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June 14, 2022

YOUTH MINISTER NEEDED

West Main Baptist Church in Alice, Texas is currently searching for a youth minister for the summer. Please contact Wade for more information, 830-480-2600.

Pastor to Pastor


The Lukewarm Church


“And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God:' I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth." (Revelation 3:14-16)


As I have traveled across our association and visited with pastors, I find the biggest frustration with many churches is that of apathy within the body of Christ. As we see our churches eroding away to apathy, we see the lives of believers lost to inaction and indifference. I believe that spiritual renewal and revival will come to our churches when we see God’s people become world changers. We will see revival when we see testimonies of the Bible coming alive in the lives of believers, their families, and their churches. Just as a body that feeds on a nutritionally weak diet of “junk food” will eventually suffers the effect of lethargy, churches who have a bad diet will lead into spiritual apathy. I still think that even before this pandemic, some of our churches had already become static across our state. We needed to ring the alarm and wake from this slumber of immense obesity and near death of our churches.


We see in our churches that we struggle with our diet of biblical teaching and following Jesus. Some churches zero in on one aspect of biblical truth, and instead of seeing it through gospel lenses, they tend to see a finite truth through an inordinate amount of attention given to that view. This is not unlike an anorexic that has become obsessed with weight loss. For example, we take the biblical teaching on obeying God and His commandments and then focus on the rules that transform that teaching into some Pharisaical legalism. The problem then becomes rules that neglect the love of God and His grace. On the other hand, some pastors might take a heavy-handed biblical teaching on grace, neglect obedience and rejects all laws of legalism, becoming an antinomian.


Others become fat Christians feasting on the junk food of a Christian subculture and the high carbs of activities and religious jargon. They begin to neglect the fit, healthy Christian life of a surrendered disciple, to one of legalism.


Like a human body starved for nutrition either by undereating or overeating, many churches are filled a feast of activities while manifesting little true spiritual life, therefore not bearing much spiritual fruit. One can be so “active” at the church that he can fool themselves into thinking that simply being busy in the work of the church automatically brings a fruitful life. (Read James 2:14–26).


Many young adults are looking for churches where they can invest their lives to be active and fruitful. They want to see purpose with vision and not just be led. Some adults feel that their church is trying to control their life over how to live the Christian life. A recent survey said that most young adult quit going to church because they were not seeing where the church was relevant to their lives. They also said that the church was just out of touch with them. (Jim Denison Forum)


So what to do.


As previously stated, one of the biggest challenges for the pastor in the church is spiritual apathy. Spiritual apathy is the acceptance of mediocrity. Ordinariness and mediocrity are not the same thing. Living an ordinary life with extraordinary faithfulness is an inspiring hallmark of Christianity. God hasn’t called us to fanfare, but He has called us to excellence: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (Colossians 3:23).


Where has mediocrity crept into your life? Are you satisfied with a cursory five minutes in God’s Word so you can invest fifteen hours at work? Do you pursue purity with mediocre conviction? When it comes to serving, giving, loving, or leading, are you the person who does the bare minimum? Christian blogger Neal Samudre writes, “Mediocrity is the sum of all the times we choose to take the easy path with our faith.”


John Colyer

Board Member, Corpus Christi Baptist Association

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL DATES

Calallen Baptist Church

June 12-15, 5:30 PM - 8:45 PM


Primera Iglesia Bautista

June 12-16, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Travis Baptist Church

June 13-17, 6:15 PM - 8:45 PM


First Baptist Church Corpus Christi

June 20-24, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Yorktown Baptist Church

June 20-24, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


El Mesias Iglesia Bautista

July 3-7, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

JOB OPENING

Lexington Baptist Church is seeking a part-time ministry assistant who can work 18-20 hours per week. Qualified candidate must be a follower of Jesus Christ, friendly, cooperative, organized and self-motivated. Duties include answering the phone, serve as secretary to the church staff, prepare reports for meetings, create and print church bulletin, handle email and phone messages, prepare payroll, print checks and pay invoices twice monthly, and general record keeping.

A full job description can be obtained by calling the church office.

About Lexington Baptist Church

We are a church whose purpose is for its members to be Christ-like in their daily living by emphasizing total commitment of life, personality, and possessions to the Lordship of Christ. We are located in Corpus Christi, 361-855-1554. church website

MEAL TRAIN FOR ANSON & LINDA NASH

As you may be aware, Linda Nash fell off a stepladder at home. She will be recovering for at least the next four weeks. This meal train was created to help ease some of the burden off Anson and Linda. CLICK HERE to view details for the meal train.



From the Heights of Joy…

Our first Concert of Prayer in several years was held on the evening of May 15 at Crossbridge Fellowship. I didn’t count, but there were approximately 50-60 people present, including the worship band. We broke up into small groups for three prayer sessions: a time of confession and cleansing; a time to pray for our city; and a time to pray for God to use us to reach the lost. We hope to have another Concert of Prayer around the time school starts in August or early September, and if your church would like to host it please let the association office know, 361-853-2555.

To the Depths of Sorrow…

It’s tragic that with so much to be grateful for in this country some can only find hate and ugliness.

In just the last half of May, we saw racism in all its ugliness manifested in an attack in a Buffalo, New York supermarket killing 10; a Taiwanese Presbyterian congregation in Laguna Woods, California was attacked by a Chinese gunman during a reception at the church; and as I write this, 19 children and 2 adults in Uvalde, Texas were murdered.

We like to say that we have overcome racism in this country; Buffalo proves we have not. National origin and politics moved the shooter in California. Not a one of us can fathom what reason or rage anyone could have for killing 14 children.

“When will the government stop these killings?” In all of history no laws have ever stopped hatred from growing. Hate doesn’t respond to legislation. It seems an epidemic of rage is sweeping our land.

Human hearts contaminated with sin will produce horrific actions. While we grieve with the people of Buffalo, Laguna Woods, and Uvalde, we pray that God uses these circumstances to open new opportunities for His gospel to penetrate these communities. We can blame whatever convenient scapegoat we can find for these tragedies, but let’s remember the truth of Jesus’ words, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things” (Matthew 12:35).

The answer? "Create in me a clean heart," Psalm 51:10a. Pray for our city, for hearts to be cleansed by the gospel. Pray for God to cleanse America of its hatred for each other, and to replace that hate with love.

We have held two racial reconciliation dinners in 2022 in addition to our conference in August 2021. We believe that the more we get to know each other, and understand each other’s experiences we can see each other as God’s beloved children. Two more of these dinners are planned, so be watching your messages for the chance to be a part of it.

May God bless you as you seek Him.

David Bierne
President, Corpus Christi Baptist Association
Pastor, Travis Baptist Church

RUMMAGE SALE AT CALALLEN BAPTIST CHURCH

13505 Interstate Highway 37 Access Road
Corpus Christi, TX 78410

This is the BIG WEEK! Our Annual Rummage Sale benefitting the Callalen Baptist Church Children's Ministry is set for Friday, June 3 through Saturday, June 4, 8:00 AM till 3:00 PM."!

Pastor to Pastor is now on Facebook

God has ordained a special and unique voice in all of our pastors in the Corpus Christi Baptist Association. Our aim is to get those voices from Pastor to Pastor, so that we can experience the fullness of encouragement and passion that the Lord brings through you. Our encouragement videos will be put out monthly, and you can keep in touch and share encouragements, prayers or struggles through the private "Pastor to Pastor" Facebook group. We hope you will take part in this group and be encouraged.

Isaias Ian Caceres
Vice President, Corpus Christi Baptist Association
Pastor, First Baptist Church of Aransas Pass

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