Central News for April 4, 2016

Central News for April 4, 2016

Recent Messages
Our journey to look for the Cure for the Common Church continues.  While the common church in America is declining or stagnant, that’s not what we at Central want to be.  So, we’re looking for the prescription that leads to health.

January 3rd ~ Jesus First          January 10th ~ Jesus Reigns           January 17th ~ Real Salvation, Part I

January 24th ~ Real Salvation, Part II           January 31st ~ Faithfulness

February 7th ~ A Time for Rest            February 14th ~ The Help We Need           February 21st ~ A Promise to Keep

February 28th ~ What We Can’t Do

March 6th ~ On Better Promises         March 13th ~ Once for All   March 20th ~ In Full Assurance

March 27th ~ What God Asks

April 3rd ~ A Straight Path

Upcoming Events
The Deacon Ministry Team will meet on Sunday, April 17th following the morning worship service

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

We will have a Quarterly Business Meeting in the Sanctuary following the morning worship service on Sunday, April 24th

Our World Missions Offering will be collected on Sunday, April 24th

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: Hebrews 13:1-25

Bible Memorization Challenge: Hebrews 13:16 (ESV)…Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Pastor’s Note
Yesterday I mentioned that there were some symptoms within Central that pointed to some lack of health, spiritually speaking.  I want to share some details with you on that subject, today.

The Advisory Board, along with myself, took a survey last year (we had Bill Weeks complete one this year when he came onto the Advisory Board).  This survey revealed some things to us.  There is one area of church health where we fall into the critical scale.  There are three areas where we fall into the unhealthy scale.  The one area where we scored in the critical range is Evangelism and Outreach.  Our three areas where we scored in the unhealthy range were Beyond Ourselves (Missions), Discipleship Training, and Loving Relationships.  The question becomes how do we address these areas, in a loving way, and restore them to health.

Well, if we were a human that was ill we’d go to a doctor, await the diagnosis, and then take whatever steps they outlined.  It might mean lifestyle changes; it might mean some doses of a prescribed medicine or even intervention or surgery.  While we’re not a human being, we are an organism.  As a church we have a doctor, Jesus, that we can go to and seek His diagnosis.  Taking the survey was how we, as the Advisory Board, chose to approach this.  We feel like we have the diagnosis, and these past fourteen weeks of preaching through Hebrews has been part of the treatment plan.

We have also appointed an Evangelism and outreach Coordinator, Luis Guzman.  Luis and I are working on a way to focus our outreach this summer in the local neighborhood.  I’d like to challenge you, the congregation to pray about working in this endeavor, as well as something else.  I need your help.  I’d like to recruit a Missions Coordinator for the church.  This individual would be responsible for keeping us all up to date on missionary activities, prayer requests, and writing missionary profiles to put in this newsletter once each month as well as in the bulletin.  It would take a few hours each month to do the work.

We’ll have more to implement in the coming months…

Sharing is CaringFor this next week, I’ll be finishing up in the Book of Hebrews.  Chapter 13 is a concluding chapter, and the writer uses it to finish up a few details.  I’m going to be following the same plan, and finishing up a few details.  Remember…sharing is caring!

I hope to see you in church soon!