Announcing the Multiply Church Development Conference

Announcing the Multiply Church Development Conference

Apr 27, 2015

Announcing the Multiply Church Development Conference October 22-26, 2015 Colorado Springs, CO Director of Church Development & Pastoral Services, John Pethtel, our Church Planting Task Force, and the Council on Ministry have been working to help provide an opportunity for those who are seeking to start new SDB expressions of faith or revitalizing the ministry that God has called them to. We are partnering with Frontline Church Planting and their annual MULTIPLY Conference to serve SDBs. Leaders and speakers from around the country will gather for this weekend to share stories, knowledge, and strategies with one another. SDBs will have their own sessions as a cohort before and after to discuss specifically SDB related challenges. We believe that there is great traction in advancing God’s Kingdom when mission-minded leaders gather to connect, reflect, and dream about what God is doing in our midst. There will be great content but we also believe that there will be great relationships built. It is our hope that by gathering leaders who dare to dream, that God can and will do something fresh among SDBs —that He will allow His work to be done among ordinary folks like us. The weekend will start Thursday, October 22 after dinner time, with an introductory session with just SDBs. Friday and Saturday morning, we will join with others attending the MULTIPLY Conference where there will be a variety of topics and options of learning available, through the main sessions and breakouts, to speak to you where your ministry is currently. During the rest of Saturday and Sunday morning, we will meet together again as SDBs to worship and talk about SDB-specific challenges in our ministries and to pray for one another. The MULTIPLY Church Development Conference is open to all SDBs who are interested in breathing new life into their local church or our family of churches. There will be no cost for registration or for lodging (although this option is limited). The only cost is your food, time, and travel to Colorado Springs (There might even be a scholarship available for travel.) More information will come as we get closer to the date. We are looking forward to seeing you...

Top Ten Words STOP! — Remember the Sabbath Day

Top Ten Words STOP! — Remember the Sabbath Day

Apr 27, 2015

Top Ten Words STOP! — Remember the Sabbath Day Sermon Series by Pastor Dusty Mackintosh, Next Step Christian Church, Thornton, CO Whenever someone yells “Stop!” I am torn. I never know what it is. Is it “Hammer Time”? Is it time to “Collaborate and Listen”? Or is it “In the name of love”? This is one of the great questions of life. (More about that later.) This sermon is all about Sabbath. But “Sabbath” is a church word. It’s actually a transliterated Hebrew word “Shabat” with its roots in the idea of “STOP!” So every time they discuss “Sabbath” in Hebrew, everyone knows they are talking about “STOPPY” time. “Ceasing time.” We call it “weekend” or how about “work-end.” So mentally, whenever I say Sabbath, you can replace it with your favorite of “closing time,” “work-end,” or, my favorite, just “STOP!”     God’s Day Exodus 20:8-11 8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” Very simple and very familiar concept. Six days of work, the seventh day is a Sabbath, a “STOP” day. It is holy, or set apart, in distinction to the activity, the work, of all the other days. This applies to everybody within your sphere of influence, your whole family, anyone who works for you, any guests in your care — no loopholes. This is actually pretty remarkable. God cuts right across gender lines, generational lines, class lines, and racial lines. This Sabbath thing applies to everyone. Rooted in Creation — Shared with His People This holy day is not a recent invention of God, though it is possible the Israelites were ignorant of it...

Tell me about Sabbath!

Tell me about Sabbath!

Apr 27, 2015

Tell me about Sabbath! We decided to ask children from some of our churches to tell us about the Sabbath. Unfortunately, there is not room to list all the many wonderful answers we received. We hope you enjoy reading what our kids have to say about Sabbath.     Our church is called Seventh Day Baptist…what does that mean? Aidan: SDB means that we worship God on the Sabbath/seventh day. Alex: we worship on the seventh day Ben: they do a baptising every 7 days Brynn: Seventh day of the week and we go to church the 7th day of the week. Colleen: on the seventh day you rest in God and go to church Eva: It means we worship on the seventh day. Ezra: We are baptised on the 7th day. Frank: It means that we go to church on the seventh day and go home and rest. Genna: Churches are called Seventh Day Baptists because we go to church on the seventh day of the week which is called Saturday. Hunter: We praise on the seventh day, which is Saturday. And people get baptized. Jaden: It means you get baptized there and every seven days you go to church. Jonah: that we keep the sabbath holy Josh: It means we worship on the seventh day (Saturday). Julianna: It means we worship on the 7th day, and we believe the 7th day is Saterday. Luke: it is open for chirch on the seventh day Natalie: I think it has to do with the title. We go to Church on the seventh day of the week. I’m pretty sure Baptists are people who think the Bible is true and that we should be Baptized once we know Jesus. It’s a special part of service where people are dunked in the serving pool. The pastor asks “are you ready to accept Jesus as your savior?” and the person is dunked. Ryan: that the day of babtist is on the 7 day of the week Sawyer: we worship on the seventh day Scott: We go to church on Saturday Sean, Paige: I don’t know Wesley: We are Baptists that worship on the 7th day of the...

Sabbath Joy

Sabbath Joy

Apr 27, 2015

Sabbath Joy by Dave Alldredge, Seattle Area SDB Church It was the annual church camping trip. The Sabbath afternoon weather was beautiful: the lake water glistening in the sun; the temperature, over 100° F, was unusually warm for Northern Idaho. I was part of a group of men sitting on the beach discussing how God was working in our lives. Soon we became very uncomfortable and the discussion quickly changed to where we should move to cool off and continue our talk. About 25 feet from shore there was a ski dock. One of the group suggested we go to the dock where we could sit and dangle our feet in the water, keep cool, and continue our discussion. The group liked the suggestion and so we did. That evening, just before vespers, the men who sat on the dock that afternoon were asked to come to the pastor’s tent where the pastor asked why we were on the dock. After explaining our activity, the pastor disciplined the men for being poor examples to the youth. He said by swimming to the ski dock we were breaking the Sabbath. The pastor counselled us to be sure to pray for forgiveness of our sin and to apologize before the group at Vespers. This is the event that caused me to question my Sabbath belief and to look to God for understanding of what Sabbath was really about. All my life I have been told Sabbath was to be a joy, something to look forward to. But where was this joy? The reality was Sabbath was a day of “Thou Shalt Nots.” The focus was almost entirely on what you were not allowed to do. As I was seeking God for the real understanding of Sabbath, one word —joy — kept coming to my mind. Joy: as we were taught in Sabbath School, singing we had it deep down in our hearts. Joy: as we were taught “Jesus, Others, You.” It finally became clear to me: Sabbath Joy is about Jesus, Others and You. JESUS Imagine being present in the beginning when God created the Heavens and Earth. How awesome it would beto see it, to experience...

President’s Page

President’s Page by Bill Probasco Spring is a wonderful time of the year. This particular winter seemed to keep going and going…it was almost as if the Groundhog saw two shadows! But finally warmer weather has come. Flowers bloom. Trees bud. And spring sports return. Many of you know that I coach a couple of sports. Every spring for the last decade I’ve coached softball, and this year is no different. With any new season, teams gather to practice, go over schedules, evaluate talent, learn plays or signs, and generally get ready for that first game as best they can. The school team I’m coaching meets after school three or four days a week. I have them play some catch, field some grounders, do some base-running, etc. I do this to determine who would be best at each position, and to help build team chemistry. One day I arrived at practice and realized that between switching cars, unloading groceries, and living the hectic family life, I had not put my softball equipment in the car. I try to be prepared for each practice — I’m the coach after all — but this time I had slipped up. My theme came to mind. Steadfast means to hold to a belief or stand firm to a principle. My desire to be a prepared coach ready to work with my players was still there, but the execution had failed. My forgetting my gear for practice doesn’t mean I didn’t want to have it with me. I hadn’t purposely forgotten it, but I had forgotten it just the same. I was able to run practice with the girls anyway. Fortunately, they had gloves and bats. The school had softballs and bases. They were prepared. However, between forgetting my equipment and trying to borrow a left-handed glove, I was not able to focus fully. Now as I sit back and think about it, this was not an entirely new experience. I was surprised to realize I’ve had this happen at church before. Sometimes I will show up at church and I haven’t prepared properly for the upcoming Sabbath School lesson. Or maybe I have had difficulty forgetting some event...