Central News for July 10, 2017

Central News for July 10, 2017

Recent Messages
Below are links to our most recent messages:

July 9th ~ An Active Faith

July 2nd ~ An Active Faith—True Freedom

June 25th ~ An Active Faith—Is God Good?

June 18th ~ Leading By Following

June 11th ~ Recording missed due to technical difficulties

June 4th ~ Searching For Justice

May 28th ~ Seeing a Crowd

May 21st ~ Recording missed due to technical difficulties

May 14th ~ An Active Faith—Remain Faithful

May 7th ~ Recording missed due to technical difficulties

April 30th ~ An Active Faith—Honoring God

April 23rd ~ An Active Faith & God’s Love

Follow this link to our YouTube channel for our live streamed videos—Live Streamed Videos.

Follow this link to our sermon archive—Sermon Archive.

Upcoming Events

  • There will be NO evening mid-week services until August 9th due to scheduling issues
  • Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebration for Max & Anna Breshears on July 22nd from 2:00-4:00 PM
  • Deacon Ministry Team Meeting on July 23rd at 12:30 PM
  • The Advisory Board will meet on Thursday, July 27th at 6:30 PM
  • Vacation Bible School kicks off on Monday, July 31st at 6:30 PM!

Missionary News
For the latest news and prayer requests about our international Free Will Baptist missionaries, click here.

Missionary Spotlight: Doug & Miriam Bishop

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge:
Hebrews 11:1-40

Bible Memory Challenge: Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)—Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Pastor’s Note
My goodness, the summer is flying by! Our Vacation Bible School is only three weeks away. With that in mind, if you haven’t yet signed up as a volunteer for VBS, you need to speak with Amy Smith soon.

For the past two months I’ve been preaching out of Malachi. It has been challenging, and also convicting. The idea of letting our faith become apathetic is frightening. Malachi was written so that Israel would not continue down that path. As we have learned over the past few weeks, the only way to not let that happen is to ensure that we keep our faith active. Reminding ourselves of God’s love for us, His provision for us that brings us hope and the necessity to make sure that Jesus is the focus of our life are the essential idea we have taken from the Book of Malachi.

Now, what do we actually do with an active faith? Are there examples of people who have lived out an active faith for us to better understand what it looks like today? If you’re like me, you like checklists to make sure you haven’t forgotten something in the hurry of life that we all seem to be struggling with. Well, I can’t give you an easy checklist of things to do, but I can give you some examples of others who lived out an active faith. We can look at their lives and how their faith impacted them in the midst of their busy lives. Our next series of messages, beginning on July 23rd, will be focused on this very thing, Living Our Faith.

There are plenty of things to be praying for. Did you know that if you missed being in church you can still find the most recent prayer list online? Our bulletin, which contains the most recent prayer list for the church, can be found here. The bulletin also contains the sermon notetaking outline, so if you decide to listen to the sermon or watch the video you can take notes. Of course, the bulletin also contains important dates to remind you of upcoming events.

Soignposts pointing in opposite direction labeled Vision/DreamHave you ever asked yourself if we had any congregational goals? I mean, what do we, as Central Church, hope to accomplish? We have a vision statement, Central Church seeks to help you love God, love others and share the truth of salvation through Jesus. We even have a mission statement, Central Church seeks to glorify God by bringing others to faith in Jesus Christ and seeing lives changed by teaching and living God’s truth. Mission and vision statements are good, but what do we intend to do with them? What is our goal, as a local congregation? One paraphrase of Hebrews 11:1 is this, “Now faith is the turning of dreams into deeds.” So, what is the dream of Central Church? What do you believe God would have us to do in this place, at this time? This is your prayer challenge, as these are the questions I have asked the Deacon Ministry Team and the Advisory Board to consider and pray about. Without a dream, a goal as a congregation, we may become a “wanderer.” We will wander through life missing the opportunities that God brings to us because we don’t have a goal—a dream.

In the meantime, as you pray about these things—what are you doing to be the church?


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