Central News for April 18, 2016

Central News for April 18, 2016

Recent Messages
Well, all good things seem to come to an end, and as good as the series was through the Book of Hebrews, it is over.  Yesterday we began a 9-week series titled What We’re OK With.  It deals with nine common sins that we in the church seem to be OK with.  Nine things that we let slip, we give a pass to them because they are so prevalent and seem so harmless.  Yet, if we’re honest with ourselves, we know that God hates all sins, not just the pet sins that we point out in others…

April 17th ~ What We’re OK With ~ Fear

Upcoming Events
The Advisory Board will meet on Monday, April 18th at 6:30 PM

The World Missions Offering will be taken up on Sunday, April 29th in the morning service

We will conduct a Business Meeting on Sunday, April 24th following the morning worship service

Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 29th,, at 6:00 PM; we will celebrate a special evening service with singing, preaching, communion, and washing the saint’s feet!

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

For the latest news and prayer requests about our missionaries, Joel and Naomi McGill, click here.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge: Isaiah 6:1-13

Bible Memorization Challenge: Romans 12:11 (ESV)…Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.

Pastor’s Note
I have to admit, I enjoyed yesterday’s message.  The idea that God’s spirit has been given to us, and this spirit is one of power, love, and self-control means that God is working to overcome those failings in us.  Where we are lacking, and therefore capable of allowing fear to stop us, God provides the immeasurable blessing of His spirit.  Where we are incapable, God’s power comes to bear.  Where we have difficulty connecting, God’s love comes to bear.  Where we have problems controlling our behavior, God’s self-control comes to bear.  The areas where we need help—God provides help!

Handsome young man shouting and covering his earsNow, comes the next issue that every church has to deal with.  It is a sin that most will never admit to, apathy.  When you look up synonyms for apathy, the list becomes pretty disturbing: indifference, unconcern, disregard, coldness, and lukewarmness are what stuck out to me.  There are many more, however, none of them make it any more pleasant.  What it comes down to is that for many people in the church they just don’t care, and perhaps worse yet, they don’t care about not caring.  They’re like the little kid who shuts his eyes and covers his ears and screams so that he can’t hear what is being said and can’t see what is happening.

What does apathy in a church look like?  There are examples in Scripture, and that’s where we’ll be looking this next Sunday.

I hope to see you in church soon!