Central News for December 29, 2014

Central News for December 29, 2014

Current Messages
The year is almost gone, and 2015 is looming ahead of us. None of us knows what the year ahead is going to bring, but that doesn’t mean we can’t plan for it! We have a series of messages planned for the next 12 weeks dealing with Tablets & Their Apps. It’s going to be practical, and I believe it will help anyone in their spiritual growth. Yesterday’s message was the introduction to the series, laying a foundation for understanding:

Freedom That Matters

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Calendar of Events
Service is cancelled for Wednesday, December 31st. See you all next year!

Missionary News
Please remember all of our missionaries during this holiday season. Many of them are isolated, away from family, during this time of year. They are struggling to serve the Lord in hostile communities, in cultures that they often don’t fully comprehend, using a language that at times frustrates their attempts to serve. Pray that the Lord would provide an extra measure of peace and strength for our missionaries.

Bible Challenges
Bible Reading Challenge:
Exodus 20:1-17

Bible Memorization Challenge: Exodus 20:1–2 (ESV) 1And God spoke all these words, saying, 2“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.”

Pastor’s Note
2014 was, indeed, a good year for Central. We saw several people come to faith in Jesus Christ. We saw lives changed, and we were able to reach into our community in real ways. Those are the most important benchmarks of success for any church. Regardless of any other measures of success, seeing people saved and lives changed by the power of the gospel is truly what it is all about.

Yet, for all that went well, I feel that we have more that we should be doing. We fail to communicate effectively in many cases, with both church members and our community. We miss opportunities to reach out, and we fail to seize chances to share Jesus with those around us. Our worship is sound, but our application is sometimes poorly coordinated. We are seeing people saved, but how effectively are we making disciples of those who have come to faith in Jesus? Honestly, most of the people that came to faith in Jesus during this past year were our own children who had grown up here at Central. It’s good that they have come to faith in Jesus, but we didn’t reach very many “others” as our mission/vision statement says we desire to do.

Target with arrows, bullseye is labelled GOALSSo, all of that points to the need for some adjustments. Yes, I said it…adjustments, tweaks, changes. Very few people like change, mainly because the status quo is comfortable. However, if we are truly going to glorify God by bringing others to faith in Jesus Christ and see lives changed by teaching and living God’s truth, then we are going to have make some changes. These changes will be well thought out, and we will do our best to communicate to you what we’re changing and more importantly, why we are changing. As of right now, we’re not changing anything…but that may change in the future. Pray for me, please; pray for the Advisory Board and deacons as we go through this process of analyzing Central’s ministries and seeking God’s will for the changes we need to make in order to become the effective, healthy church that God desires us to be.

Thank you to all who have worked so hard during this past year. Your labor was not in vain!

I hope to see you in church, soon…