|Now That I'm a Member, What Can I Do? |
Most of us have been raised in a church culture where the first thing we tend to ask when we join a church is "what can I do?" Churches have become accustomed to pulling out a list of programs and ministries to get the person plugged in and serving. Is that really what we need to be doing?
It might come as a surprise, but the church leadership is not here to tell you what to do. Our Lord Jesus has already done that in the Great Commission (and while we're on the topic, God has also already revealed His will for your life too). Though a few are called to work serving (to) the church, most of us are called to the work of the church. And leadership is here to serve you, not the other way around. Leaders are here to equip you for works of service (Ephesians 4:11-13). This means we are here to help you be what you are-where you are.
What are you? If you've believed the gospel, you are a child of the Most High--learning and living a lifestyle of repentance and faith. You are also an ambassador for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). The question is not if you are an ambassador, but what kind of ambassador you are. This is why our local missions focus is not on events or programs, but on developing faithful and effective ambassadors for Christ. On February 5, we started the Ambassador II Class--Wisdom of an Ambassador. You can still join us!
Finally, you are a uniquely created and gifted individual that God has providentially placed where you are. Let us focus less on trying to figure out where we're supposed to be and more on what we're supposed to be where we are.
-- Tim Ragsdale, Local Missions
|Redemption Church: The Time Has Come|
I remember waking up that Sunday morning, head pounding from the previous night of partying, but knowing I had to go. As I got ready I kept wondering to myself, "What will this be like?" I had never done this before, but knew it was something God wanted me to do. What was I doing? I was going to church for the first time as an adult. I grew up in the Roman Catholic church so that is all I knew, but even that had been five years past. A month earlier I had given my life to Jesus, but had no idea what any of that really meant. I was still battling a former life while trying to understand this new one. I only knew of the church that the people who shared the gospel with me were attending. I remember pulling into the parking lot full of nerves and unknowns. I walked into the sanctuary already a little late, and probably smelling like a hungover college kid, because that was what I was. That church was Desert Springs Church (DSC), and now nine years later I am getting ready to leave this church, the only church I've known.
I am leaving to plant another church, Redemption Church. On February 19, 2012 Redemption Church will hold it's first Sunday morning service; however, the training and preparing for this church plant really started before the foundations of the world in the mind of God. It also started in some ways when I walked into DSC nine years ago. It was here at DSC that I learned what being a disciple of Christ meant, where I grew, was challenged, and learned about sin, grace, and repentance. It was here that I met my wife Lauren, where we celebrated the arrival of all three of our kids, Jordyn, Bradyen, and Cody. It was here where most of my closest friends in Christ are found. I sat under Godly teaching that pushed me to study God's Word more, treasure Jesus as my all, and trust in the power of the Holy Spirit. It was here that I was saved, equipped, and now sent.
In August of 2010 Ryan Kelly announced that I would be sent out of DSC to plant a church in Rio Rancho. Families were encouraged to pray about if this is where God would lead them. At that time the church had two families, ours and Bryan and Sherry Lopez. Combined we had four adults and six kids. A year and a half later we have almost 50 adults and over 30 kids that will be part of this adventure we call church planting. We had no idea where in Rio Rancho we would plant. God led us to a great location on the corner of Southern and 528, the busiest intersection in Rio Rancho. We are currently renovating the space and working with the city of Rio Rancho to get our space ready for our grand opening, coming in March. So on February 19th we will be holding our first service at the French Mortuary Chapel on Golf Course just south of Paradise at 10:00 AM.
Jesus has already shown us his power in this preparation time, as lives have been saved, and leaders have risen to the challenges. The small body of Redemption Church is united and excited about what God has for us in the days to come. We are planting to see disciples made for Jesus, to see light pierce darkness, and more churches planted. So while the preparation and sending phase may be coming to an end, the real work and adventure is just beginning.
-- Carlos Griego, Redemption Church Teaching Pastor
|Paradox Retreat at Lone Tree Ranch|
Lone Tree Ranch is nestled in a little valley just outside of Capitan, NM, about three hours from Albuquerque. The Paradox
Youth along with kids from Heights Cumberland and Grace Church spent MLK weekend there last month.
They enjoyed great teaching from RUF Las Cruces campus minister, Sid Druen, who spoke about relationships and relating to others with the Gospel. Drew Hodge
and company provided worship music.
DSC's Josiah Jensen says, "We learned a lot of deep theological concepts about God and His place in relationships. We were able to listen to and participate in singing to the Lord and worshiping Him. We spent hours on fun activities, and challenging feats, such as riding horses, shooting rifles, snowboarding, and climbing towers. I believe that every one of us grew closer to God in this, and he used this time to glorify himself. All and all, it was a great weekend."
If you are 18 or over and want a cool summer job and friends you'll never forget, check out the opportunities for working at Lone Tree Ranch
|Clarus '12: A Regional Conference of The Gospel Coalition|
The Cross-Shaped Christian LifeSpeakersD. A. Carson
and Fred G. ZaspelDate
March 9-11, 2012Conference ScheduleLocation
Desert Springs Church, 705 Osuna Rd NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113Google MapRegistration
Individual: $30.00; Married Couple: $45.00; Student: $20.00; Group (10+): $20.00
Registration is available online
, at Desert Springs Church, Bible's Plus, and Chronicles.
|Do You Know Your Leaders?|
This month begins an incredible journey in getting to know the leaders at DSC. First up is Tim Bradley, the Elder and Staff member over Counseling, Children, and Family. To read his biography, click here.
In addition to our leaders' biographies, we hope to provide you with a fun fact regarding him or her. What you will not find in Tim's biography is below. He writes,
I am a pastor that does not hold a seminary degree, and I believe God has done this in part to display His glory through a man that does not have the credentials, but has Christ. In 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 Paul says that God uses the simple, weak, and base things to display His glory, so that man would not boast in himself, but in God. I believe this is true in my case. I am a pastor, yes, but not because of anything particularly special in me, but by God's doing in me through Christ Jesus, so to Him be all glory. So, brethren, no matter who the Lord has made you, make Him your boast, confidence and hope. Soli Deo Gloria!
Check back next month to read a tidbit about another leader!
|Upcoming Events for February 2012|
25 Women's Seminar with Tara Barthel
26 Newcomers' Reception
29 Church-wide Dinner, Lord's Supper, and Elders Q&A
Visit desertspringschurch.org for more information.