Partners in Ministry Newsletter
—August 2022—

Many years ago, I preached through the book of Nehemiah. It is a wonderful study that teaches us many Biblical principles about spiritual leadership, unifying God’s people, and how to stand strong against those who would oppose God’s people and plan. Nehemiah had a heart for Jerusalem and its people, he had heartfelt desire to go and lead them to rebuild the walls of the city. Nehemiah was not afraid of those who would seek to threaten him or the work he was sent to do. He led the people by example and trusted in the power and purpose of our God.

A couple of passages in chapter 4 really seem to stick out to me. In Nehemiah 4:6 we see the attitude of those who were building the wall… “So, we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.” The KJV reads like this “…for the people had a mind to work.”

“Work!” Back in the 1950’s Menard G. Krebs (Bob Denver) was the beatnik sidekick of Dobie Gillis on the Dobie Gillis show which aired from 1959-1963. He was known for reacting to the word "work" by yelling “Work?!" and then jump with fear or even faint. It reminds me of how some people today react when asked to put out some effort to accomplish a task, unfortunately even some in the body of Christ.

In Chapter 4:14 when Nehemiah needed to encourage the people and remind them of God’s faithfulness he tells them, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” Our Lord is all powerful, all knowing, and all present who encourages us when we are threatened or discouraged.

We need to remember that the battles we face today are not to be overcome for our personal needs only, but for our families, churches, and communities. In 1 John 4:4, John encourages believers by reminding them, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

Then we read in chapter Nehemiah 4:17-18 “…Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other, and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked.” So here we find that they both worked to accomplish their task of rebuilding the walls, and were ready to fight any attacks that they might encounter. This is doing the work and being combat ready.

Finally, in 4:23 we find that Nehemiah and the other leaders and guards made the same sacrifices as the people made and were battle ready as well. “Neither I nor my brothers nor my men nor the guards with me took off our clothes; each had his weapon, even when he went for water.”

We are here to serve our Lord Jesus Christ and proclaim the gospel to all the world. We need to remember that we live in a world that has grown more hostile to the message of Jesus than we have experienced before. We also need to remember that to serve Christ means we must have the right attitude in the face of opposition, remembering the mandate we have been given to live for Him and proclaim Him. We need to be willing to work while being spiritually ready to fight off any temptation of diversion from our given task. Finally, through Christ, we are all gifted and empowered to face the battle together, engaging the world as a unified body of Christ-followers to fulfill our mission and glorify His name.

Thank you for your faithfulness in serving our Lord Jesus for His Kingdom growth and glory!


—First Baptist Church Rio Rancho Job Opening—

First Baptist of Rio Rancho is looking for a part-time (20 hours) preschool teacher. If you're interested in applying please contact the preschool office (505-206-7439) or School starts August 15!

Erin A. Benavidez

Director, FBCRR Preschool

—Forest Meadows Baptist Church Job Opening—

Forest Meadows Baptist Church is looking for a worship leader. See below for more details

“We are looking for a worship leader with some prior experience leading worship. The Worship leader must be biblically sound, have a heart for leading others in worship, musically capable to lead others in worship, able to teach others musical skills, work with existing worship/tech team and church leadership, and lead in a wide variety of worship songs from existing FMBC songs, and from hymns to contemporary worship. This is a part-time paid position (12k annually) that requires 10-15 hours per week. For more details, see the attached Job Description (click here).”

Please call Mike Hernandez to apply.

505-281-4105 church

505-208-9406 cell

Gateway—ADVANCE Program
—New Mexico School of Christian Leadership—

NMSCL is offering the following classes in the Fall 2022 semester. If you or anyone you know is interested in taking a class please contact the Registrar at or call (505) 243-2707

Old Testament Survey CLS 1114. With Dr. Stephen Baum 3 credit hours
Class meets on Mondays, 6:30 – 9:20 pm, at FBC West Albuquerque.
6400 Golf Course Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120.

This course is a foundational introduction to the content, background, interpretation, and critical studies of the Old Testament, with a survey and study of each of the books of the Old Testament.

Baptist Heritage & Practice CLP 1411. With Keith Williams 3 credit hours
Class meets on Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm, at the Central Baptist Association office.
2517 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112

This course is a study of Baptist origins, development, doctrines, confessions, polity, leaders, and current trends. This course emphasizes the history and state of Southern Baptist (SBC) life relative to the cultural context of the ADVANCE center offering the course.

Christian Theology II CLL 1212. With Micheal Summers 3 Credit Hours
Class meets Mondays, 6:00 – 8:50 pm, at the New Mexico Baptist Foundation.
2517 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112

An introduction of Christian Theology, surveying the doctrines of Christ, Salvation, the Spirit, the Church, and Eschatology, including an additional focus on the ethical implications of Christian thought and practice.

Announcements & Updates

Pastorless churches
Monterey Baptist Church, Lindrith Baptist Church, El Buen Pastor

Replant churches
FBC Tijeras (pray for the church and the Replant Team), Mesa Valley Baptist

Feed the Kids, Gateway—ADVANCE (NMSCL)

Church Plants
Anchor West, Vertical Barelas, Restore Church, Awaken Church, Casa de Oracion

New Partner Churches
Good News Ministries (African church, worships in Swahili)

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