Netcast 2011 Recap and Short Video.

Watch Netcast's 2 Minute Video: "Join the MOVEment"

It has been an amazing 1st year for Netcast, much more amazing than anyone anticipated. Since January, we have had over 700 people come through our doors on a Sunday morning. Currently we have over 100 people in 8 Community Groups meeting across the North Shore. The Netcast Senior Staff is currently a team of 3 full-time employees (raising their own funds) and 5 part-time volunteers. Within this first year we've seen dozens and dozens of people come to faith in Jesus and we have baptized over 20 people since September.
Most unexpectedly, is the influence that our AV and Technology ministry is having. Every weekend, there are people watching our services live on the internet and our website has seen about 8000 hits from every state and 6 continents. Our videos have been played / downloaded or embedded into other sites over 26,000 times. Our influence is growing far and fast.

Like any movement, it is often so tempting to become comfortable and complacent by living in the "What God did." rather than remembering "What God still wants to do." Because of that, In the video above, I wanted to communicate our vision as we move to a new facility in 2012. Please share the video with everyone you know and spread the word. My heart is that we continue to stay focused on Gods mission to invade Greater Boston with the Gospel.

Beth and I are still about 20% short of goal for our fundraising for 2012. Please consider supporting us. Some of you inquired about an End of The Year Gift. You can give online at or send any checks to "Netcast Church" 15 1/2 Pierce Ave. Beverly MA 01915

We have been so blessed by your partnership and love you more than you know.


Matt Chewning
Netcast Church - Lead Pastor

Why I am Honoring the Netcast Senior Staff tonight….

Church Planting is one of the hardest things anyone will ever do. That doesn't just go for the Lead Pastor but also for his wife, family and the others that have come along side of them to be a part of seeing Jesus' church take root and grow. The planning, the hours, the late night phone calls, the innumerable amount of emails, team building and counseling; all of it is both a great joy and absolutely exhausting. Often times people have no idea what it actually takes to put together what we see in our Sunday Services and Community Groups every week.

So, tonight Beth and I are taking out the Senior Staff and their wives, to honor them and love on them. The Senior Staff are the 7 men who meet every Thursday morning at 6:00am for staff meeting and also have an oversight role within Netcast with people under them. Personally, it was a struggle to limit the night to just them because there have been so many faithful servants within Netcast over the past year. The majority of the money that we will use to do this will be from my personal donor funds where I draw our family income. It is our way of saying "Thank You" to them.

Why am I writing this?

In the evangelical world, there is often a this false view of how church staff should be treated. Typically pastors and church staff are extremely underpaid and incredibly over-worked; all with little appreciation and almost no honor from those they serve. I am excited that Netcast is not like that at all and the culture being created at Netcast is one of great appreciation and honor.

That said, on occasion the bitter person will rise up and try to create chaos or dis-unity within an organization by making leaders feel guilty for honoring and spoiling those who have been faithfully serving. This is especially true within the Local Church and other Non-Profit organizations. Sometimes these people will even try to use a verse out of context to prove their point. That type of attitude will never be tolerated at Netcast as we will always seek to love and honor those as we see fit. Just like in the corporate setting where everybody likes to be appreciated and noticed the church is no different.

So, tonight Beth and I look forward to honoring the following people by blessing them with a fun night in the city. Feel free to join Beth and I in being an encouragement to them.

Dan Savlon: Netcast Administration
Dan Byrd: Pastor of Community and Multiplication
Steve Shomo: Director of Netcast Audio/Video
Andrew Siems: Director of Facilities and Setup/Teardown
Josh Sturgeon: Netcast Worship Leader
Rob Mansfield: Netcast Treasure


How does God change the human heart? This is a question that I often wondered as it was so clear that my life had been transformed in September of 2000.

Ephesians 2:1-10 offers what I believe to be the clearest picture of the Good News of Jesus. It points us to the activator of our faith and the means in which the heart is transformed.

1(A) And you were(B) dead in the trespasses and sins 2(C) in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following(D) the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in(E) the sons of disobedience— 3among whom we all once lived in(F) the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body[a] and the mind, and(G) were by nature(H) children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

There are two people in the world that exist today.

  1. Those who “Were” dead in their trespasses.

  2. Those who “Are” dead in their trespasses.

The scriptures teach us that outside of Christ we are absolutely dead to our sins and trespasses. There are two characteristics that come with being physically dead; you are unresponsive to everything and those who are dead are subject to corruption or corrosion. The body deteriorates over time, until dust has returned to dust. The same is true spiritually; when the bible speaks of us being spiritually dead, it is simply saying that there is nothing that we could do to lovingly respond to God and over time we continually are getting more self-centered and more corrupt. Now, if the story stopped there, it would be a bad day; but it doesn't.

In two words everything changes, in two words we see how someone who is dead, becomes alive; in two words we see how someone who is unresponsive to everything and full of corruption; finds life.

BUT GOD......

4But[b] God

Not, BUT I pulled up my bootstraps and began to take things serious. Not, BUT I grew up and matured. Not, BUT I got married and she got me on the right track. Not, BUT I started to do good things for people. Not, BUT I had kids and started to raise them in the church. Simply……BUT GOD!!!

being(I) rich in mercy,(J) because of the great love with which he loved us, 5even(K) when we were dead in our trespasses,(L) made us alive together with Christ—(M) by grace you have been saved— 6and raised us up with him and(N) seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable(O) riches of his grace in(P) kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For(Q) by grace you have been saved(R) through faith. And this is(S) not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works,(V) so that no one may boast.

We are dead in our transgressions and sins: BUT GOD. We are unresponsive and becoming more and more corrupt: BUT GOD. Our best efforts result in failures and mistakes: BUT GOD. We are controlled by the world around us, by evil spiritual forces, by our inner drives and desires: BUT GOD. We deserve eternal judgment: BUT GOD. God being rich in love and mercy, sent Christ to pay the penalty for our sin and provide a way for us to live life to the full. Finally, we are alive, finally we have the ability to experience the world and life in the way in which God originally intended it.

Why? Why would God do this? Why did God change me? Of all the people in the world, why did he choose me?

For(W) we are his workmanship,(X) created in Christ Jesus(Y) for good works,(Z) which God prepared beforehand,(AA) that we should walk in them.

In a believe that is so beautifully saturated in grace, it is hard at times to see the importance of works. Do our works so anything in the process of justification? Absolutely not.

However, Good works are key to the believer in Christ because it does two things.

  1. It gives a means of purpose in our lives because that is why we were created. We have been created to do good, so now that we have been transformed, we see our purpose as doing good.

  2. Our good works, are also our assurance of salvation. We are saved fully by grace through faith, but our assurance of God's supernatural saving grace is in our works. James says very clearly that faith without works is dead. Therefore, we are called to not have false assurance of God's saving grace in our life, but instead look internally and honestly evaluate our works to see if we are truly in the faith.

True Faith will produce Good Fruit.

All of that said, the most important day of our life is the day that we will stand before Jesus, our knees will fail us and we will bow before him. And the only thing we will be able to say is......”I was dead....But God.”