Dear Church Family,
This past Spring Break, the churches of the CrossNet Baptist Network banned together for a mission trip to Washington, DC and God moved in powerful ways. Mission Team Members from Bellefounte, FBC Cleveland, FBC Georgetown, Mt. Carmel, Washington Ave. and Waterville participated. Mission Projects included hosting an Easter outreach, evangelism with Ethiopians, serving at a homeless soup kitchen, placing 9,000 Easter door hangers and more! Please continue praying for our DC partnership.
Our disaster relief teams have transitioned to send relief to Puerto Rico. Approximately $25,000 has been used to aid the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico through our mission teams that have been deployed. We have had 10 deployments from November – April mobilizing 120 Volunteers. We have two scheduled trips coming up and more to come (see below). Call CrossNet at 423-476-5493 if you are interested in participating.
On Monday May14th from 9:30am to 2:00pm, we will be hosting a Prayer Boot Camp with Claude King at the CrossNet Baptist Network office. God is calling His people to prayer, and God’s people are responding with a hunger to learn to pray more effectively and strategically. Prayer Boot Camp is a flexible prayer training experience to provide basic training in prayer and to introduce the weapons of our spiritual warfare. It is not just learning about prayer. It is learning to pray by praying together. The content is based on The Battle Plan for Prayer by Stephen and Alex Kendrick, developers of “War Room.” Please RSVP by 423-476-5493.
In 30+ years of ministry I have never, never, not even once heard a pastor say something like this: “My people are so spiritually mature that we are going to work on growth, missions, and building.”Not only have I not heard this, but I do not expect to. Spiritual maturity among believers is the elusive goal that many pastors face each day as they lead churches.
God Hasn’t Finished, Have You?
Many of us use the phrase, “God is at work.” Is he? In John 5:17, Jesus says, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”
In the context of that passage, God was at work, first, in healing an invalid. John 5 begins with Jesus at the Sheep Gate Pool commanding an invalid who can’t make it down to the healing waters, “Get up, take your mat, and walk.”
God was also at work warning a sinner. Jesus tells the invalid who has been healed, “You are well, sin no more” (v 14).
Moreover, God was at work confronting self-righteous, hardhearted, religious legalism. Much to the disappointment of the Jews, Jesus was working, granting healing and life, on the Sabbath.
Jesus said, “Take up (your) cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23). But He also said, “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:30).
So which is it? Is a life of discipleship a comfort or crucifixion?
C. S. Lewis points out the seeming paradox. On the one hand, Jesus proclaims the delights of discipleship; on the other, the seemingly crushing cost.
A Core Value of our partnerships is to offer each year opportunities for your leadership to receive excellent training that can greatly improve the health of your church.
We want healthy churches in CrossNet Baptist Network. This article by Dr. Rainer suggests several measuring sticks for evaluating church health.
The following post was written by Thom Rainer, President and CEO of LifeWay. It is printed with permission from www.factsandtrends.net