Central News for May 14, 2018

Central News for May 14, 2018

Recent Messages
Below are links to our most recent messages:

Holding On—Letting Go

Follow this link to our sermon archive—Sermon Archive.

Upcoming Events

  • Deacon Ministry Team Meeting ~ May 20th at 12:30 PM
  • Advisory Board Meeting ~ May 24th at 6:30 PM
  • Special day of prayer and fasting for Central Church ~ May 25th
  • Special Advisory Board Meeting ~ May 26th at 10:00 AM

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

Missionary Spotlight: Daniel & Shelby Culwell

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge: Ephesians 5:1-21

Bible Memory Challenge: Ephesians 5:15–16 (ESV)—15Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

Pastor’s Note
I hope you all enjoyed a blessed Mother’s Day, yesterday. We all have much to be thankful for, for those who have/had Christian mothers—you should be most thankful of all!

Next Sunday will be the end of The Journey. We started this series on Easter Sunday, this final message will be covering the need to lay out a careful course on our journey. As a church, this is even more true now than ever before. In years past, all you had to do to have a growing church was open the doors on Sunday, have decent music, and adequate preaching. Be at least somewhat friendly and you could grow a good-sized church. Those days are gone. No longer can we simply open the doors and expect people to walk through them. It is time to take the parable of the banquet that is recorded in Luke 14 and put it to use. We must be the ones seeking out those who are in need of hearing the gospel. We must seek the poor, the blind, and the crippled; the people who no one else wants in their churches. Our approach must be compelling—we have a Savior and we want to introduce as many as possible to Him.

The reality is this—until everyone in this local body takes the Great Commission seriously and seeks to do what Jesus has called us to do with the gospel, we will not be effective at seeing people come to faith in Christ. We will be little more than a spiritually minded social club. The Apostle Paul, in Ephesians 5, makes it clear that the time has arrived (in fact, it is far past time) for the people of God to be mindful of what it is that God expects of us. I’m not trying to be harsh with this, I am trying to be truthful and tell you, in love, that we are in peril. In 16+ years of being the pastor at Central we have seen pitifully few decisions by people to place their faith in Jesus. I don’t remember the last time anyone came to the altar to pray and receive Christ as a Savior. I don’t think I’ve seen more than a couple of times when anyone came to the altar to seek prayer for someone who needed to know Christ as their Savior. Either everyone we know is already saved or we just don’t feel any need to pour out our prayers (in public, at least) for the salvation of those we know who aren’t saved. If it is the first, everyone you know is already saved, then it is time (past time) to seek out a new circle to begin reaching for Jesus. If it is the latter, you may be wondering what the big deal is about praying in public. After all, we aren’t supposed to make a big (public) deal about our prayers, right? While you should be praying in “secret” there is also something to be said about publicly pouring our hearts out to God on behalf of someone else…

As we prepare for our Advisory Board meeting, I hope you will pour out your heart to the Lord for the sake of His church here at Central. You receive this email because you care about Central Church, now is the time to do something about it. Pray as if the church’s very existence relied upon your prayers. In the meantime—what are you doing to be the church?

 

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