Central News for April 2, 2018

Central News for April 2, 2018

Recent Messages
Below are links to our most recent messages:

The Journey

Follow this link to our sermon archive—Sermon Archive.

Upcoming Events

  • Deacon Ministry Team Meeting ~ April 22nd at 12:30 PM
  • Advisory Board Meeting ~ April 24th at 6:30 PM
  • Church Work Day ~ April 28th at 9:00 AM

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

Missionary Spotlight: Jeff & Susan Turnbough

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge: Ephesians 4:1-16

Bible Memory Challenge: Ephesians 4:1 (ESV)—I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called…

Pastor’s Note
Easter is such a wonderful experience—a day to reflect on the blessing of grace that God has bestowed upon us. An empty tomb testifies to the reality of that grace, for it signifies that our Lord is risen! We certainly had a powerful worship experience, yesterday. I want to thank all of the church family, for nearly everyone played a role in yesterday’s activities. From the egg hunt, to the breakfast, and the choir; it encompassed almost everyone, directly. I also believe that those who weren’t directly involved were praying for the activities of yesterday. So, THANK YOU!

Yesterday’s message was the kickoff to a series of messages that will probably carry us through the end of May. Living as a Christian is often described as a “walk.” Another way of describing it is as a journey. It is a way of living that expresses our true faith in Jesus. That’s what a walk, or a journey, in relation to Jesus means. It is how we are meant to express our faith in this world. As we saw yesterday, every human journey, spiritually speaking, begins at the same location. We have two possible destinations. We have two possible paths to choose from to get us to those destinations. Yesterday’s message was, hopefully, a powerful reminder to let God change our path by placing our faith in Jesus. From here on, we’ll be looking at how we, as Christians, ought to be expressing that faith as we travel the path set before us

One question that I didn’t answer yesterday is this, what is the purpose of this journey? After all, if I am expected to walk a certain path, I probably should know why I am on that specific path. While I don’t have room to fully answer that question in a single email, I do have room for a couple of ideas. First, as was pointed out in yesterday’s message, we are created for good works. We are intended to do significant things, in Christ. Further along in Paul’s letter to the Ephesian churches, he explained another purpose; that we would all attain a level of spiritual maturity. This journey is meant to allow us an opportunity to express our faith in Jesus as we grow up. That seems reasonable to me, I am expected to grow (spiritually) as I express my faith in Jesus. Seems like a lifetime is a good “journey” during which I can accomplish these things. This is what I hope to explore over the next couple of months with you.

In the meantime—what are you doing to be the church?