Southern evangelicals or Irish Catholics. Inside the church, we would say they are Christian in name only. They are not practicing a vibrant faith.

2) CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTIANS. The second category is similar to the first group, except these individuals at least have some connection to congregational life. They have a home church they grew up in and perhaps where they were married. They might even visit occasionally. Here again, though, we would say these people are not practicing any sort of real, vibrant faith. They are attendees.

3) CONVICTIONAL CHRISTIANS. The final group is made up of people who actually live according to their faith. These are the people who would say they have met Jesus and that He changed their lives. They would say that their lives have been increasingly oriented around their faith in Him.

Some other articles, a blog, and a podcast on discipleship and building leaders:
Reclaiming Discipleship in the Church (article)
Discipleship for a New Age (blog post) (yes, this is my-Terrie's-blog)
How to Build Culture & Discipleship in a Growing Church with Heather Zempel (podcast)
5 Ways Church Leaders Can Be True Disciples (article)

We are also building other things...leaders, relationships, bridges, ministry, and buildings. We will be talking more about some of these in upcoming issues. Watch for your email issue each week. Watch for the email notification of when the monthly newsletter is available.
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Job & Ministry Opportunities
Part-Time Pastor
Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Lincoln, CA Seeks A Part-time Pastor

Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church is located in Northern California east of the city of Lincoln.  Led by the Spirit we seek to be a light house to our community desiring to reach our community for Christ. 
We believe in the fundamentals of the Christian faith, lean toward Calvinist doctrine, and believe in the eternal security of the believer.  We are a loving, praying church and support mission work throughout the world.  We seek to be a church for all age groups.
We are seeking a part-time pastor to lead our church.  The salary, days, and hours are negotiable. If you feel led by God to lead our church, please send your resume to Curt Simpson at

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 or you can contact SRBN.

Education Internship
Education internship with stipend, housing, and airfare at Lake Tahoe, California
August 9 through December 22, 2017 4 Preschool interns and 4 School age interns needed.
For more information, contact Debbie Wohler at 530-583-2925 or 530448-9359 or
Apply at:

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:
Board of Deacons
New Hope Community Church
1821 Meadowview Road
Sacramento, CA  95832


11   Lifeway Bookstores
free in-store family event focused on sharing the love of Christ within our communities
Create postcards to share the love of Christ to our communities. Pick up a special challenge sheet that offers ideas for reaching your community--and return it completed for a special prize. Snacks, giveaways, and one-day product specials will also be provided.

18  Children's Missions Day Explosion
9 am to 3 pm
Cooper Avenue Baptist Church, Yuba City
$10 per person, lunch included
(one leader free with every six children per church)
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18   VBS Clinic in Spanish
Clinicas para Escuela Biblica de Vacaciones en Espanol

February 18, 9:30-1:30
In San Jose
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23   Movie: Is Genesis History?
in theaters;

25   VBS Clinic North
9 am to 2:30 pm
El Camino Baptist Church
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24-25 Ministry Couples' Retreat
Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley; $235 per couple
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5-12  Week of Prayer for North American Missions

24-26 Women's Retreat
Camp Alta
Register here

30   Revive Conference
9 am-3 pm
El Camino Baptist Church, Sacramento
For more information contact

30   Movie: Facing Darkness
A true story of faith: saving Dr. Brantly from ebola in Africa
in theaters

31-4/1 Disaster Relief Spring Training
In Auburn
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7   Movie: The Case for Christ
Beginning April 7 in theaters

22   SRBN VBS Clinic
El Camino Baptist Church
9 am to 1 pm (registration begins at 8:30 am)
register online

24-26 Pastor and MInistry Leader Retreat
Jenness Park Christian Camp
$150 per person
register at

28-29 Prayerwalking Seminar
"Unleash the Power of Prayer in Your Community"
led by Jerry McCullah
El Camino Baptist Church
Friday: 6-9 pm  (Dinner at 6 pm)
Saturday: 9-Noon

21-28 Associational Missions Emphasis (AME)
Week of Prayer and Mission Emphasis

11-22 Kenya Mission Trip
International Commission
Contact Sonia Burnell at; 916-784-2372

27-29 Hope Renewed/Purpose Driven 2017
Pastor/Church Leader Event, So. Cal. 

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