Thursday, July 4, 2019
Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.

By Vince Smith
Lead Mission Strategist, CBA Church Network

"Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose." That iconic football culture phrase describes how I feel as I observe the work of our church network - thousands of girls, boys, women, and men experience a living witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ through VBS. Thousands more experience a living witness through Sunday worship, mission projects here and abroad, and other Gospel-centered work.
Clear Eyes - "I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope of his calling..." (Eph 1:18a CSB).Enlightened means clear-eyed and focused. Clear eyes focused on the hope Jesus brings to people is essential as the church engages in its mission.
Full Hearts - Clear Eyes about our Gospel mission gives us hearts full of God's hope, God's richness, and God's power. God gives us all we need to do the mission he commands. Seeing the richness of God in our churches engaged in the mission of God is truly glorious.
Can't Lose - The presence of the resurrected Jesus Christ every time even two or three gather in his name is victory. Resurrection power means we can't lose (Eph 1:19-20). The church must expect God to do great things because God does great things.
You can get a taste of "clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose" by watching the Facebook live videos on our CBA Facebook page. Seeing the church engaged in Gospel work clears our eyes, fulls our hearts, and shows us Jesus can't lose!
"I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the mighty working of his strength. He exercised this power in Christ by raising him from the dead and seating him at his right hand in the heavens"  - Ephesians 20-1:18 CSB

Watch The Encourager Magazine  
on FacebookLIVE this summer!
The pilot broadcast featured an interview with CBA Lead Mission Strategist Vince Smith who will recapped highlights and initiatives from the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Birmingham, Alabama.

On Thursday, July 11, we will be coming to you live from the Orlando airport as Marc Hooks and Pastor Louis Rosenthal travel to Coamo, Puerto Rico as part of a continuing mission partnership with a church there. And, Jennifer Bailey will be reporting from Hungary where she and a team from FBC Wylie are ministering this week.

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Pastor Louis Rosenthal of The McKinney First Baptist Church talks about the CBA Clean Water Project in Coamo, Puerto Rico. The CBA Church Network has partnered with the Baptist church in Coamo as part of an ongoing effort to help the church minister to their community in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Demographic studies for member churches
Who are we? Who are our neighbors? How do we engage them?

These important questions should be asked as churches strive to evaluate their mission field. Once upon a time, churches would spend hundreds of man-hours having church members canvass door-to-door and create people maps of the surrounding neighborhoods. Today, state-of-the-art technology and access to multiple national databases makes our mission field knowable. And, knowing more about who our neighbors are allows the church to customize their engagement strategies based on this knowledge.

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CBA Partners with RightNow Media - Vince Smith
CBA Partners with RightNow Media - Vince Smith

CBA has created a unique partnership with McKinney-based RightNow Media to provide access to their vast library of Bible studies and Christian video content. Watch the video above to find out more. Then, contact Phillip Bleecker to talk more about how your church can take advantage of this special offer.
CBA Church Network Hungary Missions
CBA Church Network Hungary Missions