We have been looking at the attributes and nature of God. We know He is unchangeable, He knows all that there is to know about everything, and He has the power to accomplish anything He purposes to accomplish. This week, we look at what most scholars declare to be His most fundamental attribute, God’s holiness:
5/3 ~ Holiness Confronted
4/26 ~ What Can He Do?
4/19 ~ Knowledge = Power
4/12 ~ Some Things Can Change…
Friday, May 15th, the Encouragers will have their monthly fellowship meal here at Central
Monday, May 18th at 6:30 PM the Advisory Board will meet in the Fellowship Hall
Saturday, May 23rd, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Central will host an evangelism training session for the Global Outreach Day, lunch provided
Sunday, May 24th, the Deacon Team will meet with the pastor in the Fellowship Hall following the morning worship service
Saturday, May 30th ~ Global Outreach Day
Brazil: Praise the Lord for 57 years of faithful witness! The First Free Will Baptist Church—our first church in Brazil—in Campinas celebrated its 57th anniversary, Sunday, April 26th. Ask God to continue to bless this fellowship of believers and use them to spread the gospel throughout Brazil and the world.
Bulgaria: On Monday, May 4th, the Varna church will host an apologetics lecture and discussion. Using Bulgarian history as a bridge to the gospel, they will compare the ideology and methods of transformation of society used by two famous Bulgarian revolutionaries with Jesus’ approach in transforming people’s minds and hearts. Pray for boldness to invite people, for interest in the event, and for God’s love to be evident to the seekers who come.
France: Monday, May 4th, Robert Bryan and Dennis Teague will begin teaching a seven-week training course on apologetics at the St. Sébastien and St. Nazaire churches. Pray for a good attendance and for Robert and Dennis as they prepare.
Spain: Ask God to use the Cinco de Mayo party at the Alpedrete Outreach Center May 5th to meet new people, build relationships, and, ultimately, introduce them to Christ.
Mission Family: Former missionary Billie Sexton (France) is still recuperating from the fall last October that left her with blood on her brain, seizures, dizziness, and headaches. Doctors have limited her activity, requiring her to have at home help a couple of days a week and eliminating driving privileges. Ask God to help her adjust to these new realities and allow her be a witness to those who assist.
Brazil: Pray for all those traveling to the International Fellowship of Free Will Baptists to be held in Campinas, Brazil, May 4th-7th. Many of those attending will disperse during the weekend of May 9th-10th and participate in FWB churches throughout the area. General Director Clint Morgan, David Outlaw, and Jerry Gibbs will travel from the States.
India/Nepal: Pray for those in Nepal and India who have been displaced by the earthquake and aftershocks. According to Carlisle Hanna, missionary in India, at least three churches in India and one in Nepal are heavily damaged. Many people have lost their homes. The Sonapur compound where he lives has also sustained damage. Brother Carlisle says, “The suffering is beyond description.” Pray Christians will know God’s presence and power in their lives and minister to those around them. Pray God will use this devastation to bring people to Himself.
Uruguay: Tammy Lancaster underwent an angiogram on April 28th. She will get results this week. Ask God to give clarity and understanding to the doctors.
Bible Reading Challenge: Ruth 1:1-22
Bible Memorization Challenge: Numbers 14:18 (ESV)…18‘The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but he will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, to the third and the fourth generation.’
What an amazing day we had yesterday! Our worship yesterday morning was powerful and engaging. How do I know this? We had a “secret” visitor that allowed me to talk to him after the service. Since it was his first time with us, he had some good insights. He told me it was patently obvious that the people of Central Church love the Lord and love one another. He said we were friendly and open toward him. That’s what we ought to be, and his impression was that we are what we ought to be.
However, the day didn’t end with our morning worship service. Something very special happened on Sunday evening, as our three deacon candidates were examined by the Greater Kansas City District Association Executive Committee for the purpose of seeking ordination. The Executive Committee voted to recommend that we proceed to ordain Tim Smith, Gary Breshears, and Brett Daire as deacons, which the body of delegates for the District Association also approved. What does this mean? It means that we will be celebrating an ordination service at some point in the future! I was also informed by several of the other pastors in the District that we are very blessed. We will soon have six deacons…some churches struggle to find one or two men who are qualified.
Central Church will be participating in the Global Outreach Day ~ 2015 this year on May 30th. In order to support this, we will have an evangelism training session on Saturday, May 23rd starting at 10:00 AM. Following the training a lunch will be provided and then we will disperse into Fountain Lakes to practice what we’ve learned. The following Saturday, we will go into the apartment complexes on Blue Ridge and do it all over again. Our goal is to reach every home in Fountain Lakes on the 23rd, and every apartment the following week. In order to accomplish this it will take everyone playing a part. Not everyone can go…however, everyone can pray as we go. Will you commit to working these two Saturdays to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ into our local neighborhood? Please let me know if you will commit to this outreach endeavor.
Don’t forget, next Sunday, May 10th, is Mother’s Day!
I hope to see you in church soon!