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Join us, starting Tuesday, March 21 @ 6:30 PM for the Love Won! seminar, brought to us by Coming Out Ministries. Tell a friend!

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FROM THE WORD

Discipleship

How do you define the work of a disciple of Christ? It’s not hard to define the work of a pastor. A pastor’s work involves leadership and administration, preaching and teaching, evangelism and Bible studies, visitation and counseling, baptisms, funerals, weddings and baby dedications. But what is the work of a disciple?

The Gospel commission says “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” (Matthew 28:19) The Greek for “teach all nations” means to make disciples of all nations. That’s actually how the NKJV translates it.

What does it mean to make a disciple? Is our work with individuals done when they are baptized? Of course not! They need mentoring, further instruction, and training for service (so they also can make disciples). A key part of mentoring somebody is setting a good example. Jesus said, “For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” (John 13:15)

The apostle Paul was very conscientious about being a good example. He said, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also follow Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1) Peter also called for experienced members, such as elders, to be examples for other believers. “Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock.” (1 Peter 5:3)

Mentoring is to walk beside someone and help them along the way, encouraging them, setting an example, answering their questions, and instructing as needed. Are you a mentor to someone in your church? That’s the big question. If we are not, we are not making disciples. And, if we are not making disciples, we are not obedient to the Gospel commission.

What is the main problem or danger in the church that discipleship is designed to correct or prevent? Without active mentoring and other aspects of discipleship, people easily end up becoming pew warmers, or they just fade away. Discipleship is meant to prevent lukewarmness. Without strong discipleship activity, a church can’t break away from a lukewarm condition.

If you struggle with being lukewarm, consider mentoring someone. Reach out and be a true Christian friend. While helping them, you will be blessed yourself!

Fred Dana, Associate Pastor

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CENTRAL CORNER

This Week (March 19 to 24):

Tuesday @ 10:00 AM – Women’s Bible Study
Tuesday @ 6:30 PM – Love Won! Seminar
Wednesday @ 6:30 PM – Love Won! Seminar
Thursday @ 6:30 PM – Love Won! Seminar 
Friday @ 6:30 PM – Love Won! Seminar

This Sabbath (March 25): @ 9:00 AM: Morning Manna with / @ 9:30 AM: Central Study Hour with Ron Woolsey + Children/Youth/Adult Sabbath School Classes / @ 10:50 AM: Worship Service with Mike Carducci / 12:30 PM: Fellowship Lunch / 2:30 PM: Film – “Journey Interrupted”

Upcoming Events

Love Won! In the great debate that rages over issues of sexual identity, there are voices in the public square that never seem to get a hearing, important stories that never get told. We welcome Coming Out Ministries to Central for a 5-night seminar starting this Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30 PM. Join us for these vital evenings running until March 25. Please invite someone you know. All are welcome to attend. To learn more, click here

Journey Interrupted. Join us Sabbath, March 25 @ 2:30 PM for the showing of the documentary, Journey Interrupted, the stories of people who have “reasoned” with homosexuality and God’s Word. 

Family Matters

Operation Joash. To learn more about Operation Joash, get updates, get involved, or to donate, please visit https://zqh.orf.mybluehost.me/saccentral/operation-joash/.

Spring Work Bee. Mark your calendars and plan to join us for our annual Spring Work Bee Sunday, March 26 from 8 AM to 2 PM. There will be something for everyone to do. Lunch will be provided. Look forward to seeing you come out!

Pathfinder Car Wash will be held during the Spring Work Bee. While you are cleaning up the church grounds, we will clean your car! Starts at 10:00 AM. Donations accepted.

Adventist Health is hiring for several accounting and finance positions, located in Roseville, California. Come join a wonderful organization, whose mission is aligned with your own, and together we can live God’s love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope. Please inquire at www.adventisthealth.org/careers.

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NEW HEIGHTS

Resources

Go Healthy for Good. Learn how to achieve peak mental performance with Dr. Neil Nedley as he shares practical ways for you to improve your mental performance, emotional intelligence, and overall life satisfaction. Watch Go Healthy for Good, Monday to Thursday at 2 PM, 7 PM, and 10 PM EST. 

Be Inspired

Facts of Faith. “Located in northwest Puerto Rico, the massive Arecibo radio telescope is situated in a natural limestone sinkhole and covers about 20 acres. Built in the early 1960s and updated over the years, the spherical dish measures 1,000 feet across and consists of nearly 40,000 three by six-foot aluminum panels which can be adjusted individually, creating a high-precision surface that listens in on our amazing universe. Are you listening?” Check out the latest Amazing Facts of Faith right here

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Central Happenings is published by the Sacramento Central Seventh-day Adventist Church, 6045 Camellia Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95819 www.saccentral.org

Sacramento Central Staff: Chris Buttery, Senior Pastor; Mike Thompsons, Associate; Fred Dana, Associate; Michael Butler, Youth/Young Adult; JeAnn Davis, Bible Instructor

Central Happenings: Chris Buttery, Editor; Chrystal White, Copy Editor/Distributor